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Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department issues to the fishing fleet on fishing in waters off (a) Western Sahara and (b) Morocco. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: UK vessels that fish in the waters off Western Sahara and Morocco do so under the provisions of the EU/Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement. DEFRA advises that they should ensure compliance with the agreement at all times while fishing in these waters.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many and what percentage of letters sent by her Office were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal services provider for delivery in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement. 
Tessa Jowell: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not record the number of mail items sent by individual Ministers or their offices. 100 per cent. of mail items sent by the Department are given to the Royal Mail.
Ann McKechin: Costs incurred on reimbursable expenses in 2008-09, will be available only when the Departments resource accounts are fully audited and laid before Parliament. This is expected to be before the 2009 summer recess.
Mr. David: The Governments position on the devolution settlement for Wales is clearly set out in the 2006 Government of Wales Act. The Act has delivered on clearer responsibilities, fairer Assembly elections, simplified legislative process and enhanced powers in agreed matters. The powers conferred on the National Assembly and the Welsh Assembly Government are working well.
Mr. Paul Murphy: I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues and the Welsh Assembly Government on the state of the Welsh economy, through my membership of the National Economic Council and my attendance at the all-Wales economic summits.
12. Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he next plans to discuss the matter of drugs in prisons in Wales with ministerial colleagues and the Welsh Assembly Government. 
Since 1997, we have increased investment in drug treatment in prisons tenfold and greatly strengthened enforcement. As a result of this, results in mandatory random drug tests have improved from over 20 per cent. testing positive 10 years ago to 9 per cent. now.
Mr. David: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State launched Delivering Digital Inclusion: an Action Plan for Consultation in October 2008, setting out over 70 actions taking place across Government to tackle digital inclusion.
The consultation has now finished and the responses are currently being analysed to inform further progress. My right hon. Friend will be making an announcement in the spring on the outcome of the consultation and the appointment of a digital inclusion champion and taskforce.
The Assembly Government takes flooding in Wales very seriously. It has more than doubled funding since 1999 with £5.8 million per year for local authorities and over £12 million for the Environment Agency Wales for capital improvement projects.
The Assembly Government also secured an additional £30 million from convergence funding to invest in flood and coastal erosion risk measures across Wales, £8 million for flood risk management activities and £575,000 available to the Environment Agency Wales between 2009 and 2011 to take forward a number of initiatives.
15. Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he next plans to meet members of the Welsh Assembly to discuss the promotion of the Welsh language in Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Hon. Members will be aware that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State laid the proposed Welsh Language Legislative Competence Order in Parliament on 9 February for pre-legislative scrutiny. The proposed LCO, when made, will enable the National Assembly to legislate in order to deliver the Welsh Assembly Government's commitments in respect of the language.
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether it is his Department's policy to offer staff (a) additional leave entitlement for Christmas shopping and (b) Christmas bonus payments. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: Costs incurred on reimbursable expenses in 2008-09, will be available only when the Department's resource accounts are fully audited and laid before Parliament. This is expected to be before the 2009 summer recess.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 532W, on Heathrow Airport, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) departmental officials met BAA representatives to discuss proposals for Heathrow Airport expansion in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Since January 2006, Ministers have met regularly with BAA to discuss general aviation issues. These meetings covered a wide range of topics, which may have included the expansion of Heathrow.
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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of letters sent by his Department were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal services provider for delivery in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
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|(1) Includes letters and other articles (parcels, packets etc) transmitted by post.|
(2) No record kept of number of items sent.
(3) 100 per cent. of the mail despatched to the public is sent via Royal Mail. The only other provider is Secure Mail Services which is used to securely transport mail internally to local office.
(4) The requested information can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, DSA estimates that around 99 per cent. of its letters are given to Royal Mail for delivery.
(5) The Highways Agency does not maintain number counts for the posting of letters. Above is an estimate.
(6) The Information requested is not collected in the format requested. Cost analysis would not reflect numbers and/or percentage as the cost element is not fixed between couriers.
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