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Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the annual gross cost of the Driving Instructors Agency is; and what the income generated by the agency in test fees and other income was in the latest year for which figures are available. 
|Annual gross cost (expenditure)||76.849|
|Income (test fees)||78.222|
Copies of the annual report and accounts are available in the House Libraries.
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Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to review the capping of the discount available to residents wanting to buy their homes; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. John Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the timetable for (a) publication and (b) implementation of the Boundary Commission proposals for England and Wales. 
Mr. Raynsford: The Boundary Commissions for England, and for Wales, are independent bodies who will submit separate reports to the Secretary of State on completion of their general reviews of parliamentary constituencies in England and Wales.
The Boundary Commission for England has indicated in its annual report for 200001 that it expects to complete the fifth general review between five and six years after the February 2000 start. The Boundary Commission for Wales, in its annual report for 19992000, indicated its intention to commence the review in February 2003 and complete it in 2005.
As soon as possible after the Boundary Commission has submitted its reports to him, the Secretary of State is required to lay the reports before Parliament. If the reports recommend alterations to the existing constituencies, a draft Order in Council giving effect to the recommendations, with or without modifications, must also be laid. The order is subject to affirmative procedure of both Houses of Parliament. The new constituencies take effect at the following general election. On the basis of the Commissions' intentions, the Secretary of State does not expect to lay the reports before Parliament before 2006.
Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussion has taken place with business about the proposed EU Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Raynsford: The Health and Safety Executive has consulted widely with business on the Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive, including with the CBI and the TUC. It has also had discussions with several industry associations and has responded to a large number of inquiries from individual businesses.
Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the Government's policy is towards the EU Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Raynsford: The Government welcome the Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive and support the common position reached by the Council of Ministers on 25 June. We believe implementation of the directive
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will result in significant improvements in health. The Government intend to defend the common position against amendments proposed by the European Parliament which would cause significant problems for industry.
Ms Keeble: We want to get the best deal for the taxpayer. Therefore, any sale of the Dome will be required to provide a worthwhile and sustainable future for the Dome and value for money. We will also want to be assured that bidders' proposals can be successfully delivered.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the costs of the Millennium Dome since the closure of the Millennium Experience. 
Ms Keeble: Since the closure of the Millennium Experience on 31 December 2000, the expenditure incurred on the Dome by the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) and English Partnerships (EP) is as follows:
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials in his Department, first spoke to (a) representatives of Legacy plc, (b) representatives of the Wellcome Trust, (c) the Duke of Westminster or his colleagues and (d) any other party to discuss the acquisition of the Millennium Dome, following the failure of the Nomura deal. 
Ms Keeble: To reveal details of any discussions could compromise the negotiating process and would be against the public interest. It is of course open to any interested party to make their interest known.
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Peter Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he will take to assist Mrs. Eileen Williams' attempts to secure the title to land owned by her late parents at Kuranze Ranch in Kenya. 
Mr. Bradshaw: We are concerned at the length of time it is taking for the Kenyan authorities to resolve this matter. Our High Commission in Nairobi and the High Commissioner personally have maintained a close interest in Mrs. Williams' case and will continue to do all they properly can to seek an outcome which is equitable to Mrs. Williams.
Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 17 October; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement. 
Peter Hain: The General Affairs Council met on 17 October in Luxembourg to discuss the EU's response to international terrorism. The GAC declared its total solidarity with the United States and confirmed its wholehearted support for the action taken in the context of legitimate defence and in accordance with the UN Charter and the UN Security Council Resolution 1368.
The GAC reiterated the importance of a multilateral and global approach under the United Nations' aegis in order to strengthen the international coalition in its fight against terrorism in all its aspects. It identified emergency humanitarian aid in Afghanistan as an absolute priority and undertook to mobilise without delay aid amounting to more than euro 320 million. The GAC supported the efforts of the UN specialised agencies and expressed its concern at the difficulties of access and of convoying humanitarian aid in Afghanistan. The GAC appealed to the countries of the region to facilitate by all means possible the humanitarian operations for hosting fresh flows of Afghan refugees and will implement the necessary means to assist them in doing so.
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The GAC decided to intensify the European Union's relations with the countries neighbouring Afghanistan in order to contribute to the stability of the region. Particular reference was made to Pakistan, India, Iran and the countries of central Asia. The GAC also expressed its determination to continue a close and co-ordinated political dialogue with its Arab and Muslim partners.
The GAC emphasised the urgent need to relaunch the middle east peace process. The Presidency issued a separate statement condemning in the strongest terms the assassination of the Israeli Minister for Tourism, Rehavam Ze'evi.
The GAC welcomed the fact that, in all the Council's configurations, work on stepping up the fight against terrorism was progressing satisfactorily and had already produced initial results. It noted in particular the following:
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