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Written Answers to Questions

Monday 11 December 2000


Battle of Imjin (50th Anniversary)

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will reconsider his decision not to allow representatives of the 1 Battalion of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment to take part in the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Imjin, planned to take place next April in Korea. [142077]

Mr. Spellar: I will write to my hon. Friend and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.


Classroom Assistants

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many jobs as classroom assistants have been created to date under the new deal in Wales. [141691]

Mr. Hanson: Information on the destination of new deal participants is not collected at this level of detail.


TRIPS Council

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what documentation has been prepared by his Department for the TRIPS Council to demonstrate compliance of the United Kingdom intellectual property law with the TRIPS Agreement; what response his Department has received from the TRIPS Council and other bodies to which such documentation was addressed; and if he will place copies of such documentation and responses in the Library. [142083]

Dr. Howells: As required by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement, the United Kingdom notified its main dedicated intellectual property laws and regulations to the WTO. These were published by the WTO during 1996 in documents with the references IP/N/1GBR/1, IP/N/1/GBR/C/1, IP/N/1/GBR/C/2, IP/N/1/GBR/T/1, IP/N/1/GBR/T/2, IP/N/1/GBR/G/1, IP/N/1/GBR/G/2, IP/N/1/GBR/D/1, IP/N/1/GBR/D/2, IP/N/1/GBR/P/1, IP/N/1/GBR/P/2, IP/N/1/GBR/P/3, IP/N/1/GBR/L/1, IP/N/1/GBR/U/1, IP/N/2/GBR/1 and IP/N/6/GBR/1.

The United Kingdom participated in reviews of developed country WTO Members' TRIPS implementing legislation carried out by the TRIPS Council throughout 1996 and 1997. Records of introductory statement made by the United Kingdom delegation, questions put to the United Kingdom delegation and the responses given

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were published by the WTO in four documents with references IP/Q/GBR/1, IP/Q2/GBR/1, IP/Q3/GBR/1 and IP/Q4/GBR/1.

All of these documents are available to the public on the WTO website, www.wto.org.

Employment Agency Regulations

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will publish the Employment Agency regulations. [141693]

Mr. Alan Johnson: I intend to publish final proposals shortly.

Electricity Bill

Mr. Denzil Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the total electricity bill of his Department for each of the last four years. [141386]

Dr. Howells: The total electricity bills for this Department for the last four years are given as follows:


Minimum Wage

Mr. Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will submit evidence on the national minimum wage to the Low Pay Commission; and if the evidence will be published. [142492]

Mr. Byers: The Government have submitted their evidence to the Low Pay Commission today. Copies will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses. It is also available on the DTI website www.dti.gov.uk/er/nmw


Official Publications

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list each new publication issued by her Department since 1997; and what the total cost was to the Department of each publication. [141461]

Clare Short: The majority of the Department for International Development's publications are listed in the Department's Publications Catalogue, which is updated on a six-monthly basis and is available in the Library of the House. It would be disproportionately expensive to list the total cost to the Department of each individual publication produced since 1997.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure is for 2001-02. [141451]

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Clare Short: Expenditure on official publications in the relevant financial years was as follows:


Figures for 2000-01 include expenditure up to the beginning of December. Planned expenditure levels for future years have not yet been finalised.

Globalisation and Development

Mr. Pond: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she plans to publish the Government's new White Paper on Globalisation and Development; and if she will make a statement. [142476]

Clare Short: The White Paper has been published today. It is entitled "Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation work for the Poor".

This White Paper stands alongside our first White Paper published in 1997. It reaffirms our commitment to the elimination of poverty and the achievement of the International Development Targets.

We are living at a time of profound historical change. One in five of the world's population--two thirds of them women--live in abject poverty, at a time of growing material plenty. If the poorest countries can be drawn into the global economy, and get increasing access to modern knowledge and technology, we could move forward to a period of massive progress and the removal of abject poverty from the human condition. But if this is not done, we will see growing poverty, marginalisation, conflict and environmental degradation.

We need to work collectively to tackle the problems of conflict and corruption, boost investment in education and health, spread the benefits of technology and research, strengthen the international financial system, reduce barriers to trade, tackle environmental problems and make development assistance more effective.

This White Paper sets out the Government's policies in these areas. It reflects our commitment to work across all parts of Government in order to work with other governments and international institutions to significantly reduce poverty. It provides an agenda for managing globalisation in a way that will help to ensure that the new wealth, technology and knowledge being generated brings benefits to the world's poor.


Flu Vaccine

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each of the last five years the target month for completing the flu vaccination programme and the target take-up rates to be achieved by that time together with the rates actually achieved. [141539]

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Yvette Cooper: No target month is set for the completion of influenza immunisations and therefore no target take-up rates were set. This year, for the first time, we have set a target of 60 per cent. uptake in those aged 65 years and over.

The most current data on influenza immunisation uptake rates can be found in "Health Trends" volume 30, number 2, 1998, copies of which are available in the Library.

Patients Forums

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will provide further guidance on the new Patient Advocacy and Liaison Service; and if he will make a statement. [141528]

Ms Stuart: Details surrounding the arrangements for proposals to introduce a patient advocacy and liaison service are outlined in chapter 10 of the National Health Service Plan. We held a series of national stakeholder seminars to develop the detail of the policy based on the best practice from community health councils and others. We will disseminate the results at a national event early in the new year.


Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organs, by type, have been retained by hospitals in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. [141526]

Mr. Denham: The Chief Medical Officer has conducted an investigation into organ retention in the National Health Service which includes a census of all organs in England. An analysis is being carried out and the results will be available in due course. Health services in Wales are the responsibility of the National Assembly for Wales.

Local Authority Scrutiny

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will provide further guidance on local authority scrutiny of the NHS; and if he will make a statement. [141527]

Ms Stuart: Guidance on the scrutiny of the National Health Service by local authority overview and scrutiny committees will be issued following the passage of forthcoming legislation.

The legislation in this context is an amendment to the Local Government Act 2000; accordingly guidance will be issued to local authorities by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Concurrently, the Department will issue guidance to the NHS on its roles and responsibilities in relation to the new scrutiny arrangements.

The NHS will have a duty to provide information to local authority overview and scrutiny committees which will make reports and recommendations to health bodies based on the review of that information.

Chief executives will be required to attend scrutiny committee meetings to answer questions on the operation of the health services.

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NHS bodies will also have a duty to consult with the scrutiny committees on major changes to health services.

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