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John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the ECGD received an application from the company, NOR-ICIL in relation to the Bujagali Dam in Uganda; and if she will make a statement. 
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John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what corruption allegations the ECGD were informed of at the time of the application for support for the Bujagali Dam in Uganda; and whether such allegations involved British companies. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when and where Ministers in her Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; which Ministers were involved in each meeting; which Irish Government Departments were involved in each meeting; and which Ministers and officials from the Irish Government attended each meeting. 
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings her Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down by (a) Scottish Executive department, (b) subject and (c) date. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 24 July 2002]: There are regular and frequent meetings between my Department and the Scottish Executive, at both Ministerial and official levels, on policy issues which touch on matters which fall within the responsibilities of the Scottish Executive.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many petrol retailers (a) are in operation and (b) have been closed and sealed since 1990, broken down by (i) oil company sites, (ii) main retailer sites, (iii) supermarket sites, (iv) smaller retailer sites and (v) other unbranded sites; and if she will make a statement. 
No supermarket sites have closed, as they have been steadily increasing in numbers. We do not have a breakdown between categories smaller retailer and unbranded sites, however the total for this category is 727.
Ms Hewitt: The first survey of Higher Education Business Interaction carried out in 2001 showed that 199 companies were spun out from universities in the academic year 19992000, compared to an average of 70 each year for the previous 5 years. In 19992000, UK universities identified one spinout for every £8.6 million of research expenditure, compared with one spinout for every £13.9 million in Canadian Universities in 1999, and one spinout for every £53.1 million in the US. The Survey also covered employment, turnover and equity value of spinouts established by universities but responses were incomplete and raised concerns about the burden associated with collecting this data. A modified second survey currently underway seeks a build on data previously collected to provide a more systematic overview of exploitation performance across the higher education sector.
Dr. Naysmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with other Departments about the funding of science and discovery centres; and if she will make a statement. 
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Ms Hewitt [holding answer 24 July 2002]: My noble Friend the Minister for the Arts at DCMS called a meeting to discuss science and discovery centres on 18 July 2002 with my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for Science and Innovation and my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for Early Years and School Standards at DfES.
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 24 July 2002]: The Government has currently no plans to assist the funding of science and discovery centres. The Millennium Commission, together with the Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation, on Monday launched a £33 million fund for science centres and museums to allow them to renew or replace high quality science, education and technology exhibitions.
Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what biotechnology research projects in (a) agriculture and (b) biomedics have been supported by her Department; and what level of public investment has gone into them in each of the last three years. 
Ms Hewitt: DTI has not funded any biotechnology research projects in agriculture. The Department has provided £5 million of funding under the Applied Genomics LINK programme, which was launched in 2000, together with £10 million funding from the Research Councils, to assist the exploitation of genomics for healthcare applications. In addition, a substantial part of the £25 million Harnessing Genomics programme, launched by DTI in 2001, is providing support for industrially relevant R and D in key underpinning technology areas, including bioinformatics and nanobiotechnology.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) minimum, (b) maximum and (c) average final compensation settlements made to date in respect of (i) VWF and (ii) COPD are. 
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cars were recorded as having been (a) abandoned and (b) scrapped in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Wilson: Local authorities are responsible for dealing with abandoned vehicles and DEFRA currently holds no central records of the number of vehicles abandoned each year. However, it estimates that some
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350,000 were abandoned in the United Kingdom in 2000. Information on the number of abandoned vehicles removed by local authorities has been collected for the first time in DEFRA's 200001 Municipal Waste Management Survey which will be published in August.
In its three most recent annual reports, the Automotive Consortium on Recycling and Disposal (ACORD) has estimated that the following numbers of vehicles were scrapped: 1.8 million (1998), 1.8 million (1999), 2.0 million (2000).
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