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Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets she has set the Insolvency Service executive agency for 2002–03. [66090]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Insolvency Service's planning assumption is that compulsory insolvencies will total 28,000 in the year to 31 March 2003, and I have therefore set it the target of completing 28,500 case administrations in the year to 31 March 2003 and to maintain the levels of Income Payment Orders achieved.

I have set the Service two new targets for 2002–03. The first is to publish quarterly results of the Service's User Satisfaction Index and introduce a benchmark score by 31 March 2003; and the second is to achieve IiP re-accreditation in the autumn of 2002.

I have also set it the targets of containing increases in the unit cost of administering bankruptcy and compulsory liquidation cases by 1 per cent. in real terms over the period 2002–04; and containing increases in the cost of investigations of bankruptcy and compulsory liquidation cases by 10 per cent. in real terms over the period 2002–04. These increases reflect plans by the Service to invest in information technology and staff resources to prepare for implementation of the Enterprise Bill and are expected to generate net reductions in unit costs over a five-year period.

I expect the Service to continue to achieve the levels of proceedings for disqualification taken against unfit directors as in previous years and reports on cases of criminal misconduct as in 2001–02. At the same time I look to the Service reducing the average time of the conclusion of disqualification proceedings arising from non-compulsory insolvencies from 27.5 months to 26 months by 31 March 2003; and to increasing the

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percentage of disqualification cases concluded within 30 months from 72 per cent. to 78 per cent. and those within 24 months from 33 per cent. to 40 per cent.

I also expect the Service to check and action at least 98 per cent. of Insolvency Services Account payment requisitions within four days or the due date, and to action 100 per cent. of invoices for payment within 30 days of receipt and 95 per cent. of invoices for payment within 20 days.


Employment Statistics

Mr. Joyce: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people were in employment (a) at the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in May 1997 for each constituency in Scotland. [61293]

Ruth Kelly: I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Eric Joyce, dated 1 July 2002:

Annual working age(56) employment rates(57) by parliamentary constituency; Scotland; March 1997 to February 1998 and March 2000 to February 2001; not seasonally adjusted
Per cent

March 1997 to February 1998March 2000 to February 2001
Aberdeen Central74.270.5
Aberdeen North81.881.5
Aberdeen South81.181.8
Airdrie and Shotts66.062.2
Argyll and Bute70.771.2
Banff and Buchan72.877.5
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross66.377.5
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley65.067.7
Central Fife66.870.2
Clydebank and Milngavie68.168.6
Coatbridge and Chryston62.264.6
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth70.571.2
Cunninghame North66.566.7
Cunninghame South64.469.9
Dundee East70.469.9
Dundee West64.961.3
Dunfermline East71.975.8
Dunfermline West78.878.5
East Kilbride75.284.0
East Lothian73.972.6
Edinburgh Central64.776.1
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh76.971.8
Edinburgh North and Leith72.478.3
Edinburgh Pentlands77.381.2
Edinburgh South66.566.0
Edinburgh West76.780.8
Falkirk East73.378.6
Falkirk West74.374.4
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale68.574.6
Glasgow Anniesland60.271.7
Glasgow Baillieston55.559.9
Glasgow Cathcart64.570.4
Glasgow Govan69.161.5
Glasgow Kelvin66.660.6
Glasgow Maryhill49.158.7
Glasgow Pollok57.964.4
Glasgow Rutherglen64.063.5
Glasgow Shettleston48.654.3
Glasgow Springburn49.757.4
Greenock and Inverclyde73.276.8
Hamilton North and Bellshill66.070.9
Hamilton South61.061.9
Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber77.279.5
Kilmarnock and Loudoun64.172.4
Motherwell and Wishaw64.759.8
North East Fife71.078.7
North Tayside77.582.1
Orkney and Shetland81.387.3
Paisley North63.363.4
Paisley South71.479.2
Ross, Skye and Inverness West77.277.4
Roxburgh and Berwickshire75.884.2
Strathkelvin and Bearsden76.774.1
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale79.584.7
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine76.185.2
West Renfrewshire76.081.6
Western Isles78.978.5

(56) Men aged 16–64 and women aged 16–59

(57) Working age people in employment as a percentage of the working age population


ONS Labour Force Survey, Annual Data

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Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on his plans to inform persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activities that their cases will not be pursued. [63943]

Dr. John Reid: We are still considering how best to implement the proposals which we and the Irish Government made in relation to this following the Weston Park talks. In the meantime, any inquiries received in relation to individuals wishing to establish whether they are wanted in Northern Ireland in relation to suspected terrorist activities have been communicated to the Attorney- General, who has referred them to the prosecuting authorities and the police.

Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many people suspected of involvement in terrorist activities have been informed

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by the Northern Ireland Office since 10 April 1998 that they are no longer wanted by the prosecuting authorities; [63945]

Dr. John Reid: As a result of inquiries received and referred to the prosecuting authorities and the police, 32 individuals have been informed over the past two years that they are not wanted for arrest in relation to terrorist offences. In accordance with the policy announced by my predecessor on 29 September 2000, an additional 25 persons, who had left Northern Ireland without completing their sentences, have been informed since then that they can return to Northern Ireland without serving more time in custody and that the prosecuting authorities and police have confirmed they will not face fresh charges.

Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many people suspected of involvement in terrorist activities will benefit from the provisions contained in paragraph 20 of the joint proposals published by the British and Irish Governments on 1 August 2001; [63944]

Jane Kennedy: The British and Irish Governments recognised at the talks at Weston Park last summer that the issue of terrorists on the run needed to be dealt with. Paragraph 20 of the joint communique made following those talks committed both Governments to taking steps to resolve this issue. The Government stands by that commitment and is considering the options for discharging it. Until the Government have concluded how best to resolve the matter, it is not possible to give a reliable estimate of how many people it would effect.

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