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Redundancies

Mr. Ingram : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will give details of the compensation payments given to members of staff at the National Engineering laboratory and Warren Springs laboratory who have been made redundant in the last year.

Mr. Heseltine : There have been no redundancies at either the National Engineering laboratory or Warren Spring laboratory. At both laboratories, staff numbers have been reduced through voluntary early retirement, voluntary early severance and through placement in other posts in the Department.

Regional Selective Assistance

Mr. Mike O'Brien : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) to what extent administrative delays have resulted in a delay in his Department making a decision about regional selective assistance grants to Stone Plastics Ltd. and Tape Seals Ltd. of Atherstone, Warwickshire ;

(2) whether his Department has investigated the effect on jobs and exports of delays in approving regional selective assistance grants for Stone Plastics and Tape Seals Ltd.

Mr. Needham : There have been no delays in reaching decisions on the regional selective assistance applications from Stone Plastics Ltd. and Tapeseals Ltd. Both cases are currently undergoing appraisal to determine whether the criteria for assistance are met.

Electricity Tariffs

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the different domestic electricity tariffs throughout the United Kingdom, in descending order of price.

Mr. Eggar : The information is set out in the table :


Domestic Electricity Tariffs 1 April 1994                                          

                  Standard tariff       Economy 7                                  

                 |Standing  |P/kwh     |Standing  |P/kwh     |P/kwh                

                 |charge per           |charge per|(day)     |(night)              

                 |quarter              |quarter                                    

                 |(£)                  |(£)                                        

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Public Electricity Supplier                                                        

South Wales      |11.25     |8.08      |14.10     |8.66      |2.65                 

Northern         |11.04     |7.95      |13.92     |8.37      |2.65                 

Manweb           |11.55     |7.78      |14.80     |8.15      |2.81                 

Northern Ireland |13.95     |7.75      |18.55     |8.21      |2.68                 

Eastern          |9.10      |7.42      |14.30     |7.42      |2.74                 

East Midlands    |9.30      |7.34      |13.08     |7.34      |2.70                 

Southern         |10.33     |7.27      |13.25     |7.90      |2.64                 

Yorkshire        |10.13     |7.22      |13.21     |7.63      |2.83                 

Seeboard         |10.84     |7.21      |13.92     |7.21      |2.68                 

Midlands         |8.79      |7.18      |12.65     |7.75      |2.75                 

Scottish Power   |10.11     |7.13      |15.22     |7.70      |2.93                 

South Western    |11.45     |7.11      |15.00     |8.52      |2.84                 

London           |12.22     |7.08      |15.31     |7.67      |2.76                 

Scottish Hydro   |11.03     |6.78      |14.00     |7.18      |2.68                 

Norweb           |10.84     |6.60      |14.27     |7.07      |2.61                 

NB. Companies are listed in descending order of unit cost per kilowatt hour under  

the standard tariff.                                                               

Other Notes:                                                                       

Manweb are giving a £10 rebate, Seeboard a £8 rebate and SWEB a £4.50 rebate.      

Most companies offer a set reduction for payments by direct debit.                 

There are other tariffs by domestic consumers such as power key and special        

tariffs for storage heaters.                                                       

Coal Privatisation

Mr. Tipping : To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 19 January, Official Report, column 648, if he will update his list of consultants commissioned to provide advice on the privatisation of British Coal.

Mr. Eggar : Brodies WS was appointed on 22 March 1994 to provide legal advice in connection with Scottish aspects of the privatisation of British Coal.

Mr. Brazier : To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he proposes to make further information available about coal privatisation.

Mr. Eggar : N. M. Rothschild will issue a preliminary memorandum on behalf of Her Majesty's Government on 13 April at 11 am. Copies will be placed in the Library of the House.

THORP

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what information he has received from (a) British Nuclear Fuels and (b) Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution as to the awarding of licensing instruments by Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution in the commissioning process for THORP at Sellafield.

Mr. Eggar : The issuing of a licensing instrument--LI--is a matter for the Health and Safety Executive's nuclear installations inspectorate, the NII. I understand that the NII, on completion of its assessment of the results of uranium testing at the THORP plant at Sellafield, issued an LI on 25 March. Reprocessing at THORP subsequently started on 27 March.

Arms Exports

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what type, quantity and value of arms have been exported to south-east Asia in aggregate, without detailing country by country information, by the United Kingdom, in each year since 1985.

Mr. Needham : The available information is published regularly by the Ministry of Defence in "UK Defence Statistics" which is available from the Library of the House.

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade which banks backed the ECGD credits on the successive Government to Government arms deals with Jordan.

Mr. Needham : It has been the policy of successive Governments not to make public details of individual defence export orders or the related financing arrangements unless the relevant parties have agreed to this. No such agreement has been given in these cases.

