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The Prime Minister: The information requested is a matter of public record and is available on the No. 10 website. The length of time a petition remains open to signatures on the Downing street website is decided at the outset by the organiser of the petition, with a maximum period of one year.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what percentage of emergency ambulance call outs met the emergency response time within the Northern Board area in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06; 
During the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service was required to achieve a response rate of 50 per cent. of all 999 calls in eight minutes, or, 95 per cent. of all 999 calls in 18 minutes (rural) or 21 minutes (sparsely populated). The response rates for the northern health and social services board (NHSSB) and Mid-Ulster areas during those years, are as follows:
During the 2005-06 year the ambulance service was required to achieve the national target of responding to 75 per cent. of Category A (life threatening) calls within eight minutes. The response rates for the NHSSB and Mid-Ulster areas are as follows:
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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 935W, on car parks, how many of the newly installed machines were reported as not operating properly in the first month after installation. 
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question pursuant to the Answer of 15(th) January 2007, Official Report, column 935w, regarding, how many of the newly installed machines were reported as not operating properly in the first month after installation.
As this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service, I have been asked to reply.
As you will be aware, National Car Parks Ltd (NCP) is responsible for managing machine faults and their repair, which normally relate to ticket jams and coin jams. I am advised that in the first month after installation, all 70 new pay and display machines were reported as experiencing faults. This was as a result of a specific unforeseen problem identified with the newly installed machines relating to the ticket paper quality, which resulted in a much greater number of ticket jams than would usually be expected. I understand that NCP trialled a number of different types of ticket paper to resolve this issue and, while doing so, provided a sufficient maintenance resource to deal with these additional faults. These teething problems have since been resolved and the newly installed machines are now operating to a satisfactory level.
I would add that the satisfactory maintenance of pay and display machines is a Key Performance Indicator in our enforcement contract with NCP. NCP performance in this area is being measured against fault response times detailed in the contract and will be continually monitored by Roads Services Parking Enforcement Unit.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many elderly people requested that water meters be installed at their homes in Northern Ireland in the last period for which figures are available. 
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question about how many elderly people requested that water meters be installed at their homes in Northern Ireland in the last period for which figures are available (111371). I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Water Service.
During the past year, both Water Service and Water Reform Unit have received a significant number of enquiries about metering, including some requests to have a meter installed. In each case the customer has been provided with details of when the installation programme will commence and the likely date for availability of application packs which include information on deciding to opt for a meter, responsibilities of becoming a metered customer and a formal application form.
The packs will be available on request from the Water Service Customer Relations Centre from the first week of February 2007 in conjunction with the Customer Readiness Campaign. Although no formal applications have been accepted to date, we have, since 1 October 2006, received 109 substantive requests from pensioners for a meter to be installed. It is our intention to issue these customers with application packs as soon as they are available.
(2) what the total cost has been of the Office of Fair Trading inquiry into the Principles of Interchange including Mastercard; when the inquiry is likely to be concluded; and what benefits to the consumer are expected as a result of the inquiry; 
(3) how the Office of Fair Trading will ensure that the discounts interest in the interchange system between banks will continue to benefit consumers if the Office of Fair Tradings inquiry recommends abolition of interchange; 
(4) what steps he is taking to ensure that any principles of interchange recommended by the European Commission report will be aligned with recommendations from the Office of Fair Trading inquiry into the principles of interchange. 
Mr. McCartney: Government policy is not to comment on competition decisions made by the independent competition authorities either at EU or national level. This policy has been agreed at Cabinet level as the best way of ensuring these bodies independence.
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Malcolm Wicks: The Berkeley Laboratories are in the delicensed part of the Berkeley nuclear licensed site. The NDA consults local communities via Site Stakeholder Groups to determine their preferred end state for sites. The NDA expects to receive initial proposals from the Berkeley Site Stakeholder Group by 31 March 2007.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department began to measure its carbon emissions; what the volume of those emissions was in the last period for which figures are available; when his Department started to offset those emissions; what the cost is expected to be of offsetting his Departments emissions; and if he will make a statement. 
In 2005-06 emissions of 4,280 tonnes were generated from energy consumption, 591,948 kilograms were emitted from vehicles, and it is estimated that 3,404 tonnes will be produced in 2006-07 from aviation travel. The emissions for energy and vehicles include the DTI agencies as well.
UK Trade and Investment is the Government organisation that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to locate in the UK. Deepening our trade and economic relationships with emerging, potentially high growth markets is a key element in the UK's response to globalisation. Brazil is recognised in the UKTI corporate strategy as a high growth market offering both promising business opportunities and significant challenges to UK companies. Like other regions, in the East Midlands we recognise the growing
importance of Brazil to companies wishing to develop their international business by ensuring that our individual clients have the support they need to assess opportunities in this market. In addition, the East Midlands Trade Association, a project supported by UKTI EM and emda, held a market information event in September 2006 focusing on key South American markets including Brazil. To allow companies to pursue their interest in Brazil, and again supported by emda, we will be taking 30 company representatives on a high profile market visit to Sao Paolo in March this year. Our visit will be led by Mrs. Pat Zadora, Chair of the East Midlands Business Forum and Deputy Leader of the East Midlands Regional Assembly. It will also be accompanied by representatives of three key sectors in the region, Biomedical, Creative Industries and Engineering, who will be commissioning research in Brazil to identify future opportunities for companies in the region
Malcolm Wicks: The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is responsible for overseeing the performance of suppliers, including marketing activities, and to decide what appropriate regulatory action is to be taken should a supplier fail to meet its obligations.
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with energy companies on making terms and conditions available to small and medium-sized enterprises on request. 
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