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Sustainable Energy (CHP Provisions) Order

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake to comply with the Sustainable Energy (CHP Provisions) Order 2003. [194434]

Hilary Benn: DFID has commissioned a feasibility study for the use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generated electricity in our main London Building. We are awaiting the report from this study. Under the targets set out in the Framework for Sustainable Development for the Government Estate, Departments are required to source at least 15 per cent. of electricity from Good Quality Combined Heat and Power by 2010, but allowances will be made for those departments that already purchase 100 per cent. renewable electricity. In our case, 100 per cent. of the electricity used at this site is already generated from renewable sources, and since July 2004 this is also the case for our second main UK office at East Kilbride.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

China

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Chinese investment there has been in the UK in each year since 1999. [194131]

Mr. Alexander: Since 1999, UK Trade and Investment has recorded the following number of inward investment projects from China in the UK. Figures for 1999–2000 to 2003–04 have been updated since the publication of annual reports that have been laid in the Libraries of the House in each financial year. These figures are based on information provided by companies at the time of the announcement of the decision to invest in the UK. These figures take no account of subsequent developments. There is no requirement to notify UKTI and so the figures include only those projects, where UKTIs Inward Investment Group and its regional partners were involved or which have come to their notice.
Number of projects
1999–20000
2000–0111
2001–0218
2002–0322
2003–0423

Commercial Debts (Late Payment)

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received regarding late payment of commercial debts; and if she will make a statement. [193505]


 
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Nigel Griffiths: I meet the key SME representative organisations regularly, and this issue is not among their top three concerns. However, the Government have always recognised that late payment of debts can have serious effects on the cash flow of smaller companies, which is why we had a manifesto commitment to introduce a Late Payment Act to allow small business to:

The Government also established the Better Payment Practice Group whose website lists the payment record of companies.

Data Protection

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what procedures are in place (a) to check the criminal records of civil servants in her Department and agencies responsible to her Department who have access to computer databases containing confidential information on the public and (b) to ensure that there can be no improper use of computer databases containing confidential information on the public; and if she will make a statement. [194599]

Ms Hewitt: The information is as follows:

(a) The DTI has a framework of personnel security controls that are applied to civil servants who, in the course of their work, have access to computer databases containing confidential information on the public; and

(b) all access to DTI systems and databases is authenticated and audited to prevent improper use and to keep a record of the actions of legitimate users.

East Midlands Development Agency

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the East Midlands Development Agency is spending on a radio competition to find the Greatest East Midlander of All Time; and under which of the Agency's aims and objectives the competition is being organised. [194497]

Jacqui Smith: I am advised by the East Midlands Development Agency (Emda) that they will spend £5,000 for a 4-week campaign to find the Greatest East Midlander. They will use the competition to showcase successful and famous East Midland's entrepreneurs to feed into their New Business New Life campaign, which aims to stimulate an enterprising culture in the region.

Energy Projections

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the revised updated energy projections will be published. [193825]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Headline results from the updated projections, covering CO 2 emissions, have been made available as part of our announcements on Wednesday 27 October in relation to the UK's National Allocation Plan for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. More detailed results of the central case projections will be published in November.
 
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EU Committees

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU Standing Committee on the approximation of the laws of the member states relating to machinery met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; what (a) technical and (b) financial issues were raised by the UK Government expert at each meeting; what recommendations the Committee produced during that period; what actions were (i) proposed and (ii) taken by the (A) EU and (B) UK Government as a result of the Committee's recommendations; and if she will make a statement. [194887]

Mr. Alexander: The mandate of the machinery Standing Committee is contained in Article 6.2 of the Machinery Directive 98/37/EC. The provisions of this Article have not yet been put into effect, so the Committee has never met.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on the directives on names and labelling of textile products met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; what (a) technical and (b) financial issues were raised by the UK Government expert at each meeting; what recommendations the Committee produced during that period; what actions were (i) proposed and (ii) taken by the (A) EU and (B) UK Government as a result of the Committee's recommendations; and if she will make a statement. [194889]

Mr. Alexander: No meeting of the EU Committee on Directives on names and labelling of textile products took place during the Greek presidency.

EU Presidency (Greece)

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Standing Committee for the approximation of the laws of the member states (a) relating to lifts and (b) concerning pressure equipment met; when and where each meeting took place; which UK Government expert was present at each meeting; what (i) technical and (ii) financial issues were raised by the UK Government expert at each meeting; what recommendations the Committee produced during that period; what actions were (A) proposed and (B) taken by (1) the EU and (2) the UK Government as a result of the Committee's recommendations; and if she will make a statement. [194346]

Ms Hewitt: The mandate of the lifts Standing Committee is contained in Article 6.3 of the Lifts Directive 95/16/EC. The Committee did not meet during the Greek presidency.

The mandate of the pressure equipment Standing Committee is contained in Article 7.2 of the Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC. The provisions of this Article have not yet been put into effect, so the Committee has never met.
 
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Export Credits Guarantee Department

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will break down the Export Credits Guarantee Department's unrecovered claims on a debtor-by-debtor basis on guarantees issued since 1991. [192385]

Mr. Alexander: As my predecessor explained in his answer of 13 January 2004, Official Report, column 696W, it is not possible to provide unrecovered claims information on a debtor by debtor basis. To do so could prejudice negotiations ECGD is having or will have about recovering debt. However, I am able to supply the information you have requested on a market basis.
MarketUnrecovered claims
Algeria30,133,495.16
Australia7,952,684.73
Belgium23,352,522.61
Cote D'Ivoire14,604,414.00
Ghana51,714,850.73
Indonesia662,642,881.98
Kuwait48,257.35
Mexico1,272,839.45
Pakistan6,832,438.05
Seychelles1,042,876.69
Switzerland27,503,646.86
Turkey1,937,906.33
Zimbabwe88,397,437.94
Dominica1,355,281.31
Brazil2,151,047.97
Canada20,786,267.78
Colombia1,294,028.97
Paraguay17,430.03
Grand total943,040,307.94

All amounts are in sterling as at 30 September 2004

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions since May the Export Credits Guarantee Department has used its new audit powers to audit customer books. [193169]

Mr. Alexander [holding answer 25 October 2004]: None. ECGD's programme of external compliance reviews is based on a sample of cases issued in prior years. Cases issued in 2004 containing new audit powers will become eligible for selection as part of the programme of reviews.


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