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Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evaluation arrangements are in place to assess the (a) quality and (b) effectiveness of the alternative provision available to young people unable to secure a place on the Entry to Employment programme. 
Malcolm Wicks: Annual figures for the period 197580 are not readily available. Data readily to hand show the total for this period and the number of larger deep mine closures in each year since 1980 to be as set out in the table:
Central records indicate that 1,421 consultancy companies were engaged in the financial year 200405. I have placed a list of these companies in
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the Libraries of the House. In addition the Department engaged 687 individual consultants in the financial year 200405. Information for further financial years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 18 July 2005]: The letter from the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State was misplaced. It has now been relocated and I will ensure that you receive a response shortly. I apologise for the delay in dealing with your constituent's concerns.
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will seek to revise the legislative position on controls on arms brokering to ensure that UK citizens are unable to exploit a legal loophole in order to profit from the sales of arms to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government do not accept that any such loophole exists. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is subject to an EU arms embargo and as such the UK's controls on overseas trade in military equipment to the DRC are fully extraterritorial, applying to persons in the UK and UK persons anywhere in the world, including those whose sole involvement in the transaction is, for example, advertising, transport, or finance.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Range 3 officials in his Department progressed to Range 4 in each of the last four years for which figures are available, broken down by directive; and what the requirements are for a Range 3 official in his Department to progress to Range 4. 
A minimum of 5 GCSE grade C passes or above including English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent qualifications, or NVQ Business Administration level 2 or an equivalent NVQ level 2 with relevance to office work and containing an assessment or examination in English language, or at least three years' work experience in a comparable position.
The job specific requirements for Range 3 officials to be progressed to Range 4 are set out in departmental vacancy notices advertising each post. However, in general, Range 3 officials would need to be able to demonstrate some or all of the following skills to be considered for progression to Range 4:
|UK Trade and Investment||5||2||2|
|Office of Science and Technology||4||1|||
|Office of Manpower Economics||||2|||
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the companies from which his Department has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each of the last three years; and how much was spent in respect of each company. 
|The Lewis Group Plc||1,966,534|
|O R Telematique||1,656,051|
|HBS Group Ltd.||4,174,286|
|Vertex Data Science Ltd.||2,168,250|
|Logica UK Ltd.||2,591,689|
|The Lewis Group Plc||2,164,421|
|O R Telematique||1,905,689|
|HBS Group Ltd.||4,588,798|
|Vertex Data Science Ltd.||2,239,575|
|Logica UK Ltd.||2,441,669|
|The Lewis Group Plc||2,113,639|
|O R Telematique||1,831,112|
|HBS Group Ltd.||4,750,339|
|Vertex Data Science Ltd.||2,370,538|
|Logica UK Ltd.||1,175,000|
I am responding to this parliamentary question, tabled on 11 July 2005, concerning the purchase of goods and services from companies with a total value above £1 million in each of the last three years, and how much was spent in respect of each company.
The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has asked me to reply on behalf of the National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) to your question regarding the list of companies from which NWML has purchased goods and services of a value of above £1 million, in each of the last three years.
The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has asked me to reply to you directly on behalf of The Insolvency Service in respect of your question (706/2005) asking for a list of the companies from which the Agency has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each of the last three years; and how much was spent in respect of each company.
|Argles, Stoneham, Burstows||||1,502||1,422|
|B and HS Management Ltd.||1,525|||||
|Taft and James|
|Capital and Regional Property Mgt||1,608|||||
|Dickinsons, Dees Solicitors||1,335||1,321||1,843|
|Hays Office Support||||||2,460|
|London Borough of Camden||1,328|||||
|Michael K. Howard Ltd.||||||2,886|
|Prudential Property Investment Mgt Ltd.||1,410||2,717||3,410|
|R.J Lewis Group||1,038|||||
|The Mall Corporation Ltd.||||1,650||2,020|
|The Stationery Office||||||1,322|
|Wragge and Co.||2,058||1,068||1,529|
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