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Workplaces (Injury Insurance)

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact on individual businesses of the transfer from Government onto individual businesses of the responsibility for insuring workplaces against injury. [148018]

Mr. Alan Johnson [holding answer 30 January 2001]: This Department has made no such assessment.

Employment Agencies

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001 on recruitment company products; [156843]

Mr. Alan Johnson: A summary of responses to consultation on revisions to the Regulations, which includes a list of respondents, has been placed in the Library of the House. I have had meetings with a number of these, though most contacts have been with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and other trade bodies rather than with individual agencies.

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There have been discussions with both the Inland Revenue and the Cabinet Office's Regulatory Impact Unit about the draft Regulations, and consultees include members of the Better Regulation Task Force. Correspondence within Government on policy issues is not normally made public.

The Regulations are designed to benefit recruitment agencies, their clients and those employed through them. They will remove unnecessary restrictions on agencies' operations and the services they can offer, while protecting the interests of work-seekers and vulnerable groups such as the young and those receiving care. They recognise the important role that this sector plays in a flexible labour market and in helping many people back into work. They support the Government's policies on skills and employment, for example by requiring appropriate training and experience to be given, creating incentives to increase the skills of the workforce, and preventing unjustified restrictions on temporary to permanent transfer. A draft Regulatory Impact Assessment has been placed on my Department's website, and a final version will be published when the draft Regulations are laid before Parliament.

Political Parties, Elections and

Referendums Act

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if charities and political think-tanks are considered political organisations for the purposes of Part IX of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. [157023]

Mr. Byers: Part XA of the Companies Act 1985 as inserted into that Act by Part IX of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 implements the recommendation by the Committee on Standards in Public Life that companies intending to make a donation to a political party or organisation should be required to have the prior authority of their shareholders. An organisation is to be considered "political" for the purposes of Part XA of the Companies Act if it carries on, or proposes to carry on, activities which are capable of being reasonably regarded as intended to affect public support for a political party or to influence voters in a referendum.

The Government considered the definition carefully, and continue to believe that a test based on an organisation's intent to affect support for a political party or to influence the outcome of a referendum is both appropriate and proportionate. At the same time, the Government are concerned that the definition should not be interpreted so widely as to affect the funding of organisations which could not reasonably be regarded to show such intent. The Government do not believe, for example, that charities which campaign on issues of general public interest or political think-tanks whose publications and events are aimed at informing public opinion generally are likely to be caught by the definition if their activities would not appear, on any reasonable assessment, to be aimed at promoting a political party or to form an active part of a referendum campaign.

Radiocommunications Agency

Mr. Ennis: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets he has set his Department's Radiocommunications Agency for 2001-02. [157021]

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Ms Hewitt: I have set the Radiocommunications Agency the following quality of service targets for 2001-02 in respect of its licensing and enforcement activities, and correspondence. These are in addition to achieving on overall efficiency improvement of 3 per cent. over 2000-01.

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Tom Bower

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what sum has been set aside by his Department to cover his legal expenses in respect of his claim for libel against Mr. Tom Bower and Associated Newspapers; [156741]

Mr. Byers: I refer the hon. and learned Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Lewes (Mr. Baker), 2 April 2001, Official Report, column 7W.

Lucy Crone

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employment tribunal hearings were chaired by Lucy Crone between 30 August and 31 December 2000; and if he will list the date, location and names of the parties in each such hearing. [156790]

Mr. Alan Johnson: Lucy Crone chaired 23 cases between 30 August and 31 December 2000. The details requested for these cases are set out in the tables.

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Date of hearingCase numberApplicantRespondent
November 2000
6 and 7S/102120/2000Mr. J. BurnsThe Royal Bank of Scotland
8S/100197/2000Mr. D. BrysonLeithcrest Ltd.
9S/102361/2000Mr. R. McCambleyWilliam Grant and Sons Ltd.
16S/102561/2000Mrs. L. WynneMichael Curran
16S/102534/2000Mrs. I. KerrChungwa Pictures Tubes UK Ltd.
22S/100623/2000Mr. D. WalkerDouglas Guest t/a Douglas Guest Associates
22S/103957/2000Mr. D. DuncanMick MacKenzie
23S/100854/2000Mr. S. StrangDuncan and Co. (Scotland) Ltd.--in liquidation
24S/103024/2000Mr. D. CunninghamStone 3 Ltd.
24S/102961/2000Mr. S. PattersonSCI Communications
27S/102499/2000Mr. J. TaylorA. E. Transport
29 and 30S/102798/2000Mr. S. MorganIceland Frozen Foods Ltd.
December 2000
4 and 5S/102896/2000Mr. G. WhiteBlackbaud Europe Ltd.
6S/101487/2000Mr. D. TaggMrs. Mary Eeles t/a Express Packaging Supplies
11S/101473/2000Mr. D. JessWest of Scotland Water
12S/102258/2000Mr. N. C. BannermanGuardion Security
14S/103212/2000Mr. S. VarneyStan Lavelle
18S/103341/2000Mr. Y. MasihMr. Rehmat Ali and Family
19S/103111/2000Ms L. EnglandD. O. Stevenson Ltd. (t/a Nova Bathrooms)

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Date of hearingCase numberApplicantRespondent
December 2000
7S/300260/1998Mr. D. J. GahanGreenfield Homes (Scotland) Ltd.
7S/300026/2000Mrs. F. GillespieEnvirosafe (Scotland)
20S/300620/2000Mrs. C. BennettFrasers Studio
22S/300468/2000Mrs. A. BrownMr. and Mrs. P. Nimmo t/a Peacehaven Residential Care Home

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