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Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to reduce the qualifying age for the higher rate of the national minimum wage from 22 years to 21 years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to review the gas storage capabilities of the UK at the point when the UK becomes a net importer of gas. 
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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the activity of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market in the UK in the past 12 months; and if she will list their publications and newsletters published over that period. 
Mr. Alexander: The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market have undertaken activities in the UK such as: speaking at conferences, seminars and courses; participating in Designs Fairs; collaborating with Intellectual Property Enforcement Agencies; and working with the UK Patent Office and other national offices to promote best practice.
In the same period the Office has published a large number of documents which include: its Annual Report; The Community Trade Marks Bulletin; The Community Designs Bulletin; and The Official Journal of the Office. A complete list of its publications has been placed in the Library of the House.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2005, Official Report, column 800W, on rural post offices, how many of the 1,500 additional post offices brought under the protected rural category as a result of the adoption and implementation of the under-definition are located in Scotland. 
Post Office Ltd. (POL) did not differentiate between urban and rural branches before adopting the Countryside Agency definition of settlements with less than 10,000 inhabitants. POL
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cannot, therefore, provide a figure for the number of post offices in Scotland captured as a result of the adoption of that definition.
Mr. Sutcliffe: Pregnant women and new mothers are protected from discrimination and other unfair treatment at work under the Sex Discrimination Act and the Employment Rights Act. Employers who discriminate against pregnant women are breaking the law and could be liable to pay compensation.
The Government are concerned, however, that the Equal Opportunities Commission's (EOC) current investigation into pregnancy discrimination in the workplace has found that some women still experience problems. The Government look forward to receiving the EOC's final report and recommendations later this year and will consider them carefully.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to give pregnant working women greater knowledge of their (a) maternity rights and (b) employer's responsibilities. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Government look forward to the final report of the Equal Opportunities Commission's (EOC) investigation into pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. We have noted their interim recommendations which focus on improving awareness of the law and promoting increased dialogue between employers and employees before, during and after maternity leave.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her policy to invite trade associations to play a greater role in training and the provision of apprenticeships. 
Jacqui Smith: The network of employer-led Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) already include representatives of trade associations which contribute to the identification and implementation of skills needs and priorities. One of the roles of the SSCs is to develop apprenticeship frameworks and many trade associations already play a very active role in this regard.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The UK Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary IT programme has recently been focussing its efforts on the preparation for stand alone status as the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, and the implementation of the Airwave communication system.
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