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Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 24 January 2002, Official Report, column 1046W, on Widford Bridge, if he will increase the width to make it easier for larger cars and vehicles of under three tonnes weight to travel over the bridge. 
Mr. Jamieson: The 6ft 6in width restriction imposed on Widford Bridge is required for safety reasons to prevent vehicles of over three tonnes in weight from using the bridge. The Highways Agency would not wish to see any increase in the width of the restriction, as it would increase the likelihood of over weight vehicles attempting to use the bridge.
Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from the Iranian Government in relation to the UK's proposed new appointment for ambassador to Iran. 
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2002, Official Report, column 37W, on the Brussels Process, if he will place the minutes of meetings under the Brussels Process in the Library. 
Talks under the Brussels Process are confidential. We have made clear the aims and timetable of the Brussels Process. We placed the communiqué from the last Brussels Process ministerial in the Library of the House. We have kept the House fully informed at every stage, most recently in the Government Adjournment debate on 31 January, and we will continue to do so.
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Mr. Straw: Following the appointment of the Minister for Europe, my right hon. Friend the Member for Neath (Mr. Hain) as the Government Representative on the Convention on the Future of Europe, I have reallocated responsibilities as follows:
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times Spanish fishing vessels have infringed upon Gibraltar's fishing waters; how many times action has been taken against Spanish fishermen in each of the last five years for infringing upon Gibraltar's fishing waters; what action has been taken; and what discussions have taken place regarding fishing rights in Gibraltar under the Brussels Process. 
Peter Hain: The Government resumed talks with Spain under the Brussels Process in July 2001: these talks continue. In accordance with the terms of the Brussels Communiqué of November 1984, the talks are aimed at overcoming all the differences between the UK and Spain over Gibraltar and at promoting co-operation on a mutually beneficial basis. The numbers of incursions into Gibraltar's waters by Spanish fishing vessels over the last five years were as follows:
1999: 440, of which 195 were breaches of the 1999 Fishing Agreement between the Government of Gibraltar and the Spanish Fisherman's Association, which permits small numbers of Spanish fishing boats to fish in Gibraltar's waters.
2000: 196, of which 92 were breaches.
2001: 196, of which 118 breaches.
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Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the proportion of (a) non-pensionable specialist pay and (b) basic pay is as a proportion of total remuneration for all service men and women. 
The remaining 15.9 per cent. of the total remuneration is attributable to other forms of non-specialist pay and compensatory allowances. These figures are based on estimates for financial year 200102.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has had responsibility in each of the last four years. 
(4) Not available
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c) the Royal Navy have changed from Maristat One in (i) 19992000, (ii) 200001 and (iii) 200102 into marital category (1) decree absolute, (2) separated and (3) annulled; what proportion of each service strength this represents in each year; what proportion of each service married strength this represents in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 23 January 2002]: Information on marital status is held on a different system for each service. It is not possible to answer the question exactly as phrased, as the categories specified cannot be isolated in every case. The available information is as follows.
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|Strength as at 1 April||109,722||110,052||109,531|
|Married strength as at 1 April||53,473||51,983||50,786|
|Proportion change from strength (%)||0.9||0.8||0.6|
|Proportion change from married strength (%)||1.8||1.8||1.3|
(5) Data for 200102 are to 1 December 2001
|Strength as at 1 April||55,213||54,715||53,699|
|Married strength as at 1 April||33,318||31,915||30,670|
|Proportion change from strength (%)||2.1||2.0||1.4|
|Proportion change from married strength (%)||3.5||3.4||2.4|
(6) Data for 200102 are to 24 January 2002
|Strength as at 1 April||43,701||42,849||42,421|
|Married strength as at 1 April||21,441||19,094||18,438|
|Widowed, divorced or separated and providing|
|care for children living with them||30||19||12|
|voluntary maintenance/child support||430||387||239|
|maintenance/child support by court order||2||4||1|
|Proportion change from strength (%)||1.7||1.5||0.9|
|Proportion change from married strength (%)||3.4||3.5||2.0|
(7) Data for 200102 are to 15 January 2002
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