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The £3 million expansion of the FCO's Science and Technology (S&T) network over the three financial years from April 2001 is being implemented on schedule. New S&T staff have already taken up duties in Berne, Boston, Moscow, New Delhi, Ottawa, San Francisco, Shanghai, Taipei, Tel Aviv and The Hague. A further 22 new or upgraded slots will be filled, as planned, by April 2003. This will reinforce the network in key technology centres and more than double its geographical coverage. The expansion and management of the network are being co-ordinated by the FCO's Science and Technology Unit, established in April 2001.
Mr. Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration she has given to making e-Government accessible for disabled people; and what actions have been taken as a result. 
Since December 1999 with the publication of the Guidelines for UK Government websites, Government web managers have been advised on how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities or impairments. On 1 February 2001 the then e-Government Minister the Minister for Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Makerfield (Mr. McCartney), announced that all central Government websites should conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) recommendations. The recently revised Guidelines for UK Government Websites
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Ms Hewitt: The Government have taken a number of steps already. As well as a questionnaire procedure for use in equal pay cases and other provisions in the Employment Bill, the Fair Pay Champions and the Castle Awards, created by my predecessor, are helping to spread good practice on equal pay. We are also taking forward recommendations from the Kingsmill report aimed at further reducing the pay gap. I have written to my Cabinet colleagues' union and will soon be writing to FTSE 100 companies, to gather examples of their good working practices, so that we can help spread these more widely.
35. Mr. Connarty: To ask the Minister what assessment she has made of the impact of the enactment of the Relationships (Civil Registration) Bill on unmarried mothers in long term partnerships. 
Ms Hewitt: The Government are taking forward a cross-departmental exercise to examine all the issues relevant to civil partnerships in detail. It would be premature for the Government to commit themselves to making any changes in these areas before undertaking a comprehensive analysis of all the implications.
Ms Hewitt: The Government's Employment Bill will give mothers, and fathers, of young children a right to request to work flexibly and set out the procedure that employers will have to follow to ensure applications are considered seriously. This new right will apply from April 2003.
The Government's work-life balance campaign encourages all employers to introduce working practices, particularly flexible working arrangements, to enable mothers, and other employees, to balance better their work with other responsibilities. The fourth round of the Work-Life Challenge Fund, which provides consultancy
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Ms Hewitt: We are determined that women should hold half of all public appointments. The Minister for Women in the Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Mrs. Roche), has discussed with ministerial colleagues in other Departments efforts towards this, and other diversity targets. The Government's overall action plan, together with individual departmental action plans, will be published later this month.
Ms Hewitt: I recently allocated funding to ensure that the Promoting SET for Women Unit will continue to be in existence for another five years to stimulate progress. I have asked Baroness Greenfield to lead a new high-level group to report with recommendations for a stronger strategic approach to increase the participation of women in science and engineering. I have also recently published the report "Maximising Returns to Science and Engineering Careers".
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what has been the average annual leave entitlement of staff in his Department in each of the last four years. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the people he has appointed to official bodies and non-departmental public bodies coming under the aegis of his Department in the last three years; and who they were. 
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bodies, including the names of chairpersons, is included in the annual Cabinet Office publication, "Public Bodies". Copies are available in the Libraries of the House and also published on the Cabinet Office's website at www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/quango. The next edition of "Public Bodies", which will include information on appointments as at 31 March 2001, will be published shortly.
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Mr. Forth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1 May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present. 
|Name||(i) Term of office||(ii) Salary (£)|
|(a) Non-departmental public body|
|Audit Commission||Dame Helena Shovelton(2)||17 December 1998 to 30 November 2001||34,880|
|Castle Vale Housing Action Trust||Richard Temple Cox (reappointed)||30 June 1999 to 29 June 2002||32,680|
|Urban Regeneration Agency||Lord Walker (reappointed)||10 December 1997 to 30 September 1998||0|
|Commission for the New Towns||Dr. John Bradfield (reappointed)||1 April 1998 to 30 September 1998||37,223|
|English Partnerships||Sir Alan Cockshaw(3)||1 October 1998 to 30 September 2001||50,000|
|Housing Corporation||Baroness Brenda Dean||6 November 1997 to 31 March 2001||43,131|
|(reappointed)||1 April 2001 to 30 September 2003|
|Health and Safety Commission||Bill Callaghan||1 October 1999 to 30 September 2004||93,021|
|Liverpool Housing Action Trust||Paula Ridley (reappointed)||8 February 1999 to 31 March 2004||32,680|
