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Surveillance Commissioners

Mr. Miller: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make an announcement about the appointment and re- appointment of surveillance commissioners under Part III of the Police Act 1997. [46090]

The Prime Minister: In accordance with Section 91 of the Police Act 1997, after consultation with the Scottish Ministers, I have agreed to appoint and re-appoint

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the following surveillance commissioners to assist Sir Andrew Leggatt, the chief surveillance commissioner. There are three commissioners for England and Wales, two for Scotland and one for Northern Ireland. However, the remit of each commissioner covers the whole of the United Kingdom so that any commissioner can act in jurisdictions other than his own.

I have appointed from 1 November 2001, as a commissioner the Right hon. Lord Sutherland, who served as a judge of the Court of Session from 1985 to 2001, for a period of three years.

I have also re-appointed as commissioners:

Sir Charles McCullough who was appointed as surveillance commissioner in 1998 and is re-appointed for a further three years from 1 November 2001. He served as a High Court judge of the Queen's Bench Division from 1981 to 1998;

The right hon. Sir Michael Hutchison who was appointed as surveillance commissioner in 1998 and is re-appointed for a further three years from 1 November 2001. He served as a Lord Justice of Appeal from 1995 to 1999;

Lord Bonomy who was appointed as surveillance commissioner in 1998 and is re-appointed for a further three years from 1 November 2001. He has been a judge of the Court of Session since 1997;

The right hon. Sir John MacDermott who was appointed as surveillance commissioner in 1998 and is re-appointed, 1 November 2001, until 1 October 2003.

The commissioners are appointed under the provisions of Part III of the Police Act 1997. The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 extended the commissioners remit. Since the authorisation of intrusive surveillance operations forms a key component of the Government's response to serious and organised crime, I attach considerable importance to these appointments and I am delighted that the commissioners have accepted their appointments. In conjunction with Sir Andrew Leggatt, their substantial judicial experience, particularly of the criminal justice system, will provide independent oversight of surveillance operations, which although operationally important, must also be subject to stringent safeguards.

Golden Jubilee

Mrs. Fitzsimons: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on plans for celebrating the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen's accession to the throne. [46091]

The Prime Minister: I announced on 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 205W, the programme of visits and other events throughout the United Kingdom from May to August this year, which will be undertaken by Her Majesty and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, to mark the Golden Jubilee.

I am, therefore, pleased to be able to announce further details of the programme of Jubilee visits to the London boroughs which they will carry out during the summer of this year. Although the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will not be able to visit every borough, their itinerary will enable them to meet as many Londoners as possible.

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The programme is as follows:









These details, together with further information about other confirmed Golden Jubilee celebrations and events can be found on the searchable calendar of events on the official Golden Jubilee website at http://www.goldenjubilee.gov.uk/. The British Monarchy website at http://www.royal.gov.uk/ also has details of the Queen's programme and other royal engagements. These will be updated throughout the year as confirmation of events is received.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Arms Deals

9. Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals she has to stop bribery and corruption in arms deals involving UK firms. [42855]

Nigel Griffiths: This Government are not prepared to treat corruption as a necessary part of doing business, whether the deal involves arms or not.

Social Enterprise

11. Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she intends to take to assist social entrepreneurs. [42858]

Mr. Alexander: A range of measures to support and develop social enterprises, and the people who work in them, will be included in the Social Enterprise Strategy I intend to publish after Easter.

Construction

12. Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the construction industry. [42859]

Ms Hewitt: Government and industry are taking forward three policy initiatives designed to increase the overall productivity and competitiveness of the UK construction industry.

First, Rethinking Construction. In partnership with the industry we are using demonstration projects, case studies and best practice dissemination to prove the business case for change and to provide practical means by which companies can improve their productivity and competitiveness and clients can demand products that actually enhance their own performance. We have agreed to continue the initiative until April 2004.

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Second, my Department supports a substantial programme of construction-related innovation and research. Sir John Fairclough, a former Government chief scientist, has recently conducted a review for us of how we should best provide that support in the future. The report establishes an excellent framework for improving the effectiveness of construction research. We are consulting the industry on how we can work with them to take forward the recommendations.

Finally, the Quality Mark Scheme, which will enable builders to demonstrate their competence and to distinguish themselves from their less reputable rivals. The scheme will be rolled out across the country over a three to four year period.

These three closely connected initiatives are being taken forward against a backdrop of continuing work with the industry to understand the various issues it faces, especially in relation to wider Government policy, to ensure we develop polices and regulations that recognise the competitiveness issues in the industry while meeting Government's broader objectives on the environment, safety and so on.

Paid Leave

13. Mr. Watts: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her policy on entitlement to payment for bank holidays. [42862]

Alan Johnson: Entitlement to time off on bank holidays depends on an employee's contract of employment. However, under the Working Time Regulations, employees are entitled to a minimum of four weeks' leave per year with pay. They may use part of this entitlement to take time off on bank holidays, subject to their employer's agreement.

Scott Report

14. Ms Drown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will implement the recommendations of the Scott report on export licensing. [42863]

Nigel Griffiths: The Bill responds to the Scott report's key recommendations that the existing export control should be replaced with legislation that:

Sets restrictions on the Government's power to control exports;

Gives Parliament the power to scrutinise orders introduced under export control legislation.

In addition the Bill gives the Government important new powers to control trafficking and brokering in arms, and the transfer of sensitive technology by intangible means.

Lord Scott has welcomed the Bill, commenting that "for the first time in some 50 years there are proposals for export controls which will have constitutional and democratic respectability." (Lord Scott made this comment during the Bill's Second Readings in the House of Lords—Hansard, 8 January column 482).

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Knowledge Transfer

15. Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to promote knowledge transfer between the university sector and British industry. [42864]

Ms Hewitt: The Government's two White Papers, "Excellence and Opportunity", published in July 2000, and "Opportunity for All", published in February 2001, set out our science and innovation policy for the 21st century, and include a comprehensive range of measures to help promote knowledge transfer between the university sector and British industry. We are making excellent progress.

We are considering, as part of the Government's spending review, how to further develop these initiatives to build on universities' potential as drivers of growth in the knowledge economy.


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