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Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) amount and (b) make of (i) handguns, (ii) ammunition, (iii) weapons sights and (iv) gun mountings exported to Jamaica under licences granted during 2001; and if she will make a statement. 
Details of all export licences granted for Jamaica in 2001 were published in the Government's 2001 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls, copies of which are available from the Libraries of the House.
Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) Scorpion tanks, (b) Saracen Light Vehicles and (c) Hawk jets have been supplied to Indonesia since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
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Since May 1997, the Government has published an Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls containing details of all goods authorised for export from the UK and to which destinations. Copies of the Annual Report (up to and including 2002) are available from the Libraries of the House. Details of export licences approved in 2003 will be published later this year in the 2003 Annual Report, and for 2004, similarly in the 2004 Report next year.
Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the rifles licensed for export to Nepal in 2001 were delivered; to whom; by whom they were manufactured; and if she will make a statement. 
Details of all export licences granted for Nepal in 2001 were published in the Government's 2001 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls, copies of which are available from the Libraries of the House.
Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons 6,780 rifles licensed for export to Nepal in 2001 were not mentioned in table 4, Part III of the 2001 and 2002 annual report on Statistics on Exports of Military Equipment; and if she will make a statement. 
Nigel Griffiths: The Annual Report table, 'Statistics on Exports of Military equipment', provides details on the number of weapons and small arms that have actually been exported from the UK, by destination, in that year. HM Customs & Excise have checked their records and have no record of these rifles being exported.
Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) items, (b) quantities and (c) end use conditions attached to military exports to Nepal exported under licences granted during 2001 and listed in the Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2001; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, column 1041W, on personal computers, what steps she is taking to assess the (a) take-up and (b) effectiveness of the annual tax
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exemption on loaned computers; and what assessment will be undertaken following the recently published guidelines for employers. 
The Office for National Statistics have included extra questions in their quarterly internet access survey to assess consumer awareness and take up of Home Computing Initiatives (HCI) which use the annual tax exemption on loaned computers. Industry partners are also conducting tracking which the Office of the e-Envoy and the Department of Trade and Industry will use as part of their overall assessment. The impact of HCI schemes on levels of home computer penetration and internet access will also be monitored on an ongoing basis.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she plans to provide hon. and right hon. Members with a rationale for the proposed area plan in those areas that (a) are involved in and (b) have undergone post office closure programmes. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 26 February 2004]: No, these are operational matters for Post Office Limited. The changes to the consultation arrangements announced in my Written Statement of 5 February were not retrospective in effect.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether information from local authorities on infrastructure and regeneration projects already made available to Post Office Limited will be taken into account when determining closure proposals on post offices where no final decision has yet been reached. 
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Post Office Ltd. produces information on post office closures on a quarterly basis. There were 88 net urban post office closures and 11 net rural closures in the North West region in the nine months to the end of December 2003, the latest quarter for which figures are currently available.
Mr. Timms: The Government have set the target of obtaining 10 per cent. of our electricity from renewable sources by 2010, with the aspiration of doubling this by 2020. Towards achieving such expansion, I announced in December the Government's intention to extend the rising profile of Renewables Obligation by further annual stages beyond 201011 to reach 15.4 per cent. by 201516.
Renewable energy will make an important contribution to the Government's wider climate change programme. It is estimated that increased renewable energy generation will deliver additional carbon savings of some 2.5 million tonnes of carbon per year by 2010, and of a further 35 million tonnes of carbon per year above that by 2020.
Mr. Timms: As stated in Royal Mail Holdings Plc.'s interim report for the half year ended 28 September 2003, published on 13 November 2003, there were 208,000 people employed within the company's UK operations.
Mr. Timms: The number of people employed by Royal Mail in Lancashire is an operational matter that falls within the responsibility of the Royal Mail Board. I have therefore asked the Chief Executive to reply direct to the hon. Member.
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