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Mr. Laws : To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his estimate is of the total spending of his Department on entertainment in each year from 199495 to 200203; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws : To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body spent on external consultancy in each year from 199596 to 200203 (planned); and if he will make a statement. 
Expenditure by the Cabinet Office on external consultants is estimated to be £9,493,000 for 200203. The figures for the Central Office of Information (COI), the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) and the only non-departmental public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office with such spend are as follows:
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Mr. Allen: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to extend the opportunities for members of the public to contribute to the development of government policy by online scrutiny and discussion of proposed initiatives. 
Mr. Alexander: The Government have recently consulted on e-democracy which included issues concerning online scrutiny. A report on the consultation, entitled "In the Service of Democracy: Your Response", along with individual responses, has been posted on the Government's e-democracy website, www.edemocracy.gov.uk.
The majority of the responses are supportive of the Government's efforts to develop an e-democracy policy although many important and serious issues were raised that will require detailed analysis and consideration.
Mr. Laws : To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what sales of heritage assets and antique assets have been made by his Department since May 1997; if he will list such assets; and if he will estimate the total sales proceeds. 
Mr. Alexander: The Government are committed to making use of more diverse methods of involving the public and to engaging a broader range of people. The "Code of Practice on Written Consultation" provides guidance to Departments on written consultations with the public. To help policy-makers improve policy design through undertaking public involvement initiatives, the Cabinet Office has also published "Viewfinder: A Policy Maker's Guide to Public Involvement". Viewfinder is available on the Policy Hub Website www.policyhub.gov.uk. Viewfinder includes examples of good practice, features a wide range of involvement techniques (including e-consultation) and describes how effectively to plan public involvement activities,
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including analysis and evaluation. It informs policy-makers how to ensure that involvement includes different groups and individuals within society. It also addresses issues such as how to manage high volumes of responses and how to weight responses from different groups.
Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library the results of the opinion survey undertaken by ICM on behalf of UK Sport on a London bid for the 2012 Olympics. 
A summary of the results of the survey were published by my Department and presented to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport on 15 January. The full results were published by ICM on their website at www.icmresearch.co.uk on 16 January.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the total expenditure by her Department on ministerial travel (a) in the UK and (b) abroad, in each year from 199596 to 200203 (estimated); and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 28 January 2003]: I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the Wattisham air traffic contract. A risk assessment was included during the bid evaluation process for the first competition of the Wattisham air traffic contract, and that process identified areas of concern in all bids. The resulting contract with VT Aerospace (contract CS 4D/2017) was, however, terminated by mutual consent and the competition was re-run between the other bidders, leading to a contract with Serco (contract CS 4D/2027).
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Dr. Moonie: The freehold of the Hardy accommodation blocks at Portland were owned in part by the Ministry of Defence and in part by the Crown Estate. The sale was on the basis of a shared receipt pro rata of those freehold areas. The Ministry of Defence received £300,000 for its part of the accommodation blocks site.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the desertification of Challenger II tanks will be completed (a) before they are loaded for transport to the Gulf and (b) before they arrive in the Gulf; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The improvement in the performance of Challenger II tanks in desert conditions is achieved through the combined effect of a number of modifications. The first modification was completed prior to the tanks being loaded for transportation. The remaining modifications will be completed after they arrive in theatre.
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) British forces and (b) United States forces deployed to the Gulf have depleted uranium munitions available as part of their armoury. 
Mr. Ingram: I can confirm that British Forces deployed to the Gulf will have depleted uranium munitions available as part of the armoury. The deployment of depleted uranium munitions by US Forces, is a matter for the US Government.
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