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Hutton Report

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the four countries referred to in paragraph 165 of the Hutton Report of 28 January 2004. [65535]

The Prime Minister: No. The Government co-operated fully with the Hutton Inquiry.

Ministerial Code

Mr. Evans: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the information he has declared to the Cabinet Secretary under the ministerial code. [66981]

The Prime Minister: My interests are set out in the Register of Members' Interests.

Official Residences

Justine Greening: To ask the Prime Minister when (a) 10 and (b) 11 Downing street were last decorated externally; what plans he has to re-decorate externally (i) 10 and (ii) 11 Downing street in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [68109]

The Prime Minister: The last major external redecoration works took place as part of the large scale rebuilding works that took place between 1960 and 1963. Minor external redecoration last took place in the mid 1990s. There are no plans to carry out any external redecoration in the coming 12 months.

David Simpson: To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent on (a) furnishings, (b) repairs and (c) decorating for (i) 10 Downing street and (ii) Chequers in each of the last five years. [67531]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 702W, by my hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Murphy) to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker).

Chequers was established under the Chequers Estate Acts 1917 and 1958 and is administered by independent trustees who receive an annual grant from public funds towards its maintenance and to cover staff employed at Chequers in accordance with the Acts.

Organogram

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to issue an updated version of the 28 April 2004 organogram of the No. 10 organisation. [65268]

The Prime Minister: I have nothing further to add to the answer I gave the hon. Member on 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 400W.
 
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Overseas Trips (Journalists)

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether journalists accompanying him on overseas trips are required to pay for their own air tickets; [67852]

(2) which journalists have accompanied him on each official overseas visit since 2001. [67853]

The Prime Minister: All the main news organisations are invited to accompany me on official overseas visits as and when appropriate. Journalists meet the costs of their airfare.

Parliamentary Questions

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister what training in (a) freedom of information requirements, (b) the ministerial code and (c) the February 2005 Cabinet Office guidance to departments is required to be undertaken by (i)officials and (ii) special advisers involved in drafting answers for him to written parliamentary questions; and what review process is in place to establish whether they are adhering to (A) legislative requirements and (B) internal guidance. [65374]

The Prime Minister: In accordance with the ministerial code, Ministers are accountable for the decisions and actions of their Departments, including answers to parliamentary questions.

A range of training and guidance is available to those involved in drafting answers to parliamentary questions.

Raymond McCord Junior

Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will meet Raymond McCord Senior to discuss allegations of collusion in the murder of his son Raymond McCord Junior and related cases. [66114]

The Prime Minister: I understand that this case is currently being investigated by the Historical Enquiry Team (HET), set up to review unresolved deaths in Northern Ireland resulting from the security situation between 1968 and April 1998. I also understand that the Police Ombudsman's office is carrying out an investigation into this case. I am sure the hon. Member will appreciate that it would therefore be inappropriate for Ministers to meet with Mr. McCord in advance of the Ombudsman's report.

Strategic Health Authorities

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he has held with the chief executives of strategic health authorities since 1 January 2006; for what reasons these meetings were held; and what the content of the discussions was. [66005]

The Prime Minister: My officials and I have meetings with a wide range of organisations and individuals on a wide range of subjects. Information relating to internal meetings, discussion and advice is not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.
 
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I also refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Northavon (Steve Webb) on 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 37W, and to the Health summit I held at Downing street on 12 April. Details of this can be found on the No. 10 website.

Suicide Bombings (Israel)

Mr. Amess: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the occasions when he has condemned (a) suicide and (b) other terrorist attacks in Israel; and if he will make a statement. [67936]

The Prime Minister: This is a matter of public record and can be found in speeches and statements I have made, copies of which are available on the No. 10 website.

Trade Deals

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Prime Minister how many trade deals he signed in each of the last eight years; and with which countries. [66718]

The Prime Minister: The European Commission has competence for EU trade policy, and conducts all trade negotiations on behalf of EU member states.

Information on trade agreements can also be found on the Europa website:

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

Best Value Performance Indicators

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the best value performance indicators that have been collected from local authorities in relation to libraries in each year since 1997–98. [66305]

Mr. Woolas: Best value performance indicators (BVPIs) have been collected from local authorities since 2000–01. Details of BVPIs relating to libraries which have been collected since then are set out as follows:
BVPI
2000–01(19)115
(20)117
(21)118
2001–02115
117
2002–03115
117
2003–04117
118
2004–05117
2005–06(22)220


(19)The cost per visit to public libraries
(20)The number of visits per head of population to public libraries
(21)The percentage of library users who found the book/information they wanted, or reserved it, and were satisfied with the outcome
(22)Compliance with the Public Library Service Standards



 
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Building Regulations

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the consultation for the changes to Part P Building Regulations due to come into effect in April 2006 (a) commenced and (b) finished. [66257]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) and the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) were consulted before the new edition of AD P was published, and BRAC approved the changes at the December 2005 meeting. The changes were not substantial but were minor ones covering procedure and clarification.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes will be made to Part P building regulations in April. [66267]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Approved Document P has not been altered significantly. There have been some minor amendments designed to clarify the definitions of notifiable and non-notifiable Part P work and to set out more clearly procedures to be followed by local authorities.


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