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Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on recent developments on vessel eligibility for the compensation scheme for former Icelandic trawlermen. 
Nigel Griffiths: The compensation scheme for former Icelandic trawlermen is being amended to include vessels that fished in areas within Icelandic waters, as defined in the scheme, but where proof of this was not available because they were traditionally recorded as Faroes vessels. This decision has been reached following representations from the Independent Adjudicator for the scheme.
Those who have reasonable grounds for believing that vessels made at least two trips to Icelandic waters including disputed areas such as Rosengarten and Working Man's Bank have been invited to put them forward in writing to my officials by 19 December 2003.
it must have a recorded and extensive history of Faroes fishing;
the size and weight of the vessel;
the length of the voyage;
the makeup of the crew; and previous information already received about the vessel's trips to disputed areas, principally Rosengarten and Working Man's Bank.
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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the ability of the market to respond to the demand for gas in a 1 in 20 winter peak day in (a) winter 200304 and (b) each year up to and including 200910 should supplies from existing and new development projects fall below maximum levels. 
Mr. Timms: Earlier this month my Department and Ofgem published the third report by the Joint Energy Security of Supply Working Group ("JESS"). JESS was set up to assess the risks to the UK's future gas and electricity supplies.
The JESS report highlights both the level of existing potential gas capacity, and the very significant levels of proven, probable and possible future investments over the next 10 years. It identifies a number of potential supply-side developments, including additional import connections with Norway; new LNG import terminals; more interconnection with continental Europe; upgrades to existing interconnectors; and additional gas storage capacity.
The report concludes that the market can respond to the demand for gas in the next decade (including peak gas demand or sustained high demand), by drawing on maximum supplies from existing and proposed new developments, including some of those which at present are less certain.
JESS has also been considering demand-side flexibility, including the responsiveness of the market to high prices at periods of high gas demand. Voluntary reductions in consumption by major consumers, if technically and commercially feasible, could play a significant role in balancing the market in such circumstances.
Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to increase the transfer of intellectual property (a) between businesses and (b) between business and academia. 
Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that deprived communities do not suffer an information deficit from lack of access to the internet. 
Mr. Timms: Taking steps to ensure that deprived communities in both urban and rural areas do not suffer an information deficit from lack of access to the internet is one of the Government's key priorities. The
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Government recognise that internet access helps deprived communities to achieve social inclusion by benefiting from the knowledge economy. The Government's actions include:
£199 million was made available from the Capital Modernisation Fund to help fund UK Online Centres in deprived communities;
a £30 million Broadband Fund administered by the Regional Development Agencies and devolved Administrations to run pilot projects to extend broadband availability to benefit SMEs among others in deprived communities;
DTI's Broadband Aggregation Project, announced in July 2003, which aims to secure value for money for public sector provision and ensure this has maximum impact on the provision of broadband for communities in deprived areas;
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 6 November 2003]: I regret that I am unlikely to be able to visit the company in the near future but hope to be able to meet them at next year's motorshow. I would, however, like to take this opportunity to wish them every success with their new sportscar.
Mr. Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes she plans to make to the Inward Missions Scheme following the review by UK Trade and Investment; when the changes will come into effect; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Changes resulting from the review of the Inward Missions Scheme are still under consideration. Decisions are expected soon, and all organisations that have been involved in the Scheme
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Mr. Skinner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have been paid out in full in each area of the British coalfields; and what the latest total amount paid is. 
|Wales||Scotland||Notts, Derbys & Leics||Yorkshire||North East||Midlands||South/South East|
|Total claims received (£)||55,000||20,000||20,000||116,500||79,500||20,000||7,000|
|Full and final settlements (£)||20,000||5,000||7,000||29,000||19,000||3,000||2,000|
|Total Damages paid (£ million)||273||66||49||259||197||25||20|
|Total claims received (£)||21,000||11,000||22,000||60,000||45,500||5,000||4,000|
|Full and final settlements (£)||11,000||4,000||11,000||24,000||21,000||3,000||2,000|
|Total Damages paid (£ million)||112||62||123||340||325||26||25|
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Mr. Skinner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims have been paid out in full in the (i) East Midlands and (ii) Bolsover constituencies. 
Mr. Timms: As at the end of October 2003 in the Bolsover constituency 4,162 have received an offer in full and final settlement of their claim. In relation to Vibration White Finger, 2,249 have received an offer in full and final settlement. In total we have paid out £48.5 million in interim and full and final settlements to claimants in Bolsover.
Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether ex-workers from the phurnacite coking works at Abercwmboi in the Cynon Valley are eligible to claim for bronchitis and emphysema under the Mineworkers' Compensation Scheme; and if she will make a statement. 
Nigel Griffiths: Workers in phurnacite coking workers do not fall within the parameters of the British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation High Court judgment. As such claims can not be processed under the resulting scheme, but can be pursued as personal injury claims under common law.
Nigel Griffiths: The Department has always released dust records in line with requests received through the courts, and will be happy to release such records in the case of litigated phurnacite plant claims.
Mrs. Liddell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many ex-miners have in Airdrie and Shotts benefited from the Government's health compensation schemes; and what the average level of compensation paid has been to ex-miners in Airdrie and Shotts. 
Nigel Griffiths: As at the end of October 2003, 685 have received an offer in full and final settlement of their claim for respiratory disease. In relation to Vibration White Finger, 79 have received an offer in full and final settlement. In total we have paid out £5.4 million in interim and full and final settlements to claimants in Airdrie and Shotts.
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