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Social Chapter

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list European legislation passed under the Social Chapter since 1997; and what assessment the Government has made of the cost to business in the United Kingdom of meeting the requirements of the legislation. [195829]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Since 1997, four Directives have been agreed under the EU Social Chapter:

The Government has implemented all of these in the United Kingdom, with the exception of the Information and Consultation Directive, which is due to come into force in April 2005.
 
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In addition, as it agreed when it ended the UK's opt out of the EU Social Chapter, the Government has implemented the Parental Leave Directive and European Works Council Directive, which were agreed before 1997.

These new rights have helped to set decent minimum standards in the workplace. In doing so, the Government has kept burdens on business to a minimum. The administrative costs to employers of providing the Social Chapter rights account for well under 1p for each worker each week. The policy costs are under £500 million.

Power Industry Workers

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many current or former power
 
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industry workers have been (a) diagnosed with and (b) died from asbestos-related diseases related to their employment in each of the last five years. [190966]

Jane Kennedy: I have been asked to reply.

There are no definitive records of the number of people diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. However, the best indication comes from the cases identified through the DWP industrial injuries and disablement benefit scheme. These figures are in the table. There are no records of deaths from asbestos related diseases that can be broken down by industry. Tragically, nearly all cases of mesothelioma and lung cancer will result in death. Very few asbestosis cases and no cases of pleural thickening would be expected to be fatal.
Cases of asbestos-related diseases identified through the industrial injuries and disablement benefit scheme in Great Britainin the last five years

Year ending 31 DecemberAsbestosis
(prescribed disease D1)
Mesothelioma
(prescribed disease D3)
Lung cancer
(prescribed disease D8)
Pleural thickening
(prescribed disease 9)
Total
1999304051585
20001535<51565
2001204552090
20024055540145
20034565535150




Notes:
1. The power industries have been taken as electricity, gas and water supply, manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel.
2. To maintain the anonymity of customers, figures have been rounded to the nearest 5—except where the number of customers is below 5.
3. Figure for year ending December 2003 is provisional.




Special Advisers

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many unpaid special advisers the Department has; what their names are; and which Government (a) bodies, (b) committees and (c) strategy groups each unpaid adviser (i) belongs to, (ii) advises and (iii) works alongside. [194057]

Ms Hewitt: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him by my hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 28 October 2004, Official Report, column 1380W.

Travel Protection

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received regarding improving travel protection, with particular reference to circumstances where an airline goes bankrupt. [195239]

Charlotte Atkins: I have been asked to reply.

The Department has received written representations from the following:

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to respond to the Civil Aviation Authority recommendations for widening the scope of travel protection. [195240]

Charlotte Atkins: I have been asked to reply.

In a joint statement with the Civil Aviation Authority issued on 27 October, the Government announced that they had asked the CAA to carry out more detailed work on other options to address the decline in the proportion of people covered by the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing scheme. This work is expected to be completed early next year. A copy of the statement is available in the Libraries of the House.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of people covered by ATOL protection in each of the last three years. [195241]

Charlotte Atkins: I have been asked to reply.

Based on figures published by the Civil Aviation Authority, the number of people covered by ATOL protection in each of the last three years was as follows:
Million
200129.1
200227.9
200327.6

 
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SOLICITOR-GENERAL

Departmental Staff

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Solicitor-General how many full-time equivalent jobs the Law Officers' Departments had in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available. [191822]


 
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The Solicitor-General: I give as follows the figures for the Serious Fraud Office and HMCPS Inspectorate. The figures for the Crown Prosecution Service were included in the answer given by the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 25 October. The Treasury Solicitor has no staff in Yorkshire and Humberside.
Serious Fraud Office
HMCPS Inspectorate
YorkElsewhere in Yorkshire and HumbersideTotalYorkElsewhere in Yorkshire and HumbersideTotal
1997000000
1998000000
1999000000
20000001111
20010441111
20020441111
20030441111
2004331111

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Formula One

Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had on the future of Formula One racing. [195603]

Mr. Caborn: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had no recent discussions about the future of Formula One racing. However, the East Midlands Development Agency is currently leading discussions on behalf of the Government about the future of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and developments around the circuit. Furthermore, the Government recently invested £16 million into motorsport, including Formula One, to ensure that the motorsport industry maintained and enhanced its position in an increasingly competitive global market.

Royal Palaces

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tourists visited the Royal Palaces in each of the last five years. [192642]

Mr. Caborn: The following table shows visitor numbers to the Royal Palaces for each of the last five years:
Thousand

1999–20002000–012001–022002–032003–04
Occupied Royal Palaces1,9241,7351,4761,9181,836
Historic Royal Palaces3,3583,1852,8232,8912,762
Osborne House (managed by English Heritage)267237264230231


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