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representatives of the airline industry regarding the noise of night flights arriving at or departing from Scottish airports; 
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the impact on Scottish tourism of the additional costs imposed on flights to and from Scotland since 11 September. 
Mr. Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to ensure the publication of alternative proposals made by electoral boundaries commissions to the Boundary Commissioners, at the same time as the commissioners publish their proposals for boundary changes. 
Mrs. Liddell: The publication of provisional recommendations for parliamentary constituencies is a matter solely for the Boundary Commission for Scotland in accordance with the provisions of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986, as amended.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will set out for each of the conclusions in section 6.4 of the Performance and Innovation Unit report, 'Winning the Generation Game', (a) what progress her Department has made and (b) what future plans her Department has for acting on them; and if she will set out against each of the conclusions the targets and deadlines that have been set. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The projected level of receipts from the EU shows a progressive increase between 200102 and 200203 to reflect the expected build-up of spend in the Structural Fund programmes. The management of EU Structural Funds is a matter for the National Assembly for Wales.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the financial implications of the participation by his Department in the whole of Government Accounts project. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The implementation of Resource Accounting and Budgeting has altered the way that depreciation is reflected in Government accounts. Depreciation factors reflect best accounting practice and may vary depending on the nature of the asset involved.
Mr. Paul Murphy: My Department's financial provision for capital expenditure and for paybill and general administrative expenditure is constant in cash terms over the period 200102 to 200304. This provides an automatic mechanism for delivering cost savings at least equal to the rate of inflation each year.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the reasons for the change in the operating costs of his Department from (a) 19992000 to 20002001 and (b) 200001 to 200102. 
Annexe 3 of the Departmental Report 2001 shows an estimated outturn on "paybill and general administrative expenditure" of £2.259 million in 200001 and projected expenditure of £2.279 million in 200102. This is a change of less than 1 per cent.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will make a statement on progress with his Department's target for making payments in accordance with the applicable timetable where a contract applies; 
For my Department, the cost of capital arises essentially from the headquarters building (Gwydyr House) and its contents. Gwydyr House was professionally valued on 31 March 2000 and under current accounting policies is due to have professional revaluations every five years.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the reason for the change in the capital departmental expenditure limit from (a) 19992000 to 200001 and (b) 200001 to 200102. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The capital Departmental Expenditure Limit attributable to my Department meets those administrative costs which are of a capital natureprimarily the need to maintain, refurbish, and improve access to, Gwydyr House, Changes in provision are agreed in the light of expected pressures.
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Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the Welsh Assembly on the effects on the future economy of Wales of traffic congestion at the Brynglas Tunnels. 
Mr. David: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what co-operation he has had with the National Assembly in developing a response to the job losses at G.E. Aircraft Engine Services at Nantgarw in South Wales. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: I regret the decision taken by General Electric to shed around 350 jobs at its plant in Nantgarw and the effect this decision will have on those who will lose their jobs and the effects on their families and the community.
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