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Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small arms were exported by G8 countries to (a) Sudan, (b) Uganda, (c) Democratic Republic of Congo, (d) Zimbabwe, (e) Ivory Coast, (f) Liberia, (g) Ethiopia, (h) Eritrea and (i) Somalia in the last 10 years for which records are available. 
Alun Michael: I understand that according to one industry source, the average time spent managing spam is 10 minutes per employee per day. The Government have not made an estimate of the quantity or cost of spam e-mails sent to UK businesses.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the special advisers to his Department; what the area of expertise of each is; and what the employment cost of special advisers was in 200405. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will reverse the decision to
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reduce the expenditure UK Trade and Investment allocates to export development; and if he will make a statement. 
As with the rest of Government, UKTI has to work within the resources allocated to it by the 2004 Spending Review and the conditions attached to that settlement.
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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) cars, (b) vans, (c) trucks and (d) bus and coaches were built in the UK in each of the last three years; and how many people are employed in the automotive industry. 
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Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications have been made to his Department in connection with the proposed development of the Gwynt y Mor wind farm off the coast of North Wales. 
Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many wind farms are in operation in Scotland; what plans there are to build more wind farms in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The Non-Agricultural Market Access negotiations are part of the Doha Development Agenda trade round on which the European Commission leads for the European Union. Negotiations are on-going.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from and when he next plans to meet UK and foreign business representatives regarding the Non-Agricultural Market Access negotiations at the World Trade Organisation; and if he will make a statement. 
The sorting of incoming Parliamentary mail, its preparation for delivery or forwarding, and collection and despatch of outward mail, have been provided by Royal Mail to both Houses for many years on an informal contractual basis, subject to annual revision in line with rising costs. In 2004 it was decided that, in order to comply with EU procurement rules and to ensure value for money, these mail services would be
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the subject of a full tender exercise. Following the placing of an advertisement in the Official Journal, and the drafting of a full specification, four companies, including Royal Mail, were invited to tender. The award of the contract to Royal Mail, subject to agreement of detailed contractual terms, is being announced today to the parties concerned. It will run for three years from August 2005. Costs for the service are expected to be between £1 million and £1.5 million a year.
The new contract will provide for a significantly enhanced service to Parliament. More mail will be delivered to offices first thing in the morning; the 7pm collection will apply to all post boxes on the estate; forwarding will be more efficiently handled off-site; and there will be a rigorous and robust set of service standards, with regular service reviews and customer input. The price will be reviewed in line with RPI over years two and three of the contract.
This contract is quite separate from that for off-site screening of incoming mail, which will from August 2005 be carried out by Pitney Bowes under a separate contract let in 2004, and the provision by post office counters of postal services at its three outlets on the estate.
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