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John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2002, Official Report, column 518W, how many letters her Department received in November 2001; and of these how many are still awaiting a reply. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what information she has collated on figures for the ratio of computer ownership per household in (a) the USA, (b) France, (c) Germany, (d) Japan and (e) the UK; 
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what response she has made to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council document measuring the mathematics problem, with specific reference to levels of skills in basic mathematics and preparation for mathematics based degree courses. 
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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when regulations will be laid to bring into effect the television licence fee increases due to come into force on 1 April. 
Tessa Jowell: On 23 November 2001, Official Report, column 531W, the Government announced that, from 1 April 2002, the fee for a colour television licence would rise to £112 and the black and white licence fee to £37.50. I have today laid before the House the regulations necessary to bring these new fees into force.
The Gaming Board and the Government review gaming fees and the fees for society and local authority lotteries every year. The amended fees in the four Orders are based upon estimates by the Gaming Board of the cost of each service and demand for it during the financial year 200203.
We have set the fees at these levels in order to ensure that they recoup the estimated costs of ensuring the proper regulation of the commercial gaming industry and society lotteries during the year. The four Orders will bring revised fees into effect from 1 April 2002. The following table sets out the current and the new levels of all the fees.
|Fee||Level of fee in 200102||Level of fee in 200203|
|Gaming machine supplier licence(7)|
|National Bingo Game|
|Gaming Board fee per lottery raising:|
|£200,000 or more||404||435|
|£50,000 to £199,999||263||290|
|£20,000 to £49,999||86||100|
|£10,000 to £19,999||86||100|
|Less than £10,000||82||100|
|Registration renewal fee||142||180|
|Inspection of lottery returns||5||10|
|Registered club fees|
|Part II registration:|
|Part III registration:|
(6) Section 19, Gaming Act 1968
(7) s.27, Gaming Act 1968
(8) For society and local authority lotteries
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Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the independent review of the gambling controls in Great Britain on (a) jobs, (b) businesses and (c) Government revenue. 
The Prime Minister: Information on the total travel and accommodation costs is included in the detailed list of Cabinet Ministers' visits overseas and information on expenditure by all Ministers on travel overseas. Lists of overseas visits undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing more than £500 during the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2001 were placed in the Library of the House and published in the Official Report on 17 June 1999, columns 19697W; on 28 July 2000, column 969W; and on 20 July 2001, column 467W. The list for the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the current financial year.
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Bob Russell: To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received for the award of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal from those who are to be excluded; and if he will make a statement. 
The medal will be issued to members of the armed forces and Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the '999' emergency services who completed a minimum of five years' reckonable service on 6 February 2002the 50th anniversary of the Queens Accession.
Richard Ottaway: To ask the Prime Minister what discussions took place on the subject of the proposed steel works in Romania between Mr. Jonathan Powell and HM Ambassador to Romania prior to the ambassador's advice to the Government to write a letter in support of Mr. Mittal's bid. 
The Prime Minister: The Government stand by the commitment set out in the preamble to the 1969 Gibraltar Constitution that we will not enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar will pass under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes. Any proposals emerging from the Brussels process would be implemented only in the event of an affirmative vote by the people of Gibraltar in a referendum.
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