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Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with BNFL over proposals to build new reactors at sites on which BNFL currently operates nuclear power plants. 
Mr. Wilson: None. No such proposals have been put forward. BNFL have stated clearly that they have no plans for new nuclear plant in the UK, reflecting their view that there is, at present, no economic case for such investment.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evaluation has been made of the robustness of security arrangements in place to protect the Sellafield nuclear power plant from attack or other illegal intrusion; and what plans she has to increase security arrangements for plutonium stored at Sellafield. 
Mr. Wilson: Security arrangements at Sellafield are kept constantly under review and are revised in the light of changing circumstances. The Director for Civil Nuclear Security, the Government's Regulator, is satisfied that existing procedures are adequate and effective.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will provide a breakdown of the moneys to be paid to the Japanese authorities, as a result of the agreement reached in July 2000, in respect of the return of the improperly exported mixed oxide plutonium fuel; what change there has been to the costs since the agreement; and when the return shipment of the mixed oxide plutonium fuel will commence. 
Mr. Wilson: No money is to be paid to Japanese authorities. BNFL's published annual report and accounts for 2000 state that BNFL has agreed with its relevant Japanese customer, the Kansai Electric Power Company, a compensation package including £40 million to be paid in compensation and return of the fuel to the UK at BNFL's expense. The accounts show that BNFL has made a financial provision of £113 million to cover the costs associated with dealing with the fuel. It is the intention of the companies involved to be as open about the plans and arrangements for transporting the fuel to the UK as normal security considerations allow and they plan to make available relevant information in advance of the transport. The July 2000 UK-Japan inter-governmental agreement specified that the intention is for BNFL to return the fuel within 23 years. This remains the case.
Nigel Griffiths: The total number of persons recorded as attending hospital casualty departments in Great Britain during the 2000 bonfire night period was 972. This represents a decrease of 8 per cent. on the previous year's total of 1,056. However, there were two deaths in the 2000 bonfire period; these are the first firework related deaths since 1996.
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There are some encouraging trends within the statistics. Sparkler injuries fell from 134 in 1999 to 104 in 2000 a decrease of 22 per cent. Rocket injuries also fell to 135 from 211 a decrease of 36 per cent.
Mr. Alexander: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to the right hon. Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat-Amory) on 17 July 2001, Official Report, column 106W.
Mr. Wilson: The climate change levy has been designed to avoid damaging the competitiveness of UK manufacturing. The levy's impact on individual businesses will depend on the extent to which they take advantage of the various levy exemptions, the new scheme of enhanced capital allowances for energy efficiency, the energy efficiency advice and support from the new Carbon Trust, and whether their sites qualify for a discount from the levy. The Government are giving an
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the economic penalties imposed on private sector firms in each of the last five years for failures to deliver in relation to key performance indicators in projects involving the private finance initiative; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Hewitt: In the past five years, no penalties have been imposed on private sector firms for failure to deliver in relation to key performance indicators in projects involving the private finance initiative.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many PFI transactions have been overseen by her Department in each of the last 10 years; what her estimate is of the cost savings made in each of these transactions in comparison with the public sector alternative; what are the outstanding payments to be made in relation to these transactions for each of the next 15 years; and if she will make a statement. 
The Radiocommunications Agency's Strategic IT Partnership;
The Rebuilding of the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington;
The Coal Authority's Data Project;
OST/EPSRC High Speed Computing Project; and the
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The Radiocommunications Agency's Strategic Partnership: Between £4.9 million and £8.00 million;
The Rebuilding of the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington: £4.3 million;
OST/EPSRC High Speed Computing Project: £13 million; and
OST/NERC Antarctic Supply Vessel: £4 million.
|North West Development Agency||Lord Terry Thomas of Macclesfield has announced his intention to retire from the board in March 2002|
|Yorkshire Forward||Paul Shepherd resigned in 1999 and Sir Gareth Roberts resigned in 2002|
|Advantage West Midlands||Edward Roberts CBE resigned in 2000 and Councillor Mike Bird resigned on 14 May 2001|
|East Midlands Development Agency||None|
|East of England Development Agency||Sal Brinton resigned on 7 June 2001, Peter Dawe announced on 12 July 2001 his intention to resign|
|London Development Agency||None|
|South West of England RDA||Ewan Cameron resigned in 1999|
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