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Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what payments have been made to date by the South West Regional Development Agency to or on behalf of Peninsula Power Ltd. and its officers, directors or shareholders; what the reasons for the payments were in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
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.
The recommendation on traffic monitoring and information sharing by operators was implemented on 24 May. The key recommendation, that
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network operators should not make payments to service providers for at least 30 days after calls have been made, will be implemented very shortly through an emergency change to the ICSTIS code of practice. This Department is currently consulting on raising the fines for breaches of the ICSTIS code, and we expect the other recommendations to be implemented by early in 2006 at the latest.
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make an assessment of the implications for the financial services of changes in the number of ATM providers which charge for cash withdrawals; 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: In 1999 most banks and building societies had agreements with a subset of other banks and building societies from which their customers could obtain free ATM withdrawals. If customers used any other ATMs they would be charged by their bank or building society. There were no independently owned LINK ATMs as only banks and building societies were able to access the LINK network directly.
Since 1999, virtually all UK banks and building societies have made a commitment to offer their ATMs free of charge to customers of other UK banks and building societies. There are now over 30,000 free ATMs in the UK. In 2000 LINK was opened up to independent ATM operators. Some of the ATMs deployed by these operators charge for ATM withdrawals. The majority of these charging ATMs are in new locations where previously there was no cash machine. In October 2002 LINK figures show that there were 10,066 charging ATMs in the UK and in October 2004 there were 19,659. However, less than 4 per cent. of withdrawals are made at charging cash machines.
The Government have responded to the Treasury Committee's recent report on Cash Machine Charges (Treasury Committee's Fifth Report of Session 200405) and the Treasury Committee is expected to publish the response shortly, once it has been re-appointed following the General Election. The Government's response sets out policy on the issue in more detail.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question what the average gross earnings of full time employees in the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire were in April in each year since 2000. (11014)
Average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay whose pay was unaffected by absence during the pay period, by their place of work. This is the standard definition used for Annual Survey of Hours and Earning tables. The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.
I attach a table showing the mean and median gross weekly earnings for full time employees in Mid-Bedfordshire in each year since 2000. These results are also available on the National Statistics website on table 9:
The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It has a one per cent sample of all employees.
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Mr. Ivan Lewis:
The Treasury continues to work closely with the Financial Services Authority, the Department for Work and Pensions and other stakeholders to maintain an up-to-date understanding
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of the market for private pension provision in the UK. This includes the market for individual and bulk annuities.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalents have worked for the Department for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available. 
John Healey: The information requested is given in Table C of Civil Service Statistics 2004 which is available on the internet at http://www.civilservice. gov.uk/management_information/statistical_informati on/statistics/publications/xls/report_2004/table_c.xls.
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