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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners' compensation claims have been submitted for Bassetlaw constituents by (a) Raleys, (b) Moss, (c) AMS Law, (d) Wake Smith, (e) Beresfords, (f) BRM, (g) Graysons, (h) Thompsons, (i) Vendside, (j) Kidd Spoor Harper, (k) Robinson King and (l) Stanton Croft solicitors. 
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice he has issued to claimants on the practice of solicitors passing miners' compensation cheques directly to claims handlers. 
Malcolm Wicks: No such advice has been issued. The Department is not aware that this is happening. The majority of all damages cheques raised by Capita are made payable to the claimant, but sent to his representative. The exception to this rule is where the claimant provides a form of authority specifically requesting his damages cheque is made payable to his representative.
Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the solicitors who have been deducting fees from claimants' compensation in respect of coal mining injuries notwithstanding that they are already remunerated by his Department under the British Coal Claims Handling Agreement. 
The Department does not have a list of solicitors who have been found to be double charging. The supervision of solicitors is a matter for the Law Society who I have written to.
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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with which agencies dealing with mining industry issues, with an address, staff or telephone number base in Nottinghamshire his Department has had discussions in the last 12 months. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 2255W, on nuclear power, whether he has now received the strategy proposals from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for the decommissioning and clear up of its sites; and whether it remains his intention to consider and come to a decision on the proposed strategy by 31 March. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 26 January 2006]: Scottish Ministers and I have received the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's proposed strategy and will reach a decision on the document before 31 March.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire on 16 November 2005, reference 30608, on Scottish Coal. 
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar on 27 June 2005 reference 8552, on offshore staff registration. 
Barry Gardiner: The DTI is backing the efforts of the management of Post Office Ltd. to turn the business around and create a network fit for the 21st century. We have invested over £2 billion in total since 1999 to help them to do so.
We want to see a post office network that meets the needs of today and the future and not those of 20 or 30 years ago. The DTI are discussing with other Government Departments and Post Office Ltd. how we can best achieve this.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) rural and (b) urban sub-post offices there were in (i) England and (ii) the UK in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the economic impact on the Royal Mail of the loss of the Department of Work and Pensions' card account contract in 2010; what the value of the contract to the Post Office is in 200506; and what the estimated percentage income for (a) rural and (b) urban post offices arising from the card account contract is for 200506. 
Barry Gardiner: The Post Office Card Account contract will generate revenues of at least £1 billion for Post Office Ltd. between 2003 and 2010. Discussions between Post Office Ltd. and Department of Work and Pensions on what accounts, other than the Post Office Card Account, will be available after 2010 are on-going. The value of the contract to Post Office Ltd. in 200506 depends on the numbers of customers using it and customers are able to use their Post Office Card Accounts at any post office branch whether rural or urban.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are using the Post Office Card Account; how many withdrawals of (a) pensions and (b) other benefits from Post Office Card Accounts there were in each of the last two years (i) in each region, (ii) in rural areas and (iii) in urban areas; and what the total value of such withdrawals was in (A) rural and (B) urban areas. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department plans to take to minimise the impact of the loss of the Post Office Card Account contract on the Post Office network. 
Barry Gardiner: We have always been clear that Government will fund the Post Office Card Account until 2010. Discussions between the Department of Work and Pensions and Post Office Ltd. are continuing about how they take things forward after 2010.
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