|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2005, Official Report, column 630W, on supermarkets, what discussions she has had with the
17 Mar 2005 : Column 418W
chairman of the Office of Fair Trading concerning the timetable for the publication of its report into the auditing of supermarket-supplier contracts announced in its report into the supermarket code of practice in February 2004. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: In the context of considering the publication of the audit of the supermarket code, both the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and DTI officials have been involved in a number of discussions, including requests for updates on timing. The audit was also raised briefly during a regular meeting between my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the Board of the OFT that took place in mid-January. The OFT intend their audit will be published before Easter.
Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of factors affecting (a) entry to the labour market, (b) progression within the labour market and (c) re-entry into the labour market after pregnancy by women from ethnic minority groups. 
Ms Hewitt: DTI is working with the Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force, led by the Department for Work and Pensions, to tackle the barriers to labour market participation faced by ethnic minorities, including those faced by ethnic minority women and ethnic minority women returners. This work stems from the Strategy Unit report Ethnic minorities in the labour market" published in March 2003. DTI's specific contribution is around working with business to promote race equality and diversity in the workplace and promoting enterprise.
The taskforce has published an interim report on its first year's activities. That report and further information about the taskforce's activities are available from the taskforce website at www.emetaskforce.gov.uk, and copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House. The final report is due by autumn 2006.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister what response he has made to the Civil Service Commissioners following the Commissioners' response to the consultation on the draft Civil Service Bill on management relationships between Mr. Jonathan Powell and civil servants. 
The Prime Minister:
The deadline for comments on the Government's proposals for civil service legislation was 28 February 2005. The Government are considering responses from the Civil Service Commissioners and others. They will make a statement when they have given the responses full and proper consideration.
17 Mar 2005 : Column 419W
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 9 March 2005, Official Report, column 1516, to the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd), to whom he was referring in his reference to others. 
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Prime Minister which of his meetings with HRH the Prince of Wales during the period 1 to 10 February were not published in the official Court Circular; and if he will make a statement. 
Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons alleged known terrorists at large in the United Kingdom, to whom he referred in his interview on Woman's Hour on 28 February, have not yet been detained. 
The Prime Minister: Wherever possible, those alleged to have committed terrorist offences are prosecuted and committed for trial as soon as all the available admissible evidence has been gathered. However, in some cases the intelligence available may suggest that the person poses a potential terrorist threat but there is insufficient admissible evidence to bring a criminal charge. It is for that reason that the Government introduced the control order provisions in the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005.
To ask the Prime Minister when he will answer the letter of 2 March from the hon. Member for Faversham and Mid-Kent referring to his answer of
17 Mar 2005 : Column 420W
the same day 2 March 2005, Official Report, column 954, about the effect of the new Licensing Act 2003 on sports clubs. 
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance will be available to members of the Albert Fisher Group Pension Scheme under the recently announced financial assistance scheme; and what assistance is available to members not covered by these provisions. 
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authority benefit fraud investigators have (a) commenced and (b) completed the Professionalism in Security Accredited Counter Fraud Officer Scheme. 
Mr. Pond [pursuant to the reply, 6 December 2004, Official Report, c. 368W]: Up until April 2004, 283 local authority benefit fraud investigators had commenced but not completed the Professionalism in Security (PINS) training scheme and 1,557 had completed it.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Disability Living Allowance applications for adults were rejected and then subsequently approved after review in each of the past three years, broken down by (a) county and (b) region. 
|Initial claim||Reviews||Initial claim||Reviews||Initial claim||Reviews|
|Yorkshire and Humber||80.8||9.9||85.4||9.8||89.9||9.8|
|Number of decisions on new claims||Number of claims refused||Claim refusal rate (percentage)|
|Number of reviews registered||Reviews decided||Successful reviews|
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|