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Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures the Government will take to ensure that the new electricity trading arrangements do not penalise CHP and renewable generators. 
Mr. Anthony D. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of bills were paid on time by Government Departments and their agencies during the financial year 200001. 
Nigel Griffiths: I am today publishing tables setting out the payment performance of Government Departments and their Agencies in the financial year 200001. The publication of these tables is part of our commitment to tackle late payment and improve the UK's payment culture. We are determined that the public sector should lead by example.
Government Departments and Agencies are required to pay all valid invoices within 30 days, or other agreed credit period. The tables show that, overall, Government Departments and their Agencies paid 96.80 per cent. of bills within the agreed credit period.
|Main departments||Paid on time|
|National Investment and Loans Office||100|
|Privy Council Office||99.86|
|Registry of Friendly Societies||99.8|
|Office of Water Services||99.75|
|Department for National Savings||99.6|
|Public Records Office||99.2|
|Ministry of Defence||98.67|
|Office of Telecommunications||98.64|
|Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce||98.62|
|Export Credits Guarantee Department||98.5|
|Health and Safety Executive||98.40|
|Northern Ireland Office||98.1|
|Government Actuary's Department||97.85|
|Foreign and Commonwealth Office||97.79|
|Office of Gas and Electricity Markets||97.43|
|Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions||97.41|
|Office of the Rail Regulator||97.4|
|HM Customs and Excise||97.36|
|Department of Trade and Industry||95.7|
|Forestry Commission HQ||97.16|
|Government Communications HQ||96.75|
|Department for Culture, Media and Sport||96.7|
|Department for International Development||96.66|
|Office of Government Commerce HQ||96.37|
|Crown Prosecution Service||96.27|
|Cabinet Office (Total)||96.27|
|Department for Education and Employment||96.25|
|Office for Standards in Education||96.11|
|Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel||96.1|
|Department of Health||95.97|
|Office for National Statistics||95.45|
|Office of Fair Trading||95|
|Lord Chancellor's Department||94.69|
|Department of Social Security HQ||94.4|
|Serious Fraud Office||93.67|
|Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food||93.56|
|Food Standards Agency||85.76|
|Treasury Solicitors Department||80.75|
|Office of the Secretary of State for Wales||67.5|
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Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the outcome of the first stage of the quinquennial review of the six grant-awarding research councils will be announced; and what its principal recommendations are. 
Ms Hewitt: I am today able to announce the outcome of the first stage of the quinquennial review of the six grant-awarding Research Councils. I shall be placing a copy of the stage 1 report in the Libraries of both Houses.
Quinquennial reviews of Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) are a key part of our programme to modernise Government. The Government are committed to achieving better public services that are of higher quality and are more responsive to the needs of the people who use them. Regular NDPB reviews are an important element in ensuring that we have in place the right structures to deliver the Government's agenda effectively and to provide a strong focus on improving future performance. Under Cabinet Office guidance (31 January 2000), such reviews should be conducted in two stages.
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the second stage would examine the efficiency and effectiveness of the Councils' operations and look for further opportunities for improving performance.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the regional development agencies have prepared annual reports and accounts for 200001; and if she will make a statement. 
Alan Johnson: The Regional Development Agencies' annual reports and accounts for 200001 have been published today. Copies have been placed in the Library. These cover the period from 1 April 2000 through to 31 March 2001. The Government welcome the continued progress made by Agencies in improving the economic regeneration, skills and competitiveness of the regions.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which of the Regional Development Agencies have published an action plan as part of their corporate/business plan for 200102 setting out how they propose to develop their evaluation and performance monitoring framework; and how many of those action plans contain a commitment to consulting the general public on the content of the frameworks. 
Alan Johnson: Each Regional Development Agency (RDA) has produced an action plan as part of the corporate planning process for 200102 setting out how they propose to develop their evaluation and performance monitoring framework. RDAs are required to publish an abridged version of their corporate plan, but whether or not this includes the action plan is at their discretion.
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the definition is of trading links contained in her Department's document, 'Your Britain, Your Europe, Your North West'. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for how many jobs in the North West membership of the single market is crucial according to her Department's document, "Your Britain, Your Europe, Your North West". 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Membership of the Single Market makes the UK, including the North West, attractive to inward investment from across the world. As the document states this investment has amounted to £5.5 billion over the last ten years helping to create or safeguard over 100,000 jobs.
Miss Melanie Johnson: Although gender breakdown of beneficiaries of European Social Fund projects is recorded and monitored, this is not in sufficient detail to show how many women have entered the construction industry as a consequence of European funding.
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