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Sand Eel Fishery

Mr. Gill: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish the results of the three years research programme into sand eels announced in November 1996. [157831]

Mr. Morley: This presumably refers to EU Contract 95/78 dealing with the effects of large-scale industrial fisheries on non-target species. The research partners for this project included the Sea Mammal Research Unit at St. Andrews and the Marine Laboratory at Aberdeen, which will be able to supply the hon. Member with information on this project.


Appointments (Age Limit)

Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is. [158113]

Mr. Wilson: The Government are committed to equality of opportunity and to increasing the diversity of those appointed to public bodies. No age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in this Department.


Resource Accounts

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 6 April 2001, Official Report, columns 300-02W, on what date each of the resource accounts for 1999-2000 were published; what the (a) greatest, (b) median and (c) least number of days that elapsed was between each of the resource accounts being laid upon the table and being made generally available to the public; and if he will make a statement. [158540]

Mr. Timms: The dates that Departments' resource accounts were published are shown in the table.

DepartmentsDate published
DFEE22 March 2001
Teachers Pension Scheme22 March 2001
Ofsted15 February 2001
NHS Pension Scheme (England and Wales)(11)--
Department of Health22 March 2001
Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions29 March 2001
Ofwat31 January 2001
ORR21 March 2001
Home Office(11)--
Charity Commission28 March 2001
Lord Chancellors Department(11)--
Treasury Solicitors(11)--
Crown Prosecution Service30 March 2001
Public Records Office25 January 2001
Serious Fraud Office7 March 2001
Northern Ireland Court Service30 March 2001
Armed Forces Pension Scheme--MOD13 December 2000
Defence--MOD Consolidated1 February 2001
FCO30 March 2001
DfID--Superannuation Pensions(11)--
DTI--Main31 January 2001
ECGD20 December 2000
OFGEM20 December 2000
OFT31 January 2001
Oftel31 January 2001
UK Atomic Energy Authority--DTI31 January 2001
Forestry Commission(11)--
Forestry Commission Pension Scheme22 March 2001
Intervention Board Executive Agency9 November 2000
DCMS31 January 2001
DSS16 February 2001
Scotland Office(11)--
Wales Office24 January 2001
Northern Ireland Office(11)--
HM Treasury(11)--
Crown Estate19 April 2001
Customs and Excise31 January 2001
Department of National Savings3 November 2000
GAD31 January 2001
Inland Revenue24 January 2001
National Investment and Loans Office22 November 2000
Office for National Statistics2 April 2001
Cabinet Office(11)--
Security and Intelligence Agencies12 April 2001
Cabinet Office: Civil Superannuation30 March 2001
Central Office for Information19 April 2001
Privy Council Office9 February 2001

(11) Where no date is shown the accounts were not published by 24 April 2001

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As at 24 April 2001, the greatest, median and least number of working days between the laying and publication of departmental resource accounts were as follows:

Number of days

(12) DETR's non-statutory resource account was published the day before it was presented to Parliament

Fourteen Departments arranged for this statutory resource account to be published on the same day that they were laid by the Treasury, as did one Department for its non-statutory resource account.

This is the first year that Departments have had to organise the printing and subsequent publication of statutory accounts. The National Audit Office undertakes publication of appropriation accounts. The Treasury has informed Departments of the need to publish their resource accounts promptly after laying. Work is in hand to improve Departments' performance in respect of publication of 2000-01 resource accounts.

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Money Laundering

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he will take to stop money laundering from the developed world through the City of London. [157659]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The United Kingdom already has comprehensive provisions in place to prevent money laundering, irrespective of where the funds originated. Money laundering is a serious criminal offence in the UK and attracts penalties of up to 14 years imprisonment--among the highest in the world. The UK anti-money laundering regime has been praised by the financial action taskforce as a model for other countries. Nevertheless, the Government are committed to implementing further measures to strengthen the laws against money laundering.

The Proceeds of Crime Bill, published in draft for consultation in March, will create a new criminal assets recovery agency, update the criminal laws on money laundering and permit the restraint of realisable property at the beginning of an investigation, an earlier stage than is possible at present. The Bill will also make it an offence for employees in the regulated sector to fail to disclose a transaction to the authorities when they knew or suspected or had reasonable grounds to suspect that it represented the proceeds of crime.

The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 will give the FSA powers both to issue money laundering rules and to prosecute for breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations 1993.

Furthermore, the UK has taken an active role in updating the EU money laundering directive. The directive will be updated to expand the range of predicate offences giving rise to an obligation to report suspicions and will impose reporting obligations on lawyers and accountants. It will thereby ensure that the minimum standards applicable in other member states are brought close to the tough standards already applied in the UK.

Life Expectancy

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the estimated average life expectancy of (a) men and (b) women retiring today; and what the figures were for (i) 1991, (ii) 1981 and (iii) 1971. [158898]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The table gives life expectancy at state retirement age calculated from population estimates and deaths data for the calendar years shown.

Life expectancy at state retirement age, United Kingdom

Males age 65Females age 60


Government Actuary's Department

Minimum Wage (Greenock and Inverclyde)

Dr. Godman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Greenock and Inverclyde benefited from the introduction of the national minimum wage; how many are estimated to benefit from the increase to £4.10; and if he will make a statement. [158599]

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Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Dr. Norman Godman, dated 25 April 2001:

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