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Linda Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department is doing to promote the services of the post office network among other Departments who use its services. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 14 January 2003]: The nationwide reach of the post office network represents a valuable channel for delivery of Government and other services. Post offices are traditionally the place where customers go to transact a range of Government business.
As recommended by the PIU report on the future of the post office network published in June 2000, Government provided the necessary support to enable Post Office Ltd. to test the concept of post offices as Government General Practitioners. DTI contributed #25 million to the cost of running the Your Guide pilot in Leicestershire and Rutland between July 2001 and March 2002. The outcomes of the pilot were thoroughly evaluated and a report was published last July. Although this indicated that a publicly funded national Your Guide service on the lines of that piloted would not provide value for money, and we have therefore decided not to roll it out, Your Guide has highlighted the potential for Government Departments to deliver services through post offices in future. The Department has been encouraging contact between other Departments and the Post Office concerning such services and has drawn the Departments' attention to a commercial kiosk service, based on kiosks in retail outletsincluding some sub-post officeswhich is expected to be piloted in Cornwall later this year.
Ultimately it is for individual Departments and Post Office Ltd. to decide whether or not to pursue these initiatives. But we will ensure that Post Office Ltd. continues to work closely with other Government Departments to develop and promote the services of the network as appropriate.
Mr. Kidney : To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her Department's role in approving Post Office Ltd's communications with customers concerning the new post office card account. 
Mr. Timms: Communication with customers about the card account at the Post Office is an operational matter for Post Office Ltd. I understand from the company that one leaflet on child benefit has been distributed to post offices for issue to customers.
Mr. Timms: Retailers purchase books of stamps on a wholesale basis from the Royal Mail for resale in their outlets. As with other products acquired in quantity for resale purposes, it is for the retailer to decide whether they wish to sell the item for less than the face value. I have no plans to propose changes in this area.
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Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total sums (a) claimed and (b) paid out by the Redundancy Payments Office were in each month over the last two years in respect of (a) redundancy pay, (b) holiday pay, (c) notice pay and (d) unpaid wages. 
Alan Johnson [holding answer 14 January 2003]: The Redundancy Payments Service claim forms ask claimants for pay and other details of their former employment but not the amount of the claim, which is calculated by the service's computer system. The following table shows the total sums paid out for each of the months and categories specified.
|Arrears of pay(6)||Compensatory notice pay(6)||Holiday(6)||Redundancy(6)|
(6) Gross payments before the deduction of tax and national insurance contributions.
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economic benefits of Government expenditure on science (a) as a whole and (b) in respect of individual programmes. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 17 December 2002]: The Government believes that investment in science research generates substantial benefits for society and the economy. The main vehicle for Government investment in basic and strategic research is the Science Budget. The metrics that are used to measure the performance of the UK Science and Engineering Base as a whole at present are:-
(b) Relevance: the proportion of HEI funding from non governmental sources.
(c) Cost-effectiveness: measured by the UK's ranking in terms of the number of papers published per #1 million of public expenditure on science.
(b) Trends in the number of licensing agreements
(c) Trends in income from licensing Intellectual property rights
(d) Metrics of spin-outs
(e) Trends in RC income from the UK private sector
(f) Trends in co-publication with industry
Alan Johnson: Estimates of the number of days lost through sickness and injury per employee are available from the Labour Force Survey. However, figures are only available on a consistent basis from 2000 onwards and data for 2002 are not yet available.
Mrs. Calton: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Statutory Instruments subject to negative procedure made by her Department (a) came into force and (b) were considered by a delegated legislation committee in each of the last three sessions. 
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|Number of SIs|
|Session||(a) subject to negative procedure, coming into force||(b) considered by a designated legislation committee|
All SIs were considered by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments. However those in column (b) were also considered by a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
|Number of statutory instruments issued|
Figures between 1979 and 1989 are not available.
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