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Andrew Bennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out the timetable for implementing part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, in order to achieve her Public Service Agreement target of opening up public access to mountain, moor, heath and down and registered common land by the end of 2005. 
Alun Michael: Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 requires various regulations to be made before the right of access is brought into force. The table sets out the provisional programme for consultation on proposals for regulations and for bringing the regulations into force in order to meet our Public Service Agreement target. We are firmly committed to the 2005 target although the exact timing of each of the intermediate stages in our programme may depend on responses to the various consultation papers which we shall be issuing. I shall consider the views of respondents carefully before laying regulations before Parliament.
|Regulation||Section||Consultation commended||Date regulations in force|
|Regulations regarding mapping of access land and consultation on draft maps||Section 11||March 2001||October 2001|
|Regulations regarding the establishment of LAFs and the appointment of members||Section 94 (Part V)||July 2001||December 2001|
|Regulations regarding issue of provisional maps, appeals, and issue of conclusive maps||Section 11||October 2001||April 2002|
|Regulations regarding dedication of land for access||Section 16||October 2001||March 2002|
|Regulations relating to exclusion or restriction of access under Chapter II, including appeals||Section 32||November 2001||May 2002|
|Regulations on removal or relaxation of restrictions on access land and to exclude access in emergencies||Paragraph 7, Schedule 2; Section 31||November 2002||May 2003|
|Regulations on appeals relating to notices||Section 38||February 2003||August 2003|
|Regulations regarding review of conclusive maps||Section 11||February 2004||August 2004|
|References to public places in existing enactments||Section 42||To review before general implementation of right of access|
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Progress in developing regulations has been delayed by the secondment of staff to undertake vital work in responding to the foot and mouth crisis. I now expect to lay regulations during the summer recess enabling the Countryside Agency to issue the first draft maps of open country and registered common land in November. I shall review the case for giving earlier access to mountain land and registered common land in the light of experience of the first mapping exercises. This would lead to the commencement of certain regulations earlier than the proposed timetable.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if it is Government policy to allow indefinitely those who wish to do so to collect their state pension in cash at a post office. 
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on access to membership of occupational pension schems for disabled people when they start employment. 
Mr. McCartney: The Government want to ensure that all employees take advantage of access to good occupational pension schemes. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 inserted a "non-discrimination rule" into the rules of all occupational pension schemes which prevents the general exclusion of disabled people from occupational pension schemes although schemes can apply different eligibility criteria for benefits if the costs of providing those benefits is substantially greater.
Research undertaken in 1999 indicated that there was no evidence of systematic exclusion of disabled people from occupational pension schemes. There was evidence of the application of blanket restrictions on access to ill-health benefits. These restrictions were perceived to be difficult to challenge through existing channels.
The Disability Rights Task Force made a number of recommendations on occupational pensions including access to complaints procedures. Our response to the Task Force'Towards Inclusion', published on 5 March 2001proposes, when legislative time allows, amending the Disability Discrimination Act to allow disabled people to complain to an employment tribunal about discrimination by trustees or managers of an occupational pension scheme.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to implement the changes to the invalid carers allowance detailed in his Department's press release dated 3 October 2000. 
Maria Eagle: We have already introduced two of the four measures announced last autumn. In April we increased the carer premium paid through income-related benefits by £10 per week, and raised the invalid care allowance (ICA) earnings limit by £22 per week. The
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other changes announced enable claims to ICA to be extended to people aged 65 or over and to enable ICA to continue for up to eight weeks after the death of the person being cared for. We intend to introduce a regulatory reform order to provide for these changes shortly.
Maria Eagle: The Government's response to the Disability Rights Task Force, "Towards Inclusioncivil rights for disabled people", issued in March 2001, noted that the Disability Rights Commission had been asked to develop a voluntary approach instead of legislating to reduce any problems disabled people may have in joining private clubs. Replies to that report are currently being analysed.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the cost of the recent renaming of his Department, including (a) design costs, (b) stationery costs, (c) new name plaques and (d) other costs; and if he will make a statement. 
Recruit consolidates and simplifies the wage subsidy of the New Deal. The subsidy is currently paid weekly. Under Recruit, it will be paid in two lump sums, one on recruitment and the second to support retention after 13 weeks.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the countries from which buyers (a) have been and (b) will be invited to the defence systems and equipment international exhibition being held from 11 to 14 September. 
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Dr. Moonie: The full list of countries from which Official Defence Delegations will be invited to attend the defence systems and equipment international exhibition 2001 is still being completed. I will write to my hon. Friend as soon as it has been finalised.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which days the defence systems and equipment international exhibition will be open to (a) overseas customers, (b) the press, and (c) the public; who will be opening the exhibition; if hon. Members will be invited to it; and which ships from (i) the Royal Navy and (ii) overseas navies will be participating in the exhibition. 
Dr. Moonie: The exhibition is an international trade event organised by a commercial company. It will be open to overseas visitors and fully accredited members of the media from 11 to 14 September but will not be open to the public.
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