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Law and Order (Spending)

Claire Ward: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on Government spending on law and order and the fight against terrorism. [184084]

John Healey: As announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his statement of 12 July, spending on Crime and Justice will increase by £3.5 billion by 2007–08, an annual average real terms growth of 3 per cent. Spending on counter-terrorism and resilience across departments will rise to over £2 billion by 2007–08, more than doubling the total since September 11.

Overseas Development

Tony Baldry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of UK GDP is spent on overseas development; and what the EU average is. [184082]

John Healey: In 2003 the UK spent 0.34 per cent. of Gross National Income (GNI) on development assistance to the world's poorest countries, exceeding the target we set for that year. As the chancellor announced in the 2004 spending review statement, total uk aid by 2007–08 will reach nearly £6.5 billion, equivalent to 0.47 per cent. of GNI, well above the 2003 EU average of 0.35 per cent.

Road-related Taxation

Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised by (a) road fuel and (b) road related taxation in the last year for which figures are available. [184004]

John Healey: The information is as follows:

State Aid

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has made to the European Commission on the elimination of state aid to companies. [183297]

Ruth Kelly: The Treasury set out its views on the need for further action to reform the EU state aid regime in its February 2004 report on progress in achieving European economic reform, "Advancing long-term prosperity: Economic reform in an enlarged Europe". The Government gave further detail of the need for state aid reform in their June 2004 submission to the mid-term high-level group on the review of the Lisbon strategy, "Mid-term review of the Lisbon Strategy: UK submission to the high-level group".
 
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World Debt

Linda Perham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress the G7 finance ministers are making in tackling world debt. [184093]

John Healey: Further cancellation of debt for the world's poorest countries was an important item of discussion at last month's G8 summit in Sea Island, Georgia.

The UK pressed for, and secured, G8 support for the extension of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative by a further two years, potentially allowing another 10 countries to benefit from debt relief in excess of $30 billion.

Finance Ministers will report back by the end of the year on progress, and on further measures to ensure that the poorest countries have a sustainable exit from debt.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Accountancy Advice

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many contracts have been let by her Department in each financial year since 2001–02 to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte and Touche, (c) KPMG and (d) Ernst and Young for advising her Department on private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts; and what fees were paid in each case. [182260]

Ms Hewitt: There has been no contracts let by the Department to any of the companies mentioned since 2001–02 for advisory work on PPP/PFI contracts.

Aegis Defence Services

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what dates officials have met representatives of Aegis Defence Services. [183379]

Jacqui Smith: My officials have not met representatives of Aegis Defence Services.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations have been made to the United States authorities relating to Aegis Defence Services and personnel associated with its operations. [183615]

Jacqui Smith: The Department of Trade and Industry has not made any representations to the United States relating to Aegis Defence Services or its personnel associated with its operations.

Automotive Companies

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 29 June 2004, Official Report, column 194W, on MG Rover Group, which key automotive companies her officials have had discussions and meetings with in the last year, and on what dates; and which of her officials were involved. [182759]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 12 July 2004]: The Department seeks to promote the competitiveness of the automotive sector in the UK through, among other
 
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things, providing an effective communication channel between business and Government. Frequent meetings and discussions take place between officials and a wide range of companies in the sector. This includes regular bilateral dialogue with key companies and a variety of broader meetings in the context of sectoral initiatives such as the Automotive Academy, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, and Supply Chain Groups programme, and through the auspices of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and other trade associations. A full list of meetings and discussions with dates and names of officials involved could not be compiled except at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Publications (Storage)

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many departmental publications are in storage; and where they are located. [183866]

Ms Hewitt: There are currently 1,900 different departmental publications stored and distributed from the DTI Publications Orderline, based in Otford, Kent. There are also around 25 print on demand publications available.

In addition, there are a number of smaller specialist distributors such as: the Bio-Wise Helpline in Didcot; Cleaner Coal Technology Programme Helpline in Didcot; Tudorseed Construction in Hornchurch; TCS Publications in Teddington.

National Minimum Wage

Mr. Lyons: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will ensure that information campaigns on changes to the national minimum wage in October for 14 to 17-year-olds use magazines, television and radio with substantial youth audiences; [182867]

(2) how many 14 to 17-year-olds in Scotland will benefit from changes to the national minimum wage in October; [182869]

(3) if her Department will target school pupils who will be entitled to the national minimum wage for the first time before October with information on their rights; [182870]

(4) how many school pupils aged between 14 and 17 years will benefit from the national minimum wage in October. [182873]

Mr. Sutcliffe: On 1 October 2004 the Government will introduce a new minimum wage of £3 an hour, which will apply to workers who are below the age of 18 and have ceased to be of compulsory school leaving age. After taking account of apprentices (who will be exempt) the number of people in the UK who stand to benefit from the new rate is likely to be in the low tens of thousands. It is not possible to provide an estimate of beneficiaries specifically for Scotland because of the small sample sizes underpinning the data.

It is important that young people are made aware of the new rate. My officials are presently preparing an information campaign for this autumn.
 
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Mr. Lyons: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the Department plans to create greater awareness of the national minimum wage among home workers. [182871]

Mr. Sutcliffe: In March 2004 the Government introduced the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2004. These regulations come into effect in October 2004 and require employers to pay all output workers, including home workers, the minimum wage for every hour they work, or a fair piece rate that allows an average worker to earn the minimum wage. We believe the new system will be more easily understood—helping home workers to understand and claim their right to the minimum wage.

The Department has already, working with the Trades Union Congress and the National Group on Homeworking, distributed information about the changes to homeworkers and their representatives. My officials are presently considering what more can be done to promote awareness of the minimum wage to home workers.

Mr. Lyons: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if her Department will assess how best to restrict further failures to pay the national minimum wage. [182872]

Mr. Sutcliffe: In their fourth report last year the Low Pay Commission asked the Government to evaluate existing enforcement powers to help strengthen enforcement of the minimum wage. The Government will be submitting evidence on this issue to the Commission in the autumn.


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