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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 200708, 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 200708, more than doubling the total since September 11.
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 200708 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.
(a) Revenue from duty on road fuels was £22.3 billion in 2003. This information is available in the Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin published by HM Customs and Excise, which can be found at www.uktradeinfo.com. Customs do not collect data on VAT from individual goods and services.
(b) Revenue from Vehicle Excise Duty was £4.7 billion in 200304. This information is available through the Office for National Statistics at www.statistics.gov.uk
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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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.
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 200102 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. 
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. 
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. 
[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.
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.
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; 
(2) how many 14 to 17-year-olds in Scotland will benefit from changes to the national minimum wage in October; 
(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; 
(4) how many school pupils aged between 14 and 17 years will benefit from the national minimum wage in October. 
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.
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 understoodhelping 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. 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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