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Ann McKechin: All the staff in the Scotland Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice who hold individual staff personnel records, including details such as dates of birth. The Office does not maintain a central record of dates of birth of staff.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) senior Civil Service staff in 2008-09; and how many such payments were made. 
Ann McKechin: All staff in the Scotland Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice. Staff may be eligible for end of year performance bonuses under their parent Departments performance management arrangements. The Scotland Office does not itself make the end of year awards and does not hold information centrally on end of year bonus payments made to its secondees.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the concordats between the Government and the Scottish Executive. 
Ann McKechin: The Government have been leading work to review the working arrangements with the devolved Administrations. We are close to finalising an updated version of the memorandum of understanding which governs the relationship between the UK Government and the three devolved administrations.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent on branded stationery and gifts for (a) internal and (b) external promotional use in each of the last five years. 
Ann McKechin: The Scotland Office does not hold information in the form requested. The staff in the office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice, both of whom provide free access to training and development opportunities, including a range of IT training specific to the software used.
Ann McKechin: The Scotland Office does not hold information in the form requested. The staff in the Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice, both of whom provide free access to training and development opportunities, including a range of health and safety events.
Mr. Jim Murphy: My hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, North the Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, (Ann McKechin) visited the Isle of Lewis on the 7 and 8 May 2009 and I intend to visit next month.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on Scotlands role in hosting events and facilities associated with the London 2012 Olympic Games. 
My right hon. Friend has not had any recent discussions with the First Minister. Earlier this month I met the Minister for the Olympics on her
visit to Glasgow and discussed Scotlands role in hosting events, during our visit at Scotstoun Leisure Centre and National Badminton Centre, which has been listed as one of the 30 facilities in Scotland as potential pre-Games training camps.
Mr. Jim Murphy: DEFRA Ministers represent the UK Government in EU discussions on the whisky industry. I and my officials continue to have regular discussions with DEFRA and with the Scotch Whisky Association on issues affecting the Scotch Whisky industry.
As part of my recent trade mission to China, I visited the Edrington Group HQ in Shanghai and made representations to the Chinese Government on the importance of their taking steps to deal with counterfeit Scotch Whisky.
Mr. Jim Murphy: My predecessor, the right hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Des Browne) visited the Isle of Arran distillery in August. I met with Gavin Hewitt of the Scotch Whisky Association in November and my predecessor met with Mr. Hewitt in September. In December I hosted and spoke at a Scotch Whisky Association reception at the Scotland Office. I will be visiting a distillery with the Scotch Whisky Association in June. On a trade mission to China in March I visited Edrington Group, a Scottish international premium spirits company. I am currently in discussions with Diageo and will be visiting one of their distilleries in the near future.
Bill Rammell: The Mission of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) South Asia and Afghanistan Directorate is to promote the national interests of the UK in South Asia, to contribute to regional stability and the FCOs strategic priorities, managing an effective network of posts in the region.
The specific mission of the Afghanistan Group within the wider directorate is to help Afghanistan achieve stability, security, prosperity, to the benefit of the Afghan people, the UK and the world community.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, under the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, what the original planned total allocation was for (a) South Asia, including Afghanistan, (b) Africa, (c) Europe and (d) the Middle East; and if he will make a statement. 
Bill Rammell: The UK's total available conflict resource for FY 2009-10 (leaving aside the cost of UK military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq) is £627 million, compared with the original planned total allocation of £556 million.
As set out in the written ministerial statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 17WS, £456 million will be set aside for assessed peacekeeping activity, leaving £171 million to fund all conflict prevention, stabilisation and discretionary peacekeeping activity.
Individual country/regional allocations were not set out in the comprehensive spending review. These were agreed after an annual tri-departmental (Department for International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence) review of planned activity across all three funds.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. 
Gillian Merron: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not incurred any expenditure to date on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within departmental buildings in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations (2007/991).
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2009, Official Report, columns 188-89W, on departmental art works, in which of the official residences used by his Department each of the works of art mentioned is. 
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the names and addresses are of each organisation which has supplied goods and services to his Department in 2009. 
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of staff in his Department and its agencies were dismissed (a) for under-performance and (b) in total in each of the last 10 years. 
Gillian Merron: 19 members of Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff have been dismissed for inefficiency (which covers failure of sick absence procedures and poor performance) and eight members of FCO Services (FCOS) staff have been dismissed for under-performance.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes to services provided by his Department he anticipates following the efficiency savings outlined in the Budget Red Book 2009. 
Gillian Merron: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will deliver the government target for comprehensive spending review (CSR) value for money savings (CSR07) and the additional savings allocated for 2010-11 whilst continuing to provide a global network for the Government overseas. We will continue to deliver on FCO priorities including our departmental strategic objectives (DSOs), public service agreements (PSAs) and the long-term international challenges facing the UK as outlined in the FCO's Strategic Framework.
John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to reduce the level of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operation of ICT systems in his Department under the Greening Government ICT Strategy. 
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has taken an active role in the Greening Government Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strategy by providing a detailed plan for the FCO. The plan includes the baseline of the FCO's current carbon footprint and a number of initiatives that cover the full life-cycle of our ICT, including how we procure, operate and dispose of equipment. We are
also looking at how use of ICT will enable savings outside of ICT itself through videoconferencing and collaboration initiatives that reduce the need for travel. This process is integrated into our ICT strategy.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidelines his Department has in place on the procurement of cars for official use (a) in the UK, (b) in UK Overseas Territories and (c) at diplomatic posts overseas. 
Procurement of vehicles for the FCO is based on achieving value for money and in a manner which conforms to appropriate UK regulations and EU directives. Where they are readily available and represent value for money, we prefer the FCO in the UK and British missions abroad to buy British cars.
Currently the FCO's preferred supplier for flag vehicles is Jaguar for saloon cars, and Land or Range Rover where four wheel drive capability is essential. The FCO maintains central contracts with these companies, negotiated to ensure value for money. In general flag vehicles will be on a par with the vehicles allocated to Government Ministers in London. The particular model allocated to individual posts will reflect local circumstances.
Posts which consider that there are overriding reasons not to purchase flag cars manufactured by our preferred suppliers, have to submit a detailed case for ministerial approval in London.
Posts have delegated authority to purchase pool vehicles within agreed costs for vehicle purchase. Decisions taken under this delegation have to meet value for money criteria and must always include examination of the option to buy suitable vehicles available under the central contracts referred to above.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) conference services and (b) banqueting services in each of the last five years. 
Gillian Merron: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) operates through a network of overseas posts and directorates in London who may independently contract conference and banqueting services. The information requested therefore is not held centrally by the FCO and to obtain it for the last five years would incur disproportionate cost.
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