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Ian Pearson: The European Commission finished consulting on a EU-wide registration scheme for credit rating agencies on 5 September, and is due to report on the outcome of this consultation on November 12. We are working internationally to improve the incentives for credit rating agencies to supply more and better information that market participants want and to avoid creating undesirable incentives for investors to over-rely on ratings. However, any approach will need to be internationally agreed as far as possible both given the nature of the ratings system as well as to avoid the possibility of regulatory arbitrage.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years. 
Final written warning;
Past or future performance payments withheld or withdrawn in whole or part;
Financial penalty by way of fine or restitution for loss or damage (payments recovered by deduction from pay);
Ban on promotion for a specified period;
Suspension or withdrawal of security clearance;
Suspension for a specified period with or without loss of pay;
Transfer to a lower pay range for a specified period with appropriate reduction in salary; and
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of the last two years. 
Angela Eagle: All of the paper used for photocopying in the Department in the last two years was made from at least 80 per cent. recycled sources, with over 90 per cent. in the last year from 100 per cent. recycled sources.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ease the procedures for tendering and procurement between Government departments and (a) social enterprises and (b) small- and medium-sized enterprises. 
Angela Eagle: The Government's policy on SMEs and third sector organisations (including social enterprises) is to encourage and support these organisations to compete for public sector contracts where this is consistent with value for money policy, the UK regulations, the EU treaty principles and the EU procurement directives.
The OGC has developed guidance to help procurers engage with these organisations within the legal and policy framework surrounding public procurement. Budget 2008 asked Anne Glover to lead a committee looking into what further work is needed to remove barriers. The recommendations of that committee will be published in the pre-Budget report.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department provides a separate diary secretary to (a) the Economic Secretary, (b) the Financial Secretary, (c) the Exchequer Secretary and (d) the Minister of State. 
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001. 
|(1) HM Treasury figures for 2001 and 2002. DMO figures for 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 are not available, other than at disproportionate cost.|
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether European Commission officials have on any occasion launched investigations inside Israel to determine whether Israeli importers are correctly applying the 2005 technical arrangement of the EU-Israel Association Agreement with regard to goods being charged at the correct duty. 
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for information have been raised with the Israeli customs authorities to establish whether consignments have been imported from Israel or Israeli settlements under the 2005 technical arrangement of the EU-Israel Association Agreement in each of the last three years. 
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for information to the Israeli customs authorities under the 2005 technical arrangement regarding the origin of consignments from Israel or Israeli settlements had not been answered within 10 months, in each of the last three years. 
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for information regarding consignments believed to have originated from Israeli settlements have been answered by Israeli customs authorities in each of the last three years; and how many such consignments the Israeli government determined had originated from settlements. 
1 February 2005 to 31 January 2006five requests answered (four consignments confirmed as having originated in a Settlement)
1 February 2006 to 31 January 2007six requests answered (two consignments confirmed as having originated in a Settlement)
1 February 2007 to 31 January 2008two requests answered (neither consignment originated in a Settlement)
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure Israeli customs authorities respond to all requests from HM Revenue and Customs made under the 2005 technical arrangement. 
Mr. Timms: The Israeli customs authorities are bound by the requirements of Article 33 of Protocol 4 to the ECIsrael Trade Association Agreement to reply to verification requests within 10 months. HM Revenue and Customs pursues responses to outstanding requests via correspondence with the Israeli authorities.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has issued any fines to companies for falsely declaring goods are from Israel when they have originated from illegal Israeli settlements under the 2005 technical arrangement. 
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Israeli customs authorities have provided HM Revenue and Customs with a list of postcodes for Israeli settlements and the corresponding names and addresses of each settlement. 
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will put in place procedures to record the import of products from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory separately from those relating to Israel. 
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