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Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will produce figures that show, for a given power consumption, the effects that the proposed voltage reductions will have on electricity charges made to industry based on (a) the reactive power charge, (b) the peak load charge and (c) the unit charge per KVAh.
Mr. Neil Hamilton : My officials have received from the Official Receiver a document prepared by the trustees concerning Mr. Nadir's conduct in the bankruptcy proceedings. That document is being considered.
Mr. Burden : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he will describe the assistance given to the Biwater Group in connection with overseas contracts since 1983, listing the value, locations and nature of the projects involved and the nature of the tendering process for each ;
(2) what involvement his Department had with the Malaysian rural water supply schemes undertaken by Biwater ;
(3) what assistance Her Majesty's Government have given to the Biwater Group in securing overseas contracts since 1983.
Mr. Needham [holding answer 8 February 1994] : I refer the hon. Member to the replies given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the hon. Member on 17 February, Official Report, column 937 and the hon. Member for Monklands, West (Mr. Clarke) on 14 February, Official Report, column 568 .
In addition, the DTI has awarded Biwater a number of grants under the overseas projects fund to assist with the pre-contractual costs of pursuing overseas contracts. Details of these grants are commercially confidential. Where appropriate, in accordance with scheme rules, grants are repaid.
Mr. Burden : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he will list the membership of the Overseas Projects Board for each year since 1983, giving the names, occupation and employing firms of each of the members, together with their terms of office ;
(2) pursuant to his answer of 9 February, Official Report, column 323 when the Overseas Projects Board was established.
Mr. Needham [holding answers 16 February 1994] : The Overseas Projects Board was established in 1977. Listed in a table are the names of the board members for each year since 1983 together with their occupations and employing firms, and their terms of service or, for current members, their appointment dates. That table has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Alison : The commissioners are not aware of any instance where amosite has been discovered in their residential property. However, it was used extensively in the building trade as heating insulation from circa 1930 to circa 1970, although it is not toxic when in a stable condition.
Mr. Rendel : To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, representing the Church Commissioners, (1) how many complaints were (a) lodged and (b) substantiated against the Church Commissioners in their capacity as landlords in each year between 1983 and 1993 ; (2) which body is responsible for investigating complaints against the Church Commissioners in their capacity as landlords.
Mr. Alison : There is no specific body responsible for investigating complaints against the Church Commissioners or other private landlords. The commissioners' tenants, in common with others, may have recourse to the local authority's environmental health officer, or to the courts, as appropriate. The commissioners and their managing agents receive complaints from time to time and these are dealt with as the circumstances require.
Lord St. John Fawsley (Chairman)
Sir Phillip Dowson
The Duke of Grafton
Professor Margaret MacKeith
Sir Phillip Powell
Professor John Steer
The Baroness Brigstoke (Chairman)
Michael Foster Esq.
Mrs. Daphne Gould OBE
John Jacob Esq.
Robert Marshall-Andrews Esq. QC
Peter Metcalfe Esq.
John Morley Esq.
Antony Moss Esq.
Michael Oliver Esq.
Colin Smith Esq.
Frank Smith Esq.
Lady Marina Vaizey.
Lord Armstrong of Ilminster GCB CVO (Chairman)
Rt. Hon. Lord Barnett JP
Sir Michael Butler GCMG
Miss Nina Campbell
Sir Clifford Chetwood
The Viscountess Cobham DL
Edward G. J. Dawe Esq
Rodney Fitch Esq CBE
Prof. Christopher J. Frayling MA PhD
Ronnie Gorlin Esq
Lady Pamela Harlech
Sir Terence Heiser GCB
Sir Nevil Macready CBE MA
Miss Anna Plowden
Prof. Michael Podro PhD MA FBA
Maurice Saatchi Esq
Prof. John Steer MA DLitt
Mr. John Tusa (Chairman)
Mr. Neil MacGregor
Mr. Nicholas Serota
Dr. Charles Saumarez-Smith
Dr. Wendy Baron (all appointed ex-officio)
Mr. Richard Shone
Mr. Andrew Graham-Dixon
Mr. Rowe : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many buildings are classified by his Department in categories (a) I, (b) II and (c) III ; how many in each category fulfil no present function ; and how many are falling down.
Mr. Brooke : The total number of list entries recorded by my Department in December 1993 and the number of buildings estimated to be at risk in the 1992 English Heritage sample survey of buildings at risk are as follows :
|Total list entries |Listed buildings at |risk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- List grade I* |6,000 |700 List grade II |18,000 |1,700 List grade III |419,000 |34,000
Figures for the number of vacant properties by list grade are not available. However, based on a sample of 25 per cent. of the listed buildings stock, English Heritage estimates that approximately 28,000 of those listed buildings which can be occupied are vacant at present.
Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is the timetable for the replacement of the Director General of the Sports Council ; and when it is expected that the post will be (a) advertised and (b) filled.
Column 25subject to my approval. I understand that the council has decided to suspend the selection process until decisions have been taken on the future structure of the council.
Mr. Bernie Grant : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the Governor of Anguilla regarding the international obligations of Her Majesty's Government ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd : Ministers and officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are in close and regular contact with the governor concerning our international obligations and the implications these have for Anguilla, as they are with the governors of all the dependent territories.