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College of Arms

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will include members of the College of Arms in the consultation on employment rights for atypical worker. [81653]

Alan Johnson: We are currently engaged in a wide-ranging consultation on the issue of employment status, and will include officers of the College in that consultation.

Electricity Supply (Consumer Interruptions)

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information she has received on the number of electricity power supply cuts in each county in England in each of the last 10 years. [80932]

Mr. Wilson [holding answer 18 November 2002]: Data on interruptions in supply of electricity to consumers is collected by Ofgem. It is gathered on the basis of the geographic areas covered by each distribution licence rather than by county. Reproduced in Tables 1 and 2 are the number of consumer interruptions, together with the consumer minutes lost. These provide an indication of the duration of interruption.

Table 1—supply interruptions per 100 connected customers
% change

1990–911991–921992–931993–941994–951995–961996–971997–981998–991999–20002000–012001–021990–91 to 2001–02
Aquila169.99110.28129.44125.34121.32138.57147.55131.98120.82139.69147.77119.94
EME169.4081.8774.5491.7596.0997.1695.0793.1076.4777.8091.3878.82
EPN75.7567.5096.4159.1564.7784.8089.2773.7160.4066.6168.8382.92
Hydro176.32204.14234.61177.92174.90193.20147.50153.10154.40141.20131.61124.71
LPN40.6846.6738.1235.7839.7133.0638.5239.1836.8936.1939.7535.59
NEDL107.7190.2786.6979.8088.7189.9689.0490.0792.5989.9198.0993.65
SP70.4670.9783.1058.1861.0865.4657.0172.9585.7582.2491.5276.27
SPN111.30102.91159.9099.60104.0095.2089.2091.0095.5089.9088.5090.88
Southern80.0881.2782.4978.2175.3179.3179.0272.7363.9774.3773.7899.15
SP Manweb81.8973.7585.8688.6470.0461.5057.1957.3344.1353.0853.0151.60
UU57.6061.5056.6955.8569.7060.5059.5083.8057.6054.7054.1049.36
WPD South. Wales284.60228.00195.28213.50219.70223.30191.70185.70150.20152.70158.20128.40
WPD south-west146.00128.50118.30119.40123.90116.20105.50105.5080.1090.4086.50107.06
YEDL158.4569.0671.8271.0584.7886.4993.1280.0071.7973.0369.8258.70
Average123.59101.19108.0996.7399.57101.7795.6695.0185.0487.2789.4985.5030.82

Note:

CIs = the number of customers interrupted per 100 customers per year.


Table 2—average customer minutes lost per customer per year
% change

1990–911991–921992–931993–941994–951995–961996–971997–981998–991999–20002000–012001–021990–91 to 2001–02
Aquila397.76118.14122.22144.12127.96151.30125.97116.2199.69116.95143.22122.21
EME1,003.8887.3486.8797.40104.9394.5978.9782.2470.3271.89111.6292.73
EPN75.6065.4290.5663.3494.2484.9477.4770.0952.8853.0066.2467.88
Hydro172.02270.26355.82254.12233.00365.00205.70219.50220.00123.30111.46143.46
LPN51.3167.3152.7851.8058.0653.9455.9250.0545.2138.7643.4936.16
NEDL245.9697.03101.95102.2794.6686.2681.8086.6497.7685.24109.7687.35
SP85.3075.5897.5076.9569.9281.0388.5777.36177.3176.58151.8887.46
SPN111.6096.20118.3084.1093.3077.9089.3092.0075.8073.2074.5088.87
Southern103.98109.1891.3074.4077.6177.9867.2356.0351.6357.5468.7490.85
SP Manweb185.10108.46129.29120.79101.8088.3777.5196.7054.6955.6655.0962.52
UU87.7074.7076.5068.7070.0067.0065.9096.4079.9062.7059.7054.29
WPD South Wales330.07325.38212.33199.50212.00232.70189.30182.90145.20136.80123.3090.53
WPD south-west185.20176.00183.60167.10133.10110.80103.10108.4057.7064.4070.0085.99
YEDL174.6359.7059.3060.6568.5962.2959.7059.1053.7053.6656.2154.78
Average229.29123.62127.02111.80109.94116.7297.6099.5491.5676.4188.9483.2263.71

Notes:

1. CMLs = average customer minutes lost per customer per year.

2. Over the period 1990–91 to 2001–02, the number of customer interruptions per 100 connected customers fell by 30.82 per cent. and the average number of customer minutes lost per customer fell by 63.71 per cent.

3. It is important to note that in order to meet accuracy requirements, the DNOs were required to introduce new measurement systems by April 2002. This has meant that there was an increase in the accuracy of reporting in 2001–02. In some cases, this may have led to an increase in reported performance despite the underlying performance remaining the same.


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Electricity Supply Network

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information she has received on the number of people employed in maintenance work in relation to the electricity supply network (a) in the last 12 months and (b) the last 12 months before privatisation. [80933]

Mr. Wilson [holding answer 18 November 2002]: Our study on the Resilience of the Electricity Transmission and Distribution systems carried out by BPI (May 2002) showed that although overall staff numbers have declined, it was very difficult to make direct comparisons between the situation now and how it was pre-privatisation. Organisational boundaries, working practises and technological advances have changed the way companies operate and they all vary in the extent to which they employ direct labour or outsource work.

Hydro-Electricity

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support is being given to encourage the harnessing of the potential for generation of hydro-electricity in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; and how much support is given to wind generation. [80819]

Mr. Wilson: The main means through which hydro in the Highlands and Islands and elsewhere is encouraged is through the Renewables Obligation which we introduced on 1 April this year. New hydro plant and existing hydro plant of up to 20 MW (built before 1990 and refurbished since end December 1989) are eligible for the Obligation.

Wind energy generation, at both onshore and offshore sites in the Highlands and Islands and elsewhere, is also eligible for the Renewables Obligation. In addition, the Government have made provision of #74 million over three years for capital grants for offshore wind energy projects.

Miners' Compensation

Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes are to be made to the Claims Handling Agreement to allow for more people to get larger sums of compensation for their illnesses and for different types of illness that can be contracted to be included; and if asthma is to be included in the CHA under circumstances other than temporary exacerbation of the condition. [80728]

Mr. Wilson: The Claims Handling Agreements arose out of the court proceedings which in 1997 found British Coal liable for Vibration White Finger (VWF) and in 1998 for respiratory disease. The Claims Handling Agreements deal specifically with compensation for conditions considered by the courts. There is no intention to extend them.

Pneumoconiosis Compensation

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claimants have been awarded lump sum payments under the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme when under the age of 62 years since 1992. [81917]

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Mr. Wilson: 1,478 claimants under the age of 62 have been awarded lump sum payments under the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme since 1992.

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claimants have been awarded weekly benefits under the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme since 1992. [81960]

Mr. Wilson: 286 claimants have been awarded weekly benefits under the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme since 1992.


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