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Mr. Rogers: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what criteria he uses to determine whether a trade body is representative of an industry and should be consulted in the formulation of a policy decision; 
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(3) what percentage of an industry must a trade body represent to be considered representative of that industry. 
Ms Hewitt: It is not the place of the Government to tell industry how to organise its own representative bodies. However, in the Best Practice Guide for the Model Trade Association the Government have identified the key characteristics that we feel trade associations should have as representatives of their industry.
Furthermore, before consulting trade associations or any other organisations representing industry, the Government is guided by the Code of Practice (How to conduct written consultation exercises) issued by the Cabinet Office, which sets out the guiding principles for effective consultation.
The Design Council is to be congratulated on running Design in Business Weeks. Last year, it worked with some 120 organisations to run events which demonstrated the contribution that Design makes to innovation and competitiveness, attracting a business audience of 10,000. The week this year will run from 27 October to 3 November and I wish the Design Council even greater success than last year.
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been made available by his Department for the purposes of research into bioremediation in each of the past 10 years. 
Mr. Byers: The table gives an estimate of the amount of money spent through the OST Science Budget to the academic community, and the DTI Innovation budget to industry for research into bioremediation.
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Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19 October 1999 and 20 April have not received substantive answers, excluding those not answered (a) citing disproportionate costs, (b) stating that the information is not available, not held centrally, or not held in the form requested or (c) citing commercial or other confidentiality. 
Mr. Byers [holding answer 24 July 2000]: Very few Parliamentary Questions will not have been answered substantially for reasons other than those specified in the hon. Member's question. In addition to the information provided in the answers to the right hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Mr. Maclennan) on 23 June 2000, Official Report, column 313W and 29 June 2000, Official Report, column 576W, a further 12 Parliamentary Questions received answers indicating that the Minister would write with further information.
Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many written parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department between 19 October 1999 and 20 April; and how many have not received substantive answers citing disproportionate cost as the reason. 
Ms Hewitt: Officials have held discussions with the mobile phone industry following the publication of the report of the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (the Stewart Report), which recommended that information on SAR values for mobile phones be readily accessible to consumers.
SAR is the Specific Energy Absorption Rate. It is the rate at which energy is absorbed by unit mass of tissue in an electromagnetic field. SAR is the measurement unit used in the exposure guidelines of the National Radiological Protection Board and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. Mobile phones do not emit ionising radiation.
In the Government response to the Stewart Report recommendations we agreed that the consumer should have access to SAR values when purchasing a mobile phone and that SAR measurements should be displayed at all points of sale, with each mobile phone, and on the world wide web. It is important that SAR values should be viewed in context, for example, by comparing the SAR value against the recommended exposure limits.
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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many press releases have been issued so far this year; and what the total cost of the production and issuing of press releases was in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000 to date. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to increase Post Office Counters investment in commercially viable sub-post offices in urban areas which are not areas of social deprivation. 
Mr. Byers: In the first instance, it is for the Post Office, in partnership with sub-postmasters and the National Federation of Subpostmasters, to determine the scope for additional investment in the modernisation of commercially viable urban sub-post offices to provide an improved level of service.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason total managed expenditure for the Export Credits Guarantee Department is planned to fall from £0.9 billion in 1999-2000 to zero in 2003-04; and if he will reconcile this planned fall with the figures provided in the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review. 
The net figure falls from £0.9 billion in 1999-2000 to zero in 2003-04 because the level of repayments on previously re-financed loans is projected to rise progressively to equal the forecast level of new refinancing advances.
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(3) if he will require the Official Receiver to retain documents relating to the Astra case. 
Dr. Howells: The accounting records of Astra Holdings plc are under the control of the Official Receiver as liquidator of the company following a winding-up order made by the court on 13 January 1999.
Having established that the records were no longer required for the purposes of the liquidation, the Official Receiver proposed to utilise his powers under insolvency legislation and destroy the records. However, he became aware that third parties were interested in retaining the accounting records, for reasons unconnected with the liquidation.
In view of the competing demands for the preservation of the records, the Official Receiver has sought direction from the court on the question of their destruction, or continued preservation and custody. A court hearing to determine this matter is awaited and until then the records will be stored at public expense.
Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library a copy of his reply to the organisation Killing Secrets on the question of Astra documents. 
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