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Sellafield

Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has received in respect of nuclear reprocessing at Sellafield. [3955]

The Prime Minister: I understand that I have received a small number of representations.

Peers

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2001, Official Report, column 566W, which peers created since 2 May 1997 were working peers; and which were not. [4369]

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The Prime Minister [holding answer 16 July 2001]: All peers are appointed in the expectation that they will make a valuable contribution to the work of the House of Lords.

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to distinguish formally between those peers that (a) were and (b) were not ennobled through the Appointments Commission. [4368]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 16 July 2001]: None. All peers have the same status. With the exception of peerages created to enable individuals to serve as Ministers, all recommendations that I make to the Queen are referred to the House of Lords Appointments Commission for scrutiny. This includes all recommendations from leaders of political parties, and a very limited number of recommendations for holders of high public office. The decision on whether to recommend candidates in these last two categories rests with me, unlike those non-political recommendations proposed by the Commission itself, which I submit automatically to the Queen.

Srebrenica Massacre

David Winnick: To ask the Prime Minister what plans the heads of Government of European Union member states have to mark the sixth anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica. [4509]

The Prime Minister: The sixth anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica took place on 11 July. EU Ambassadors in Sarajevo, including the British Ambassador, attended the commemorative event and unveiling of a memorial stone, funded by the British Government, to the victims of the massacre.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Capitol Publishing

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received on the homeworking company Capitol Publishing. [3382]

Miss Melanie Johnson: We have checked through the Department's records in relation to homeworking activities for the last 12 months and can find no record of any representations received on Capitol Publishing.

Miners' Compensation

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for miners' compensation are outstanding in (a) Cynon Valley and (b) the rest of Wales. [3230]

Mr. Wilson: IRISC, the Department's claims handlers, have registered 3,559 outstanding claims in respect of respiratory disease in the region of Cynon Valley as defined by the postcodes with prefixes CF 37, 44 and 45. There are 25,155 outstanding claims in the rest of Wales.

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With regards to vibration white finger, VWF, there are 1,736 outstanding claims in Cynon Valley and 11,641 outstanding claims in the rest of Wales.

Following recent significant progress, the rate of assessments has increased from 8,000 at the beginning of the year to over 25,000 now. In Wales alone assessments have increased from 2,000 to 5,000. Around 500 claims a week are now being reviewed following the Medical Assessment Process.

IT Contracts

Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by her Department or

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its predecessor since April 1991, giving in each case the original estimated cost and original estimated completion date, the actual cost and actual completion date and the names of the contractors involved and consultants retained by her Department. [3507]

Ms Hewitt: The information requested by my right hon. Friend which is readily available from central records is listed in the table. In several cases contracts are still running and a final cost figure cannot yet be provided. Expenditure within some contracts cannot be precisely estimated, because it is affected by volume of business or because the contracts concerned allow the development of solutions to changing business requirements not originally foreseeable. In no contracts were consultants retained (or are there plans to retain consultants) beyond completion of their assigned tasks.

Original Actual
ContractCost (£ million)CompletionCost (£ million)CompletionContractor
Mainframe computer services6.019956.01995Capita Managed Services
Mainframe computer services6.319996.31999Cap Gemini
Mainframe computer services8.02004(10)(11)Hyder Business Services
Document processing (devpmt)1.020001.02000IBM UK
Document processing (support)1.820001.82000IBM UK
Document image storage (devpmt)1.019971.01997IBM UK
Document image storage (support)1.52002(10)(11)IBM UK
Internet managed services6.02002(10)(11)Orchid Telematics Ltd.
Financial Systems Application1.62006(10)(11)QSP Group plc
Local Office Information System5.119945.41995Sequent Computer Systems
Batch Accounting and Nominal Ledger Control System0.619940.81996AMP Systems Ltd.
Local Office Ledger Accounting0.619960.71996Radius Computer Services
Integrated Bibliographic and Image System1.919991.92001ICL Ltd.
Open Individual Export Licence system development0.62001(10)(11)SEMA
Export Control Licensing System (ECLIPS)0.719930.91995UNISYS
CWC Database System0.519950.71996Cap Gemini
IT support1.12003(10)(11)Cap Gemini
IT services2.52014(10)(11)ICL
Data Communication Services1.12006(10)(11)Cable and Wireless
OSPREY Office System23.1199924.11999ICL Ltd.
Electronic Government via Administrative Re-engineering2002014(10)(11)ICL Ltd.
Century Date Change (Year 2000) Support0.519990.51999CMG Ltd.
Personnel and Related Information System0.81997(12)1999Unisys Ltd.

(10) On track

(11) Still running

(12) Contract terminated

Note:

The table excludes details of an IT services contract let to Gap Gemini which ran from 1995 to 1999. This was a 'framework' contract covering a number of projects and services of varying values. Information on this contract would involve disproportionate cost arising from the need for a manual search of relevant registered files


Broadcasters (Fair Trading)

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers the Office of Fair Trading has to prevent the abuse of market power by broadcasters. [4507]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Under UK competition law the Director General of Fair Trading is required to apply and enforce the provisions of the Competition Act 1998 to prevent conduct by one or more undertakings which amounts to the abuse of a dominant position in a market in the UK (or a part thereof) and which may affect trade within the UK (the Chapter II Prohibition).

Sub-Post Offices

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices closed in the first quarter of the 2001–02 financial year. [4656]

Ms Hewitt: I understand from Post Office Network that the figures are not yet available.

Business Regulation

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she intends to take in respect of the reports (a) 'Economic Regulators' and (b) 'Local Shops: a Progress report on Small Firms Regulation'. [4754]

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Ms Hewitt: We expect to publish Government responses to these two Better Regulation Task Force reports in September.

Enterprise Grants

Diana Organ: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many enterprise grants were awarded in the south-west in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001. [4146]

Alan Johnson: The number of enterprise grants awarded in the south-west was (a) 13 in the calendar year 2000 and (b) 25 so far in the calendar year 2001.

Diana Organ: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the size of the fund for enterprise grants in the south-west was in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001. [4145]

Alan Johnson: The budget for enterprise grants in the south-west was £450,000 in 2000–01. An indicative budget at the same level has been set for 2001–02.

Diana Organ: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many enterprise grants were awarded to businesses in the Forest of Dean in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001. [4030]

Alan Johnson: The number of enterprise grants awarded in the Forest of Dean was (a) one in the calendar year 2000 and (b) nil so far in the calendar year 2001.

Diana Organ: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the (a) largest and (b) smallest amount awarded in enterprise grant in the south-west in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001. [4029]

Alan Johnson: The largest and smallest amounts awarded in enterprise grant in the south-west in the calendar year 2000 and so far in the calendar year 2001 were:

£

Enterprise grant20002001
Largest74,25075,000
Smallest1,8151,150


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