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Member for Lewes on 21 February, for answer on 1 March, about bovine offals, reference 111898, has not been answered. 
Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason his Department sought exemption for medicines from the ban on specified bovine offals when this was introduced for the food chain. 
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Yvette Cooper [holding answer 1 March 2000]: The long established convention that Ministers generally are not given access to papers of a previous administration that would reveal former Ministers' opinions means that I do not have the information to answer this question. However I have already asked that all possible information on this topic be released directly to the BSE inquiry.
Jane Kennedy: Best and Final offers were returned by the remaining two bidders on 16 June 2000. The preferred bidder will be selected on 17 August 2000. Subject to the successful outcome of negotiations, contract close is expected in December 2000.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the estimated cost is of the investigation, preparation and assessment of the proposals for the Private Finance Initiative for projects connected with Derbyshire magistrates' courts. 
Mr. Todd: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what estimate he has made of the change to the annual operating costs of the Derbyshire magistrates court service following the Private Finance Initiative. 
Jane Kennedy: No information on the likely change to the annual operating costs of the Derbyshire Magistrates Courts Committee following the Private Finance Initiative will be available until the conclusion of the negotiations with the bidders.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what percentage of correctly presented bills were paid by his Department in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 within 30 days of receipt of (i) goods and services, (ii) a valid invoice and (iii) other agreed payment terms. 
Mr. Lock [holding answer 11 July 2000]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to my hon. Friend the Member for Elmet (Mr. Burgon) on 23 July 1999, Official Report, columns 677-78W.
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Jane Kennedy: The Review of Tribunals team have sent copies of their consultation paper to over 1,500 organisations and individuals. The list of those consulted includes Government bodies, the judiciary, consumer groups, the legal professions, charities, trade unions, and academics. A list of those consulted is available on the team's website: tribunals-review.org.uk.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual level was of migration of (a) people and (b) households into the South-East from (i) London and (ii) the rest of England in each of the last three years. 
|Net gain from London||41.1||48.8||55.2||49.6|
|From the rest of England||251.0||288.3||293.6||299.6|
|To the rest of England||275.2||301.5||315.0||323.0|
|Net loss to the rest of England||-24.2||-13.2||-21.4||-23.4|
(15) South East Planning Region is made up of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.
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|Net gain from London||14.6|
|From the rest of England||20.7|
|To the rest of England||30.0|
|Net loss to the rest of England||-9.3|
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the extra yield from reducing the earnings limit on which income tax deductible personal pension payments are based to (a) £70,000, (b) £60,000 and (c) £50,000; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Mr. Willis) of 27 March 2000, Official Report, columns 46-47W, on secondments, if he will give the names, grades and job titles of the staff seconded into his Department from each organisation mentioned, stating in each case the name of the section they were seconded to and a summary of the work that they were involved with. 
Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 29 June 2000]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Mr. Willis), on 27 March 2000, Official Report, columns 46-47W. The new members of staff were seconded into HM Treasury pay ranges D or E.
Names and job titles cannot be provided. Secondments and attachments are part of the Interchange Initiative which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the Civil Service and other organisations. Before and after Interchange can occur all parties must be satisfied that no conflict of interest arises.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to his answer of 18 May 2000, Official Report, column 268W, on VAT, how many people qualify to receive zero-rated continence pads; 
Dawn Primarolo: It is a matter for individuals living in their own homes and suffering from incontinence to declare they are chronically sick or disabled and therefore entitled to purchase zero-rated continence products. These declarations are held by the retailers and it is not known how many people are eligible for or claim this VAT relief.
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