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Mr. Ian Taylor: My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade placed in the Library of the House on 26 January 1996, a copy of the guidelines on the conduct of prior option reviews. These confirmed that research establishments would have their functions rigorously tested to decide whether the function was required at all, and whether there was scope for privatising, contracting out (which could include market testing), merging establishments or transferring work between them.
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Announcements have subsequently been made: (i) to privatise ADAS, the Building Research Establishment, and the Royal Observatories; (ii) to create as new executive agencies within the public sector, the Directorate of Fisheries Research, the Fisheries Research Services, and the Forestry Commission Research Division; and (iii) that the Central Laboratory for the Research Councils, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, the Health and Safety Laboratory, and the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency retain their current status within the public sector.
To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many opencast coal mining sites are currently in operation; where they are situated; and what is the annual tonnage of coal extracted. 
There are 95 opencast coal mining sites currently in operation and their locations are given in the following table. The tonnage of coal extracted from opencast sites in 1995 was 16,369,000 tonnes.
Mr. Clapham: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many opencast coal mining sites are currently in operation; where they are situated; and what is the annual tonnage of coal extracted. 
Mr. Page: There are 95 opencast coal mining sites currently in operation and their locations are given in the following table. The tonnage of coal extracted from opencast sites in 1995 was 16,369,000 tonnes.
|Arkwright Colliery Reclamation||Derbyshire|
|Blairfordel||Perth and Kinross|
|Blindwells Extension||East Lothian|
|Blinkbonny West Mine||Midlothian|
|Brawds Level||Neath and Port Talbot|
|Birch Vale Quarry||Derbyshire|
|Burnfoot Moor||East Ayrshire|
|Carters Ford West||St. Helens|
|Clarence Farm Extension||Durham|
|Common Farm Phase III||East Ayrshire|
|Derlwyn 2||Neath and Port Talbot|
|Doe Hill House||Derbyshire|
|East Pit Extension||Neath and Port Talbot|
|Easter Balbeggie Farm||Fife|
|Easter Fortissat||North Lanarkshire|
|Edge Farm||South Lanarkshire|
|Greenside Farm||North Lanarkshire|
|Grove Farm (Extended)||Leeds|
|Hannahston Farm||East Ayrshire|
|Hare Hill Site||South Lanarkshire|
|Hawks Nest Wood||Leeds|
|Laigh Riggend||North Lanarkshire|
|Lambhill Remainder||Perth and Kinross|
|Llanilid West Revised||Rhondda, Cynon and Taff|
|Lletty'r Crudd||Neath and Port Talbot|
|Mossband Farm||North Lanarkshire|
|Odd House Farm||Leicestershire|
|Park Slip West||Merthyr Tydfil|
|Priors Close North||Durham|
|Sarn Helen Opencast||Neath and Port Talbot|
|Shellbrook and Wood Farm||Leicestershire|
|South Brandon Extension||Durham|
|Trecatti Landfill Opencast||Caerphilly|
|Trinity III Deep Hard Opencast||Derbyshire|
|Wester Mosshat Farm||South Lanarkshire|
|Whittington Sewage Treatment Works||Derbyshire|
|Woodbine Opencast Site||Barnsley|
The Coal Authority.
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Mr. Hoon: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 30 October, Official Report, column 154 if he will list the constituencies in which meetings have so far been arranged under the enterprise Britain initiative; and what is the projected cost to date. 
Mr. Lang [holding answer 6 November 1996]: The programme of events is still being arranged. Events are being held in cities and smaller towns across Britain and are not being held for individual parliamentary constituencies. The first events will be in Luton and Lincoln on 11 November. The cost of these and future events will depend on the number of participants.
Mr. Clapham: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many biomass plants are operating in the UK under the non-fossil fuel obligation; where they are situated; and what is the potential output of each plant. 
Mr. Page [holding answer 7 November 1996]: Two poultry--litter fuelled electricity generating stations are operating in the UK under the non-fossil fuel obligation, at Diss in Suffolk and Scunthorpe in Humberside. Each has a declared net capacity of 12.69 mw. In addition, an installation at Piddlehinton in Dorset, utilising pig slurry as a fuel, is currently generating under the NFFO. It has a capacity of 0.1 mw.
Mr. Greg Knight: Manufacturing investment is primarily a matter for manufacturing companies. The role of Government is to encourage enterprise by providing a stable macroeconomic environment, making markets work better, and helping firms to help themselves through the provision of high quality business support services.
The Government set out their policies to achieve these objectives in "Competitiveness: Creating the Enterprise Centre of Europe", Cm 3300. My right. hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade and other Ministers are explaining these policies to business people and listening to their concerns at a series of business breakfasts being held in several towns and cities.
Mr. Ingram: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the last project supported by his Department under the launch aid programme; when this took place; and what was the level of the support. 
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Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings (i) he, (ii) other Ministers and (iii) officials from his Department (a) have had and (b) plan to have with representatives of the Australian Government to discuss the report of the Canberra commission on the elimination of nuclear weapons. 
Mr. David Davis: We have regular discussions with the Australian Government on nuclear non-proliferation and arms control issues. The Australian Government have made clear that the Canberra commission acted as an independent body.
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he plans to make to the Governments of Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Russia concerning (a) the abolition of the death penalty and (b) resolution 1097 (1996) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanley: The European Union made a demarche to Ukraine on 31 October, and to Russia on 4 November, encouraging them to fulfil commitments made to the Council of Europe to introduce moratoriums on the death penalty. The Presidents of Latvia and Lithuania have declared moratoriums on the death penalty pending parliamentary discussion of its abolition.
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