Harriet Harman: None. All the staff in my private office are high achievers.
Harriet Harman: All of my staff regularly use public transport to commute.
Harriet Harman: The number of Leader of the House of Commons staff with periods of sick absence lasting less than five days for the calendar year 2006 are as follows: Number (a) five or more absences 0 (b) four absences 0 (c) three absences 2 (d) two absences 0
Harriet Harman: On 4 July 2007 I confirmed the new questions rota until the summer recess. This includes 10 minutes to the Olympics Minister. The rota will be reviewed during the summer recess.
Harriet Harman: With permission, before I give the business of the House, may I say that, having been a Member of the House for 25 years, it is an enormous privilege to be its leader—a member of the Government, of course, but leader of the whole House. I will always want to see, of course, that the Government are able to get through the laws that we have promised, but I and my ministerial team will do...
Harriet Harman: Since the UK action plan on human trafficking was published in March, we have done further work with the countries of origin to protect against human trafficking, to support the victims of human trafficking in this country, and to prosecute and punish the perpetrators—the human traffickers.
Harriet Harman: The benefits of advertising posts as available for flexible working are to give employers access to a bigger pool of talent. Jobcentre Plus are looking at various ways of improving services for carers, including the possibility of recording vacancies where flexible working is an option.
Harriet Harman: None.
Harriet Harman: Financial Assistance to Opposition Parties, known as Short Money, is calculated under a formula established by a resolution of the House in 1999. It is set at £6,618,982 for the 2007-08 financial year. This will increase in April 2008 by the year-on-year rise in the retail prices index as at 31 December 2007. Equivalent arrangements, known as Representative Money, are also in place for...
Harriet Harman: I have made no specific assessment of the merits of holding such sittings on Mondays.
Harriet Harman: The Modernisation Committee published its report last week on revitalising the Chamber. The Committee made a number of recommendations which would make the business of the House more engaging for the general public by promoting greater topicality and greater clarity.
Harriet Harman: The ministerial code makes it clear that "when Parliament is in session, the most important announcements of Government policy should be made, in the first instance, in Parliament." I strongly support that principle. As the Prime Minister said at the weekend, Parliament should hear the contents of statements before the media do.
Harriet Harman: As I have indicated in my earlier response to the hon. Member for Cardiff, North (Julie Morgan) the Government are considering their response to the Modernisation Committee's recent report on "Revitalising the Chamber". We hope to bring forward specific proposals for the House's consideration as soon as reasonably possible. I remain open to representations on matters for reform.
Harriet Harman: I have no plans to do so. The present sitting times for Westminster Hall were set in January 2005 to complement the revised sitting hours agreed at the same time for the main Chamber.
Harriet Harman: I have made no such specific assessment. As the hon. Member is aware, the issue of Front-Bench speaking times was discussed in the recent report of the Modernisation Committee on "Revitalising the Chamber: the role of the back bench Member". The Committee recommended the extension to Front-Bench speeches of the power to impose speaking limits, with certain safeguards.
Harriet Harman: The Government are considering possible measures for the reform of the scrutiny of European legislation and hopes to bring forward proposals in due course.
Harriet Harman: All current Members elected at the 2005 election are at present drawing their salary except for the five Sinn Fein MPs, none of whom have taken the Oath.
Harriet Harman: This is a matter for the Lord Chief Justice. He has been consulting on this issue and intends to make an announcement about judges' working dress in the near future.
Harriet Harman: This information can be provided only at disproportionate cost. Since 1999, the Government have published on an annual basis, a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500, as well as the total cost of all ministerial travel overseas. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 2006-07 is currently being compiled and will be...
Harriet Harman: It is the Ministry of Justice's Procurement Policy to purchase sustainable goods and services wherever appropriate and possible. All Ministry of Justice Procurement staff have a responsibility to promote and support the Governments Sustainable Development agenda by working closely with both customers and suppliers. There is no historical data or system in place to record the number of energy...