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Capita Group

Chris Grayling: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much business his Department has placed with (a) Capita Group plc and (b) its subsidiaries in each of the last five years; what the total value is of outstanding contracts placed with Capita
 
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Group plc and its subsidiaries by his Department; for which current tenders issued by his Department (i)Capita Group plc and (ii) its subsidiaries have been invited to bid; and whether (A) Capita Group plc and (B) its subsidiaries have seconded staff (1) temporarily and (2) on a longer-term basis to (X) his Department and (Y) its agencies. [61091]

Mr. Jim Murphy: This information requested for the Cabinet Office is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Centre of Government Guide

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he plans to issue an updated version of the Guide to the Centre of Government". [63125]

Mr. Jim Murphy: The Government do not plan to issue another version of the guide. The information contained in the Guide to the Centre of Government" has been incorporated into the central departments' public websites which can be accessed via www.pm.gov.uk. www.treasury.gov.uk and www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk. The information on the websites is regularly updated.

Hannington Radio Station

Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2006, Official Report, column 2550W, on Hannington radio station, if he will list the (a) public and (b) private sector companies and organisations engaged in broadcasting and associated activities. [63084]

Mr. Jim Murphy: Public and private sector companies and organisations engaged in broadcasting and associated activities at Hannington radio station are as follows.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he will answer question 43872 tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South on 16 January on local authority pandemic plans. [62665]

Mr. Jim Murphy: I have responded to question 43872 today. I have written to the hon. Member today to apologise for the delay in responding to his question.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Bail

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what percentage of (a) male and (b) female defendants charged with offences triable
 
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either way did not receive police bail but subsequently received court bail in the latest year for which figures are available; [62535]

(2) what percentage of (a) male and (b) female defendants charged with summary only matters did not receive police bail but subsequently received court bail in the latest year for which figures are available. [62532]

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is currently held in over 50,000 court records and cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Carbon Emissions

Mr. Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of UK carbon emissions were attributable to (a) electricity generation, (b) aviation and (c) road transport in each year since 1990. [60907]

Mr. Morley: I have been asked to reply.

UK Carbon dioxide emissions attributable to electricity generation, aviation and road transport are shown in the table. A separate column has been provided for international aviation because, under the rules agreed for reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, emissions from international aviation are recorded as memorandum items in the national greenhouse gas inventories, but are not added in to national totals.

Figures are consistent with the UK Greenhouse gas inventory 1990–2004, released on the Defra website in January and to be published in April.
CO 2 emissions as a percentage of UK total
Percentage

Energy industriesDomestic aviationInternational aviationRoad transport
1990340.22.619
1991340.22.618
1992330.22.919
1993300.23.220
1994300.23.420
1995300.23.720
1996290.33.720
1997270.34.121
1998280.34.621
1999270.35.122
2000280.45.521
2001300.45.321
2002300.45.322
2003310.45.321
2004310.45.921

ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Agricultural Workers

Mr. Meale: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether foreign
 
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workers employed in the agricultural sector are entitled to NHS treatment; and to what statutory employment rights such workers are entitled. [62960]

Ms Rosie Winterton: I have been asked to reply.

Entitlement to free National Health Service hospital treatment is based on whether someone is ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Anyone who is not ordinarily resident is subject to the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations, 1989, as amended and will be charged for any treatment they receive unless considered exempt by the hospital providing the treatment under one of several exemption categories in the regulations.

One exemption category is for anyone who, at the time of treatment, is working lawfully in the UK for an employer who is based in the UK or is registered in the UK as a branch of an overseas employer, or anyone who is self employed.

Legal migrant workers in the UK have the same employment rights and recourses as their indigenous equivalents.

Mr. Meale: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent estimate is of the number of people in illegal employment in the agricultural industries. [62962]

Mr. McNulty: I have been asked to reply.

No estimate has been produced by Home Office. No government has ever been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are working in the country illegally. By its very nature it is impossible to quantify accurately, and that remains the case.

Bees

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made in seeking to exempt bee medicines from the prescription only medicine requirement of Council Directive 2001/82/EC. [62743]

Mr. Bradshaw: Officials at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) are well aware of the concerns expressed by beekeepers and horticulturists. The VMD recently invited the Chairman of the British Beekeepers Association to speak to a meeting of regulatory scientists and Commission officials organised as part of the UK Presidency to ensure they were aware of the UK's concerns.

The European Commission consulted on a proposed Commission Decision on the prescription only medicine (POM) exemption criteria from 9 February until 17 March 2006. The draft is available on the Commission website at http://pharmacos.eudra.org/F2/pharmacos/new.htm. The proposal exempts products that have a recognised level of safety including those containing substances that have been entered into Annex II of Council Regulation EEC/2377/90. Although the proposal does not mention any species specifically, most medicines authorised to treat bees in the UK would be included under them and therefore be exempt from the POM requirements. The proposal and the comments received were discussed during a meeting of the Commission's Veterinary Pharmaceutical
 
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Committee on 27 March. However, the Commission has not given any indication of how they will revise their proposal.

UK officials at the meeting pressed the Commission to bring forward the Decision in good time before the 31 December deadline.

Officials at the VMD have also continued discussions with the beekeepers on alternative arrangements should the U K not succeed in being able to exempt all bee medicines under the criteria. New distribution categories for the UK have been introduced that include tiered categories of prescription only medicines. The new distribution categories are contained in the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2005. The Regulations comply with the Directive's provisions while allowing veterinary medicines for food-producing animals that were previously available in the UK without prescription to be supplied by pharmacists or suitably qualified persons working in pet shops, agricultural merchants or saddlers without the need to involve a veterinary surgeon.


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