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Mr. Nick Brown [holding answer 8 January 2001]: The Rural White Paper includes a number of new initiatives such as targeted help for small and medium-sized abattoirs, consultation on transitional rate relief for farm diversification and a new review group on
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Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what categories of submissions from civil servants to Ministers, other than those relating to (a) intelligence and (b) personnel matters, are not circulated to Special Advisers; 
Ms Quin: Special Advisers in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have access to material produced by permanent civil servants in accordance with paragraph 14e of the "Model Contract for Special Advisers".
Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if Ministers in his Department and in the Department of Health have determined the fees to be paid by merchants and saddlers for registration in 2001-02 with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain under the Medicines (Exemptions for Merchants in Veterinary Drugs) Order 1998. 
|Application in respect of each premises||Previous fee (£)||New fee (£)|
|1. For registration under article 5||197||224|
|2. For retention of registration under article 5||122||133|
|3. For restoration of registration under article 5||166||190|
|1. For registration under article 5||123||127|
|2. For retention of registration under article 5||73||78|
|3. For restoration of registration under article 5||107||107|
Mr. Jon Owen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what research the Government have commissioned on the impact of petrol and diesel prices on (a) miles travelled, (b) the sales of more fuel-efficient vehicles and (c) the design and promotion by manufacturers of fuel-efficient vehicles. 
Mr. Hill [holding answer 18 December 2000]: Government research over many years has helped to assess the impact of fuel prices on traffic levels and the development and purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles and has contributed to the Government's strategic transport and environmental modelling capacity. Recent
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research by DETR, described in Annex C of 'Modelling using the National Road Traffic Forecasting framework for "Tackling Congestion and Pollution" and "Transport 2010: The 10 Year Plan" ' published in December, has assessed the impact of changes in fuel prices on car traffic levels. Current DETR research includes analysis of the factors influencing both customers' new car purchasing decisions and future fuel efficiency improvements.
Data showing trends in fuel consumption and emissions of CO 2 from road transport are published in a variety of sources including the "UK Air Emissions Inventory, Climate Change--The UK Programme" and "Transport Statistics Great Britain".
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for North Essex on 14 December 2000, Official Report, column 201W, on implementation of VED rates for commercial vehicles, (a) if rebates on existing vehicles and (b) the revised rates of VED on re-registered vehicles will be available to vehicle operators before 1 January 2001; and if it is his policy (i) to increase VED rates immediately and (ii) to delay the implementation of VED reductions until the Budget. 
Mr. Hill: Application forms for operators to apply for the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rebates announced in the pre-Budget Report are currently being sent out to operators by DVLA. A number of payments have already been made. It is expected that payments will be despatched no more than four weeks after receipt of the completed application form by DVLA. The deduction of rebates from the statutory VED rates at source has meant that those taking out licences from December 2000 have, in effect, been paying the new VED rates announced in the pre-Budget Report. This reflects our intention to implement both the new rates and the payment of rebates at the earliest opportunity after the announcement of the pre-Budget Report.
The Government have issued a consultation paper on the future VED for goods vehicles, seeking views on a number of proposals including fewer VED rate bands, greater flexibility of vehicle configuration within each rate band, better environmental signals and reduced tax on vehicle ownership. The consultation closes on 12 January.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what information the Health and Safety Executive collates on the number of people suffering from work-related cases of RSI; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Meacher: The Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recognise that RSI (or upper limb disorders, which is a more accurate term) is a serious problem, and we are taking steps to tackle it. The Health and Safety Commission proposes to include a specific programme on work-related musculoskeletal disorders in its strategic plan for 2001-04.
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The HSE information sheet 1/00/EMSU, "Work-related upper limb disorders statistics information sheet", contains the most up-to-date information collated by HSE on this topic. I am placing a copy in the Library.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what categories of submissions from civil servants to Ministers, other than those relating to (a) intelligence and (b) personnel matters, are not circulated to Special Advisers; 
Mr. Chris Smith: The Government made a clear commitment to widen access to sporting opportunities in "A Sporting Future for All". Since its publication in April last year, we have announced a number of initiatives which will go a long way towards meeting this commitment. £750 million will be made available through the New Opportunities Fund for sport projects in, around and for schools; £130 million is being spent on multi-use facilities in primary schools; £120 million will provide a network of 1,000 School Sport Co-ordinators to improve physical education and sporting opportunities for schoolchildren and the local community.
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Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many adults are aged between 18 and 24 years; and if he will estimate the number of these who are (a) employed, (b) self-employed, (c) in full-time education and (d) in other categories of economic activities. 
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