Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 200102; if she will list the campaigns that spent over £250,000; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: In 200102, the Department spent £11.688 million from its centrally held Advertising and Publicity Budget, which covers information literature, advertising and campaign material. There is additional spend from departmental programme budgets on publicity activity but this could be identified only at disproportionate cost.
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Adult Basic Skills ("Get On")
Fast Track Teaching
Parents' magazine ("Parents + Schools")
Widening Participation in Higher Education (Aimhigher)
Child care Link
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the EU committee for the implementation of the Community action programme concerning co-operation policy in the youth field, including European voluntary service and youth exchange within the Community and with third countries (YOUTH) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement. 
The UK is represented on the committee by one official from the Joint International Unit of the Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Work and Pensions. The Scottish Executive is consulted in advance about the content of the meetings, and makes its views known, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations.
Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many asylum-seeking children (a) entered and (b) left school in each Government Office region, broken down by (i) age profile and (ii) the first language spoken, at the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in her Department; and what the (a) cost, (b) purpose and (c) result was in each case. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: All overseas travel by officials in my Department is undertaken in accordance with the principles set out in Chapter 8 of the 'Civil Service Management Code', and the detailed rules and guidance set out in the departmental 'Travel and Transfer Guide'.
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Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) post offices and (b) sub-post offices closed in Scotland in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area. 
Mr. Timms: I am informed by Post Office Ltd. that data on post office closures are not collated on a local authority area basis but will in future be collated on the basis of UK parliamentary constituencies.
|Number of closures
|Year to end March 1999
|Year to end March 2000
|Year to end March 2001
|Year to end March 2002
Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 13 June 2002, Official Report, column 1388W, on the Post Office, if she will make a statement on the level of performance of first class deliveries between Wirral and London in 2001. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 17 July 2002]: Targets for the Royal Mail's scheduled services and standards are set in the licence issued by the Postal Services Commission (Postcomm) and agreed between Consignia and the Consumer Council for Postal Services (Postwatch). As the level of performance of first class deliveries between Wirral and London is a matter for the company I have asked Consignia chief executive to reply direct to the hon. Member.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are being proposed for Post Office staff and customers to deal with (a) balance disputes, (b) lost or stolen cards and (c) lost PIN numbers for Post Office card account holders; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what responsibilities she holds in respect of genetic modification; how this connects with (a) DEFRA and (b) the Department of Health; and if she will make a statement. 
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Ms Hewitt: DEFRA has the lead responsibility for genetic modification (GM) policy, sets the regulations concerning the deliberate release and marketing of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and funds a research programme to underpin these regulatory activities. Although DTI has no formal responsibility for GM policy, it leads on competitiveness issues and sponsors the biotechnology sector. The Office of Science and Technology (OST) in the DTI supports the Chief Scientific Advisor in his oversight of transdepartmental science and technology. The OST also funds the Research Councils.
The Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission (AEBC), the Government's independent strategic advisory body on biotechnology issues affecting agriculture and the environment, advises my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the devolved Administrations, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
The Government Departments, including DEFRA, DTI, Department of Health, and the devolved Administrations and agencies work closely together to ensure a co-ordinated approach on GM. In particular, all three Departments are represented on the Ministerial Sub- Committee on BiotechnologySCI(BIO)whose terms of reference are
Ms Hewitt: HMG are in continual dialogue with the US Government at all levels concerning the US Farm Bill (the "Farm Security and Rural Investment Act 2002"). We have made clear to the US Government our considerable disappointment with the Farm Bill, especially in the context of the Doha Development Agenda, which committed all WTO members to substantial reductions in trade-distorting domestic support.
The US believes the Farm Bill is compatible with their World Trade Organisation commitments and have stressed their intention to remain fully engaged in the Doha negotiations. I will continue to strongly encourage them to do so and to put forward practical proposals to achieve the Doha commitments in agriculture.
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Ms Hewitt: The US action is unjustified and deeply regrettable. The Government fully support the European Commission's robust response in immediately pursuing WTO action and took a lead in pressing for EU safeguard action to protect the UK and EU steel industry against diversion of trade.