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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assistance he provides to local authorities in order that they can provide free rail passes to pensioners entitling them to concessionary rail travel; 
(3) what discussions he has had with HM Treasury regarding the provision of free (a) passes for pensioners entitling them to concessionary rail travel and (b) off-peak travel on all public transport for all pensioners; 
(4) what guidelines he issues to local authorities on the provision of rail passes for pensioners entitling them to concessionary travel. 
Mr. Jamieson: Beyond the statutory minimum requirement for concessionary travel (half-fare on local buses for older and disabled people, with no charge for the pass) decisions about whether to offer a more generous scheme for bus and rail travel are for the relevant PTAs/local authorities.
Expenditure on concessionary travel schemes is covered by the contribution that the Government makes to local authorities through the annual grant settlement, including where a PTA/local authority offers consessionary travel on local railways.
Mr. Gordon Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with other Government departments about the potential regeneration benefits of the proposed Fylde Coast Light Rail Scheme. 
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Mr. Spellar: None yet, since Blackpool Council have not yet submitted formal proposals for this scheme. My Department is currently considering their proposals for refurbishment of the existing, historic tram system. I am well aware of the importance the Council attaches to these as part of their regeneration strategy for Blackpool.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the shipping industry on the ownership and operation of the deep water container port at Umm Qasr, Iraq. 
Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the contractors responsible for rail safety in the (a) Paddington and (b) Hatfield rail crashes operated quality management systems. 
Mr. Jamieson: I understand that Network Rail's safety procedures require contractors to have suitable and sufficient Safety Quality and Environment Management systems in place in accordance with the company's railway standards. Both Amey and Balfour Beatty had such systems in place at the times of the Paddington and Hatfield rail crashes.
The Prime Minister: I have discussions with a wide range of individuals and organisations. As with previous Administrations it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such discussions, under exemptions 2 and 7 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his recent meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York; and if he will place in the Library copies of briefing material used in respect of that meeting. 
The Prime Minister: I met United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan in New York on 27 March. We discussed a range of issues including the on-going consultations on the Oil for Food Programme and the UN's role in Iraq.
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Lynne Jones: To ask the Prime Minister when he informed Mr. Abu Mazen that the publication of the final draft of the roadmap had been postponed until after the approval by the Palestinian Legislative Council of the Palestinian Cabinet; and when and by whom this decision was taken. 
The Prime Minister: Publication is the responsibility of the Roadmap's authors, the Quartet of the UN, EU, United States and Russia. As I told the House on 26 March 2003, Official Report, column 281, "when the Palestinian Prime Minister has his Cabinet in place, the roadmap will be given to both the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority". This decision was announced by President Bush on 14 March.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the (a) funded and (b) unfunded public sector pension schemes for which he is responsible; when the last actuarial valuation was of each scheme; what the value was of the assets at the last actuarial valuation of each scheme; what deficit is disclosed by the last actuarial valuation of each scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns between April 2002 and March 2003; and what the cost of each campaign was, broken down by costs relating to (a) television, (b) radio and (c) print media. 
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John Healey: The Finance Act 2002 introduced a range of tax reliefs for Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) on their income and on donations made to them, similar to those normally given to charities.
corporation tax on any trading income up to £15,000;
corporation tax on income from property up to £10,000; and
capital gains tax on disposals of assets.
Gifts of assets to a CASC on a no gain/no loss basis for capital gains purposes for both individuals and companies;
Gifts of trading stock and plant and machinery by businesses.
Rob Marris: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department issues to civil servants on how to deal with claims from organisations that the information they provide to the Department is commercially confidential. 
Ruth Kelly: It is not standard practice to verify claims of commercial confidentiality on receiving information from organisations as this issue is normally only relevant if the question arises as to whether the information should be disclosed to another party. The Treasury has not issued guidance on this issue. In the event of a request for information claimed to be commercially confidential, officials would rely on the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and central guidance on the operation of the Code to determine whether information should be withheld.
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