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The Global Compact is the UN Secretary General's initiative on global corporate social responsibility involving a number of leading international companies and NGOs. It encourages companies to take nine core human rights, labour and environment principles into consideration in their business in the developing world. We fully support the UN Global Compact and were one of the first Governments to do so. The Global Compact is a voluntary instrument aimed at developing best practice that goes beyond compliance frameworks and encourages creative responsibility on the part of companies. We encourage firms operating in developing countries like Sudan to consider how they can best implement the principles behind the compact. The compact offers the potential to make a tangible improvement to the quality of life of people affected by UK company operations around the globe, but particularly in the developing world.
(a) British exports of goods to Yemen from January to September 2001 amounted to £56.7 million, an increase of 39 per cent. on the same period last year. Imports from Yemen for the same period were £4.1 million, a decrease of 28 per cent. The last full year figures for 2000: British exports were £52.5 million. British imports were £6.2 million.
(b) British exports of goods to Oman from January to September 2001 amounted to £219.8 million, an increase of 38 per cent. on the same period last year. Imports from Oman for the same period were £51.1 million, a decrease of 12 per cent. The last full year figures for 2000: British exports were £278.3 million, and British imports were £97.4 million.
(c) British exports of goods to India from January to September 2001 amounted to £1,404.8 million, a decrease of 14.3 per cent. on the same period last year. Imports from India for the same period were £1,394.7 million, an increase of 10 per cent. The last full year figures for 2000: British Exports were £2,055.8 million. British Imports were £1,712.1 million.
(d) British exports of goods to Pakistan from January to September 2001 amounted to £178.4 million, an increase of 20.1 per cent. on the same period last year. Imports from Pakistan for the same period were £317.3 million, an increase of 16.9 per cent. The last full year figures for 2000: British exports were £205.9 million. British imports were £378.1 million.
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Ms Hewitt: I welcome this report, which examines non-legislative and cost effective measures to improve women's employment prospects and participation in the labour market and to achieve greater equality of pay.
A number of Government initiatives are already under way to tackle this important issue, including key elements of the Employment Bill and the work of the fair pay champions in supporting equal pay initiatives in their sectors. We welcome the contribution both these reports make to understanding and to reducing the gender pay gap.
Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 27 November 2001, Official Report, column 785W, on motor vehicles, what radical pro-consumer change she is advocating to the block exemption for motor vehicles; and what consultation she has had with the retail motor industry and motor manufacturers on this. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The current block exemption is not working satisfactorily. If consumers are to obtain value for money, then change is needed to secure an effective single European market in new cars and to provide more competition in the retailing of new cars and in their servicing and repair. My officials have had a series of discussions with motor industry trade associations and individual manufacturers and retailers, as well as with the Consumers Association.
Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what measures she has taken to ensure that fireworks are sold only close to specific dates such as 5 November and 31 December; 
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Miss Melanie Johnson: The powers available under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 allow for regulations to be made that address the intrinsic safety of goods but do not allow for the periods of sale to be regulated. We have, therefore, entered into a voluntary agreement with the industry that fireworks should only be made available for general retail sale for a period of three weeks around the 5 November and for a similar period around new year.
Our fireworks Safety Toolkit includes advice to retailers as to their responsibilities under the Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997, the voluntary agreement on the period of sale and best safety practice.
In 2000: Children (under 18 years) 557, adults 415.
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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she has taken in response to the recommendation in the Better Regulation Task Force annual report 200001 that her Department should become an effective champion for small retailers. 
Nigel Griffiths [holding answer 4 December 2001]: The Government Response to the Better Regulation Task Force (BRTF) report gave me this role, which I have for all small firms. We are now considering how this can best be done.
We will certainly engage with key stakeholders in seeking to improve the competitiveness and productivity of the small retail sector, as well as to encourage small retailers to take advantage of the full range of support schemes appropriate to them.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in employment tribunal cases where parties were required to pay a deposit, what the mean average deposit was at a preliminary hearing as a condition of continuing to proceed with the case in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000. 
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employment tribunal claims, where a deposit at a preliminary hearing was required as a condition of proceeding, were proceeded to a full hearing in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000, broken down by deposits required from applicants and respondents; and in how many such cases (i) the claimant won and (ii) the case was withdrawn and (iii) the case was settled before a full hearing. 
|Number of cases which withdrew after a PHR deposit order||6||7||7|
|Number of cases which settled after a PHR deposit order||11||1||7|
|Number of cases which proceeded to a full hearing after a PHR deposit order||30||9||7|
|Of which, successful at full hearing||8||1||1|
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