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The Prime Minister [holding answer 16 July 2001]: None. All peers have the same status. With the exception of peerages created to enable individuals to serve as Ministers, all recommendations that I make to the Queen are referred to the House of Lords Appointments Commission for scrutiny. This includes all recommendations from leaders of political parties, and a very limited number of recommendations for holders of high public office. The decision on whether to recommend candidates in these last two categories rests with me, unlike those non-political recommendations proposed by the Commission itself, which I submit automatically to the Queen.
The Prime Minister: The sixth anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica took place on 11 July. EU Ambassadors in Sarajevo, including the British Ambassador, attended the commemorative event and unveiling of a memorial stone, funded by the British Government, to the victims of the massacre.
Miss Melanie Johnson: We have checked through the Department's records in relation to homeworking activities for the last 12 months and can find no record of any representations received on Capitol Publishing.
Mr. Wilson: IRISC, the Department's claims handlers, have registered 3,559 outstanding claims in respect of respiratory disease in the region of Cynon Valley as defined by the postcodes with prefixes CF 37, 44 and 45. There are 25,155 outstanding claims in the rest of Wales.
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Following recent significant progress, the rate of assessments has increased from 8,000 at the beginning of the year to over 25,000 now. In Wales alone assessments have increased from 2,000 to 5,000. Around 500 claims a week are now being reviewed following the Medical Assessment Process.
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its predecessor since April 1991, giving in each case the original estimated cost and original estimated completion date, the actual cost and actual completion date and the names of the contractors involved and consultants retained by her Department. 
Ms Hewitt: The information requested by my right hon. Friend which is readily available from central records is listed in the table. In several cases contracts are still running and a final cost figure cannot yet be provided. Expenditure within some contracts cannot be precisely estimated, because it is affected by volume of business or because the contracts concerned allow the development of solutions to changing business requirements not originally foreseeable. In no contracts were consultants retained (or are there plans to retain consultants) beyond completion of their assigned tasks.
|Contract||Cost (£ million)||Completion||Cost (£ million)||Completion||Contractor|
|Mainframe computer services||6.0||1995||6.0||1995||Capita Managed Services|
|Mainframe computer services||6.3||1999||6.3||1999||Cap Gemini|
|Mainframe computer services||8.0||2004||(10)||(11)||Hyder Business Services|
|Document processing (devpmt)||1.0||2000||1.0||2000||IBM UK|
|Document processing (support)||1.8||2000||1.8||2000||IBM UK|
|Document image storage (devpmt)||1.0||1997||1.0||1997||IBM UK|
|Document image storage (support)||1.5||2002||(10)||(11)||IBM UK|
|Internet managed services||6.0||2002||(10)||(11)||Orchid Telematics Ltd.|
|Financial Systems Application||1.6||2006||(10)||(11)||QSP Group plc|
|Local Office Information System||5.1||1994||5.4||1995||Sequent Computer Systems|
|Batch Accounting and Nominal Ledger Control System||0.6||1994||0.8||1996||AMP Systems Ltd.|
|Local Office Ledger Accounting||0.6||1996||0.7||1996||Radius Computer Services|
|Integrated Bibliographic and Image System||1.9||1999||1.9||2001||ICL Ltd.|
|Open Individual Export Licence system development||0.6||2001||(10)||(11)||SEMA|
|Export Control Licensing System (ECLIPS)||0.7||1993||0.9||1995||UNISYS|
|CWC Database System||0.5||1995||0.7||1996||Cap Gemini|
|IT support||1.1||2003||(10)||(11)||Cap Gemini|
|Data Communication Services||1.1||2006||(10)||(11)||Cable and Wireless|
|OSPREY Office System||23.1||1999||24.1||1999||ICL Ltd.|
|Electronic Government via Administrative Re-engineering||200||2014||(10)||(11)||ICL Ltd.|
|Century Date Change (Year 2000) Support||0.5||1999||0.5||1999||CMG Ltd.|
|Personnel and Related Information System||0.8||1997||||(12)1999||Unisys Ltd.|
(10) On track
(11) Still running
(12) Contract terminated
The table excludes details of an IT services contract let to Gap Gemini which ran from 1995 to 1999. This was a 'framework' contract covering a number of projects and services of varying values. Information on this contract would involve disproportionate cost arising from the need for a manual search of relevant registered files
Miss Melanie Johnson: Under UK competition law the Director General of Fair Trading is required to apply and enforce the provisions of the Competition Act 1998 to prevent conduct by one or more undertakings which amounts to the abuse of a dominant position in a market in the UK (or a part thereof) and which may affect trade within the UK (the Chapter II Prohibition).
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she intends to take in respect of the reports (a) 'Economic Regulators' and (b) 'Local Shops: a Progress report on Small Firms Regulation'. 
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