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The NHMF provides my Department with data on the level of unpaid lottery commitments at the final day of each quarter of the financial year. The closest figure to August 2006 that we have available is September 2006.
On 30 September 2006 the NHMFs balance in the NLDF was £722,554,821. Its forward commitments including both contractually binding and in principle commitments totalled £1,107,819,235. It was therefore over-committed on its NLDF balance by £385,264,414.
On 31 March 2007 the NHMFs balance was £660,163,116. Its forward commitments, including both contractually binding and in principle commitments totalled £1,084,000,000. It was therefore over-committed by £424,000,000.
Mr. Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many landscaping contracts have been awarded as part of the preparation for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games programme; and if she will make a statement; 
Mr. Caborn: The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has to date appointed one contract for the EDAW Consortium to lead landscape design for the Olympic Park. In the coming months, further contracts will start to be procured relating to the following areas:
hard and soft landscaping;
soil drainage and irrigation;
towpaths and footpaths; and
infrastructure such as lighting, fencing and street furniture.
Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library the regulatory impact assessment for implementation of administered incentive pricing; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Regional insolvency statistics are only available on the basis of the locations of Official Receivers offices, each of which covers a group of county courts where the cases are heard and the courts having jurisdiction over these. It is not possible to provide bankruptcy statistics by constituency, county or Government Office Region. The following table provides the bankruptcy order statistics considered to be closest to those of interest in courts with insolvency jurisdiction which themselves fall within Gloucestershire but they should not be treated as reliable estimates for the administrative geography requested.
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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to publish his Departments plans to improve payment practices under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (Part II). 
Margaret Hodge: The DTI is developing detailed proposals to improve the adjudication and payment provisions in Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. My officials are due to meet representatives of the construction industry to discuss the proposals shortly. I intend to publish a consultation paper to follow up our previous joint consultation with the Welsh Assembly Government on Improving payment practices in the construction industry.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints of bullying have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints of sexual harassment have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: There have been less than five sexual harassment complaints investigated in the last 12 months in the Department. No further information can be provided on the grounds of confidentiality.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1564W, on farmers: bankruptcy, for what reasons bankruptcy figures for 2006 are not available by industry sector. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Bankruptcy statistics broken down by industry sector are routinely published one quarter in arrears of the headline figures. At the time when the answer referred to above was provided, full year 2006 figures would not, therefore, have been available.
However, further to this, development work is currently being undertaken to the section of the bankruptcy database that records industry classification to update it to the current standard for official statistics: SIC2003 (Standard Industrial Classification 2003). Statistics based on SIC2003 are expected to be available for new bankruptcy orders from July 2007. Complete, reliable statistics by industry for new orders from October 2006 to June 2007 are not available.
For information, the numbers of bankruptcy orders and company liquidations recorded under Agriculture and made in the first 9 months of calendar year 2006 in England and Wales were 129 (bankruptcy orders) and 28 (company liquidations)the basis of these is consistent with the annual figures for 2001-05 provided in the answer to the hon. Member on 1 May 2007, O fficial R eport, column 1564W.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The question the hon. Member has asked relates to operational matters for which Post Office Ltd. is directly responsible. Post Office Ltd. has provided the following figures relating to the number of post offices opened.
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Jim Fitzpatrick: The question the hon. Member has asked relates to operational matters for which Post Office Ltd is directly responsible. I understand that the information is not held at county level and the information is available only from 2002. Post Office Ltd has provided the following figures relating to the number of post offices opened for the East of England Region which includes Essex.
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Proposals set out in the Governments consultation on the Post Office Network which ran until 8 March 2007, included criteria to safeguard coverage in rural and remote rural areas. The Governments response to consultation which will set out final decisions is expected shortly.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what tonnage of sheep meat was imported to the UK from New Zealand in each year between 2004 and 2006; and how much has been imported in 2007. 
Mr. McCartney: HM Revenue and Customs Overseas Trade Statistics for the quantity of fresh, chilled and frozen sheep meat imports from New Zealand (Standard International Trade Classification 01211 and 01212) are shown in the following table:
These figures exclude imports of offal, skins and fats. Comparable figures for imports from New Zealand of fresh, chilled and frozen edible offal of sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or hinnies (SITC 01255 and 01256) were 10,880, 12,399, 10,466 and 1,977 tonnes respectively; all of this is likely to be sheep offal.
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of progress towards adoption targets for local authorities on children and families. 
Maintain current levels of adoption placement stability (as measured by the proportion of placements for adoption ending with the making of an adoption order) so that quality is not compromised whilst increasing the use of adoption as follows:
By 2004-05 increase by 40 per cent. the number of looked after children who are adopted, and aim to exceed this by achieving, if possible, a 50 per cent. increase by 2006, up from 2,700 in 1999-2000. All councils will bring their practice up to the current level of the best performers.
By 2004-05 increase to 95 per cent. the proportion of looked after children placed for adoption within 12 months of the decision that adoption is in the child's best interests, up from 81 per cent. in 2000-01, and maintain this level (95 per cent.) up to 2006, by locally applying the timescales in the national adoption standards, taking account of the individual child's needs."
The target helped significantly to raise the number of adoptions of looked after children, where adoption was in the child's best interests. Between 2000-01 and 2004-05 the proportion of looked after children placed for adoption within 12 months of the decision that adoption was in the child's best interests remained stable at around 80 per cent.. We will be reviewing the factors that influenced performance against this target in light of the full implementation and bedding down of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
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