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(7) 1 July 1999 to 31 March 2000: the Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total expenditure on advertising by the Department was in (a) 200102 and (b) 200203; and what the level of planned expenditure is for (i) 200304 and (ii) 200405. 
Mrs. McGuire: The total expenditure by the Scotland Office on advertising in 200102 was £186,564, most of which related to electoral registration information. Expenditure for 200203 is estimated at £10,390 and for 200304 and 200405 expenditure is expected to be minimal.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what actions her Department is taking to comply with the requirements of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002; whether she has made an estimate of the cost of compliance; and if she will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Scotland Office, together with the Scottish Executive, has been complying with the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 for buildings occupied jointly. In other buildings work will be undertaken to identify whether asbestos is present, to assess any risk and to take appropriate action. The cost of compliance has not yet been assessed.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the actions she (a) has taken and (b) is taking to ensure that the websites of her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are accessible to partially sighted and blind people; and if she will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Scotland Office seeks to comply with the e-Envoy's "Guidelines for UK Government websites" and other UK wide guidelines and technical standards to ensure that its website is accessible to as wide an audience as possible. This includes compliance with the World Wide Web Accessibility Initiative's guidelines.
Mrs. McGuire: The direct cost of the Cullen inquiry, including staffing, accommodation and legal representation, was £1.05 million. The inquiry opened on 29 May 1996 and its report was published on 16 October 1996. It sat in public for 26 days.
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(c) spending on information technology as a proportion of its total managed expenditure was in each financial year since 197898. 
|IT expenditure (£000)||89||58||50|
|IT expenditure (as percentage)||2.32||0.92||0.77|
(8) Excluding the grants paid to the Scottish Executive and the Boundary Commission for Scotland.
Mrs. McGuire: The Scotland Office did not undertake any market testing programmes during 200203. Departments are no longer required to undertake a programme of market testing. They are, however, required to ensure that high quality public services are delivered on the basis of value for money in line with the better quality services ethos.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the estimated cost is in 200304 to his Department, agencies and the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible of the increase in the national minimum wage from £4.20 per hour to £4.50 per hour. 
Mrs. McGuire: In the current financial year, the lowest salary level in the Scotland Office is £10,300, which equates to an hourly rate of £4.71. The effect of a minimum wage of £4.50 would therefore be nil.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make it her policy that official (a) correspondence, (b) reports and (c) documentation from her office use the English spelling of words where this differs from the US version. 
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Angela Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made in her Department and non-departmental public bodies on implementing the requirements of the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000; and if she will publish the results of the monitoring required by the Act. 
Mrs. McGuire: On 30 November 2002, the Scotland Office came together with the Scottish Executive, its agencies and other Government organisations in Scotland to publish a Statement of Intent on how they would comply with the employment duties of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act (2000). It set out how they will fulfil their duty to monitor by ethnicity, including a Collective Employment Monitoring Scheme. The Scheme will publish the initial results of race equality employment monitoring in November 2003.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the estimated (a) administrative costs and (b) budget for the Scotland Office are for 200304; and how these have changed following the changes set out in the Prime Minister's statement of 18 June. 
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