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23. Kali Mountford: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on action she is taking to ensure that Iraqi women play a full part in the leadership of Iraq. 
24. Julie Morgan: To ask the Minister for Women what plans she has to propose amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 to introduce a public sector duty to promote equality between men and women. 
Jacqui Smith: The Government are taking forward a significant legislative agenda on equality matters, and they have committed themselves to introduce a duty on public bodies to promote equality of opportunity for women and men generally when parliamentary time allows.
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impact of the change in the Bank of England's inflation target from RPIX to HICP on the competitiveness of UK businesses. 
15. Dr. Palmer: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the legal fees charged to former coal miners who are claiming compensation for industrial illnesses. 
I deplore any attempt to charge sick miners or their widows and families for legal or administration expenses, which are covered by the DTI. I am asking the firms involved to reimburse sick miners' widows and families in such cases.
I deplore any attempt to charge sick miners or their widows and families for legal or administration expenses that are covered by the DTI. I am asking the firms involved to reimburse sick miners widows and families in such cases.
Ms Hewitt: Bilateral trade in goods between the United Kingdom and Bangladesh in 2002 was worth £549.8 million, an increase of 5 per cent. over 2001. In the first nine months of 2003, bilateral trade in goods with Bangladesh amounted to £438 million, an increase of 8.2 per cent. over the same period in 2002.
Total UK exports to Bangladesh in 2002 were worth £66 million. Our principal exports are power generating machinery and equipment, dyeing, tanning and colouring materials and specialised industrial machinery and medical and pharmaceutical products.
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Mr. Sutcliffe: The number of self-employed people declared bankrupt in England and Wales from the first quarter of 2002 to the second quarter of 2003 is shown in the following table. Total bankruptcies are also provided to put the figures in context. The sub-division of total bankruptcies into self-employed and other categories is not yet available for third quarter 2003.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many self-employed individuals were declared bankrupt (a) in the third quarter of 2003 and (b) since 1 October, broken down by industrial sector; and how many (i) employees, (ii) unemployed people and those with no occupation, (iii) directors and promoters of companies and (iv) people whose occupation is unknown were declared bankrupt (A) in the third quarter of 2003 and (B) since 1st October. 
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 10 December 2003]: There were 7,217 bankruptcies as a whole in England and Wales in the third quarter of 2003. The requested breakdown into types of individual is published one quarter in arrears of the main series and is not yet available for third quarter 2003. The third quarter data will be published on 6 February 2004. The latest data published on 7 November 2003 cover up to the second quarter of 2003 and are attached.
|Agriculture and horticulture||35||34||21||42||50|
|Food, drink and tobacco||6||7||3||1||4|
|Metals and engineering||72||66||63||77||50|
|Textiles and clothing||7||7||11||21||9|
|Timber and furniture||15||15||11||23||22|
|Paper, printing and publishing||12||22||18||18||9|
|Construction and Transport|
|Transport and communication||279||260||271||301||300|
|Food, drink and tobacco||11||9||8||13||4|
|Food, drink and tobacco||73||79||71||68||58|
|Motor vehicles and filling stations||25||38||37||38||35|
|Other financial and business services||296||241||267||286||269|
|Hotels and catering||225||291||250||263||293|
|No occupation and unemployed||1,748||1,853||1,688||2,133||2,217|
|Directors and promoters of companies||82||67||85||72||102|
|Total other individuals||4,034||4,005||3,633||4,444||4,681|
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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will provide a breakdown by (a) age, (b) sex, (c) ethnicity, (d) region, (e) housing tenure and (f) household structure of individuals declared bankrupt in (i) each year since 1997 and (ii) each quarter in 2003. 
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Official Receiver's Office that dealt with the case. There are no official breakdowns available by age, sex, ethnicity, housing tenure or household structure of the bankrupt.
The following table gives the total number of bankruptcies by regions classified according to groupings of Official Receivers' Offices falling within them from 1999 to 2002 and the first three quarters of 2003.
|1999||2000||2001||2002||Quarter 1||Quarter 2||Quarter 3|
|Public Interest Unit||5||6||6||11||3||3||4|
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