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Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the Welsh Assembly and others on declaring St. David's day a public holiday in Wales. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average farmer's income was in (a) Wales and (b) the smallest regional area applicable to each constituency in Wales, in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: Information is available only for Wales as a whole, and is set out in the Annual series of statistical publications, "Farm Incomes in the United Kingdom", copies of which are in the Library.
Mr. Brady: To ask the President of the Council if she will list the projects undertaken for her Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1 May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category. 
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Clare Short: HIV/AIDS is a major development challenge in sub-Saharan Africa. The epidemic is undermining economic growth and fundamentally threatens social and economic development in many countries in the region. DFID gives greatest priority to
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prevention, but we are also working to reduce the personal, social and economic suffering resulting from the illness and death caused by the disease.
Last year my Department spent over £84 million on bilateral HIV/AIDS related work--the bulk in Africa. As national strategic plans tackle the epidemic improve, we have begun to place our support within the framework of those plans. For example, we have recently approved preparatory work for an additional £20 million to combat HIV/AIDS in Mozambique, and £65 million in Nigeria.
Clare Short: At the Special Ministerial Segment of the meeting, the UK was represented by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for International Development. He was supported by three officials from the Environment Policy Department of the Department for International Development and one from the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
The Conference began a major review of implementation of the Convention. This will be taken forward at the next Conference in October 2001. In his statement to the Conference, my hon. Friend underlined the importance of integrating programmes to combat desertification with developing countries' strategies for sustainable development and poverty elimination.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the meetings (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have held with recruitment agencies during the last two years. 
Mr. Alan Johnson: Since my appointment I have had meetings with Manpower, Adecco, Blue Arrow, Brook Street, NES International and Hewett Recruitment. I have also met the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the Agents' Association and the Local Employment Agencies Forum. Officials in the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate have regular meetings with agencies and their associations. It is estimated that over 1,400 meetings and visits have taken place in the last two years.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effect which the new Employment Agency regulations will have on recruitment agencies which arrange work experience for people of school age. 
Mr. Alan Johnson: I propose to revoke certain requirements agencies must fulfil before introducing workers under 18 to employers, but propose to strengthen protections for all workers to ensure they are not required to do work they are unsuited for or which would pose a hazard to them. The new regulations will apply to agencies arranging work placements for people of school age as before. Services provided by local authorities and
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certain colleges will continue to fall outside the legislation and particular regulations will continue not to apply to persons covered by section 25 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 or section 42 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1963.
Mr. Alan Johnson: Over 15,000 post offices (83 per cent. of the network) are now online and the Horizon programme is well on schedule for completion next spring. Horizon now includes smartcard compatibility and opens the door for the provision of online banking services throughout the post office network. The Post Office is currently considering different IT platforms compatible with Horizon through which it can connect to banks. Their final decision will depend on the cost and functionality offered by the different options.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with post office representatives concerning the potential usage by post offices of the LINK electronic banking network. 
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Companies Registrar has published guidance on the information he requires before registering a limited liability partnership. 
Dr. Howells: The Registrar of Companies intends to make guidance notes available regarding Limited Liability Partnerships in England and Wales and in Scotland. These will cover information on filing requirements. The Guidance will be provided as a series of booklets and also on the Companies House website www.companieshouse.gov.uk.
The guidance cannot pre-empt--so it will be made available shortly following--the parliamentary debate on the Limited Liability Partnership Regulations 2001. The current estimate for the timing of this debate is the middle of January 2001.
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Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the record of attendance of the United Kingdom representatives on the European Coal and Steel Community Consultative Committee over the past two years; what the criteria were for the selection of candidates for the final term of appointment to the Consultative Committee for the period up to the ending of the ECSC Treaty in July 2002; and which representatives were reappointed. 
The membership of the Consultative Committee is made up of representatives from three coal and steel industry sectors: producers, workers, and consumers and dealers. Industry representative organisations make nominations for the producers and workers categories. The Department of Trade and Industry makes nominations for the consumers and dealers category on the basis of recommendations made by industry organisations.
Mr. Richard John Budge*
Mr. Brian John Rostron
Mr. Ronald Parry*
Mr. Allan Johnston*
Mr. David Rea*
Mr. Ian Rodgers*
Mr. Neil Greatrex*
Mr. Patrick M. Carragher*
Mr. Robert Shannon*
Mr. Michael J. Leahy*
Mr. Keith Brookman*
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Consumers and dealers category
Ms Jenny Kirkpatrick*
Mr. Michael Gibbons*
Ms Jane Heginbotham*
Mr. Scott Macdonald*
Mr. Derek Tordoff*
Mr. David Nicholas.
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