British Coal Superannuation Scheme

Ms Rachel Squire : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) if there will be an evaluation of the British Coal staff superannuation scheme prior to privatisation ; and if the Government will provide funds to meet the costs ;


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(2) whether the three-year evaluation of the British Coal staff superannuation scheme will continue ; when the next evaluation will take place ; and if Her Majesty's Government will provide funds to meet the cost of such an evaluation.

Mr. Eggar : It is proposed that after the privatisation of British Coal the industry pension schemes should have valuations at intervals of not more than three and a half years. The possibility of a further valuation of the staff superannuation scheme before privatisation is a matter for the trustees. The costs of valuations will continue to be met from scheme funds.

Electricity (French Interconnector)

Mr. Jack Thompson : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the ratio of United Kingdom imports to exports of electricity supply via the electricity supply link between the United Kindom and France in each year since 1986 on a quarterly basis and in the first quarter of 1994 expressed in gigajoules.

Mr. Eggar : The information requested is set out in the table :


10<6> gigajoules                                       

              |Electricity  |Electricity                

              |imported from|exported to                

              |France       |France                     

--------------------------------------------------------

1986                                                    

Q1            |0.39         |0.03                       

Q2            |3.62         |0.01                       

Q3            |2.95         |0.30                       

Q4            |9.05         |0.35                       

                                                        

1987                                                    

Q1            |7.96         |0.00                       

Q2            |11.88        |0.10                       

Q3            |10.12        |0.03                       

Q4            |12.07        |0.00                       

                                                        

1988                                                    

Q1            |11.16        |0.00                       

Q2            |12.33        |0.04                       

Q3            |12.61        |0.01                       

Q4            |10.13        |0.00                       

                                                        

1989                                                    

Q1            |11.35        |0.00                       

Q2            |14.28        |0.00                       

Q3            |12.68        |0.00                       

Q4            |10.40        |3.23                       

                                                        

1990                                                    

Q1            |0.17         |0.16                       

Q2            |12.74        |0.00                       

Q3            |14.75        |0.00                       

Q4            |15.51        |0.01                       

                                                        

1991                                                    

Q1            |15.46        |0.02                       

Q2            |13.41        |0.02                       

Q3            |14.81        |0.01                       

Q4            |15.45        |0.00                       

                                                        

1992                                                    

Q1            |15.53        |0.00                       

Q2            |14.38        |0.02                       

Q3            |14.79        |0.08                       

Q4            |15.50        |0.02                       

                                                        

1993                                                    

Q1            |15.43        |0.02                       

Q2            |14.48        |0.00                       

Q3            |14.78        |0.00                       

Q4            |15.49        |0.00                       

Note:                                                   

Information for the first quarter of 1994 is not yet    

available.                                              

Coal Industry Bill

Mr. Mullin : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from the National Rivers Authority regarding the Coal Industry Bill ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Eggar : My Department has received no representations from the National Rivers Authority on the Coal Industry Bill. The NRA has, however, provided comments in the context of the consultation exercise on the Coal Authority explanatory note and draft model licensing and leasing documents.

New and Renewables Programme

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the projects approved under the new and renewables programme since its inception, together with the geographical distribution of the expenditure incurred.

Mr. Eggar : The list of projects approved under the new and renewable energy programme since its inception is very long and I will write to the hon. Member with a full list of approved projects in due course. I will place that letter in the Library of the House. I regret that it will not be possible for this listing to provide a geographical distribution of the expenditure incurred. This information is not readily available and its presentation would entail disproportionate cost.

Overseas Projects Board

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Burden) of 9 February, Official Report, column 323, if he will list all the members of the Overseas Projects Board since 1984 with the terms and conditions of the appointment, including any recompense, expenses or remuneration.

Mr. Needham : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Burden) on 21 February 1994, Official Report, columns 22-23.

With regard to conditions of service, appointments are made by the Minister of Trade normally for a period of three years. Members are required to treat all commercially classified material which they may obtain during the course of their membership as strictly confidential. Members are reminded that Government information is subject to the provisions of the Official Secrets Act.

Members are asked to provide the Department of Trade and Industry with a list of companies in which they hold directorships and/or have financial interests and to update the information as necessary. This list is treated in the strictest confidence and is not made available outside the Department.


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The appointment does not carry rights to recompense, expenses or remuneration.

I have placed a copy of the board's terms of reference in the Library of the House.

Carrier Technology Programme

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the projects approved under, and the regional distribution of expenditure incurred within, the carrier technology programme since its inception.

Mr. McLoughlin : One project on the application of chaos theory to the production of spring wire has been approved within the carrier technology programme. The project began in December 1993 and will last two years. It will cost £156,000 and has a DTI grant of £76,000. The Spring Research and Manufacturers Association of Sheffield, and the university of Warwick are the main collaborators.

