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John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with (a) other EU member states, (b) the European Commission and (c) the European Trade Commissioner, regarding GATS Mode 4 access to the EU by World Trade Organisation most favoured nations. 
Ian Pearson: [holding answer 10 October 2005]: The issue of GATS Mode 4 access to the EC by WTO members was last discussed in detail in the context of the preparation of the EC revised services offer, tabled in the WTO on 2 June 2005.
In the months leading up to the tabling of the revised offer, there were extensive discussions in the article 133 committee in Brussels on the preparation of the revised offer. These discussions involved the Commission and all member states.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role the Government played in the negotiation of EU bilateral textile quotas with China; how he voted on this issue in the Council of Ministers; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: The European Commission alone was responsible for negotiation of the agreement on textiles and clothing quotas with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). It received political endorsement by member states in the Article 133 Textiles Committee and the necessary technical amendments to the relevant EU Regulation were agreed in the Commission-chaired Textiles Management Committee. The UK supported on both occasions.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2005, Official Report, column 1771W, on UK Trade and Investment, what process UK Trade and Investment uses to assess whether an agent is suitable for inclusion on (a) an off-the-shelf and (b) a bespoke list. 
Ian Pearson: Off-the-shelf lists are compiled from readily available sources of information about companies. Bespoke lists are those where additional checks may be made, for example to establish that the company is in business, located at the address listed, trading in the product range specified and interested in approaches from UK businesses.
While UKTI seek to ensure the suitability of companies included in such lists, as explained in the answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, column 238W, the onus remains with UKTI customers to satisfy themselves as to the business standing and integrity of potential agents.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what civil service redundancies have been made since he announced the Efficiency Review in July 2004, broken down by Department; and what the costs of those redundancies have been in each case. 
Mr. Des Browne: In Budget 2005 the Chancellor announced that Departments have delivered the first 12,500 reduction in civil service posts, towards the Government's planned gross reduction of 84,000 civil service posts by 2008. Departments will report on further progress in their Autumn Performance Reports.
Precise figures are not available. HM Revenue and Customs' controls on the export of controlled goods are undertaken by front line staff who
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are multi-functional and are deployed flexibly on the basis of risk assessment and intelligence gathering. They are supported by two central investigation and intelligence teams who provide intelligence to inform computerised profiling, and targeting, and who conduct criminal investigations where appropriate. This deployment allows HMRC to look into all significant allegations and intelligence in relation to breaches of export controls.
Mr. Des Browne: The golden rule states that over the economic cycle, the Government will borrow only to invest and not to fund current spending. Progress against the golden rule is measured by the average surplus on the current budget expressed as a ratio to GDP over the economic cycle. No changes have been made to the way the golden rule is defined since the new framework was introduced in 1997.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the economy of the bombings on 7 and 21 July 2005, with particular reference to London; and if he will make a statement. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the economic benefits that the 2012 Olympics will bring to the economy of (a) London and (b) the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
We have commissioned a study to assess the impact of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 on London and the UK, which we will publish in due course. We are determined to maximise the opportunities that hosting the Games affords. Through the 2012 Nations and Regions Group we will work with regional development agencies and other key regional bodies to develop plans and strategies in order to realise those benefits.
Table 1 shows the number of London households in which one or more household members owned at least one mobile phone between 199798 and 200304, the most recently available figure. Table 2, shows the proportion of households in London with at least one mobile phone over the same time frame.
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