Janet Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he plans to take to encourage greater awareness among the motoring public of the dangers of using mobile phones when driving. 
Mr. Jamieson: To reinforce the message in the Highway Code, the Department is currently preparing new publicity to be launched this spring, as part of its "Think!" campaign, to raise awareness of the dangers of using mobile phones when driving.
Mr. Jamieson: The Government are satisfied that current legislation provides the police with sufficient powers to enable them to prosecute irresponsible drivers. However, in accordance with our Road Safety Strategy "Tomorrow's roadssafer for everyone", we will keep the need for new legislation under review.
Janet Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the dangers relating to driving when using (a) hand-held and (b) hands-free mobile phones; 
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Mr. Jamieson: The Department is satisfied that there is clear evidence of an increased risk of an accident when using any type of mobile phone while driving. International research has established that the increased risk of an accident arises from the distracting effects of holding a telephone conversation rather than from just driving with one hand on the wheel. Further research, commissioned within the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme towards the end of last year, is under way to measure the distraction from hands-free phones in comparison to other common driver distractions such as talking with passengers or tuning the radio.
Mr. Jamieson: There are no plans to make a change in the foreseeable future. The limit will stay at 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The Government consulted on this in 1998 and waited upon proposals from Europe before considering the matter further. No firm legislation was forthcoming from the European Union although the European Commission produced a Recommendation which, among other measures, recommended community wide harmonisation of the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for motorists at 50mg. We have now considered whether it would be desirable to make such a change and concluded that we should maintain emphasis on enforcement and publicity. In reaching this decision the Government were mindful of the fact that our penalties are among the toughest in Europe. But we remain committed to combating drink-driving and support more research and collaboration at a European level.
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers she has to extend the Postcomm consultation on the opening of bulk mail delivery to competition beyond 15 March; and what the policies of other European Union member states are on the opening of bulk mail delivery to competition. 
Mr. Alexander: The timetable for Postcomm's consultation on its document proposals for effective competition in UK postal services is a matter for Postcomm. On 13 March Postcomm announced that it had decided to extendto Friday 12 Aprilthe date for comments on its proposals.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry following the recommendation of the Small Business Council report, what plans the Government have for the reallocation of resources (a) to and (b) within the Small Business Service. 
Nigel Griffiths: The Government, in their 2002 Spending Review will consider the level of resources, and broad internal allocation, for the SBS for the period from April 2003 to March 2006. The Spending Review will be informed by the Government's review of services for small business. The allocation of resources within the SBS for 200203 is being considered as the Business Plan for this year is developed.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the companies from which her Department has obtained timber and wood products and the total spent with each firm over the last five years. 
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Ms Hewitt: All Departmental furniture is currently purchased through suppliers approved by the Office of Government Commerce. As part of their service level agreement with my Department the OGC undertake that all their approved suppliers comply with all relevant public procurement regulations and directives. More detailed information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 8 March 2002, Official Report, column 592W, what information she collates on the funding of non-Governmental organisations by her Department, with particular reference to those operating on a regional basis; and if she will make a statement. 
Overall information on Government funding of the voluntary sector can be found in the Home Office research publication "Central Government Funding of Voluntary and Community Organisations 198283 to 19992000", copies of which are in the Libraries of the House. This includes information on the proportion of that funding provided by my Department.
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