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Efficiency Savings

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the target is for efficiency savings in 2003–04 expressed (a) in money terms and (b) as a percentage of the Department's expenditure limit. [114106]

Ms Hewitt: My Department's efficiency saving are currently measured against its Departmental Expenditure Limit for gross running costs. The Department's gross running costs provision for 2003–04 has assumed efficiency savings of £2.5 per cent. or £12.0 million in money terms.

Electronics Industry

Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the support available for the electronics industry. [115233]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 22 May 2003]: The Government is supporting the electronics industry in a number of ways to create the best possible environment for innovation and enterprise so that companies can increase productivity and move to higher value products and services. We have invested over £60 million to support collaborative R&D, developed initiatives to stimulate use and uptake of information age technologies and will make an additional £100 million pa by 2005–06 to improve the skills base for electronics.

The hon. Member will no doubt be aware of work underway to simplify business support to create more flexible products, building on what we know works well, to give businesses practical support. The electronics industry will of course benefit from these changes.

Energy Sources

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of electricity has been produced in the United Kingdom by (a) nuclear, (b) fossil fuels, (c) renewables and (d) alternative energy sources in each year since 1997. [116193]

Mr. Wilson: The proportion of electricity supplied in the United Kingdom was as follows:

Percentage of electricity supplied

Fuel/Year19971998199920002001(49)2002
Nuclear272625222322
Fossil fuels(50)707071747474
Renewables(51)223323
Other(51)111111

(49) Provisional.

(50) Includes coal, oil and natural gas.

(51) Includes hydro natural flow and net supply by pump storage stations.

(52) Includes coke oven gas, blast furnace gas and waste products from chemical processes.

Sources:

Energy Trends, Table 5.1; Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2002, Table 5.6


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Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of potential employment opportunities in the United Kingdom in the production of alternative energy. [116191]

Mr. Wilson: Renewables UK, a DTI unit set up last year, is currently active in an analysis of current UK capability across the various technologies in the renewable energy sector. This will identify current and potential future employment opportunities.

This information will be part of a DTI report available in October 2003.

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received concerning rural development opportunities in the UK associated with the development of alternative energy production. [116192]

Mr. Wilson: I have received a number of written representations regarding rural development opportunities associated with the development of alternative energy production from organisations such as the Biofuels Alliance and their constituent member organisations (eg the Country Land and Business Association, and the National Farmers Union), and from BABFO. In addition British Biogen and the NFU were among those responding to the energy white paper consultation exercise. I plan to meet Mr. Ben Gill, the President of the National Farmers Union, on 16 July, to discuss rural development opportunities in the UK associated with the development of alternative energy production.

EU Committees

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU committee for the implementation of the series of guidelines for trans-European energy networks, (b) the number of times, and the dates, on which it has met since January 2002, (c) the agenda items it has considered since January 2002, (d) the decisions it has made since January 2002 and (e) the means used to communicate the decisions to the House. [110294]

Ms Hewitt: The role and responsibilities of the EU committee for the implementation of the series of guidelines for trans-European energy networks (energy TENS) are set out in Article 9 of Decision No. 1254/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 1996 laying down a series of guidelines for trans-European energy networks and in Article 17 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 2236/95 of 18 September 1995 laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of trans-European networks.

In accordance with Article 9 of the EC Decision and Article 17 of the EC Council Regulation, the EU Committee for Financial Assistance for energy TENS is composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by a representative of the European Commission. An official from my Energy Directorate

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sits on the EU Committee for Financial Assistance for energy TENS. Since the start of January 2002, the Committee has met on one occasion, on 18 July 2002.

The agenda items considered and decisions made by the Committee on 18 July 2002 concerned the selection of projects for receipt of energy TENS funding for the year 2002. Accountability and transparency to Parliament is ensured by Article 10 of Decision No. 1254/96/EC which requires the Commission to draw up a report on the implementation of the Decision—for submission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions—

every two years.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU advisory committee on protection against dumped imports, (b) the number of times, and the dates, on which it has met since January 2002, (c) the agenda items it has considered since January 2002, (d) the decisions it has made since January 2002 and (e) the means used to communicate the decisions to the House. [110538]

Ms Hewitt: The anti-dumping Advisory Committee is established under the provisions of Article 133 (ex Article 113) of the EC Treaty and under Article 15 of Regulation 384/96

The anti-dumping Advisory Committee has met on 15 occasions since the start of January 2002. In accordance with Regulation 384/96, Member States each appoint a representative at the committee. A Department of Trade and Industry official represents the UK.

Reports on the activities of the Advisory Committee are available athttp://europa.eu.int/comm./trade/policy/dumping/stats.htm

In accordance with a Council Decision on simplifying the requirements for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission, the Commission publishes an annual report on the working of committees. The report has been deposited in the Libraries of the Houses.

Euro

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she received the Treasury documents relating to the five economic tests and the 18 background studies; what discussions she has held with ministerial colleagues on the tests since receipt of the documents; when she expects to complete her analysis of the documents; and what representations (a) she and (b) departmental officials will make to other Departments before a decision is reached on the economic tests. [115381]

Ms Hewitt: The Treasury's 18 supporting studies on EMU were sent to Cabinet Ministers on 16 May. My right hon. Friend's the Prime Minister and the Chancellor are holding meetings with Cabinet Members. There will be an initial discussion at Cabinet on 22 May followed by a special Cabinet meeting on 5 June. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor will make a statement to the House of Commons on 9 June.

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Everything but Arms Agreement

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 8 May 2003, Official Report, column 804W, on the Everything but Arms Agreement, for what products imports have (a) grown and (b) declined from sub-Saharan African countries (i) covered by and (ii) not covered by the Everything but Arms Agreement since its implementation; by what margin; and if she will make a statement. [114882]

Ms Hewitt: An answer to the question could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the relevant statistics are being compiled and will be placed in the Libraries of the House.


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