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Mr. Flight: To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Alexander: The Government are strongly committed to achieving ethnic diversity in the senior civil service and to ensuring that the civil service is fully representative of the community it serves.
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Mr. Alexander: The Cabinet Office commissioned an external review of the content and design of its internet presence in February and March of 2003. We are now putting in place the recommendations from this review.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) market research in the last financial year; and if he will make a statement. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the (a) purpose, (b) annual budget since inception, (c) projected budget for the next two years and (d) current work programme of the (i) Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, (ii) Office of Public Services Reform and (iii) Office of the e-Envoy. 
|Financial year unit established||19992000||200001||200102||200203(1)||Budget 200304|
|Prime Minister's Delivery Unit||200102||0||0||0.9||3.1||3.8|
|Office of Public Services Reform||200102||0||0||2.0||5.7||4.2|
|Office of the e-Envoy||19992000||38.5||22.7||25.5||24.8||17.5|
(1) Subject to audit.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff are employed in the (a) Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, (b) Office of Public Services Reform and (c) Office of the e-Envoy; where these staff are located; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Alexander: As at 3 November 2003, there were 28 staff working in the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, 40 working in the Office of Public Services Reform and 105 in the Office of the e-Envoy. These figures are for Cabinet Office employees and are rounded to full-time equivalents. All of these units are based in central London.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times the (a) Cabinet Office Strategy Board, (b) Business Regulation Team, (c) Regulatory Reform Strategy Team, (d) Public Sector Team, (e) Europe and Economics Team, (f) Reform Strategy Group and (g) Corporate Development Group have met since they were established; how much each meeting cost; what the (i) annual budget since inception has been, (ii) projected budget for the next two years is and (iii) current work programme of each body is; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Alexander: The Cabinet Office Strategy Board has met regularly since its formation earlier this year. The secretariat for the Cabinet Office Strategy Board is an integral part of the Managing Director's private office. There is no separate budget line for this work.
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The terms of reference for the Cabinet Office Strategy Board are available on the Cabinet Office website (www.cabinet-office.gov.uk).
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areas within the Cabinet Office's Regulatory Impact Unit, and therefore do not 'meet' in the way an ad-hoc Board or committee might do.
|Business Regulation Team||0||0||0.1||0.3||0.3|
|Regulatory Reform Strategy||0||0||0||0.2||0.4|
|Public Sector Team||0.1||0.3||0.6||0.6||0.7|
|Europe and Economics Team||0.6||0.4||0.3||0.4||0.4|
|Reform Strategy Group||1.6||(2)|
|Corporate Development Group||17.1||14.7|
(2) The work of the Reform Strategy Group has been absorbed within other units.
Mr. Flight: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Alexander: Admiralty House contains residential accommodation for Ministers and the occupying Departments are responsible for relevant costs associated with each of the residential flats. No Cabinet Office Ministers are currently accommodated in Admiralty House. The Cabinet Office is responsible for costs associated with the common parts, as well as for maintaining the fabric of the entire building.
From February 2002 to September 2002, a major electrical rewiring, asbestos removal and redecoration project was undertaken to the ground floor state rooms and two of the residential flats. The cost of this work (which was borne by the Cabinet Office) was £629,266.
Two Cabinet Office officials occupy accommodation in residential properties in the grounds of the Emergency Planning College in Easingwold. One flat is occupied by an official working at the Emergency Planning College on detached duty. The other occupant pays a market rent for the property, which was established by a valuation conducted within the past 18 months by independent valuers appointed by the Office of Government Commerce. Records are not held separately of the maintenance, renovation and running costs associated with these properties in particular and these costs could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The council tax for 200203 associated with the property occupied by the individual on detached duty was approximately £175. For 199798, the council tax associated with properties occupied by college employees was approximately £190, for 199899 and 19992000 no college employees resided in college properties, for 200001 the approximate council tax was £50, and for 200102 the council tax was approximately £150.
From 1997 to May 2002, some officials were accommodated in civil service college properties on the college's Sunningdale estate. The individual occupants of the properties were responsible for paying the rents that had been established by independent valuers. From June 1999 to March 2000, a number of general repairs were made, to some of the residential dwellings occupied by college staff, amounting to £20,827. In October 2000, £365 was spent on repairs. In January 2002, £3,160 was spent on repairs. There may have been other costs incurred under a maintenance contract let to cover the whole of the Sunningdale Park estate, however, it is not possible to disaggregate costs to a level of individual building. The individual occupants were responsible for their own council tax and running costs (such as utility bills).
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