§ Annabelle Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of the staff members of her Department located in London have been involved in matters pertaining to Scotland since the inception of her Department in its present form. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
[holding answer 22 January 2002]: This Department is broadly responsible for matters pertaining to England, with some responsibilities for Wales, and for representing UK education and skills policy to audiences outside the UK. Officials of this Department liaise with their counterparts in the Scottish Executive on matters of mutual interest. Details of the number of staff located in London who have been involved in matters pertaining to Scotland could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.