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Miss Melanie Johnson: The Insolvency Service's planning assumption is that compulsory insolvencies will total 28,000 in the year to 31 March 2003, and I have therefore set it the target of completing 28,500 case administrations in the year to 31 March 2003 and to maintain the levels of Income Payment Orders achieved.
I have set the Service two new targets for 200203. The first is to publish quarterly results of the Service's User Satisfaction Index and introduce a benchmark score by 31 March 2003; and the second is to achieve IiP re-accreditation in the autumn of 2002.
I have also set it the targets of containing increases in the unit cost of administering bankruptcy and compulsory liquidation cases by 1 per cent. in real terms over the period 200204; and containing increases in the cost of investigations of bankruptcy and compulsory liquidation cases by 10 per cent. in real terms over the period 200204. These increases reflect plans by the Service to invest in information technology and staff resources to prepare for implementation of the Enterprise Bill and are expected to generate net reductions in unit costs over a five-year period.
I expect the Service to continue to achieve the levels of proceedings for disqualification taken against unfit directors as in previous years and reports on cases of criminal misconduct as in 200102. At the same time I look to the Service reducing the average time of the conclusion of disqualification proceedings arising from non-compulsory insolvencies from 27.5 months to 26 months by 31 March 2003; and to increasing the
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percentage of disqualification cases concluded within 30 months from 72 per cent. to 78 per cent. and those within 24 months from 33 per cent. to 40 per cent.
I also expect the Service to check and action at least 98 per cent. of Insolvency Services Account payment requisitions within four days or the due date, and to action 100 per cent. of invoices for payment within 30 days of receipt and 95 per cent. of invoices for payment within 20 days.
Mr. Joyce: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people were in employment (a) at the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in May 1997 for each constituency in Scotland. 
|March 1997 to February 1998||March 2000 to February 2001|
|Airdrie and Shotts||66.0||62.2|
|Argyll and Bute||70.7||71.2|
|Banff and Buchan||72.8||77.5|
|Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross||66.3||77.5|
|Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley||65.0||67.7|
|Clydebank and Milngavie||68.1||68.6|
|Coatbridge and Chryston||62.2||64.6|
|Cumbernauld and Kilsyth||70.5||71.2|
|Edinburgh East and Musselburgh||76.9||71.8|
|Edinburgh North and Leith||72.4||78.3|
|Galloway and Upper Nithsdale||68.5||74.6|
|Greenock and Inverclyde||73.2||76.8|
|Hamilton North and Bellshill||66.0||70.9|
|Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber||77.2||79.5|
|Kilmarnock and Loudoun||64.1||72.4|
|Motherwell and Wishaw||64.7||59.8|
|North East Fife||71.0||78.7|
|Orkney and Shetland||81.3||87.3|
|Ross, Skye and Inverness West||77.2||77.4|
|Roxburgh and Berwickshire||75.8||84.2|
|Strathkelvin and Bearsden||76.7||74.1|
|Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale||79.5||84.7|
|West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine||76.1||85.2|
(56) Men aged 1664 and women aged 1659
(57) Working age people in employment as a percentage of the working age population
ONS Labour Force Survey, Annual Data
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Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on his plans to inform persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activities that their cases will not be pursued. 
Dr. John Reid: We are still considering how best to implement the proposals which we and the Irish Government made in relation to this following the Weston Park talks. In the meantime, any inquiries received in relation to individuals wishing to establish whether they are wanted in Northern Ireland in relation to suspected terrorist activities have been communicated to the Attorney- General, who has referred them to the prosecuting authorities and the police.
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by the Northern Ireland Office since 10 April 1998 that they are no longer wanted by the prosecuting authorities; 
Dr. John Reid: As a result of inquiries received and referred to the prosecuting authorities and the police, 32 individuals have been informed over the past two years that they are not wanted for arrest in relation to terrorist offences. In accordance with the policy announced by my predecessor on 29 September 2000, an additional 25 persons, who had left Northern Ireland without completing their sentences, have been informed since then that they can return to Northern Ireland without serving more time in custody and that the prosecuting authorities and police have confirmed they will not face fresh charges.
Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many people suspected of involvement in terrorist activities will benefit from the provisions contained in paragraph 20 of the joint proposals published by the British and Irish Governments on 1 August 2001; 
Jane Kennedy: The British and Irish Governments recognised at the talks at Weston Park last summer that the issue of terrorists on the run needed to be dealt with. Paragraph 20 of the joint communique made following those talks committed both Governments to taking steps to resolve this issue. The Government stands by that commitment and is considering the options for discharging it. Until the Government have concluded how best to resolve the matter, it is not possible to give a reliable estimate of how many people it would effect.
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