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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people were taken prisoners in Kunduz since November 2001; when these arrests took place; what the nationality of these people was; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We have asked about this but the relevant authorities in Kabul have told us that there is no accurate information available on the number of prisoners taken at Kunduz or of their nationalities.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many prisoners-of-war were transported from Kunduz to (a) Sheberghan and (b) Mazar-i-Sharif since November 2001; when these transports took place; what the nationality was of the transported people; and if he will make a statement 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We have made inquiries but the relevant authorities in Afghanistan have said to us that there is no accurate information available on the transfer of prisoners of war from Kunduz to Sheberghan and Mazar-i-Sharif.
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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to improve diplomatic relations between North Korea and South Korea following recent incidents. 
Mr. MacShane: The United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, of which the UK is a member, is investigating the recent confrontation between the naval forces of the DPRK and the Republic of Korea.
We maintain links with the Governments of both countries through our embassies in Seoul and Pyongyang, and we strongly encourage the preservation of regional stability, and the promotion of inter-Korean relations through a process of dialogue.
Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when normal visa services will resume at posts in (a) New Delhi, (b) Mumbai, (c) Islamabad and (d) Karachi, and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: In India, we continue to operate a full service in Chennai and Kolkata and the service in Mumbai and New Delhi continues to expand. But it is too early to say when a full service there can resume.
Because of the continuing terrorist threat, an early resumption of a full service in Pakistan is unlikely, although every effort is being made to maximise the number of applicants who can use the courier-assisted service.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate she has made of the cost to (a) local authorities in London and (b) all other local authorities if the European End of Life Vehicle Directive is implemented with the cost of (i) de-pollution, (ii) recycling and (iii) scrapping of the vehicle being placed on the last owner; 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps Ofgem is taking to ensure that fuel companies offer fuel efficiency advice in line with their Social Action Plan at the point when salesmen contact customers with a view to transferring. 
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efficiency advice available to customers. It is not a formal licensing requirement to do this in discussions over transfer from one supplier to another.
Ofgem has recently published its "Report on the quality of energy efficiency advice provided by gas and electricity suppliers", which concluded that all the companies could do more to help customers. Ofgem will be discussing the report with suppliers and considering the need for further action to ensure that companies meet their licence obligations in this area.
As regards marketing by gas and electricity suppliers, Ofgem has recently consulted on proposals to make the regulation of this activity more effective. Ofgem is currently considering the next steps, including areas of possible research.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many times consumers have been compensated by fuel companies, following erroneous transfers, in line with licence condition 48; and if she will make a statement; 
Mr. Wilson: These are matters for the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). I have, therefore, written to the chairman and chief executive of Ofgem, setting out the questions raised and asking him to reply direct to the hon. Member.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the level of representation by members of small businesses on the boards of Government-funded organisations charged with supporting SMEs. 
Nigel Griffiths: The Small Business Council advises my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Chief Executive of the Small Business Service on the needs and concerns of SMEs. As of 1 July it has 23 members, all but one are from small businesses.
The Ethnic Minority Business Forum advises DTI Ministers and the Chief Executive of the Small Business Service on the right help and advice ethnic minority businesses need for growth and success. All 20 members are small business owners.
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Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the work of the joint Government/Industry Scrap Tyre Working Group since July 1999; and what the most recent figure is for the percentage of scrapped tyres from which the industry recovers value. 
Mr. Wilson: The Used Tyre Working Group (UTWG) publishes a report each year which is distributed to interested parties and made available through its website at www.tyredisposal.co.uk. The latest report is dated July 2001 and copies have been placed in the Library of the House. The UTWG intends to publish its 2002 report later in the year in light of responses to the DTI's March 2002 discussion paper on used tyre issues. Copies of this paper can also be found in the Libraries of the House.
UTWG statistics for 2000 show that the industry recovered value from around 63 per cent. of the 450,000 tonnes of tyres disposed that year. This was less than in previous years due to the closure of the UK's single largest used tyre treatment facility in 2000. Since then, significant new processing capacity has been developed. The UTWG is currently compiling statistics for 2001 which are expected to show this processing capacity feeding through to an improved recovery rate.
Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been granted by her Department to Bolda Biofuels Ltd. in the last three years, under what grant regime, on what date, for what purpose it was granted; and if she will make a statement. 
|Project title||Contract grant Start dateValue (£)End date||Total cost of project (£)||Percentage of funding from DTI||DTI spend(3) (£)|
|SRC Harvesting and LogisticsPhase 2||25 February 2002||133,519||24 February 2004||267,038||50||0|
|Integrated Biofuels, Pyrolysis and Energy Conversion Demonstration Plant||9 January 2001||1,161,300||8 July 2003||4,645,100||25||321,620|
|Investigation of Low-till Systems for the Establishment of Willow Coppice in Grassland||1 January 2001||76,500||28 February 2003||153,000||50||47,657|
|Investigation of Single Stem Tree Plantations for Bioenergy||1 April 2001||29,500||30 June 2002||59,000||50||11,458|
|Development of an Integrated Wood Fuel Supply System to Deliver SRC from Field to Power Station||15 March 2000||173,041||31 July 2002||346,082||50||154,671|
|Overcoming Planning Barriers for Biomass Power Plants||6 August 1999||80,000||1 September 1999||80,000||100||80,000|
|The Effects of Pollution Abatement Techniques Applied to Biomass Pyrolysis Energy Plant||21 July 1999||42,654||31 August 2000||60,935||70||42,654|
|Provision of Site Services in Aid of Ecological Monitoring||15 February 1999||20,867||14 February 2004||20,867||100||20,387|
|Evaluation of Low-cost Establishment Systems for Short Rotation Coppice||1 January 1999||211,560||30 June 2003||391,120||50||170,856|
|The Export of UK Bio-Energy Expertise: A Study of the Feasibility of Working in Poland by a Consortium of UK Companies||1 January 1999||14,776||31 December 2000||36,940||40||14,776|
|Design Construction and Testing of a Continuous Flow Wood Fuel Dryer Using Low Grade Heat||1 March 1998||270,870||30 September 2000||816,365||33||270,870|
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