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Shoreham seaport. This is because illegal entrants are frequently detected inland and will not identify, or cannot be attributed to, any particular port of entry.
Shoreham seaport does not receive any passenger vessels and so has no permanent immigration presence. However, for the purposes of immigration control the port is covered by Immigration Service staff based at Newhaven who may be deployed there should a need be identified. Remote coverage is also provided by officers from Her Majesty's Customs and Excise and Sussex Police, Special Branch.
The Immigration Service views very seriously any potential breach of immigration controls, as well as the risks that migrants take by seeking to enter the United Kingdom clandestinely. Whilst there is currently no evidence to suggest that Shoreham seaport is being targeted for such activity, should such information be received, it would be passed to the District Intelligence Unit at Gatwick. They would assess the risk and ensure that appropriate measures were taken to combat any threat to the integrity of the immigration control.
Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 9 April 2002]: In its response to the Public Administration Select Committee's Second Report of Session 20002001 on Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions, the Government made clear their commitment to providing prompt and accurate answers to Parliamentary Questions. This continues to be the Government's position. I am committed to improving the performance of the Home Office and am working with the Department on practical steps to achieve this.
Dr. Howells [holding answer 10 April 2002]: Details of new initiatives and policies designed to assist in achieving the Public Service Agreement targets for 19992002 were set out in my previous parliamentary answers to the hon. Member for Buckingham on 19 December (Official Report, columns 31015W), 8 January (Official Report, columns 54345W), and 10 January (Official Report, columns 97172W).
The main initiatives undertaken to help achieve the Public Service Agreement targets for 20012004 are as follows: the setting-up of Creative Partnerships in 16 deprived areas; the introduction of the School Sports Co-ordinator and Spaces for Sport and the Arts programmes; and the introduction of free access for all to national museums and galleries on 1 December 2001.
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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the level of take up of digital television services has been from 1998 to the date for which the most recent figures are available. 
|Date||per cent TV Households which are digital|
|31 December 98||0.9 per cent|
|31 March 99||2.2 per cent|
|30 June 99||3.9 per cent|
|30 September 99||7.0 per cent|
|31 December 99||11.1 per cent|
|30 March 00||18.0 per cent|
|30 June 00||19.4 per cent|
|30 September 00||22.5 per cent|
|31 December 00||26.8 per cent|
|31 March 01||30.0 per cent|
|30 June 01||32.5 per cent|
|30 September 01||34.7 per cent|
|31 December 01||36.6 per cent|
Mrs. Roe: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will make further information about its work available to hon. Members. 
Archy Kirkwood: Pages on the Parliamentary Intranet, accessed through "House Administration" give information about the Commission's role, responsibilities and membership, together with contact details. The pages provide links to the Commission's Annual Reports, and to Questions answered on behalf of the Commission. We have now decided to supplement this with periodic reports on Commission business: subjects considered, decisions taken, and work in progress. The first such report, covering Commission meetings between December 2001 and March 2002, will be posted on the Intranet today.
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises continue to play an important role in the UK economy accounting for over 99 per cent of businesses, 44 per cent of non-government employment and 37 per cent of turnover. They employ 12 million people and contribute £1 trillion to the economy pa.
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|Number of businesses
||Mining & Energy||5,455||5,705||4,085||3,615
||Wholesale, retail & repairs||525,465||552,765||532,155||535,045
||Hotels & Restaurants||148,610||153,065||154,125||157,005
||Real Estate, business activities||707,785||735,995||799,555||825,160
||Health & social work||217,295||202,690||202,910||206,815
Small Business Service, SME Statistics in the UK
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will name the members of the group she has set up to review company auditing policy and practices, together with relevant interests or employment. 
Ms Melanie Johnson: My right hon. Friends, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have invited the Economic Secretary, HM Treasury and myself, to lead a co-ordinating group on accounting and audit issues, which will
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the group she has set up to review company auditing policy and practices will take evidence from outside Government; which organisations have been asked to give evidence to it; and whether its report will be published. 
Ms Melanie Johnson: The purpose of the Group is to ensure that the accounting and audit issues raised following the collapse in the US of Enron are addressed by individual regulators in the UK in a comprehensive and coordinated way.
At the first meeting of the group, it was agreed to invite comments from outside Government in relation to the group's coordinating role on the issues for audit and accountancy raised by the collapse of Enron. Further details will appear shortly on the DTI website (www.dti.gov.uk/cld). The group will provide a progress report by the summer, with a final report at a later stage. These will be published.
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