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Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been paid into court pursuant to the provision of section 430(11) of the Companies Act 1985 in each of the past 10 years. 
[holding answer 13 September 2004]: This information is not collected centrally by legislative provision and could be provided only at disproportionate cost due to the amount of information to be processed and the need to retrieve information
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from files not currently in use. This information is therefore being withheld under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information on the grounds that it would require an unreasonable diversion of resources.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if she will make a statement on the Department's recycling policy. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether (a) her Department and (b) agencies for which it is responsible (i) have a set retirement age which applies to all or most personnel and (ii) have a maximum age beyond which applications for employment will not be considered; and what the age is in each case. 
Ms Hewitt: The Government's commitment to the continuing excellence of UK science was reinforced by the outcome of the 2004 Spending Review, in which it announced annual real growth in the public science base of 5.8 per cent., through the DTI and DfES, which will see it climb to over £5 billion by 2007. That is more than a billion pounds more than this year and nearly double the expenditure in 1997. Under existing plans, the Economic and Social Research Council is expected to receive an additional £15.8 million next year as a result of the previous Spending Review. Allocations to Research Councils and other bodies through the Science Budget, for 200607 onwards, will be announced early in 2005.
Jacqui Smith: The Manufacturing Advisory Service has been a huge success as a source of practical help to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies. It plays a vital role in helping our manufacturers to improve their productivity and to compete effectively in an increasingly global economy. In the period from its establishment in April 2002 to June 2004 the Manufacturing Advisory Service has delivered £66.8 million in added value to manufacturing companies it has assisted, with average productivity improvements running at 30 per cent. Its success was recognised in the recent 2004 Spending Review, as a result of which the Department's funding for MAS will increase to £17 million over the period 200506 to 200708, match funded by the regional development agencies. We are working with the regional development agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that we take full advantage of this additional funding to build on the success that has already been achieved.
Jacqui Smith: Following the 2004 Spending Review announcement, the Department's expenditure in support of the regional operations of the Manufacturing Advisory Service will be £5 million in 200506, £6 million in 200607, and £6 million in 200708, match funded by the Regional Development Agencies. In addition, the Department will separately fund a contract to manage the MAS national network over the same period. The size of this contract has not yet been determined.
Jacqui Smith: The Department is currently in discussion with the Regional Development Agencies about the regional allocation of the Department's funding for the regional operations of the Manufacturing Advisory Service over the 2004 Spending Review period. The Regional Development Agencies will be expected to match fund the Department's own contribution.
The Department's budget allocation in support of the regional centres of the Manufacturing Advisory Service in the South East, London, West Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, South West, and Wales, over the period 200102 to 200405, has been £1,350,000 each. The allocation to the North East has been £940,000, to the East Midlands £1,441,000 and East of England £1,145,000. The
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Department's budget allocation has been matched funded by the Regional Development Agencies in each region.
Jacqui Smith: The Department's total budget allocation for the regional operations of the Manufacturing Advisory Service over the period 200102 to 200405 has been £12.9 million, match funded by the Regional Development Agencies. The Department's budget allocation for the management of the Manufacturing Advisory Service national network over the same period has been £1.2 million.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to improve protection for the (a) employees and (b) investors of companies which carry out medical research involving animals; and if she will make a statement. 
On 30 July, together with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Home Affairs, I announced a series of tough new measures which will help deal with the illegal activists who harass, threaten or physically attack those involved in vital, life-saving scientific research. Animal research has helped save hundreds of millions of lives, and is only carried out where absolutely necessary and under stringent controls. This research is subject to the strictest regulation: Britain has the most tightly controlled regime governing animal experiments in the world.
The new proposals strengthen on-going action by the Government, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts to deal with criminal extremists and underline the Government's commitment to protecting the scientific community.
(2) how many official visits she has made to Romford Market. 
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