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Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, column 70607W, on stolen equipment, whether the laptop stolen from his Department was (a) new and unused and (b) used; and what was the nature of the data stored on it. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: I understand that this theft, which dates from the period of the former Welsh Office, was of ancillary cabling equipment for a laptop rather than the laptop itself. There was thus no loss of data.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the functions of his Department that have been (a) market tested and (b) outsourced in each of the last five years, specifying the (i) money saving and (ii) percentage saving in each case. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: Executive functions previously a matter for the Welsh Office have in general transferred to the National Assembly for Wales and so the Wales Office has undertaken no market testing or outsourcing since it was established in July 1999.
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outsourcing of the Highways Directorate's property management function in South Wales in 199798. This was achieved by a three-year contract with Messrs. Darlows estate agents of Newport outsourcing on an interim basis;
outsourcing on an interim basis the work previously undertaken by Government property lawyers following their demise in 1999. This work was undertaken by Bissmire Fudge and Bond Pearce.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many visits (a) he and (b) the Under-Secretary of State for Wales have made to the National Assembly for Wales in each month since July 1999. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: I visit the National Assembly virtually on a weekly basis for meetings with the First Minister, Assembly Ministers and other meetings. My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary visits the Assembly on the same basis for meetings with Assembly Ministers and others.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the job advertisements placed by his Department in the last 12 months specifying where the advertisements were placed and the cost in each case. 
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The Prime Minister: I discussed the US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) with Vice President Dick Cheney, on his visit to London on 11 March. We welcome the in-depth review of deterrence and nuclear policy that the review represents and its main conclusion that the US can cut its operationally deployed strategic nuclear weapons by two-thirds to 1,700 to 2,200. We note US Administration comments that the NPR represents prudent conceptual thinking, not an operational plan, and that the US does not target any country on a day-to-day basis. We also welcome the US Administration's statements that there has been no change to US first strike policy.
Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had on the issue of climate change and Kyoto with the Australian Prime Minister during the recent Commonwealth talks; and if he will make a statement on climate change negotiations, with particular reference to Kyoto. 
The Prime Minister: The issue of climate change was discussed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting where the final communiqué stated "Head of Government expressed concern about the consequences of global warming and climate change, especially for the vulnerable small island states and other low-lying areas".
I firmly believe that the Kyoto Protocol remains the only workable basis to take forward international action to tackle climate change. We intend to ratify the Protocol in time for it to enter into force by the World Summit on Sustainable Development. A European Community decision to ratify Kyoto, which paved the way for the UK and the other EU member states to complete their own ratification procedures, was adopted on 4 March. On 7 March, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs made a statement to the House setting in motion the process of UK ratification of the Protocol,
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which will be completed on or shortly after 19 April. UK And EU ratification of the Kyoto Protocol will send an important message to the world that we are committed to the Protocol and to tackling climate change.
Adam Price: To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions since May 1997 he, or his office, have (a) assisted and (b) issued an official communication to welcome an overseas acquisition by an individual or company. 
The Prime Minister: I regularly discuss all aspects of Iraq policy with President Bush and the US Administration. My most recent discussions were with US Vice-President Cheney in London on 11 March. I will have another opportunity to do so during my visit to the US next month.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Prime Minister if it is his policy that a new and specific mandate from the United Nations Security Council is an essential condition of (a) any international offensive military action against Iraq and (b) the deployment of UK forces in action against Iraq. 
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