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Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his letter to the hon. Member for Linlithgow of 5 October, reference 142881, if he will make a statement on hedges, field margins and area-linked payments. 
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Prime Minister what assurances were (a) exchanged and (b) discussed with the oil companies at his meeting with them on Thursday 14 September concerning (i) petroleum revenue tax on North Sea oil producers, (ii) future levels of road fuel duties and (iii) measures to ensure continued delivery of road fuel; and if he will make a statement. 
The Prime Minister [holding answer 6 November 2000]: The Government believe that experience over the last quarter of a century has shown that special advisers have a useful role to play. It also made no secret of its
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Mr. Timms [holding answer 13 November 2000]: This subject was discussed at a meeting of Finance Ministers in June where it was agreed that the European Union should pursue negotiations on the international taxation of aviation fuel in the forum of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Mr. Timms: The use of diesel charged at the 3.13p per litre rate of duty (red diesel) is restricted by schedule 1 to the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979. This usually means that farmers can use red diesel only in agricultural vehicles, including tractors, that are used solely for purposes relating to agriculture.
5. Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive about giving effect in Scotland to the Rome treaty relating to the setting up of the International Criminal Court. 
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6. Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the new First Minister on the impact of the pre-Budget report on transport between Scotland and England. 
Dr. Reid: I have regular discussions with the First Minister on a wide range of issues including the benefits to Scotland from the Government's economic policies. In this context my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer's recent pre-Budget report contains further measures of benefit to all transport users.
The measures announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his pre-Budget report to reduce fuel duties for cleaner fuels and vehicle excise duty will all bring significant financial benefits to Scotland's economy.
Dr. Reid: The UK Atomic Energy Authority published their Dounreay Site Restoration Plan on 9 October. The Authority's plans will require approval by the Health and Safety Executive's Nuclear Industries Inspectorate, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. I will be keeping in close touch with the progress of these considerations.
Mr. Wilson: Fuel prices are only one element that determines the effectiveness of the rural economy in Scotland. The impact of any individual item of taxation can only sensibly be seen within the overall context of fiscal policy.
The measures announced by the Chancellor in his pre-Budget report to raise the limit for the lower rate of Vehicle excise duty for cars of up to 1500cc, to remove vehicle excise duty for tractors and other agricultural vehicles, rebates of up to 50 per cent. of vehicle excise duty for heavy goods vehicles and the proposed reform of the VED system for HGVs will all bring significant financial benefits to Scotland's rural economy.
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Dr. Reid: Following the announcement made by the Secretary of State for Defence that BAE Systems Govan would build two ALSLs, I visited the yard on 26 and 27 October to meet management, union officials and workers. This order is expected to secure jobs at the yard and sustain it for the future.
15. Ms Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for Defence about repairing Trafalgar and Swiftsure class submarines at the Rosyth dockyard. 
Dr. Reid: I have regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence on a range of issues. The Ministry of Defence expect that the repair of Trafalgar and Swiftsure class submarines will be carried out at the submarines' home bases: Devonport or Faslane.
16. Miss Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has made on the provision by rail operators of full access arrangements for wheelchair-using passengers in Scotland. 
Mr. Wilson: All new trains being introduced into service by operators in Scotland are subject to the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations, which require them to be fully accessible to wheelchair users. These regulations are underpinned by the Rail Regulator's Code of Practice, "Meeting the Needs of Disabled Passengers" which is currently being re-drafted.
I understand that Scotrail have recently introduced into service new "Turbostar" trains which are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Scotrail will also shortly be introducing new fully accessible "Juniper" trains which will be used on Strathclyde PTE services.
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