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Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the volume of trade between the UK and each Commonwealth country was in the last year for which figures are available; and what estimate she has made of UK investment in Commonwealth countries. 
Nigel Griffiths: Statistics on UK trade in goods are published by HM Customs and Excise while those on UK investment overseas are compiled by the Office for National Statistics. The latest available information is as follows:
|UK exports: Goods||UK imports: Goods||UK outward FDI stock|
|Heard and McDonald||0.0||0.0||(11)|
|British Indian Ocean Territories||0.5||0.0||(10)|
|British Virgin Islands||7.3||6.8||64|
|Niue and Tokelau||10.3||2.2||(10)|
|Papua New Guinea||4.3||41.4||(10)|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||7.5||7.1||(10)|
|Trinidad and Tobago||91.6||53.9||-102|
|Turks and Caicos||0.8||0.2||(10)|
(11) Not separately available
n/a = Not available
HM Customs and Excise
Office for National Statistics
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Ms Hewitt: The Government have acted on specific commitments in the Edinburgh Commonwealth Economic Declaration of 1997 by vigorously supporting: the EU's stance on multilateral liberalisation, notably through the launch of the WTO Round at Doha; the full opening of the EU's market to the least developed countries, 14 of whom are in the Commonwealth; the launch and work programme of the Commonwealth Business Council, whose task is to promote Commonwealth trade and investment. DTI Ministers have also encouraged effective Commonwealth networking on trade through informal discussions with their counterparts and in an ongoing series of seminars with High Commissions in London. Trade Partners UK is responsible for helping UK companies export and invest overseas, including to our Commonwealth partners.
Mr. Wilson: I attach considerable importance to the health and efficiency of the UK construction industry. Construction represents 8 per cent. of GDP and employs almost two million people. Construction is central to the delivery and maintenance of the national infrastructure and therefore to all our public service, including health care, transportation, housing and education. The Government's Rethinking Construction initiative aims to work with the industry improve its productivity and competitiveness by addressing issues such as the efficiency of processes and the quality of the end product.
Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the grants funded by her Department for which individual members of the public and organisations may apply; and if she will make a statement as to (a) the total of such funding in the last financial year, (b) the total number of awards and (c) their administrative costs. 
Ms Hewitt: (a) Information on the Department's grant-making schemes together with funding for 200102 is available in Annex Bl and in the text of my 2002 Expenditure Plans Report (Cm 5416), a copy of which is in the Libraries of the House.
(c) It is not possible to provide an accurate estimate of related administrative costs as a large number of different units within the Department are involved with a wide range of staff making a contribution.
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We meet industrial partners frequently to share views on the key manufacturing issues, and to focus on the practical steps of taking forward the Government's Manufacturing Strategy. For example, my colleague the Minister for Small Business met Chairs of the Regional Development Agencies, together with Digby Jones of the CBI, Brendan Barber of the TUC, and Martin Temple of the EEF on 3 December to discuss the publication of the Regional Development Agencies' reports on manufacturing which set out specific achievements to date and key strategic initiatives for the delivery of the Manufacturing Strategy at the regional level.
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