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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to monitor the impact of the recent changes in the prescription of veterinary medicines and accompanying services. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The regulatory impact assessment accompanying the Supply of Relevant Veterinary Medicinal Products Order 2005 sets out that the Office of Fair Trading is responsible for reviewing and monitoring compliance with competition legislation. To achieve this they may request information from a wide range of parties. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is responsible for the changes implemented through the Guide to Professional Conduct.
The legislation covering the placing on the market and safe use of veterinary medicines in the UK is set out in the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/2745) and is the responsibility of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, an agency of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). These regulations will be revoked and replaced annually to ensure that they remain relevant. A regulatory impact assessment will be produced and published to accompany the Regulations and full public consultation will be carried out.
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made
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of the availability of equipment for wind power projects in relation to the Government's targets for renewable energy. 
Malcolm Wicks: The availability of equipment for wind power projects is primarily a matter for wind power developers. However, the Department recognises that the current growth in the worldwide demand for wind turbines is having an impact on UK offshore wind farm developers in particular.
Mr. Sutcliffe: Austria has not yet publicly announced formal plans for handling negotiations on the working time directive, however, we would expect the Austrians to aim for political agreement during the next Employment Council in March 2006.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which other EU member states support the UK's position on maintaining its opt-out from the 48-hour week in the working time directive. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on hospitality by (a) the Secretary of State and Direct Rule Ministers, (b) Ministers in the Northern Ireland Assembly, (c) the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, (d) the Chief Constable and (e) district commanders in each of the last 10 years; and how much of that was spent on alcohol in each case. 
Mr. Woodward: The Northern Ireland Office, Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and the Police Service of Northern Ireland cannot provide the information requested by the hon. Gentleman. To do so would incur disproportionate costs as we cannot easily identify expenditure on hospitality or alcohol for the individuals the hon. Gentleman refers to.
The peace process and the improved economic benefits associated with this have had a major impact on house prices which were, in the past, reasonably stagnant in comparison to the buoyant GB
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housing market. Many home owners are therefore benefiting from this. Rising house prices can create difficulties for first-time buyers and while Northern Ireland does not have a general affordability problem there are hot spot areas where affordability problems may occur. Recent Government initiatives such as the increase in the threshold at which stamp duty is paid from £60,000 to £120,000 coupled with the recent increase in the level of funding available to the Co-ownership scheme and the changes to the eligibility rules, will play an increasing role in helping those on lower incomes to become home owners.
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question regarding what improvements or changes have been made to the Limavady Bypass since its opening. I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service.
Since the Limavady Bypass became operational in July 2003 some minor alterations, involving the realignment of kerbing and road markings, were carried out to provide smoother vehicle paths through priority junctions. Resurfacing work was also carried out on approaches to bridges following anticipated residual settlement of embankments.
Angela E. Smith: The Government recognise the importance of physical activity for the long-term health and well-being of the community. Physical education will continue to be a compulsory part of the revised Northern Ireland school curriculum, which the Government plan to introduce from September 2006. The wider aspects of physical activity will be addressed in light of the report of the fit futures taskforce and the review of the physical activity strategy.
Angela E. Smith:
It is anticipated that the response to the review of pre-school education will be published following the announcement of the children and young people fund, which is due shortly.
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Angela E. Smith: In the last three financial years there have been five new seven-classroom primary schools, including two with nursery units, completed in Northern Ireland. The average construction cost was £1.8 million.
Angela E. Smith: The Government will be introducing a number of pieces of legislation over the next few years to provide for the implementation of decisions on the Review of Public Administration. Subordinate legislation will be brought forward before Easter to dissolve 18 health and social services trusts and establish five new trusts. It is intended to lay a draft Order in Council before Parliament in the current term to set the context for the review of local government boundaries. Separate Orders in Council will also be brought forward in due course for the further reorganisation of health and personal social services, education and local government structures; to provide for certain of the new or enhanced responsibilities of the new district councils; and, where appropriate, to implement any further decisions on executive agencies and public bodies.
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