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carried out an assessment of the impact on the textile industry in the UK of the worldwide economic downturn since 11 September; 
Mr. Alexander [holding answer 30 April 2002]: The Department has made no specific assessment of the impact of the events of 11 September on the textile industry. However, we continue to work closely with the industry's own Textile and Clothing Strategy Group (TCSG) to help to improve the industry's productivity and competitiveness, a process which has been in place since before the events of 11 September. The Government have provided more than £80 million to the industry since 1997, and in the last year alone, spent close to £8 million on encouraging innovation within the industry by developing the technical textiles market, developing supply chain and design skills, promoting the benefits of e-commerce and providing export support and education and training opportunities.
My officials maintain an on-going dialogue with the industry and keep in close contact with regional bodies including the devolved Administrations, industry representative organisations such as the British Apparel and Textile Confederation (BATC), and textile and clothing companies as well as the TCSG.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) surplus and (b) deficit was passed to the Exchequer in the form of Government receipts during the course of the ECGD's trading activities in each of the last five years. 
Ms Hewitt: The following surpluses were passed to the Exchequer in the form of Government receipts by ECGD during financial years 199798 to 200001. The figures for 200102 have not been included as these have yet to be audited.
|Extra receipts (£)|
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent by the administration section of the Export Credits Guarantee Department under code B4 (Grant and transfers: current) in the appropriation accounts on recruitment costs in the last five financial years; how much was paid to each recruitment company; what position was recruited for in each year; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Hewitt: Details of amounts of money paid to individual companies are commercially confidential. I have listed in the table ECGD's total spend on recruitment for financial years 199798 to 200001, the names of the recruitment companies employed by ECGD in those years and ECGD's total recruitment in the same period. Figures for 200102 have not been included as these have yet to be audited.
|Recruitment spend (£)|
|Capita Business||Barclay Simpson Associates||Barclay Simpson Associates||Barclay Simpson Associates|
|Datatech Search and Selection||Capita Business Services||Capita Business Services||Capita RAS Ltd. (ex RAS)|
|Reed Staffing Services||Chambers Professional Recruitment||Capita RAS Ltd. (ex RAS)||Carr Lyons Search and Selection|
|Hays Accountancy Personnel||Chambers Professional Recruitment|
|Reed Staffing Services Ltd.|
|Senior civil service|
|Specialist (eg legal/operational research)|
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Ms Hewitt: This is an operational matter for the companies and agencies concerned. Detailed information about the timings and routes for transports of nuclear materials is not disclosed publicly for security reasons.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what additional security measures have been ordered for the return of the faulty MOX fuel from Japan to Sellafield as a result of the events of 11 September 2001. 
Ms Hewitt: The Government keep security requirements for transports of nuclear materials under regular review. The Government are satisfied that the security arrangements for the transport of MOX from Japan to the United Kingdom are amply robust to deal with any potential threats. In addition, the Government of the United States have confirmed to the Government of Japan that arrangements for transporting the fuel from Japan to the United Kingdom, including the security measures in place, are consistent with the terms of the bilateral agreement on nuclear co-operation between the United States and Japan.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what payments have been made to individuals following findings of maladministration by ombudsmen with responsibility for agencies under the remit of her Department in the last 12 months; and what plans she has to review the powers to increase the level of awards that can be made. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The Department's agencies operate their own complaints procedures. Individual payments resulting from complaints are a matter for the agency chief executives within the
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limits of their financial delegations and in consultation with the Department as appropriate. I have asked the chief executives to respond to the hon. Member on any such payments made within the last 12 months.
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