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Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department have been (a) suspended, (b) dismissed, (c) prosecuted and (d) convicted for involvement in benefit fraud in each of the last six years; and what the amounts involved in each of the cases listed were. 
Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has planned discussions with the First Minister of the National Assembly with regard to hastening progress towards the implementation of the Dee Cockle Regulation Order. 
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Mr. Touhig: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 3 February 2004, Official Report, column 773W, I gave assurances that both the Welsh Assembly and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stand ready to respond swiftly and positively to requests for assistance in this matter from the Environment Agency Wales. When the Environment Agency Wales submit a formal application for a Regulation order, the Government will act as quickly as possible.
My right hon. Friend has regular meetings with the First Secretary and I meet the Welsh Assembly Agriculture Secretary and DEFRA Ministers to discuss a variety of agriculture issues, including the cockle industry.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department and its predecessors spent on branding the Department between 199798 and 200304, broken down by (a) consultancy fees, (b) design and orders for new stationery, (c) website design and (d) other material featuring new logos. 
Mr. David: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether it is his policy that the Higher Education Bill should exempt English students studying in higher education institutions in Wales from payment of top-up fees. 
Mr. Touhig: The provisions of the Higher Education Bill would transfer to the National Assembly for Wales responsibility for tuition fee levels in Welsh Institutions and student support for students resident in Wales.
The Assembly Education and Lifelong Learning Minister has given a commitment that variable fees will not be introduced in Wales during the lifetime of the present Assembly. Future policy with regard to tuition fees in Wales will be decided by the Assembly, following an independent review by Professor Teresa Rees.
Donald Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the most recent figure is for sums paid for compensation in (a) final and (b) interim settlements to sick miners in Wales, their widows or families for vibration white finger and respiratory diseases. 
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Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many visits he has made to (a) prisons, (b) police forces, (c) young offenders' institutions and (d) drug rehabilitation centres in Wales since October 2002. 
Mr. Hain: I have visited south Wales Police Force at their headquarters in Bridgend and North Wales Police Force at their headquarters Colwyn Bay. In addition my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales has visited Gwent Police Force at their headquarters in Croesyceiliog and the "Safer Swansea" police initiative. He has also met with the Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys. I have visited one young offenders institution.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the (a) benefit and (b) tax credit expenditure in the UK for each year since 199697, (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) contributory, (B) non-contributory and (C) income-related benefits. 
The information on expenditure on working families and disabled persons tax credits from 19992000 to 200203 is presented in the Inland Revenue's Annual Reports for the years 200001 to 200203. These are available on the Inland Revenue's website, at www.inlandrevenue.go.uk.
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John Healey: The Government believe the Climate Change Levy is an effective way of encouraging reductions in the use of energy and is an important policy in our climate change programme and therefore we have no plans to introduce a carbon-based tax. The EU emissions trading scheme, a tradable permit scheme that creates a market in carbon, will be introduced from 2005. Decisions on taxation policy are announced by the Chancellor in the context of his annual Budget statement.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants, broken down by grade, there are in the Department and the agencies for which the Department is responsible; and what the figures were in January 1997. 
Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley, South (Mr. Alexander) gave to the hon. Member on 9 February, Official Report, columns 129398W.
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As of 31 March 1997, National Savings employed 4,290 full-time equivalent staff. The historical breakdown of grading is unavailable. Of the 4,290 staff, eight were SCS. This information was published in the annual report for 199697.
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