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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she (a) had sight of and
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(b) approved the recent statement by the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines on Avient; and if she will make a statement. 
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|Yorkshire and Humberside||89|
Both availability and take-up of terrestrial broadband services are continuing to rise. Latest estimates indicate that availability in the UK has reached 95 per cent. and there are some 6 million broadband subscribers. We aim to reach 99 per cent. this year.
Through the EU's Common Position on Burma we have imposed a comprehensive programme of targeted measures on the regime. We regularly review the terms and conditions of the Common Position with our EU partners.
We favour multilateral targeted measures against Burma wherever possible because these have a greater practical impact and send a stronger political signal. We will therefore continue to support multilateral action through the EU's Common Position on Burma.
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Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the occasions on which (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department have communicated with Canatxx Gas Stonage Ltd., Canatxx Energy Ventures Ltd. or a company associated with Canatxx (i) by letter, (ii) by e-mail, (iii) by telephone and (iv) in person; and if she will publish the content of such communication on the departmental website. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last two years giving the (i) title, (ii) purpose, (iii) date and (iv) cost of each. 
Ms Hewitt: The organisation of conferences, seminars, workshops and exhibition is the responsibility of individual policy groups. The information requested is not held centrally and could be produced only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will take steps to ensure that employment tribunal awards and private settlements of employment cases brokered by ACAS can be enforced without recourse to legal action by the aggrieved person. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) White Paper "Transforming Public Services: Complaints Redress and Tribunals", published in July 2004, recognised the fact that enforcement of tribunal awards can sometimes pose difficulties. It also pointed out that private settlements of cases, even if brokered by ACAS, have no status beyond that of an ordinary contract. It went on to say:
"This is unsatisfactory. We will reform these processes so that an award of compensation, whether ordered by the tribunal or agreed between the parties, can be enforced with the minimum of bureaucracy as if it were an order of the civil courts."
The Government are strongly opposed to the illegal trade in fur skins and we fully support efforts being made through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to address this. We have recently committed some £15,000 to help fund a meeting of the CITES Tiger Enforcement Task Force to co-ordinate action to combat the illicit trade in Asian big cat skins. We have also made £20,000 available to assist the Indian Government in establishing a Wildlife Crime Cell to help address the illegal trade in wildlife in that country.
At home the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) supports a network of Police Wildlife Crime Officers and Customs Officers responsible for enforcing CITES. There is also a dedicated Customs enforcement team at Heathrow Airport responsible for enforcing the international controls in CITES species. We also monitor the major internet sites and take enforcement action where possible illegal sales of wildlife items are identified. Internet crime is one of the growth areas that I have asked the National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit to focus particular attention on.
|Barnsley East and Mexborough||13,452||78.9|
|Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney||7,217||52.8|
|Pontefract and Castleford||7,481||42.6|
|Barnsley West and Penistone||7,262||38.7|
|Houghton and Washington East||5,320||36.6|
|Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley||4,745||28.8|
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