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Ms Rosie Winterton: My Department will consider with PACT (Parents and Abducted Children Together) and other organisations how to improve awareness of the procedures involved in using the Hague Convention provisions.
(a) The upper age for serving as a magistrate was set by Parliament after wide consultation and was generally supported. It enables individual magistrates to continue to make a contribution to the administration of justice for a long time.
(b) The Juries Act 1974 set the upper age limit for jury service at 65. This limit was later increased to 70 by the Criminal Justice Act 1988. The recent review of the Criminal Justice System by Lord Justice Auld, which considered the structure and representation of juries made no recommendation on increasing the upper age limit for jury service.
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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if she will list her Department's staff members working (a) full-time and (b) part-time for the Friends of Scotland Unit, broken down by location of work. 
Mrs. Liddell: There are currently two officials working full-time on the Friends of Scotland project. A further five officials give assistance on the project when required. Both full-time officials are based in Glasgow.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if she will list the events run (a) in Scotland, (b) in London, (c) in other locations within the UK and (d) outside the UK by Friends of Scotland since its inception in 2001; 
|(a) In Scotland|
|22 July 2002||A business lunch in Edinburgh|
|13 August 2002||A reception in Edinburgh for cultural attaches from diplomatic missions in London|
|(b) In London|
|27 November 2001||The Friends of Scotland launch event in the Banqueting House, Whitehall|
|11 June 2002||A business dinner in Dover House, Whitehall|
|15 June 2002||A reception in Dover House, Whitehall|
|23 July 2002||A reception for the launch of the Friends of Scotland website in Dover House, Whitehall|
|(c) Elsewhere in the UK||None|
|(d) Outside the UK|
|23 January 2002||A business lunch in Guangzhou, China|
|14 October 2002||A reception in Sydney, Australia|
The events run jointly by the Scotland Office and the Scottish Executive for the Friends of Scotland and GlobalScot initiatives were the dinner in London on 11 June and the reception in Sydney on 14 October.
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(3) what marketing her Department carried out on behalf of Friends of Scotland to promote the launch of the Friends of Scotland website; 
(4) how many visits the Friends of Scotland website has received in each month since it was first established; 
(5) how many (a) organisations and (b) individuals have registered their interest in Friends of Scotland through the initiative's website since its inception; and if she will list them by country of residence; 
(6) if she will list the reasons given by organisations and individuals for registering their interest in the Friends of Scotland initiative, as submitted to the initiative's website; 
(7) how many (a) organisations and (b) individuals have registered to receive e-mail updates from the Friends of Scotland website; and if she will list them by country of residence; 
(8) how many e-postcards have been sent from the Friends of Scotland website in each month since it was first published. 
Mrs. Liddell: The current Friends of Scotland website was established on 23 July 2002. The start-up cost was #62,623; the cost of subsequent maintenance and development to date has amounted to #4,711. The launch of the website was announced at a reception held in the Scotland Office on 23 July.
|Number of visits|
|October (up to 24)||3,451|
The website has attracted 32 registrations of interest since its inception. Individuals registering their own interest and those registering on behalf of an organisation cannot be differentiated. The breakdown of the total by country of residence is as follows:
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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what expenditure has been budgeted for by her Department to support the Friends of Scotland initiative during the financial year 200203. 
Mrs. Liddell: The Friends of Scotland Advisory Group's first meeting was on 18 December 2001 in London. Its second meeting was on 1 March 2002 in Glasgow. Its third and most recent meeting was held on 20 May 2002 in Edinburgh.
Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies were set up in Somerset; and how many went into liquidation in (a) 19992000, (b) 200001 and (c) 200102. 
Business start-ups and closures 19802001
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps have been taken to monitor the implementation and impact of the car pricing order; if a progress report will be published; and if she will make a statement. 
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