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Dounreay

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the total expenditure on fast reactor research and development at Dounreay from the inception of the Fast Reactor Programme until its closure; and what is his estimate of the likely costs of decommissioning the Dounreay site to greenfield conditions. [135437]

Mrs. Liddell: I understand from UKAEA that in 1990, towards the end of the UK Fast Reactor research and development programme, the total investment in the programme over 30 years was estimated to be £4 billion (undiscounted, in 1988 prices). This figure includes design and development for the programme at Risley and other sites as well as at Dounreay.

The cost of decommissioning and restoring the Dounreay site is estimated to be in the region of £4 billion (undiscounted, in 1999-2000 prices) over a 50-60 year timescale.

Ex-miners Compensation Claims

Mr. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if interest will be paid to ex-miners suffering from respiratory diseases and claiming compensation, following delays in payment, in addition to the compensation paid. [135118]

Mrs. Liddell: Under the Claims Handling Agreement, signed by the Department and the Solicitors acting for the claimants, interest on general damages is payable from the date of the receipt of the letter of claim. On special damages, interest is payable from either the date the loss occurred, or in some cases the date of receipt of the letter of claim. Loss of earnings are calculated at the appropriate Court rate, and other heads of special damages are calculated at a reduced rate, reflecting the fact that these are assessed at present day values. All interest runs to the date an offer is accepted.

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"Bankruptcy--A Fresh Start"

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he hopes to publish the results of his consultation on Bankruptcy: a Fresh Start and his conclusions on those representations. [135375]

Dr. Howells: We expect to receive a report on the public consultation on "Bankruptcy--A Fresh Start" and on the emerging issues in the near future. We will then consider the desirability of a further round of consultation on some of the specific issues identified in the consultation document.

Fuel Prices

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what powers he (a) has and (b) intends to seek to control the retail prices of petrol and diesel; [134398]

Mrs. Liddell: Section 1(4) of the Energy Act 1976 confers power on the Secretary of State to regulate by order the price at which petroleum products (including petrol and diesel) may be supplied.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State does not intend to seek further powers.

The Government believe that open competition provides consumers with supplies at the best available prices.

Gas (Rural Communities)

Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to review the regulatory framework in relation to the supply of mains gas to rural communities. [134728]

Mrs. Liddell: The Government recognise the importance of gas supplies to rural areas and are looking to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority to be proactive in securing the widest viable coverage.

In addition, the Government have just amended the regulatory framework in the Utilities Act 2000 to remove the geographical exclusivity of Public Gas Transporters. This should make it easier for those in rural communities to obtain a connection by stimulating competition between PGTs and exerting a downward pressure on connection costs.

Later in the year, the Government will be taking two further steps with relevance to rural consumers and others. These are the publication, under the Utilities Act, of draft guidance to the new Gas and Electricity Markets Authority on social and environmental policies, and publication of a consultation document on UK Fuel Poverty Strategy.

Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the gas industry with a view to facilitating the supply of mains gas to rural communities. [134998]

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Mrs. Liddell: Extensions to the gas network are a matter for the independent regulator, the Director General of Gas Supply.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Terrorist Incidents

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) punishment beatings,

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(b) punishment shootings and (c) murders there were in Northern Ireland in (i) each week and (ii) each quarter (1) from 1 January to 30 September and (2) in October, indicating for each week and quarter how many of those crimes were committed by (x) Republican groups and (y) Loyalist groups. [134296]

Mr. Ingram: The tables show the number of casualties as a result of paramilitary style shootings and attacks, recorded by week and quarter of occurrence during the period 1 January to 18 October 2000, together with the number of deaths recorded as being due to the security situation in Northern Ireland by week of occurrence:

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Casualties as a result of paramilitary style shootings/assaults for Northern Ireland (by week of occurrence) 1 January-18 October 2000

Shootings Assaults
Date rangeBy LoyalistBy RepublicanBy LoyalistBy Republican
1 January-7 January 20001--2--
8 January-14 January 2000----3--
15 January-21 January 20002------
22 January-28 January 2000----21
29 January-4 February 20001--4--
5 February-11 February 20001----1
12 February-18 February 2000----1--
19 February-25 February 20001--12
26 February-3 March 20004--1--
4 March-10 March 2000--11--
11 March-17 March 20004412
18 March-24 March 20002--21
25 March-31 March 20002131
1 April-7 April 2000--3--2
8 April-14 April 2000--522
15 April-21 April 2000--111
22 April-28 April 20005--23
29 April-5 May 2000342--
6 May-12 May 20005--22
13 May-19 May 20001--23
20 May-26 May 200011--3
27 May-2 June 2000----2--
3 June-9 June 2000--1--1
10 June-16 June 20003--41
17 June-23 June 20002122
24 June-30 June 200011----
1 July-7 July 200071--1
8 July-14 July 20003--11
15 July-21 July 2000111--
22 July-28 July 20001--12
29 July-4 August 20002--31
5 August-11 August 20001--3--
12 August-18 August 2000--23--
19 August-25 August 2000----11
26 August-1 September 20003411
2 September-8 September 2000--23--
9 September-15 September 20006----2
16 September-22 September 2000----22
23 September-29 September 200023--1
30 September-6 October 200052--1
7 October-13 October 20002111
14 October-18 October 20002--12
Totals74396144

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Casualties as a result of paramilitary style shootings/assaults for Northern Ireland (by quarter) 1 January-18 October 2000

Shootings Assaults
Date rangeBy LoyalistBy RepublicanBy LoyalistBy Republican
January-March186218
April-June21171920
July-September26131913
Totals65365941
1-18 October(1)9323

(1) Provisional


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Deaths due to the security situation for Northern Ireland (by week of occurrence) 1 January-18 October 2000

Date rangeBy LoyalistBy Republican
8 January-14 January 20001--
19 February-25 February 20002--
20 May-26 May 20001--
27 May-2 June 2000--1
8 July-14 July 20001--
19 August-25 August 20003--
23 September-29 September 2000--1
7 October-13 October 2000--1
Totals83

Note:

Statistics may be subject to some slight amendment



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