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Andy Burnham: The Office for National Statistics publishes data on increases in public sector paythe Average Earnings Index (AEI)which is available at www.statistics.gov.uk This data refers to the average earnings of a work force or sector (in the form of an index), and the growth of this each year, which includes the effect of things like progression rates, work force and pay system restructuring, changes in work force composition, and the basic pay awards (the uplift of pay scales), among others.
David Davis: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the report from the Public-Private Forum on identity to be published; and for what reasons its publication has been delayed. 
Andy Burnham: Sir James Crosby was appointed to establish and chair the Public-Private Forum on Identity Management in July 2006 with a remit to produce a preliminary report to Ministers by Easter 2007. In March 2007 he discussed his preliminary conclusions with the then Chancellor of the Exchequer and was invited to work on with the Forum to produce a fuller report later in the year. The report is now being finalised. It is expected to be delivered to Ministers later this year, as agreed with Sir James. No date has been fixed for publication, which may be later this year or next year.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what scenarios have been used to test the effectiveness of the tripartite arrangements between his Department, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority. 
Kitty Ussher [holding answer 15 November 2007]: The tripartite arrangements have been tested regularly over recent years. For public policy reasons details of the scenarios are not published where they cover financial stability events.
The authorities have also regularly tested their responses to operational disruption scenarios. Since 2004 the tripartite has arranged an annual market-wide exercise, involving both the authorities and a cross-section of financial sector firms, to test responses to operational disruption covering terrorist attacks and pandemic influenza outbreak.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the funding formula for local government takes account of the costs of managing and providing facilities on beaches for local authorities in coastal areas. 
Formula grant is largely calculated on the basis of the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of an authority, for example the number of visitors to an area, together with the number of band-D equivalent properties within the area. Formula grant is an unhypothecated block grant, and decisions on local spending priorities are for local authorities to take.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons each of the 20 coastal bathing sites which did not meet minimum bathing water standards in summer 2007 did not meet those standards; and if he will make a statement. 
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Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) for what reasons the requirement to test bathing water once every fortnight has been changed to once every month in the draft Bathing Water Regulations 2008; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Woolas: The revised Bathing Water Directive (rBWD) requires, as a minimum, that no fewer than four bathing water samples are taken per bathing water per season. These requirements are reflected in the draft transposing regulations for England and Wales, which were recently issued as part of a Government consultation on the implementation of the rBWD.
As discussed in the consultation document, the Environment Agency is currently investigating the risks associated with changes to its current monitoring
programme (from 20 samples per bathing water) to reflect the reduced frequency of sampling allowed by the rBWD.
My Department and the Welsh Assembly Government are awaiting the outcome of the Environment Agency's investigations before making any decisions about future sampling frequency. Initial indications are that a reduction in sampling frequency may be limited.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget has been allocated for the monitoring and testing of beaches in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
In 1997, the Agency routinely tested water quality at 447 sites. This had increased to 494 sites by 2007. The Environment Agency takes approximately 20 water samples per site every year during the bathing season (from 15 May to 30 September).
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New legislation (the Bathing Water Regulations 2008, which is currently the subject of a public consultation) is required to transpose the rBWD into UK law, and revoke the 1991 regulations at the same time.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which vessels are available to the Marine and Fisheries Agency and the Fishery Protection Squadron for enforcing fisheries rules; and if he will make a statement. 
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many patrol days the River Class offshore patrol vessels have provided for the Fishery Protection Squadron in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
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|OPV = Offshore patrol vessel = Rivers|
IPV = Inshore patrol vessel = Hunts
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