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Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) letters from hon. Members, (b) letters from members of the public and (c) parliamentary questions from (i) hon. Members and (ii) Lords were dealt with by her Department in each year since 1995; in respect of what percentage her Department took (A) more than one month and (B) more than three months to provide a substantive answer; and if she will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: The figures, in so far as I am able to provide them, are contained in the following table. I am unable to provide percentage figures for those letters and parliamentary questions that have taken more than one month and more than three months to answer as this information is not collected and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
My Department endeavours to provide prompt, comprehensive and helpful replies to all correspondence, whether from hon. Members or members of the public, and within the targets it sets for itself; and, where possible, to parliamentary questions within parliamentary deadlines.
The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members/Peers correspondence. The publication of the report for 2004 was announced on 6 April 2005, Official Report, columns 13740WS. This and reports for earlier years are available in the Libraries of both Houses.
|Letters received from hon. Members||4,641||2,876||2,458||2,672||2,038||1,844||1,737||2,577||2,746||3,416||3,179|
|Percentage of letters from hon. Members|
answered within 20 working days
|Letters received from members of the public||||||||||5,961||6,508||6,766||6,505||7,790||11,933||4,846|
|Percentage of letters from members of the|
public answered within 15 working days
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people convicted of offences have (a) failed to furnish a statement of their financial circumstances in response to an official request and (b) been prosecuted for failing to do so under section 95 of the Courts Act 2003 in the last two years. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the technical specifications for the co-ordinated Online Record of Electors will allow two-way data-sharing with the proposed identity cards database. 
Ms Harman: The technical specifications for CORE will be drafted in the light of responses to the current consultation paper on providing national access to local electoral registration data. There is currently no proposal for these specifications to provide for two-way data-sharing with the proposed identity cards register.
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much and
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what proportion of her Department's catering budget was spent on Fair Trade produce in the last period for which figures are available. 
Bridget Prentice: Catering services to meet my Department's requirements are contracted out and provided by commercial suppliers. Consequently, my Department does not procure Fair Trade produce directly.
However, a proportion of spend on Fair Trade produce against total food purchases by commercial suppliers providing catering services to my Department is set out in the following table. These figures relate to financial year 200405.
|Total food purchases||Proportion spent on fair trade produce|
However, for overall expenditure on entertainment for the Department from 199899 to 30 November 2004, I would like to refer the hon. Member to a previous PQ tabled by the hon. Member for Tatton (Mr. Osborne) answered on 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 118W.
All expenditure on official entertainment is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety that is based on principles set out in Government Accounting.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much her Department has spent on IT systems in each year since 1997; what the purpose of each system is; what the outturn against planned expenditure of each system was; and what the (a) planned and (b) actual date of completion was of each system. 
Ms Harman: The expenditure on IT systems since 1997 is contained within three main areas; Crown and county courts, magistrates courts and headquarters. These three areas are covered by separate contracts: LOCCS, ARAMIS and the LIBRA contracts. Details of the individual contracts are as follows:
All three are overarching contracts through which large numbers of IT projects have been delivered since 1997. Information about individual projects could now be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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