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Dr. John Reid: The Government believe that prospects for the full implementation of the Belfast Agreement are very good following the significant progress made in recent weeks. This has included IRA decommissioning; the stabilisation of the political institutions; further normalisation; and the publication of the Criminal Justice Implementation Plan. We are committed to building on these developments to ensure steady and continued progress.
Dr. John Reid: The devolved institutions are now established on a very stable basis following the successful election of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister by over 70 per cent. of the Members of the Assembly. We are committed to working to ensure their continued stability, and we will continue to encourage everyone to facilitate their full and unfettered operation in the future.
26. Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the capabilities of republican terrorist networks to mount a sustained bombing campaign. 
Jane Kennedy: The Secretary of State continues to monitor the ceasefires of all paramilitary groups. He receives regular briefings from the Chief Constable and his senior security advisers. The decision by the IRA to decommission its weapons has led the Chief Constable to conclude there to be a reduction in the threat to enable further normalisation measures to proceed. However, we are not complacent. There remains a significant threat from dissident republican groups as evidenced by the recent bomb found in Armagh.
Jane Kennedy: The level of threat posed by dissident republican groups remains high. Dissidents are believed responsible for the bomb attack on Woodbourne Police Station in October. The security forces continue to frustrate their attempts to disrupt the peace process. The most recent successes are the arrests and subsequent
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charges of republicans after the discovery of a bomb in Armagh, ammunition finds in Lurgan and Moira. Anti-terrorist Branch officers also recently made a number of arrests in north London and Liverpool in connection with the bomb attacks in London and Birmingham.
Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Gaelic Athletic Association on its change of rules to allow fixtures against teams representing the police in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of the average monthly flow from the unemployment count of claimants aged 18 to 24 and unemployed for (a) every six months from April 1993 to May 1997 and (b) each year under the New Deal. 
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|Average gross weekly earnings (£)|
(1) Men aged 1664 and women aged 1659.
(2) The definition of full-time is based on respondents' self-assessment not on the number of hours worked
ONS Labour Force Survey
Ruth Kelly: The Government have already introduced benchmark standards for Individual Savings Accounts and mortgages. These standards apply to charges, access and terms, and are known as CAT standards.
In response to proposals in the March 2000 report of the Banking Review led by Don Cruickshank, the Treasury consulted on possible new CAT standards for credit cards and basic bank accounts earlier this year.
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the plans for 200001 on the basis of the Department's listed resource/capital distinction set out in Table B.16 of the pre-Budget report. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Spending within departmental expenditure limits for resource and capital budgets for 200001 was set out in the 2001 pre-Budget report (Cm 5318). Plans in resource and capital terms were last stated in table C13 of Budget 2001 (HC 279).
Mrs. Lawrence: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to include sterling denominated payments within the scope of the proposed regulation on cross-border payments in euros. 
Ruth Kelly: The Government do not intend to extend the scope of the proposed Regulation on cross-border payments in euro to sterling denominated payments. The approach taken in the Regulation is inconsistent with the competition-based approach that we believe is the better way of tackling the problem of market failure in cross-border payments. Such an approach would be consistent with our commitment to introduce a new regime for regulating competition in domestic payment systemsas recommended by the Cruickshank report. Not including sterling denominated payments would also avoid the potentially counter-productive effects arising from the proposed Regulation that could be damaging to consumers.
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