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Cabinet Office

10 Downing Street

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times (a) Mr Derek Draper and (b) Mr Charlie Whelan has visited the Cabinet Office/Downing Street complex since October 2009. [322911]

Tessa Jowell: I have nothing further to add to the answer I gave to my right hon. Friend on 4 February 2010, Official Report, column 508W.

10 Downing Street: Security

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what criteria are used to determine the granting of a Downing Street pass; and how many such passes there are. [318249]

Angela E. Smith: Passes for access to 10, 11 and 12 Downing Street are issued to staff who work in the building and to individuals who require access for business purposes.

Admiralty House

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost to the public purse of (a) rent, (b) utility bills, (c) council tax payments and (d) other running costs for each Ministerial residence in Admiralty House was in each of the last three years. [324725]

Angela E. Smith: Admiralty House is held freehold and no rent is payable. Along with other shared costs, utility costs are calculated on the basis of a share of those for Admiralty House as a whole and are not held separately for individual flats. One flat has been vacant since 27 July 2009; another vacant since 27 June 2007; and another vacant since 30 June 2006. All the flats are in council tax band H.

Business: Essex

Bob Spink: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses were registered for value added tax in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each year since 1997. [325846]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated April 2010:


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Count of VAT based Enterprises in Essex county and Castle Point from 1997-2009

Essex county Castle Point

1997

42,065

n/a

1998

43,625

2,105

1999

37,705

2,130

2000

38,655

2,160

2001

39,100

2,165

2002

39,395

2,190

2003

39,705

2,205

2004

39,435

2,160

2005

40,090

2,160

2006

40,505

2,215

2007

41,065

2,245

2008

42,475

2,295

2009

42,390

2,235


Central Office of Information: Advertising

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Central Office of Information's marketing, advertising and public relations expenditure (a) was in 2008-09 and (b) is planned to be in 2009-10; and how much has been spent in 2009-10 to date. [320730]

Tessa Jowell: I have asked the chief executive of the Central Office of Information to write to the right hon. Member.

Letter from Mark Lund, dated 7 April 2010:

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent by the Central Office of Information on advertising in the first three quarters of financial year 2009-10. [321715]

Tessa Jowell: I have asked the chief executive of the Central Office of Information to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Mark Lund, dated 7 April 2010:

Jenny Willott: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Central Office of Information has spent on contracts with advertising agencies with registered offices outside the UK in each of the last three years; with which agencies the contracts were with; in which centres the registered offices were located; and if she will make a statement. [325760]


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Tessa Jowell: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Central Office of Information: Marketing

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reason promotional stress items are included in the Central Office of Information contract referred to in Contract Notice 2009/S 79-113888; what bodies have purchased promotional stress items through the Central Office of Information in the last three years; and at what cost such items were purchased. [322873]

Tessa Jowell: I have asked the Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Mark Lund, dated 7 April 2010:

Departmental Internet

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Downing Street Twitter service will be terminated during the general election purdah period. [320732]

Tessa Jowell: Yes.

Departmental Lost Property

John Mason: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from her Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of the replacement of that property. [322085]

Angela E. Smith: In the last 12 months the Cabinet Office has recorded six departmental assets as being reported as missing or stolen.

The six items are:

The total cost of replacement is £772.81.

Departmental Official Hospitality

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the five most expensive hospitality events hosted by her Department and its agency were in the last three years; and what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of each. [324655]

Angela E. Smith: Events hosted by the Cabinet Office include official dinners and events for foreign leaders and other dignitaries, receptions for business leaders, community and charity representatives and sportsmen and women.


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Information on official and charity receptions held at 10 Downing Street is published by means of an annual list as soon as it is ready at the end of the financial year.

Departmental Responsibilities

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans she has to establish a single management team and united press office for 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office. [323547]

Tessa Jowell: Management of the three core communications functions in the Prime Minister's Office and the Cabinet Office-press office, strategic communications and digital communications-is being merged into one senior team. This will improve co-ordination and efficiency.

The new management team was agreed in March 2010 and a revised staff structure across the core communications functions will be in place by 1 July.

Government Departments: Internet

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2010, Official Report, column 969W, on the Government departments: internet, (1) if she will list the website address of each of the 479 websites that were committed to be closed but have not yet been closed; [318307]

(2) if she will place in the Library a copy of the full Website Review report summary, listing the (a) operational and to be continued, (b) closed and (c) operational but due for closure websites in the case of each public authority for which records are held. [318308]

Tessa Jowell: I have asked the Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Mark Lund, dated 7 April 2010:

Government Departments: Private Detectives

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 602W, on Government departments: private detectives, which departments have commissioned individuals from the panel of independent investigators in the last 24 months. [320906]

Tessa Jowell: It has been the policy of successive Governments not to reveal details of specific security matters.

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 602W, on Government departments: private detectives, how much expenditure has been incurred on commissioning individuals from the panel of independent investigators in the last 24 months. [320907]


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Tessa Jowell: Costs for panel members are incurred by individual Departments. This information is not held centrally.

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 602W, on Government departments: private detectives, on how many occasions individuals from the panel of independent investigators have been commissioned to undertake investigations in the last 24 months. [320908]

Tessa Jowell: It has been the policy of successive Governments not to reveal details of specific security matters.

Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the written ministerial statement of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 73W, on special advisers, what criteria are used to determine the pay band of a special adviser. [322882]

Tessa Jowell: The criteria used to determine the pay band of a special adviser are underpinned by a tailored job evaluation scheme.


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