Written answers

Friday, 18 March 2005

  • Transport

    • Airport Security Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason security staff at English airports are vetted by the Scottish Criminal Records Bureau; and for how long this has been the case.

    • Cycle Lanes (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of cycle lanes there have been in York in each year since 1996–97.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the adult population of the United Kingdom has a driver's licence.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest assessment is of the terminal facilities which would be required if a third runway were to be constructed at Heathrow.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the work being undertaken by Project Heathrow on the future development of runway capacity at Heathrow airport is restricted to examining the...

      Kerrier Home Zone Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation was conducted by Kerrier district council regarding the North Close Home Zone project; how much the consultation cost; and what...

      Kerrier Home Zone Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on the North Close Home Zone project, broken down by main budget heading.

      Kerrier Home Zone Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of Kerrier district council's management of the funds for the North Close Home Zone project.

      Local Authority-sponsored Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what documentation a local authority sponsoring a major transport scheme is required to produce between the confirmation of compulsory purchase orders...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Government have made of the merits of extending the Central Line of the London Underground network from Shepherd's Bush to Uxbridge.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the organisations which have been consulted by his Department on its proposal to outlaw equipment which detects the presence of speed...

      Train Cancellations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains in England and Wales were cancelled on each day between 20 February and 1 March, broken down by reason for cancellation.

  • Treasury

    • Accidents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many accidents occurred at his departmental premises in each of the last five years involving (a) members of his Department's staff and (b) members of...

    • Accidents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he publishes data for the number of accidents at work involving employees of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Accidents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements for monitoring accidents at work involving members of staff of his Department are in place; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many deaths the primary cause was found to be (a) heroin, (b) crack cocaine, (c) cocaine, (d) ecstasy, (e) cannabis, (f) alcohol, (g) solvents and...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many quarters of continuous economic growth there have been in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) the UK and (d) Wales from 1997 to the most recent quarter...

      EU Finances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the UK's share of the most recent underspend on the EU's final budget to be repaid to the UK.

      EU Finances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response his Department will make to the National Audit Office report on financial management of the EU, with particular reference to (a) persistent...

      EU Finances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made in the EU on the introduction of resource accounting; and what targets will be set to improve budget accounting reliability.

      G7 Meeting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the agenda is for the G7 meeting due to take place in April.

      MOD Risk Assessment Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the Ministry of Defence's (a) December 2003, (b) July 2004 and (c) December 2004 progress reports produced under...

      Sani Abacha

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether funds have been returned to Nigeria from bank accounts in the UK of the late Sani Abacha in the last five years.

      School-age Children (Essex)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children of school age there have been in each year since 1997 in (a) Essex and (b) Southend.

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his announcement in the 2004 pre-Budget report, what plans he has to introduce a reduced rate of VAT for micro-combined heat and power units;...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Water Quality

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2005, Official Report, column 247W, on bottled water, what...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Confiscation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the power conferred on local authorities by the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 to designate areas where alcohol...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 10 February from the hon. Member for Northavon with regard to a passport application for a constituent,...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the adult population of the United Kingdom had a passport in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Police Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the average annual cost of employing, training and developing a probationary police constable in each year since 1997.

      Prevention of Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the legislative provisions to introduce control orders will contain sunset clauses.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens from the Isle of Man have been granted work permits in each of the last five years.

  • Defence

    • 2 Princess of Wales Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) under whose operational command 2 Princess of Wales Regiment will serve for the duration of their deployment outside their tactical area of...

    • AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expenditure by his Department on AWE Aldermaston was in each of the last five years; and what expenditure he has allocated for 2005–06.

      Civil Servants (Gibraltar)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether local bids will be invited for contracts for work currently carried out by departmental staff in Gibraltar; and whether a bid from existing...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Iraq.

      RAF Manual of Flight Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2005, Official Report, column 779W, on RAF Manual of Flight Safety, if he will place a copy of the Seventh Edition...

      Resource Account Codes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a description of 2004–05 resource account codes (a) GXXWA0 and (b) LM003.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she publishes data for the number of accidents at work involving employees of her Department; and if she will make a statement.

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements for monitoring accidents at work involving members of staff of her Department are in place; and if she will make a statement.

      Bank Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will commission research into the (a) reasons for and (b) level of unavoidable miscellaneous charges made by banks, with particular...

      Corporate Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Department is taking to ensure companies adopt policies to meet social and environmental obligations.

      Gas Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact on UK industry and consumers of the recent rises in the cost of gas on the spot market; what...

      Gas Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will make a statement on the recent rises in the forward gas market; and what assessment she has made of the impact the increase...

      Industrial Disease (Compensation Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average full and final settlement is for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims and (b) vibration white finger claims,...

