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Royal Geographical Society Speech

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the speech made by the Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions to the Royal Geographical Society on 5 June 1997; and if he will make a statement. [61254]

The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: I have been asked to reply.

I have today placed copies of the speech in the Libraries of the House.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Departmental Website

Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the cost of the redesign and re-launch of her Department's website. [52309]

Ms Hewitt: The redesign of the site was part of the ongoing process of making it easier for users to find the information they require. The contract for the redesign was let by tender, and six companies were invited to tender, in accordance with normal departmental rules. The winning company were judged to offer the best value for money for the job. As I informed the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) on 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 393W, the cost was £60,294 including VAT.

We are currently undertaking customer research to ascertain the success of the redesign. We will be talking to the three main audience groups, businesses, consumers and employees, to ensure that the site continues to meet their needs.

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Anti-competitive Practices

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ask the Director General of Fair Trading to investigate possible anti-competitive practices by mobile telephone network providers who prevent non-contracted pay-as-you-go consumers from switching networks on their handsets until they have spent a minimum amount on calls. [56584]

Miss Melanie Johnson: This is a matter for the Director General for Telecommunications. I understand that he intends to investigate this practice in the near future.

Departmental Regional Organisation

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what regional organisation her Department has; and if she will list the counties and unitary authorities in each region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002. [58946]

Ms Hewitt: The Department of Trade and Industry works at regional level through the Government Offices for the Regions. There are nine Government offices in England: south-east, south-west, London, east of England, east midlands, west midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, north-west and north-east. The Government offices are funded by nine sponsor Departments, including my Department. The Regional Co-ordination Unit based in the office of my right hon. Friend, the Deputy Prime Minister has overall responsibility for the Government office network.

The county and unitary authorities in each of the nine English regions are set out in a table which my right hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government and the Regions has placed in the Libraries of the House.

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which of the agencies and NDPBs sponsored by her Department have a regional organisation; and if she will list the counties and unitary authorities in each region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002. [58947]

Ms Hewitt: Following is the information in respect of the Department's NDPBs.

Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service














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The regional structure of ACAS at 1 April 1997 was the same as this with the following exceptions.

The county of Cumbria was covered by ACAS's northern region rather than north-west region.

Wales and the south-west were two separate regions.

The south-west region also covered Hampshire (except north-east Hampshire), Oxfordshire, Berkshire and the Isle of Wight.

Gas and Electricity Consumer Council (Energywatch)













The GECC was established in 2000.

Consumer Council for Postal Services (Postwatch)

Postwatch was established in January 2001. There are six regional committees covering England. The exact boundaries of the regions are determined by discrete postcode areas, resulting in some counties being covered by more than one region.

The Postwatch Northern England region covers the counties of Cumbria, Northumberland, Durham, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Cheshire and parts of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire and the unitary authorities of Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Blackpool, Blackburn, Halton, Warrington, York, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, city of Kingston upon Hull, North-east Lincolnshire.

The Postwatch Midlands region covers the counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, and Northamptonshire and the unitary authorities of Herefordshire, Stoke, the Wrekin, South Gloucestershire, city of Derby, city of Nottingham and the city of Leicester.

The Postwatch East of England region covers the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and parts of Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire and the unitary authorities of city of Peterborough, Luton and Milton Keynes.

The Postwatch South and West region covers the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and parts of Berkshire and West Sussex and the unitary authorities of city of Bristol, Swindon, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire, North

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Somerset, Bath and North-east Somerset, Bournemouth, Poole, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Portsmouth, Torbay and city of Plymouth.

The Postwatch South-east England region covers the counties of Kent, East Sussex, Surrey, and parts of West Sussex, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Essex and Hertfordshire and the unitary authorities of Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough, Brighton and Hove, Medway, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

The Postwatch Greater London region covers the county of Middlesex and parts of Kent, Essex and Surrey and the 32 London boroughs and the Corporation of London.

In addition there are Postwatch offices for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The DTI sponsors the eight Regional Development Agencies in England. They cover the following areas:



























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The National Consumer Council has no regional organisation, however it has two subsidiary organisations, the Welsh Consumer Council and the Scottish Consumer Council covering Wales and Scotland respectively.

I have asked the chief executives of the Department's agencies that have a regional organisation to respond to the hon. Member direct, copies of which have been placed in the Library.


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