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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 Ministers Office; how many there were in each Office in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. 
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.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what percentage of employees in the Leader of the Houses 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. 
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:
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; 
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.
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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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
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 Ministers 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 Ministers Office, work to ensure that their dealings with the public are as helpful and productive as possible.
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. 
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.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for the average rate of change of pay growth, including bonuses, in the (a) private and (b) public sector in the last 12 months. (287348)
This information is published each month in Table IS of the Labour Market Statistics Statistical Bulletin. The Table provides annual growth rates based on single months and rates based on three monthly averages. The ONS preferred measure is the three monthly rate as it is less erratic. The latest information, relating to May 2009, was published on 15 Julythe three monthly rates for the private sector and public sector are reproduced at the Annex. The Table shows that private sector pay in the three months ending in May was 1.9 per cent. higher than the same three months a year ago. This compares to a growth of 3.5 per cent. in the public sector.
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1. Based on seasonally adjusted data.
2 Excluding arrears of pay.
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. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for what reason (a) the Meteorological Office, (b) Ordnance Survey, (c) Royal Mint and (d) the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre were reclassified as public corporations. (287278)
For national accounts purposes public sector entities are classified in line with international guidance. The guidance is set out in the
United Nations' 1993 System of National Accounts (SNA93), and for the European Union in the 1995 European System of Accounts (ESA95).
In line with ESA 95 public sector market entities are classified as public corporations, either within the financial corporations sector or the non-financial corporations sector, and public sector non-market entities are classified in the general government sector. The borderline between market and non-market classification is dependent on whether more than fifty per cent of production costs are covered by sales.
(a) The Meteorological Office was classified as a public corporation from 1996. Prior to this it was classified as central government within the general government sector.
(b) Ordnance Survey was classified as a public corporation from 1999. Prior to this it was classified as central government within the general government sector.
(c) Royal Mint has been classified as a public corporation from 1975.
(d) Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre was classified as a public corporation from 1997. Prior to this it was classified to central government within the general government sector.
In May 2009 you asked a question (271969) which related to the definition of the Civil Service. Pursuant to this question, employees of the Meteorological Office, Ordnance Survey, Royal Mint and Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre are all included in the ONS' estimates for the Civil Service.
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