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Mr. Jim Murphy: Procurement in the Cabinet Office is conducted in accordance with Government policy applying to ethical and environmental standards within the overarching policy of value for money. The policy reflects the principles of Community law. Requirements for both services and goods specify relevant environmental factors where appropriate.
Colin Challen: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what mechanisms are in place to allow all interested parties to comment on regulatory simplification proposals concerning environmental regulations. 
Mr. Jim Murphy:
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published its initial regulatory simplification plan, 'Lifting the Burden', on the 29 November to allow all interested parties to comment. This signals the start of a process of dialogue between the Department and stakeholders. The initial plan identifies among other proposals, initiatives to reduce
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the burden of environmental regulations on business. Each of these will, where appropriate, be subject to full consultation.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the Better Regulation Task Force's report on the proposed regulatory system in the Health Bill. 
The Better Regulation Task Force (BRTF) is an independent body, set up to advise Government on action to ensure that regulation and its enforcement comply with the five principles of good regulation. The Cabinet Office, sponsors the BRTF but does not speak for it.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if the Better Regulation Task Force contributed to the decision not to implement the Operating and Financial Review; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: The Civil Contingencies Secretariat co-ordinates work to improve the United Kingdom's ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, including emergencies which arise from terrorism. It plays an important role in delivering the 'Prepare' strand of the Government's counter terrorism strategy.
David Simpson: To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he has had with the (a) Democratic Unionist Party, (b) Ulster Unionist Party, (c) UK Unionist Party, (d) Social Democratic and Labour Party, (e) Alliance Party, (f) Sinn Fein and (g) the Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland during the last 18 months. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the five categories of public sector employees with the highest rates of early retirement due to ill health in the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of women born in the early 1960s who have never given birth to a child; and if he will make a statement. 
Summaries of the estimated proportion of women that are childless in England and Wales are regularly published in the annual reference volume, Birth statistics FM1, copies of which are available in the House of Commons Library.
The table below shows the proportions and the numbers of women who are childless, for those born in each of the years 1960 to 1965, The proportions are estimated for England and Wales only. These are based on births that occurred up to the end of 2003, the latest year for which data are available. The numbers have been estimated by applying these England and Wales proportions to the United Kingdom population.
|Year of birth of|
|Percentage of all women in cohort(8)(5508490009)||Number of women (000)|
|All years 1960 to 1965||||565|
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost of refurbishment of the offices in Great George Street was; what the final cost will be to public funds of the private finance initiative; and if he will make a statement. 
I refer the hon. member to the answers given by Financial Secretaries to the Treasury Ruth Kelly and Stephen Timms on 5 February 2002, Official Report, column 840W and on 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 868W. The figures relating to
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100 Parliament street given in the reply of 13 December 2004 equate to a net present value of approximately £213 million at March 2002 prices.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer in (a) Southend Primary Care Trust area, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England in each year since 1995. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer in (a) Southend Primary Care Trust area, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England in each year since 1995. (34212)
|Southend PCT||Essex county||Hertfordshire county||Greater London||England|
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