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Sustainable Development

Mr. Horam: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which United Kingdom commitments arising from the World Summit on Sustainable Development (a) have been incorporated into the Department's existing delivery plan for Service Delivery Agreements and (b) will be incorporated in its delivery plan for Service Delivery Agreements in advance of the 2004 Spending Review. [113940]

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Ms Hewitt [holding answer 22 May 2003]: My Department's contributions to progress on the commitments agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) range across a number of areas, as set out in the Annex to the Government's Memorandum to the Environmental Audit Committee on WSSD follow-up (12 February 2003). They are reflected in the Department's current business plans and will be further incorporated and refined in the light of future developments, for example on the Doha Development Round, work on a UK Sustainable Consumption and Production Strategy and an independent report commissioned by the Department on options for action at the international level to follow up the WSSD outcomes on Corporate Social Responsibility. Where appropriate and relevant the commitments will be taken into account in setting my Department's next Public Service Agreement as part of the 2004 Spending Review.

Unsolicited Advertising

Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with network providers, the Direct Marketing Association and the Advertising Standards Agency on the best methods by which to protect consumers from unsolicited junk SMS text-message and mobile phone voicemail advertisements. [118244]

Mr. Timms: Regulations to implement the new Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications will introduce stricter rules on the use of SMS messages for the purposes of direct marketing, and these Regulations are currently open for public consultation closing on 19 June. The consultation paper is available in the House of Commons Library, or on the DTI website at the following URL: http://www.dti.gov.uk/industries/ecommunications/directive on privacy electronic communications 200258ec.html

As part of the consultation, some 1,200 interested parties were contacted direct in March 2003, including most mobile network providers, the DMA and the ASA. In addition, there have been a number of meetings between my officials and major stakeholders, including a joint DTI/DMA open meeting on 29 May.

The present rules are set out in the Telecommunications (Data Protection and Privacy) Regulations 1999, which introduced a statutory opt-out scheme, the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), through which individuals can register to avoid the receipt of unsolicited direct marketing calls. Direct marketers must not contact numbers listed on the TPS without the prior consent of the recipient of the call. The body responsible for the enforcement of the Regulations, the Information Commissioner's Office, treats an SMS message to a mobile as a "call" for the purposes of the current Regulations. Until the new Regulations are in force, individuals can therefore best protect themselves from unsolicited direct marketing SMS and voicemail messages to their mobile telephone by registering their number with the TPS. Details of how to register are available on the TPS website at www.tpsonline.org.uk

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Unsolicited E-mails

Mr. Dhanda: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce legislation in the United Kingdom to reduce the number of unsolicited e-mails. [119108]

Mr. Timms: There will be new controls on the use of unsolicited commercial e-mail under the UK's implementing regulations for the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC). The new rules, to come into force this year, will require that unsolicited e-mails may only be sent for the purposes of direct marketing to individuals with their prior consent, except where there is an existing customer relationship between the sender and the addressee.

Consultation on draft regulations started on 27 March this year, closing on 19 June, and details are available in the Libraries of the House or on the DTI website at the following URL: www.dti.gov.uk/industries/ecommunications/directive on privacy electronic communications 200258ec.html.

Each member state of the European Union is required to implement the Directive.

DEFENCE

Iraq (Mental Health)

Mrs. Calton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that there are sufficient resources to meet the mental health needs of (a) armed forces personnel returning from Iraq, (b) their nurses and doctors and (c) their families and carers. [118467]

Dr. Moonie: Any members of the Armed Forces, including medical personnel, returning from the Gulf with mental health problems will receive appropriate medical treatment from within the Defence Medical Services or the NHS. In the United Kingdom, the mental health needs of their families and carers are the responsibility of the NHS. The Ministry of Defence would be responsible for the mental health care of their dependants if they were stationed overseas.

Air Training and Sea Cadet Corps

Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the role and (b) the contribution made by the air training corps, sea cadet force on Merseyside (i) the individual cadets and (ii) the serving community. [118410]

Dr. Moonie: The Air Training Corps' (ATC's) role as a national youth organisation is to encourage a practical interest in aviation and the RAF and also to develop the personal qualities of its members. The Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) is an independent charitable body that provides an opportunity for youths to learn seamanship skills and to develop their personal qualities also. Both organisations foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership, encouraging a sense of community and good citizenship that is highly valued by both military and civilian employers. They also encourage membership of schemes such as the Duke of

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Edinburgh's Award, which provides practical, cultural and adventurous activities, including an emphasis on helping others in the local community.

The ATC and the SCC support their local community through such contributions as Remembrance Sunday parades and providing guards of honour and marching bands for mayoral and civic events. A significant emphasis is also placed on raising money for charity, with local causes such as Claire House Children's Hospice receiving fund-raising through sponsorship. The cadets themselves carry out all these community activities. However, there are also occasional joint ventures with the serving military community, such as the support provided at the Southport Air Show and the recent 60th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

Cluster Munitions

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much cluster bomb type ordnance was recently deployed in Iraq. [117655]

Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 5 June 2003, Official Report, column 507W, to my hon. Friend for Lewisham Deptford (Joan Ruddock).

D-Day Anniversary

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government have to (a) commemorate in this country and (b) support in France the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. [118875]

Dr. Moonie: The Ministry of Defence is working closely with the French Comite du Debarquement, in association with the Normandy Veterans Association to develop a full programme of commemorations in France. Already there are preliminary plans for events on the beaches and in Caen, Bayeux, Arromanches and Colleville Montgomery from 5 to 7 June 2004. A number of options for United Kingdom involvement at these events are being considered where it is intended that there will be suitable representation at Minister and Senior Officer level.

We will also be providing assistance, including suitable representation at Minister and Senior Officer level to a service of remembrance and thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on 20 October 2004, being organised by the Normandy Veterans Association.

Defence Equipment Policy (EU)

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the European Commission's communication, Towards an EU Defence Equipment Policy. [117502]

Mr. Hoon: The Government's position is outlined in the Explanatory Memorandum on European Community Document entitled: Communication from the Commission to the Council, The European Parliament, The European Social and Economic Committee of the Regions "European Defence—Industrial and Market Issues: Towards an EU Defence Equipment Policy" Reference Number 8484/03 [COM(2003) 113 final] dated 15 May 2003, which is available in the Library of the House.

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Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratory

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the responses made to the Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratory's site rationalisation consultation document. [118898]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 12 June 2003]: I will arrange for a copy of the Trades Unions' response to the Dstl Site Rationalisation Consultation Document to be placed in the Library.

It would be inappropriate to publish comments from individual members of staff as these relate to their personal circumstances and I am therefore withholding this information in accordance with Exemption 12 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government information.


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