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TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Export Controls

Mrs. Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what review he has undertaken of export controls over dual-use goods. [17222]

Mr. Lang: Her Majesty's Government keep under constant review export controls on dual-use goods. These are mainly based on agreements reached with other member states of the European Union and partners in international export control forums. In addition, some controls are maintained by Her Majesty's Government on a unilateral basis to reflect United Kingdom national security considerations and foreign policy requirements.

Scott Inquiry

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his oral statement on the Scott report of 26 February, Official Report, columns 589-604, if he will list the specific responses made by Her Majesty's Government to each of the recommendations relating to policy contained in the report. [18176]

Mr. Lang: Specific responses to the recommendations relating to policy in Sir Richard Scott's report were set out in my speech on 26 February. I have promised to keep the House informed of progress on those that require further consideration prior to implementation. Changes to export control policies and procedures will be the subject of a consultation paper in due course, and I shall also keep the House informed of progress on this matter.

Mrs. Golding: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make changes in the personnel of his Department following criticisms contained in the report of the Scott inquiry. [16563]

Mr. Lang [holding answer 22 February 1996]: Where officials criticised in the Scott report had acted conscientiously, in good faith and in accordance with Government policy, it would not normally be appropriate to take disciplinary action against them. If there are cases where disciplinary action is considered appropriate, this would be carried out under normal departmental disciplinary procedure.

Mr. Winnick: To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he first consulted with other Cabinet Ministers about the contents of the report of the Scott inquiry; and where and when such discussions took place and with whom. [16518]

Mr. Lang [holding answer 22 February 1996]: It is not the practice to give details of ministerial meetings.

Magnox Reactors

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 13 February to the hon. Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle), Official Report,

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column 539, if he will place in the Library the evidence on the economics of continuing to generate electricity from the Magnox stations. [17832]

Mr. Lang: The economic case for continued operation of the Magnox stations was considered in detail as part of the Government's coal review. The conclusions were set out in paragraphs 7.71 to 7.80 of the White Paper "The Prospects for Coal", Cm 2235.

Fossil Fuel Levy

Mrs. Beckett: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 29 January, Official Report, column 511, if he will provide details of the outstanding moneys that the fossil fuel levy will recover after privatisation of Nuclear Electric; and how they will be paid to British Energy. [17834]

Mr. Lang: Any outstanding moneys will be paid to Magnox Electric, rather than British Energy. The amount will depend on a number of factors that are still uncertain, such as the level of electricty consumption this year.

British Aerospace

Mr. Madden: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what discussions (a) he and (b) his Ministers have had over the last five years concerning the sale by British Aerospace to India of Hawk 100 aircraft; and if he will make a statement. [18198]

Mr. Eggar: A number of DTI Ministers have been involved in discussions and visits with British Aerospace over the last five years which would have included the prospects for Hawk in India.

Regional Enterprise and Technology Schemes

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list what financial assistance has been given since 1980 by his Department to (a) Monderntask Ltd., Redruth, (b) Digitize Ltd., Truro, (c) Thimbles Ltd., Redruth, (d) South West Leisure Products Ltd., Redruth, (e) Van Pieters plc, Pewsey, (f) Pan Atlantic (UK) plc, Birmingham, (g) CSL Group by (i) type of grant and (ii) date. [15775]

Mr. Oppenheim [holding answer 20 February 1996]: Six of the companies have received assistance under the Department's principal regional, enterprise and technology schemes since 1980:

CompanySchemePayment £Date
Moderntask Ltd.Regional Development Grant (RDG)78,2281991
Thimbles Ltd.Regional Selective Assistance (RSA)22,0001993-94
SW Leisure Products Ltd.RSA RDG23,068 66,9001985 1989
Van Pieters plcEnterprise Initiative (EI)3,1731992
Pan Atlantia (UK) Ltd.RSA22,0001993
CSL GroupEI3,0141993


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Workers' Rights

Mr. Cohen: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what action the European Union is taking to promote international rules (i) against (a) forced and (b) child labour and (ii) to guarantee workers' rights to organise and to bargain collectively; if the United Kingdom Government support this action; and if he will make a statement. [16903]

Mr. Forth: I have been asked to reply.

The European Commission has recently published a communication which suggested that the World Trade Organisation conference at Singapore


Cement Industry

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from the cement industry and other interested parties about the alleged unfair advantages of the Greek cement industry over others in the EU. [17698]

Mr. Clappison: I have been asked to reply.

No representations have been received from the cement industry or from other interested parties on this matter. However, I am aware that the relevant trade association--Cembureau--has been successful in an application to the European Court of Justice against the European Commission for failing to take appropriate action.

British Library (Documents)

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will press for the depositing of (a) the document numbered BL SRIS and (b) "British telecommunications engineering" of January 1996 in the British library. [17155]

Mr. Sproat: I have been asked to reply.

Without further information it is not possible to identify the first of these two documents: the letters "BL SRIS" refer to the British library's science reference and information service which acquires a large volume of documents for its library collection. I understand that the journal entitled "British telecommunications engineering: the journal of the Institution of British Telecommunications Engineers" is published quarterly. One copy of each issue is deposited with the British library by the publishers, as required under the statutory legal deposit arrangements, and a further copy of each issue is donated to the British library.

The most recent issue of this journal to be received under legal deposit was volume 14, part 3, dated October 1995, which was deposited on 6 December 1995. On the basis of the publishing pattern of this journal, the library would expect to receive copies of the January 1996 issue during March.

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LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Statistics (Gender Breakdown)

Ms Jowell: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what steps his Department is taking to collect statistics broken down by gender where relevant. [17686]

Mr. Jonathan Evans: This answer refers to the Lord Chancellor's Department, Court Service and Public Trust Office. Statistics collected by the Department and the two agencies referred to are aimed at improving decision making, stimulating research and informing debate within government and the wider community. Where statistics broken down by gender are relevant to this purpose, the Department will consider them when deciding or reviewing what to collect. Currently, the Department collects statistics broken down by gender on, for example, public and judicial appointments made by the Lord Chancellor or on his recommendation.


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