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Mr. Olner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which of the proposals of Ofcom detailed in the Communications White Paper require legislation to incorporate agencies overseen by his Department; if Ofcom will operate in shadow form; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Hewitt: Legislation is required to transfer the functions of the Radiocommunications Agency and of Oftel to Ofcom, as proposed in Chapter 8 of the White Paper. The Government will consider whether to set up a shadow Ofcom before Royal Assent. In the meantime, we are working closely with all the regulators concerned to plan a smooth transition to the new regulatory regime.
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the operational committees which are responsible to the Management Board of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for overseeing the business functions and operations of the Export Credits Guarantee Department; and on what dates each of these committees was set up. 
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|Underwriting Technical and Policy Committee||1992|
|Claims and Recoveries Management Committee||1992|
|Tactical Recoveries Committee||1992|
|Cardiff Claims Committee||1994|
|Debt Conversion Committee||1992|
|IT Scrutiny Committee||1997|
|Treasury Management Committee||1999|
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the recent report of the Centre for Economics and Business Research into the impact of the euro on employment and unemployment; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how much money is allocated to the Hardship Fund for the current financial year; which dioceses have been given help from the Hardship Fund; what criteria are applied when distributing the Hardship Fund money; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Hardship Fund for the next financial year. 
Mr. Stuart Bell: The hon. Member refers to the funds the Church Commissioners provide to the Archbishops Council for selective allocation to dioceses to support the cost of parish ministry. The Commissioners must determine annually the total sum available for this purpose, taking into account the other statutory duties laid upon them by this House and by the General Synod of the Church of England.
In 2001 the Council will allocate £14.9 million provided by the Commissioners for stipend support to thirty dioceses, nearly two-thirds of which will be targeted on dioceses whose financial need is greatest. In addition the Commissioners provide more that £5 million in direct payments to clergy in all dioceses.
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Ripon and Leeds
St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Mr. Temple-Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what guidance he has issued concerning the temperature at which combustion of polychlorinated biphenyl should occur in incinerators in order to minimise the emission of dioxins and dibenzofurans. 
Mr. Meacher: The Environment Agency has issued a Technical Guidance Note (S2 5.01) for waste incinerators regulated under Part A of the Environmental Protection (Prescribed Processes and Substances) Regulations 1991/SI No. 472, and a guidance note to its inspectors on the requirements of the EC Directive on the incineration of hazardous waste. These notes summarise both the statutory requirements of the Directive and the techniques available for incineration. As a minimum, a combustion
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temperature of 850 deg C in the presence of 6 per cent. oxygen for a period of two seconds after the last injection of combustion air is required, unless it can be shown that the Directive emission limit values are complied with and the levels of dioxins and furans emitted are lower or equivalent to those obtained by applying the temperature and residence time requirements laid down in the Directive. However, if the waste stream contains more than 1 per cent. of halogenated organics (which may include polychlorinated biphenyls) a temperature of 1,100 deg C is required in order to minimise emissions of dioxins and dibenzofurans.
Mrs. Brinton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the road schemes (a) approved and (b) provisionally approved in (i) the targeted programme of improvements, (ii) multi-model studies and (iii) the local transport settlement, where the primary objective is economic regeneration. 
|A11||Roudham Heath-Attleborough Dualling|
|A500||Basford, Hough, Shavington Bypass|
|A500||City Road/Stoke Road Junctions|
|Leeds||East Leeds Link Road|
|Provisionally accepted schemes|
|Birmingham||A38 Northfield Regeneration Scheme|
|Darlington||Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor|
|Dorset||Weymouth Relief Road|
|Durham||A688 Wheatley Hill to Bowburn|
|Norfolk||Nar Ouse Regeneration Route|
|Sandwell||Cradley Heath Town Centre|
|Thurrock||West Thurrock Riverside Regeneration Scheme|
|Wakefield||Glasshoughton Link Road|
Multi-modal studies are not a mechanism for approving road schemes. They are designed to examine options for dealing with transport problems and informing subsequent decisions on investment in transport projects. To date only one report on a multi-modal study, 'Access to Hastings', has been received and is under consideration.
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Nottingham, South (Mr. Simpson), on 18 January 2001, Official Report, column 294W, on fuel poor households, if he will estimate on the same basis the number of fuel poor households in each nation and region of the United Kingdom in 1996. 
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Mr. Meacher: The common definition of a fuel poor household is one that needs to spend in excess of 10 per cent. of household income in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime. Using data from the latest English House Condition Survey, the following table shows the effect of different options for calculating household income on the number of households defined as fuel poor by Government Office region in 1996 1 .
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|Government Office region||(a) Income including Housing Benefit and Income Support for Mortgage Interest (£000)||(b) Income excluding Housing Benefit and Income Support for Mortgage interest (£000)||(c) Income excluding housing expenditure (£000)|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||560||650||770|
|England (£ million)||(5)4.3||(5)5.3||(5)6.8|
(4) Assumes fuel costs include those for non-heating purposes.
(5) Due to the manner in which these data are processed and rounded, the total reported nationally differs very slightly from the sum of the individual regions.
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