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Box 1. International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes used to define drug-related poisoning deaths by underlying cause
Description ICD-9 ICD-10

Mental and behavioural disorders due to drug use (excluding alcohol and tobacco)

292, 304, 305.2-305.9

F11-F16, F18-F19

Accidental poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

E850-E858

X40-X44

Intentional self-poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

E950.0-E950.5

X60-X64

Assault by drugs, medicaments and biological substances

E962.0

X85

Poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances, undetermined intent

E980.0-E980.5

Y10-Y14


Departmental Electronic Equipment

Jenny Willott: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) photocopiers, (b) scanning devices and (c) fax machines, excluding multi-function devices, there are in (i) her Department and (ii) the Prime Minister’s Office; how many there were in each Office in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. [286167]

Angela E. Smith: The Cabinet Office, including the Prime Minister’s Office, has used the following number of photocopiers and scanners in past three years:

Photocopiers Scanners

May 2009

19

16

May 2008

19

19

May 2007

19

21


Fax machines are procured by individual management units, and we do not keep records of their numbers centrally. There would be a disproportionate cost involved in collecting the data.

Since 2003, my Department has had a policy of installing multi-user MFDs as the main devices for printing, scanning and photocopying. On 17 July 2008, the Cabinet Office launched the Greening Government ICT Strategy. Its aim is to reduce the environmental impact of the computer systems employed by all Government bodies. One important target is to reduce the overall number of printers, photocopiers and scanners used by an organisation and replace them with multi-function devices (MFDs) where security issues allow.

Departmental Manpower

Jo Swinson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what percentage of employees in the Leader of the House’s Office are (a) women and (b) men; and what the average hourly pay of (i) male employees and (ii) female employees in that Office was in the latest period for which figures are available. [287120]

Angela E. Smith: The staff in the office of the Leader of the House of Commons are part of the Cabinet Office. Information on what percentage of employees in the Cabinet Office are (a) women and (b) men is published on the Office for National Statistics website and can be found here:

The Government’s evidence to the senior salaries review body provides analysis of senior civil service pay levels by gender and can be found here:

For staff below the senior civil service there is no statistical difference in average salaries of male employees and female employees in the Cabinet Office in the same pay band.

Information on Cabinet Office pay bands is published on the Cabinet Office website and can be found here:


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Departmental Sick Leave

Norman Lamb: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many staff in the Cabinet Office were on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days in each of the last five years; [256318]

(2) how many staff in the Cabinet Office were recorded as having been on sick leave for over 12 months on 31 December in each of the last five years. [256639]

Angela E. Smith: The Cabinet Office continues to promote health and wellbeing as part of a civil service policy to reduce absence, increase employee engagement, productivity and so improve service delivery.

The number of staff off on sick leave for (a) over 30 days, (b) over 50 days and (c) over 100 days is set out in the following table based on working days:

30 to 49 Days 50 to 99 days Over 100 days

2004

26

26

12

2005

30

23

17

2006

17

16

7

2007

29

19

9

2008

19

16

8


There were fewer than five members of staff off for over 12 months in each of the last five years. The exact number of staff is not reported as to do so may identify individual members of staff.

According to Cabinet Office records the absence rate is 5.1 days per staff year and is one of the lowest absence rates in the civil service.

The Cabinet Office continue to promote health and wellbeing as part of a civil service policy to reduce absence, increase employee engagement, productivity and so improve service delivery.

The number of staff with no sick absence during the 12 month period ending 30 September 2008 has increased by 1 per cent.

Departmental Standards

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps 10 Downing Street is taking in respect of Cabinet Office Departmental Strategic Objective 4 to achieve a 50 per cent. reduction in avoidable contact with members of the public by 31 March 2011. [270135]

Angela E. Smith: All Government Departments seek to ensure that their dealings with the public are as helpful and productive as possible. Any contact members of the public may wish to have with 10 Downing street is not affected in any way by the requirements of departmental strategic objective 4.

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1059W, on departmental standards, what method her Department uses to assess whether its targets in respect of avoidable contact have been met. [271938]


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Angela E. Smith: All Government Departments seek to ensure that their dealings with the public are as helpful and productive as possible. Central Government Departments are required to declare the levels of avoidable telephone contact in their Departments as assessed at April 2008 and to halve these values by March 2011. The Cabinet Office has focussed its attentions on the Department for Transport (DFT), Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and NHS Direct. These Departments account for around 90 per cent. of telephone contact with central Government. Cabinet Office is working with the remaining Departments, who will provide their baseline levels of avoidable contact later in the year.

Upon publication of their avoidable contact levels, all Departments will be required to provide quarterly updates outlining the progress they are making to achieving the March 2011 reduction target.

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1059W, on departmental standards, what performance measures in respect of avoidable contact apply to 10 Downing Street. [271945]

Angela E. Smith: The 2007 Service Transformation Agreement (STA) requires public-facing service delivery departments to report their levels of avoidable contact. As the Prime Minister’s Office is not a service delivery department, it does not need to follow the STA requirement on reporting avoidable contact. However, all Government Departments, and of course the Prime Minister’s Office, work to ensure that their dealings with the public are as helpful and productive as possible.

Ministerial Policy Advisers

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff based in 10 Downing Street who advise the Prime Minister on foreign policy are not members of staff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. [284027]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 3 July 2009]: The Prime Minister receives advice on foreign policy from the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary and his Department. The Prime Minister also has two advisers on foreign and defence policy and Europe and global issues. They head two sections of the Cabinet Secretariat in the Cabinet Office which support the Prime Minister and the Cabinet by, where appropriate, providing co-ordinated advice on foreign policy issues.

Pay

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average rate of change of pay growth, including bonuses, in the (a) private and (b) public sector was in the last 12 months. [287348]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, July 2009:


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Average Earnings Index: Three monthly growth rates, (average of the latest three months compared to same three months a year earlier)

Private s ector (%) Public s ector (%)

June 2008

3.2

3.3

July 2008

3.5

3.4

August 2008

3.4

3.5

September 2008

3.1

3.9

October 2008

3.2

3.8

November 2008

2.9

4.0

December 2008

2.8

4.0

January 2009

1.2

4.0

February 2009

-0.4

3.8

March 2009

-1.1

3.6

April 2009

0.4

3.5

May 2009

1.9

3.5

N otes:
1. Based on seasonally adjusted data.
2 Excluding arrears of pay.

Public Bodies

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the Answer of 5 May 2009, Official Report, columns 93-99W, on public bodies, for what reason (a) the Met Office, (b) Ordnance Survey, (c) Royal Mint and (d) the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre were reclassified as public corporations. [287278]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2009:


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