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Mr. Ian Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Eccles constituency, the effects on Eccles of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. 
Your constituents, like many others throughout Greater Manchester, have benefited from my Department's Employment Rights policies which include national minimum wage, working time directive, part time working regulations and improved maternity leave.
In the North West region, my Department's policies have contributed to growth in employment by 107,000 and a fall in unemployment by 63,000; reductions in youth unemployment by 75 per cent. and long term unemployment by 54 per cent.
Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Cannock Chase constituency, the effects on Cannock Chase of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. 
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Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions between 31 March 2000 and 31 March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non- departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity. 
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take action under Article 20 of the World Trade Organisation in respect of the use of trade constraints to protect the environment following the decision of the United States Administration to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. 
Mr. Caborn: The Government do not believe that trade sanctions would be a helpful way of tackling the United States on its approach to climate change. We are keen to maintain a constructive dialogue with the US since it is important that they remain engaged in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) Crown post offices and (b) sub-post offices (i) closed and (ii) opened in each year from 1979 to the last year for which figures are available. 
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|Year Ending||Crown Offices||Sub Post Offices||Total||Closures in Year|
|31 March 1978||1,579||21,342||22,921||--|
|31 March 1979||1,580||21,213||22,793||128|
|31 March 1980||1,583||21,056||22,639||154|
|31 March 1981||1,581||20,894||22,475||164|
|31 March 1982||1,573||20,832||22,405||70|
|31 March 1983||1,567||20,734||22,301||104|
|31 March 1984||1,559||20,499||22,058||243|
|31 March 1985||1,553||20,110||21,663||395|
|31 March 1986||1,509||19,796||21,305||358|
|31 March 1987||1,503||19,708||21,211||94|
|31 March 1988||1,499||19,572||21,071||140|
|31 March 1989||1,493||19,537||21,030||41|
|31 March 1990||1,339||19,532||20,871||159|
|31 March 1991||1,167||19,471||20,638||233|
|31 March 1992||1,019||19,141||20,160||478|
|31 March 1993||917||19,041||19,958||202|
|31 March 1994||800||18,982||19,782||176|
|31 March 1995||699||18,908||19,607||175|
|31 March 1996||653||18,761||19,414||193|
|31 March 1997||606||18,645||19,251||163|
|31 March 1998||601||18,407||19,008||243|
|31 March 1999||600||18,175||18,775||233|
|31 March 2000||598||17,795||18,393||382|
Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many major companies have located their sites in the North West Region since the formation of the North West Development Agency; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Caborn: My Department does not collect information about companies locating in particular regions. An answer to your specific question would therefore be purely anecdotal and inevitably unrepresentative of the true picture.
However, the North West Development Agency records investments made by overseas owned companies. Since the Agency's formation, there have been 52 investments in the North West region which have each created or safeguarded 100 or more jobs.
Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the loss to the economy of Gloucestershire of the postponement and cancellation of the Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival. 
Mr. Caborn: The Government are aware that the cancellation of high profile events, such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the south west which generate millions of pound in revenue in normal years, is contributing to the financial difficulties of businesses affected by Foot and Mouth disease (FMD).
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The Government are constantly monitoring the financial impact of FMD in the country, and has already announced a range of measures to assist businesses through immediate financial difficulties. These measures including rate relief, deferment of taxes, and extensions to the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme.
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the attainment of the performance targets set for his Department in the Comprehensive Spending Review published in December 1998. 
Mr. Byers: Information on the Department's progress against the Public Service Agreement Targets set as part of the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review has recently been published in the Department's annual Expenditure Plans Report for 2001-02, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House. (Cm 5112, March 2001).
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