      Nuclear Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress made by the European Commission on its investigation into the setting up and financing of the Nuclear...

      Photovoltaics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what steps she is taking to implement the Energy White Paper commitment to a 2002 to 2012 solar photovoltaics demonstration programme in...

      Renewables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of terrawatt hours of electricity generated from renewable sources required to meet the Government's...

      Unsolicited Phone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action her Department is taking to tackle UK-based organisations using a non-EU company to make unsolicited automated phone calls which...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Myanmar about the conditions of the Karen people of Myanmar...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Ukrainian ambassador on sales of arms to Burma.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the new power-sharing constitution in Burundi.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK delegation's position on Cuba will be at the forthcoming UN Human Rights Commission.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the Turkish-Cypriot administration on the number of private properties built in each of...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of properties in Northern Cyprus legally owned by Greek Cypriots which are occupied by...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when the last population survey took place in Northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many (a) Turkish...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Turkish troops are stationed in Northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish Cypriot administration in Northern Cyprus on its policies to protect...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Indian Government on the UN Convention Against Torture.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Indian Government concerning the recent violent attacks on members of the Sikh community...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the UK's undertaking to work towards the total elimination of British nuclear weapons.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax (North Somerset)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much council tax was uncollected within the North Somerset local authority in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether Ministers in his Department have issued written instructions to override his Department's accounting officer's objections since 1997.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many recorded attacks there were against (a) firefighters while on duty and (b) fire service equipment in (i) Leicester, (ii) Leicester, South and (iii) the...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he (a) has taken and (b) is proposing to take to assist the lower level super output areas (SOAs) in (i) Dartford and (ii) the Thames Gateway Growth...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal By-Product Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the Animal By-Product Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 requires slaughterhouse waste to be handled in an...

    • Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what agreements are in place with each country which exports poultry feathers to the UK on ensuring that they are not...

      Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk of avian influenza being transmitted from imported poultry feathers.

      Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of poultry feathers were imported into the UK from each East Asian country in each of the last five years.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what input she will seek from (a) hon. Members, (b) farmers and (c) conservation groups in developing a transparent process...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the current incidence of bovine tuberculosis in Stafford constituency; and if she will take...

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the voyages since 1 January 2002 on which (a) her officials and (b) agency officials were present and...

      Chemicals (EU Authorisation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to discuss REACH during its EU Presidency; and if she will make a statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1639, to my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester,...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Countryside Stewardship payments for 2004 have been paid.

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons industries subject to the requirements of the National Allocation Plan are not exempt from the requirements...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers have (a) signed up to and (b) withdrawn from the National Fallen Stock Collection Scheme since it was...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of the Fallen Stock Collection Service in Lancashire; and how many farmers are...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether the proposed EU Constitutional Treaty takes account of fisheries provisions...

      Flood Defences (Sheerness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) who is responsible for making sure the floodgates in the sea wall are closed properly when there is an exceptional tide...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on alleviating fuel poverty in the boroughs of (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Thurrock in each year from...

      Pet Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans (a) to sign and (b) to ratify the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals.

      Radiation Risks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes her Department plans to its (a) policies and (b) regulatory practices following the recommendations of the...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to review low level radioactive waste management policy.

      "Securing the Future"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what methods she plans to use to publicise the new UK sustainable development strategy, "Securing the Future", with...

      State Veterinary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the capacity of the State Veterinary Service to meet statutory requirements on (a)...

      Wildlife Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many criminal prosecutions for crimes against wildlife in England and Wales were completed in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

  • Education and Skills

    • Further Education (Bromley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether it is her policy fully to fund courses for adults at level 3 in further education in Bromley in 2005–06; (2) whether it...

    • Further Education (Bromley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average funding per student in (a) further education colleges and (b) sixth forms in schools in the London borough of Bromley is in...

      School Funding (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding per pupil was allocated for (a) primary and (b) secondary school education in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the costs of cleaning the Department were in each year since 1997.

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.

      Government Websites

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what action he is taking to prevent UK Government websites from being compromised by (a) denial of service and (b) phishing.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money from the New Opportunities Fund was allocated to Edinburgh, North and Leith in each year since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what levels of benefit fraud have been detected in Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber in each of the last three years.

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much it costs to run the Benefit Fraud hotline in each of the last three years; and how many calls it received in each year.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government have to increase council tax benefit take-up; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Leeds, West receive council tax benefit; and what the total amount of such benefit was in the last year for which...

      Fuel Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the fuel direct payment system to include customers who are not in debt; and if he will make a statement.

      Homeless People (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his plans to reform the 16-hour rule to enable young homeless people to study full-time while in receipt of...

