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Country 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

UK imports

Austria

1,864

1,898

1,877

2,389

3,074

3,414

3,029

Belgium and Luxembourg

11,153

11,754

12,477

13,830

15,063

15,147

15,545

Finland

2,545

2,669

3,167

3,323

3,067

2,970

2,613

France

23,645

25,034

26,112

27,594

28,578

28,531

28,238

Germany

28,763

31,385

32,965

34,888

37,502

38,724

40,438

Greece

1,412

1,823

2,058

2,354

2,436

2,590

2,599

Ireland

9,545

10,816

12,469

14,420

15,404

12,381

12,700

Italy

12,054

11,965

12,327

12,815

13,759

14,812

15,527

Netherlands

15,446

16,121

18,315

18,427

19,364

20,128

21,091

Portugal

2,614

2,825

2,753

2,733

2,956

3,313

3,325

Spain

10,935

11,881

12,616

14,540

16,969

18,106

18,085

EU12 total

119,976

128,171

137,136

147,313

158,172

160,116

163,190


In respect of part (b) UK trade with the world since 1991; the figures are as follows:

UK trade in goods and services with world (in £ million)
Total exports Total imports

1991

135,940

142,061

1992

144,091

151,659

1993

163,640

170,125

1994

180,508

185,255

1995

203,509

207,051

1996

224,169

227,519

1997

232,887

232,031

1998

231,034

238,978

1999

239,494

254,911

2000

267,347

286,597

2001

273,116

300,061

2002

274,945

306,496

2003

282,231

313,213

2004

289,959

328,384


TV Licences

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether additional Government funding to support a continued role for the Post Office in supplying television licences was discussed with the BBC prior to the decision to end the Post Office's contract to do so. [71697]

Jim Fitzpatrick: No. Post Office Ltd (POL) failed to secure the renewal of the contract to supply television licences following a competitive tender exercise run by the BBC. The decision to award the contract to another network was a commercial one made by the BBC as the television licensing authority looking to the interests of licence fee payers and seeking to achieve value for money with its licence fee income.

UN Conference (New York)

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department will attend the United Nations conference in New York from 26 June to 6 July 2006 to review progress made in the implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects. [71496]

Malcolm Wicks: This is a matter for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who will lead the UK delegation.

Union Recognition (Retail Industry)

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with (a) employers and (b) retailers on union recognition. [72059]

Jim Fitzpatrick: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State has not recently held any discussions on this topic with employers or retailers.

Weights and Measures

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidance the Government have issued to local authority trading standards services on the use of imperial weights and measures. [70632]

Mr. McCartney: DTI provided guidance in 2004 to LACORS, which coordinates advice to the regulatory services of local authorities, on the use of switchable metric/imperial weighing machines. There is no other relevant guidance from Government specifically directed to local authority trading standards services, but DTI has issued more general guidance to the public and private sectors on the use of metric units.

World Trade Organisation Talks

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to encourage a positive outcome from the current World Trade Organisation talks. [70073]

Mr. McCartney: The Government have been and remain fully committed to securing an ambitious, pro-development outcome to the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). In support of this objective, and to press the case for an agreement that facilitates world trade and meets the needs of developing nations, my predecessors were in regular contact with the EU Trade Commissioner, their counterparts in other EU member states, with the Director General of the WTO and with the Trade Ministers of other WTO member countries. They also remained in regular contact with business, NGOs and other interested parties in the UK and internationally, in order to help build a consensus of support for an ambitious outcome to the round. I expect to do the same.

Written Answers to Questions

Monday 22 May 2006

Constitutional Affairs

Coroners' Inquests

Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions took place between the Oxfordshire coroner and (a) her Department and (b) Lord Hutton before her decision to issue a death certificate for Dr. David Kelly on 18 August 2003. [70327]

Ms Harman: I did not issue a death certificate for Dr. David Kelly. It is the responsibility of the local registrar to issue death certificates or more properly certified copies of entries in the register of deaths.

Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Secretary of State will answer the letter dated 10 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Nusrat Bibi. [72168]

Ms Harman: The Secretary of State replied to the right hon. Member on 19 May. I apologise for the delay.

Court of Protection

Tim Farron: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people have died while their cases were being dealt with by the Court of Protection in each year since 1997 in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale and (b) England and Wales. [72493]

Ms Harman: The number of people in England and Wales who have died while under the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection pursuant to the proceedings of the Mental Health Act 1983 from 1999 to 2006 are as follows:

Number

1999

6,347

2000

5,692

2001

5,589

2002

5,055

2003

4,946

2004

4,778

2005

5,234

2006

1,911


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The court only holds records for six years following the end of its involvement in the client's case and it is not therefore possible to provide reliable data prior to this period. Neither is it possible to provide this information for clients living in Westmorland and Lonsdale.

The court does not hold reliable information on the number of donors who have died while under its jurisdiction pursuant to the proceedings of the Enduring Power of Attorney Act 1985.

Court Service

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the recent performance of the Court Service in Cambridgeshire. [72093]

Ms Harman: The information is as follows:

Ineffective trials (PSA 1)

Timeliness (PSA 1)


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