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British Transport Police

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has held with the Home Secretary about the future deployment of the British Transport Police; and if he will make a statement. [65741]

Mr. Jamieson: The deployment of the British Transport Police (BTP) is an operational matter for the Chief Constable. My right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Transport and the Home Secretary have agreed to provide central funds of £1.36 million to the BTP to support their participation in the Street Crime Initiative in London. This funding will enable the BTP to procure additional officers and equipment so that they can maximise their contribution to the initiative by targeting street crime in and around London's tube and rail network.

TREASURY

Refrigerators

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when Her Majesty's Customs and Excise first stopped the export of second-hand fridges in response to the European Regulation; when it lifted that ban, and why; when it restored it; and what the total value was of second-hand fridges exported in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001. [62609]

John Healey [holding answer 17 June 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 13 March, Official Report, column 1107W. Customs statistics do not separately identify the value of second hand fridges exported.

Financial Ombudsman

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what power the financial ombudsman has to (a) impose and (b) collect fines from recalcitrant companies and individuals found guilty of selling incorrect policies. [65592]

Ruth Kelly: The Financial Ombudsman Service deals with complaints against financial services firms. It does not impose fines but where it decides a complaint against a firm, it can require the firm to make good the complainant's losses. The Financial Services Authority, as regulator, makes rules for regulated firms, including rules that they comply promptly with an ombudsman's decision. The FSA has a full range of disciplinary and enforcement powers over regulated firms, including the power to impose and collect fines.

State Pensions

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 12 June, Official

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Report, column 1290W, on state pensions, what proportion of the rise for each of the listed pension schemes since 1997 is caused by (a) increases in prices and salaries, (b) a growth in the number of public servants, (c) reassessments of mortality rates and (d) other reasons; and if he will make a statement. [64500]

Mr. Boateng: I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer of 21 June, Official Report, column 586W.

Pensions Mis-selling

John Mann: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on recent action which he has taken on mis-selling of pensions. [63410]

Ruth Kelly: The Financial Services Authority announced earlier this year that it expected to bring the review of mis-sold pensions to a close by its target date of 30 June 2002. By the end of this year the vast majority of consumers with outstanding claims will have received the compensation due to them.

Spending Review

Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has determined the date for this year's spending review announcement. [65730]

John Healey: The Chancellor expects to announce the date shortly.

Regional Organisation

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the agencies and NDPBs sponsored by his Department have a regional organisation; and if he will list the counties and unitary authorities in each region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002. [58941]

Mr. Boateng: None of the agencies and NDPBs sponsored by the Treasury has a regional organisation.

OECD PISA Survey

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) pupils and (b) schools who were asked to take part in the OECD PISA survey refused to participate. [65134]

Mr. Boateng: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Nick Gibb, dated 1 July 2002:




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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps were taken to assess the educational achievements of pupils who refused to sit the OECD PISA survey tests; and whether this information was incorporated into the PISA results. [65135]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reasons the schools which refused to participate in the OECD PISA survey gave for their refusal. [65133]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Nick Gibb, dated 1 July 2002:



Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pupils were asked to sit the OECD PISA survey test for (a) reading, (b) mathematical and (c) scientific literacy; and how they were chosen. [65137]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis schools were selected for inclusion in the OECD PISA survey; and how replacement schools were selected. [65129]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Nick Gibb, dated 1 July 2002:




Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the OECD's policy is regarding the inclusion of replacement schools in the OECD PISA survey. [65130]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Nick Gibb, dated 1 July 2002:




Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the schools selected as replacement schools for the OECD PISA survey. [65131]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

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Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Nick Gibb, dated 1 July 2002:



Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of schools selected for the OECD PISA survey agreed to take part (a) prior to the inclusion of replacement schools and (b) after the inclusion of replacement schools; and what the minimum proportion of the originally selected schools is deemed acceptable by the OECD for inclusion in the international survey. [65128]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

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