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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures introduced since 1997 have enabled the United Kingdom to become better placed to withstand a global downturn; and if he will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: While no country can fully insulate itself from global conditions, the Government's reforms to the macroeconomic framework and their tough decisions on tax and spending are helping to ensure the UK is better placed to respond than on previous occasions to developments in the world economy. The Government's latest views on economic and policy developments will be set out in the Chancellor's pre-Budget statement to the House on 27 November.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the conclusions on his Department's stress audit presented to the Treasury Management Board in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001. 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on planned expenditure in the United Kingdom from the Pericles programme to cover euro-counterfeiting; and if Europol officers will be involved. 
Ruth Kelly: The Pericles programme is not expected to entail significant new expenditure. Most of the costs of the programme will be met by the Community. The costs associated with training UK staff are likely to be met from existing budgets for that purpose within the agencies concernedprincipally the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the Bank of England.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what analysis he has made of the establishment of monitors of price stability during the currency switchover period in Eurozone countries; who will fulfil such a role in the context of the UK joining the euro; and if he will make a statement; 
Ruth Kelly: Background to developments in the euro area was set out in the Fifth Report on Euro Preparations, published on 4 November. Preparations for the possibility of the UK joining the single currency are addressed in the second Outline National Changeover Plan, published in March 2000. Copies of both documents are in the Library of the House.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what fairly traded products, other than tea and coffee, have been purchased by his Department in each of the last five years; and what was their value; 
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Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the Government have made in reviewing the case to specify the inclusion of additional UK languages within the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. 
Mr. MacShane: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz) on 17 January 2001, Official Report, column 233W. This remained the position when the Government ratified the Charter on 27 March 2001. The assessment of whether Cornish also meets the definition of a regional or minority language is not yet completed.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Council of Europe (a) conventions, (b) charters and (c) other agreements the United Kingdom (i) has signed and responded to with a report, (ii) has signed but not yet prepared a report, (iii) has under consideration for signature and (iv) has rejected for signature since 1971. 
Mr. MacShane: The UK has signed and ratified 107 of the 186 Council of Europe legal instruments. The need to produce a report is exceptional and required by only four of its legal instruments: the European Social Charter, the Framework Convention for the protection of national minorities, the European Charter for regional or minority languages, and the Code of Social Security. The UK has produced reports on its application of the provisions of the first two instruments. A report on implementation of the Languages Charter is due by 1 July 2002. The UK has neither signed nor ratified the Code of Social Security.
Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) health care facilities and (b) education provision in each of the British Dependent Territories. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Health and education are the responsibility of the locally elected Governments under the constitutions of the Overseas Territories. Health and education facilities are available on all the inhabited territories commensurate with the size of the populations and available public funds. Reciprocal health agreements for the referral of patients exist between the United Kingdom and Gibraltar, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Helena and the Falklands Islands.
|Primary schools||7 (includes 1 private)|
|Doctors||13 (includes private practice)|
|Primary schools||23 (7 private, 1 special needs)|
|Secondary||4 (1 private)|
|Doctors||39 (16 private|
|Health centres||12 (3 private)|
|Hospitals||2 (1 private)|
|Colleges of higher education||1|
|Doctors||113 in active practice|
|Public health centres||4|
|Hospitals||1 general and 1 psychiatric|
|Primary schools||20 (9 private)|
|Secondary schools||9 (6 private)|
|Colleges||2 (1 private)|
|Doctors||84 (41 private)|
|Clinics||37 (24 private)|
|Hospitals||4 (1 private)|
|Doctors||4 (1 P/T)(16)|
|Hospital||1 (in Stanley)(16)|
|There are no separate clinics or health centres|
|Gibraltar||No figures available|
|Chief Medical Officer||1|
|Private practices||3 (1 P/T)|
|South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands||(19)|
|Turks and Caicos|
|Primary schools||34 (24 private)(21)|
|Secondary schools||5 (1 private)(21)|
|Doctors||24 (10 private)|
|Clinics||15 (4 private, 1 specialist)|
(15) In the Falkland Islands, one primary school and one secondary school in Stanley, plus a system of Camp education which includes four settlement (primary) schools and a team of travelling teachers who visit 15 locations.
(17) There are some referrals across the border to La Linea.
(18) There are no colleges in Montserrat, although a Community College is planned. Sixth form has also resumed this academic year.
(19) There are no children, therefore there are no educational facilities.
(20) For the use of the scientific and administrative communities.
(21) Many of these are quite small private ventures, and will include Haitian schools. It must be remembered that the population of these islands is dispersed throughout six inhabited islands, each of which has its education establishments.
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