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The Prime Minister: I last met the Indian Prime Minister on 12 October 2002. We discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest. These covered a number of defence and security matters, including defence export opportunities. The Government continue to support the proposals that BAE Systems has made for the supply of Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft to India.
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The Prime Minister: I regularly discuss all aspects of Iraq policy with President Bush. My position on the UN is as I set out in the answer I gave the hon. Member for St. Ives in the House on 23 October 2002.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Prime Minister how many Government sponsored official histories are in preparation; when each was commissioned; who the authors are; what the estimated dates of completion are; and what the estimated cost in each case is. 
The Prime Minister: The original programme of official histories commissioned by the War Cabinet, and covering military and civil histories of the second world war, was extended in 1966 by the then Prime Minister to include selected periods or episodes of peacetime history. The following are currently in preparation:
|Title||Author||Date commissioned||Estimated publication date|
|Falklands Campaign||Professor Lawrence Freedman||1997||2003|
|The Official Biography of Desmond Morton||Mrs Gill Bennett||2002||2004|
|The Development of North Sea Oil and Gas||Professor Alexander Kemp||1999||2005|
|Channel Tunnel||Dr. Terence Gourvish||2001||2005|
|UK Accession to the EEC vol 2||Professor Alan Milward||1997||2006|
|The Civil Service since Fulton||Professor Rodney Lowe||2002||2008|
|SOE in France (revised edition)||Professor M R D Foot||2000||2003|
|Secret Flotillas (revised edition)||Sir Brooks Richards||2000||2003|
|From Defence by Committee to Defence by Ministry||Professor Donald Cameron Watt||1974||2004|
|External Economic Policy since the War vol 2||Professor Leslie Pressnell||1974||2004|
|SOE in Italy||Christopher Woods||1989||2004|
|SOE in Greece||Professor Richard Clogg||1984||2004|
In the financial year 200001 the cost of running the official history programme was #147,000. This includes fees and expenses of historians and research assistants, costs associated with publication and staff costs of Cabinet Office administrative support. However, it excludes accommodation related overheads. In the case of the SOE histories, no fee is paid for the authors' work. Instead they seek recompense through royalties from their publishers.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many job vacancies there were at (a) administrative assistant or equivalent, (b) administrative officer or equivalent, (c) administrative executive officer, (d) higher executive officer, (e) senior executive officer, (f) grade 7 principal and (g) all positions above grade 7 level in her Department for jobs located in (i) London and (ii) the South East between 1 April 2001 and 31March; and what is the total employment for each civil service grade. 
|Responsibility level||Vacancies||Total staff|
|G6 and above||||5|
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Paddy Tipping: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the value of biofuels for road transport in contributing to achieving his environmental and rural development goals; 
(3) what discussions he has had with the EU over reduced rates of duty for road gas fuels and hydrogen as a road fuel; and what plans he has for similar discussions to reduce the rates for biomethanol. 
The former Department for Environment, Transport and Local Government published an environmental appraisal of the green fuels originally submitted in response to the Chancellor's Green Fuel Challenge in March 2001. This set out the Government's views on different alternative fuels. In addition, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has commissioned an assessment from Sheffield Hallam University on biodiesel. This is an independent evaluation of comparative energy, environmental and social costs and benefits of biodiesel. The results of this study are expected to be published later this year.
Vera Baird: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of (a) families with children and (b) lone parents who will have relevant incomes as defined under section 7 of the Tax Credits Act 2002 of less than #13,230 a year for the purpose of calculating entitlement to child tax credit. 
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Dawn Primarolo: The number of families with children expected to benefit from the child tax credit with relevant incomes as defined under section 7 of the Tax Credits Act 2002 of less than #13,230 a year is estimated as 2.4 million.
Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints the Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England have received about the Confederacion Española de Caja Ahorros in each of the last 10 years. 
Ruth Kelly: Complaints resolution between financial firms and their customers is not a function carried out by the Financial Services Authority. In any case, disclosure of the information sought is prevented by section 348 of the Financial Services and Markets Act (2000).
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place a progress report on the Customs and Excise electronic self-service facilities for current internal based administrative processes in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: As part of their e-Business programme to modernise the way the Department delivers its business, Customs are in the process of procuring a commercial off-the-shelf HR package to deliver electronic self-service facilities for their current HR administrative processes.
If the outcome is successful, Customs expect to award contracts in early 2003 when an Office of Government Commerce Gateway Review to confirm the investment decision is also planned. Subject to this, the first phase of development can then commence. Implementation is likely to take a minimum of two years.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there were at (a) administrative assistant or equivalent, (b) administrative officer or equivalent, (c) administrative executive officer, (d) higher executive officer, (e) senior executive officer, (f) grade 7 principal and (g) all positions above grade 7 level in his Department for jobs located in (i) London and (ii) the South east between 1 April 2001 and 31 March; and what is the total employment for each civil service grade. 
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|Non-industrial staff at grade 6 and above||67.7|
|Range E (equivalent to grade 7)||230.7|
|Range D (equivalent to HEO/SEO level)||277.1|
|Range C (equivalent to EO level)||111.0|
|Range B (equivalent to AO level)||150.6|
|Range A (equivalent to AA level)||37.9|
|Total staff as at 1 April 2001||875.0|
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