      Income Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the average net income after tax and benefits in (a) cash and (b) real terms for (i) each quartile, (ii) two parent...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the levels of jobseeker's allowance were in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05; what plans he has to increase the levels of...

      Low-income Households (Weston-super-Mare)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners he estimates are living below the poverty line within the Weston-super-Mare constituency.

      Low-income Households (Weston-super-Mare)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households below average income there are in (a) the South West and (b) Weston-super-Mare constituency.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which contracts for the delivery of the new deal self-employment programme will be terminated at the end of financial year 2004–05;...

      Skills Training (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason people over the age of 50 are not eligible to receive skills training for the first six months of their unemployment; and if he...

      Income Support (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families with children in Tamworth have been in receipt of income support for more than one year.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Businesses (Strangford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new business start-ups have been recorded by Invest NI in the Strangford constituency in each of the last five years.

    • Cross-border Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the staffing costs of each cross-border body have been as a percentage of total expenditure in each year since their creation; and how many...

      Downpatrick Regional Planning Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning personnel are employed in the Downpatrick Regional Planning Office; how many planning personnel are responsible for planning...

      Downpatrick Regional Planning Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning submissions the Downpatrick Regional Planning Office received from the Ards borough council area in the last (a) 12 months,...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans Invest NI have to market Newtownards as a preferred location for future inward investment; and if he will make a statement.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions have taken place between the local enterprise agency, Invest NI and Ards borough council regarding inward investment in the...

      NHS (Private Operations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of operations carried out privately on behalf of the NHS in Northern Ireland was in each of the past four years, broken down by...

  • Health

    • Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place to compensate those who have incurred nugatory expenditure as a result of the cancellation of operations.

    • Childhood Leukaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the report on research by the Childhood Cancer Research Group at Oxford University into possible links between powerlines and...

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much NHS funding has been allocated to children's hospices in Lancashire in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the role of community hospitals in urban constituencies under the NHS five-year strategy.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors have been employed by the NHS in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the north-east and (c) the UK in each year since 1997.

      Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of electromagnetic hypersensitivity on people's health.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the European Commission about his plans for a traffic light system for food labelling; what response he has received from...

      Forensic Medical Examiners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what training is available to doctors who wish to become forensic medical examiners; and what the cost of this training was in the last period for...

      Health Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on advertising the dangers of (a) smoking, (b) poor diet and (c) alcohol in each year since 1997.

      Health Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the spending per head of the population on health services was in (a) England and (b) the Weston-super-Mare constituency in each year since 1992.

      Heat-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had about the public health impacts of heat-related illnesses.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional provision has been made should the hepatitis B awareness campaign result in a large increase in people coming forward for treatment.

      Hospital Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time in hospitals in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) the UK has been in each year since 1997.

      Lancashire Ambulance Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the proposed restructuring of ambulance services by Lancashire Ambulance Trust.

      Medical Treatment (European Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients living in the Ribble Valley have had operations or other medical treatments funded by the NHS in European countries in each of the last...

      Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of unfilled midwifery posts in the North West.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) assessment he has made of the scope for the use of essential oils in dealing with MRSA and (b) funding he intends to provide for research into...

      NHS Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2005, Official Report, column 1911W, on NHS spending, what the expenditure on hospital and community services in England...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have been employed by the NHS in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) England in each year since 1997.

      Out-of-Hours GP Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which areas receive additional funding for out-of-hours general practitioner services on account of their rural character.

      Out-of-Hours GP Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received on the new GP out-of-hours service since its introduction (a) in England and (b) in the North Somerset Primary Care...

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what percentage of Harefield Hospital's catchment area for cardiothoracic NHS inpatients, in-patients will be drawn for the new hospital on the...

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has consulted HM Treasury on the increase in land acquisition costs over those published in the public consultation document on the Paddington...

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome has been of negotiations between Pearcroft Ltd. and his Department on the Paddington Basin Health Campus.

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the cost to his Department of providing housing for relatives of patients receiving hospital treatment on the Paddington Basin...

      Patient Fitness Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation his Department carries out of the efficacy of fitness programmes for patients referred at primary care level by the NHS.

      Pregnancy Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 978W, to the hon. Member for Totnes (Mr. Steen), on the Pregnancy Advisory Service,...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirements there are for primary care trust funding panels to consult patients before reaching a decision on whether to fund treatments and drugs.

      Scans (Private Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the decision was taken to site the Alliance Medicals mobile scanner at James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough rather than at University...

      Specialised Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to strengthen processes for (a) planning, (b) decision making and (c) performance management in the commissioning of specialised...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the participation of problem drug users in drug treatment programmes by 55 per cent. by 2004 was met.

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