Space and Satellite Industry

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what review he is undertaking of the British space and satellite industry ; and whether the retention of a directly owned British satellite manufacturing capability forms part of his strategy for competitiveness.

Mr. McLoughlin : My officials are in regular contact with the British space and satellite industry, although no specific review is currently being undertaken. In encouraging the British satellite manufacturing industry to enhance its competitiveness, we work with the companies involved on the best means of achieving that objective.

Manufacturing, Planning and Implementation Scheme

Mr. Cousins : To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the projects approved under, and the regional distribution of expenditure incurred, within the manufacturing, planning and implementation scheme since its inception.

Mr. McLoughlin : A list of projects approved under the manufacturing, planning and implementation scheme that have reached grant status is attached. The approximate distribution of expenditure by region is as follows :


                         |£                                                                         

                         |Thousand                                                                  

                                                                                                    

                                                                                                    

North, West              |900                                                                       

North East               |400                                                                       

South West               |550                                                                       

South East               |850                                                                       

Yorkshire and Humberside |950                                                                       

East Anglia              |450                                                                       

West Midlands            |1,250                                                                     

Scotland                 |500                                                                       

Wales                    |300                                                                       

East Midlands            |800                                                                       

List of Supported Projects

Platon International

Skippingdale Paper

Rainford Group

Hinckley Mouldings

CMK Treatments

KM-Comark

MDH Limited


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Sanmex International

Permoid Ind.

Dalepak Foods plc

Dewhursts plc

Elkay Electrical

Appor Limited

Mulberry Co. Ltd.

Bloxwich Engineering

Kirpac Ltd.

Helix

Airedale International

Gledhill Water Storage

The Dane Group

Hobart Rose

Carlton Int

Montan Group

Federation Breweries

Carver and Co.

Hillary's Blinds

Econ Engineering

Pulsafe Safety Products

Regent Belt Co.

Kitchen Range Foods

Hilden Manufacturing

Cherub Ltd.

Edward MacBean

Ebac Ltd.

Autonumis

Oxley Developments

Hocking NDT

Ambi-Rad

Safeline

Simon Jersey

Blowspeed Industrial Mouldings

Albion Concrete products

Hozelock

Lewis Woolf Griptight

M. R. Hadida Ltd.

Unipack Ltd.

Asme Lt.

GFE Bartlett and Sons

Craig and Rose

Souplex Ltd.

Weatherite Ltd.

East Yorkshire Glass

AM Paper Convertors

Meridian Foods

Regent Lock Ltd.

Cooke Bros Ltd.

Phostrogen Ltd.

Grower Marketing Services

MSP Ltd.

Manchester Circuits

Hayes Tubes

Aulds (Foods) Ltd.

Shering Weighing

Crane Electronics

Stemwest Produce Ltd.

Servomex plc

Silverscreen Print

Darron Tool and Engineering

Turner Brothers

P. and L. Suswin

Premier Pottery

Cambridge Optical

John Blackburn

W. Karp and Sons

Charles Walker

Crabtree

S. and A. Foods

Nusteel Structures

Redler

Stewart Buchanan Gauges

Leslie and Co. (Coventry) Ltd.

Progenitive Services

Circast Electronics

Thompson Carmichael

Chromalock

Zincast Foundry

Lancaster Glass Fibre

Self Serve Hygiene

FERMEC

Brookside Group (Meighs) Ltd.

Cardinal Broach

Foward Group plc

George Ward

Burall Plastec

Ford Component Manufacturing

Applied Security Design Ltd.

Welbeck (UK) Ltd.

Roberts Capsule Stopper

Morgan Motor Company

Porter Hopkins Ltd.

Metalformers Ltd.

CLF International

Brooke Tool Engineering

Reid Group plc

Wild Country Ltd.

Cranford Circuits

Assembly and Automation Ltd.

Concord Temperature Controls

Unwins Seeds Ltd.

Meteorway Ltd.

Plastic Developments

Blackburn Starling

Kleeneze plc

Swift

Atreus plc

HC Slingsby

Vedonis

Bode and Son Ltd.

Newport Technology Group

Fox Brothers and Co. Ltd.

The Michelmersh Brick and Tile Co. Ltd.

Langley Alloys Ltd.

C. H. Branham Ltd.

Envair Ltd.

Dagless Ltd.

Armeg Ltd.

Gilberts

Meridian House

Poole Pottery Ltd.

Storforth Engineering

C. C. L. Group plc

Eclipse Blinds

ETAL

Strathclyde Fabricators

William Baker (Leicester) Ltd.

Thwaites Ltd.

Kembrey Wiring Systems

Robor Cartons Ltd.

Danline Int. Ltd.


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