|Stonebridge Housing Action Trust||Tony Wade (reappointed)||27 July 1997 to 31 October 1997||28,765|
|Ivan Weekes||1 November 1997 to 31 October 2000 (resigned 31 March 2000)||30,828|
|Caroline Pickering||7 July 2000 to 16 July 2003||32,680|
|Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust||Sheila Drew Smith||1 July 1999 to 30 June 2004||32,680|
|Waltham Forest Housing Action Trust||John Chumrow (reappointed)||10 December 1997 to 31 December 2001||32,680|
|Standards Board for England (body created in 2001)||Tony Holland||7 February 2001 to 6 February 2004||50,000|
|Strategic Rail Authority||Sir Alastair Morton(4)||15 January 2001 to 31 March 2002 (resigned 30 November 2001)||137,917|
|Richard Bowker||1 December 2001 to 30 November 2006||250,000|
|Civil Aviation Authority||Sir Malcolm Field (reappointed)||1 June 1999 to 31 May 2002 (resigned 16 September 2001)||79,149|
|Sir Roy McNulty||17 September 2001 to 31 August 2004||90,640|
|Advisory Panel on Standards in the Planning Inspectorate||Michael FitzGerald (reappointed)||2 August 1998 to 1 December 2000||0|
|Corinne Swain||1 February 2001 to 31 January 2004||0|
|Building Regulations Advisory Committee||Jack Anderson (reappointed)||1 January 1998 to 31 December 1999||0|
|Pat O'Sullivan||1 January 2000 to 31 December 2001||0|
|Michael Finn||1 January 2002 to 31 December 2004||0|
|Commission for Integrated Transport (body created in 1999)||David Begg||30 March 1999 to 29 March 2002||26,497|
|Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee||Jane Wilmot||1 January 1999 to 31 December 2001||0|
|(reappointed)||1 January 2002 to 30 June 2003||0|
|Local Government Commission||Malcolm Grant (reappointed)||1 July 1999 to 30 June 2002||21,400|
|Property Advisory Group||Robin Broadhurst||1 July 1998 to 30 June 2003||0|
|Rent Assessment Panel Eastern||Bruce Edgington||1 October 1998 to 30 September 2002||31,406|
|Rent Assessment Panel London||Susan Lloyd (reappointed)||1 April 1999 to 31 March 2002 (resigned 19 July 2000)||56,670|
|Siobahn McGrath (reappointed)||1 December 2000 to 31 January 2003||57,201|
|Rent Assessment Panel Midland||John Bettinson (reappointed)||1 January 2000 to 14 October 2002||31,406|
|Rent Assessment Panel Northern||Martin Davey (reappointed)||1 April 1999 to 31 March 2004||47,110|
|Rent Assessment Panel Southern||Robert Long (reappointed)||1 October 1997 to 30 September 2002||47,110|
|Traffic Area Eastern||Geoffrey Simms||1 June 1998 to 2 August 2006(5)||68,000|
|Traffic Area North Eastern||Tom Macartney||28 February 2000 to 30 June 2012(5)||68,000|
|Traffic Area North Western||Beverley Bell||10 April 2000 to 7 December 2024(5)||68,000|
|Traffic Area South Eastern and Metropolitan||Chris Heaps||4 January 2000 to 15 November 2007(5)||69,100|
|Traffic Area West Midland and Welsh||David Dixon||1 May 1998 to 3 April 2007(5)||68,000|
|Traffic Area Western||Philip Brown||9 May 2000 to 16 April 2018(5)||68,000|
|Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission||John Henes||4 January 2000 to 31 December 2002||Daily fee based on standard senior civil service rates|
|Commission for Local Administration||Anthony Redmond||12 November 2001 to (6)||132,603|
|(c) Public inquiries|
|Thames Safety Inquiry||Right Hon. Lord Justice Clarke||Appointed 09/09, report published January 2000||No salary from the inquiry|
|Marchioness/Bowbelle Formal Investigation and Public Inquiry into the Identification of Victims following Major Transport Accidents||Right Hon. Lord Justice Clarke||Appointed February 2000, final reports published March 2001||No salary from the Formal Investigation|
|Reopened Formal Investigation into the loss of the MV Derbyshire||Hon. Mr. Justice Colman||Appointed April 2000, report published November 2000||No salary from the Reopened Formal Investigation|
|Reopened Formal Investigation into the loss of the FV Gaul||Mr. Justice Steel||Appointed May 2000, currently adjourned. Likely to reopen late February/early March||No salary from the Reopened Formal Investigation|
(2) A new chair is currently being appointed to the Audit Commission. The deputy chair has been acting chair since Dame Helena stood down last November.
(3) In May 1999, during Sir Alan Cockshaw's chairmanship, the Urban Regeneration Agency and Commission for the New Towns came together as a single operating entity with the name English Partnerships. A new chair is currently being appointed, the deputy chair has been acting chair since Sir Alan stood down.
(4) Sir Alastair was appointed chair of British Railways Boardone of Strategic Rail Authority's predecessor bodies on 1 April 1999.
(5) The Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 provides for appointment of Traffic Commissioners until their compulsory retirement at age 65.
(6) This post runs concurrently with the tenure of Mr. Redmond's appointment as a Commissioner for Local Administration. Commissioners may be relieved of office at their own request or may be removed from office on the grounds of incapacity or misbehaviour and shall vacate office on completing the year of service in which they attain the age of 65.
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(d) This Department does not designate a chair to head its agencies.
(e) Information on the number, remit and membership of task forces, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews has been published by the Cabinet Office on a regular basis. The first report was published on 11 January 2000 and gives information for the period between 1 May 1997 to 31 October 1999. A second report was published on 27 July 2000, and covered the period 1 November 1999 to 30 April 2000. A third report was published on 13 December 2000 covering the period 1 May 2000 to 31 October 2000. The most recent report, "Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews," issued in October 2001, covers the period of the financial year 200001. Copies of these reports have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
(iii) Information on chairs political affiliation is not collected.
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