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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry when Post Office Ltd. will write to the hon. Member for Tamworth regarding provision of post office services in Amington, as promised in the written answer of 7 April 2005, Official Report, column 1633W. 
Barry Gardiner: Post Office Ltd. makes every effort to issue replies to hon. Members within five working days of receiving our request for information. It would appear that due to an administrative error my hon. Friend's question was not passed on to Mr. Mills' office at Post Office Ltd. for a direct reply. This has now been done and a response will be sent direct to my hon. Friend within the next few days.
Alun Michael: The matter raised is the responsibility of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) as independent regulator. Accordingly, DTI officials have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to respond directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the Chief Executive's letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House and Ishall also see a copy of the letter.
Malcolm Wicks: The Government's primary support mechanism for Renewables Energy in the UK is the Renewables Obligation (RO). The RO requires electricity suppliers to obtain an annually increasing percentage of their electricity from renewable source. This is supported by over £500 million in spending on developing emerging renewables and low carbon technologies up to 2008.
The Government Office for the West Midlands (GOWM), together with its partners The West Midlands Regional Assembly and Advantage West Midlands, has recently published a booklet in March 2005 entitled a 'Common Sense Guide To Renewable Energy'. This is intended for non-experts to help them understand the concept better and encourage them to get involved in renewable energy projects.
We are pleased to see that Royal Mail's quality of service has improved overall over the past year. We have received assurances from Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier that the board will continue to give quality of service top priority.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will publish new guidelines for TUPE arrangements covering the movement of public sector workers into the private sector. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Government are currently revising the TUPE regulations and expects to lay them before Parliament in the autumn to come into effect on 6 April 2006. Guidance on the application of these new regulations will be issued later in the year.
Transfers of staff from the public sector to the private sector are covered by a Statement of Practice issued by the Cabinet Office in 2000 entitled Staff Transfers in the Public Sector", which will be revised, as required, in the light of the revised TUPE regulations. Staff in public sector transfers involving local government contracting are covered by the provisions of the Local Government Bill.
Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department became aware of the need to investigate the activity of Vendside and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers relating to coal health claims; and what action the Department took. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Department became aware of the investigation into the activity of Vendside and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers in January 2005 and has been co-operating fully with the police investigation since this time.
Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action his Department plans to take to safeguard the claims of former miners and their widows whose claims were lodged with Vendside; and if he will make a statement. 
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will suspend his Department's handling agreement with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers pending the conclusion of the fraud squad inquiry into the affairs of the Union. 
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