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Mrs. Liddell: I regularly meet the First Minister. The Scottish Executive is working closely with UK Government Departments to help tackle the animal disease risk associated with illegal meat imports.
Mrs. Liddell: The First Minister and I are planning a number of possible combined activities against drugs misuse. These include matters related to the Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency; the Scottish Communities Against Drugs initiative; and port police and Customs efforts to stop drugs entering the country from overseas.
7. Mr. McFall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the role within the Scottish economy of the life assurance industry. 
Mrs. Liddell: Over 775 copies of the consultation on the size of the Scottish Parliament have been issued since its launch on 18 December 2001. It has also been accessed about 1,000 times on the Scotland Office website.
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9. Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last met the Scottish Minister responsible for social services to discuss Government measures to alleviate poverty in Scotland. 
Mr. Foulkes: I last met the Minister for Social Justice from the Scottish Executive on 21 January. We are making good progress on tackling poverty in Scotland. Details can be found in the Government's annual "Opportunity for All" Report and in the Executive's annual "Social Justice" Report.
Mr. Foulkes: Most people aged 60 or over do not need to claim their winter fuel payment. Payments have been made automatically this winter to eligible people receiving social security benefits (excluding housing benefit, council tax benefit and child benefit), or who made a successful claim for a winter fuel payment last winter.
Mr. Foulkes: Most people aged 60 or over at the qualifying date are entitled to a winter fuel payment, regardless of whether they receive a state retirement pension. Last winter, more than 980,000 people in Scotland received a winter fuel payment. Figures for this winter are not yet available, but are expected to be similar.
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new export orders. I am taking forward this activity on two fronts. Firstly, in liaison with the MOD's Defence Exports Services Organisation (DESO), identifying appropriate opportunities for Scotland Office involvement in promoting active campaigns on behalf of Clydeside. Secondly, in discussion with the relevant interested parties, on developing trading opportunities, specifically relating to warship building, in key geographical markets. I will write to my hon. Friend with further details once available and place a copy in the Library of the House.
The upgrading of the route to the south of Dunbar has been taken forward in the A1 Route Action Plan under the auspices of the A1 Steering Group, whose membership includes the Scottish Executive, the Highways Agency, local authorities and police from both sides of the border. The steering group meets nominally once a year and I understand the last meeting was in Newcastle on 19 February 2002.
Mrs. Liddell: Animal health policy, including policy on foot and mouth disease, is devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Discussions between the Scottish farming industry and the Scottish Executive are a matter for Scottish Ministers to report on.
21. Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultations she has had with Scottish Executive Ministers and European Union officials to discuss the possibility of a public inquiry into the foot and mouth outbreaks in Scotland. 
24. Angela Watkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultations she has had with Scottish Executive Ministers and European Union officials on a public inquiry into the foot and mouth outbreaks in Scotland. 
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19. Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she intends to meet Health Ministers from the United Kingdom Government and the devolved Administrations to discuss NHS waiting lists. 
Mr. Foulkes: The Government are contributing to efforts to promote the recovery of tourism in Scotland. The UK tourist industry, including the industry in Scotland, will be able to benefit from the £20 million challenge fund which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has established.
I am sure that the hon. Member will also join me in welcoming the BTA's already very successful Royal Heritage Map, promoting over 50 attractions and places of interest around the UK, noting that two of those attractions, Glamis Castle and the Queen's View are within his constituency.
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