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New Deal (Departmental Recruitment)

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many personnel the Department has recruited under the New Deal in each of the past five years. [194477]

Ms Hewitt [holding answer 28 October 2004]:The information requested is as follows:
New Deal appointments

Following the outcome of SR2004 and the requirement for my Department to deliver headcount reductions, recruitment to administrative posts has been suspended. My Department will not therefore be making any further appointments to New Deal participants this year.

Nuclear Decommissioning

Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the opportunities for (a) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and (b) UK companies to be involved in the decommissioning of EU Joint Research Centre nuclear installations. [197563R]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's powers are limited to its duties as provided for by the Energy Act 2004, which does not provide for the decommissioning and clean up of EU Joint Research Centre (JCR) nuclear installations. The Government would expect UK firms to be able to bid for decommissioning work on JCR nuclear installations when they have reached the end of their operational life.

Nuclear Installations (Safety)

Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the European Commission Regulation 2002/99 (Euratom) on the application of safeguards to mixed civil and military nuclear facilities comes into force; what assessment she has made of cost implications of the regulation; and what the likely changes in safeguards visits to United Kingdom nuclear installations will arise from application of this regulation. [198687]

Nigel Griffiths: I refer to my previous answer given on 6 April 2004, Official Report, column 71W.

The European Commission has not yet provided a formal date for publication and entry into force of the replacement for Regulation 3227/76—which is based on COM (2002/99) Final. Explanatory Memorandum 7549/02 and Supplementary Memorandum 7549/02 refer, which are in the Library of the House.
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The cost implications of the updated requirements of COM (2002/99) Final are as summarised in the Regulatory Impact Assessments which are appended to these UK Explanatory Memoranda.

Operating and Financial Review

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Government will require corporations to publish details of transfer pricing policies under its proposals requiring publication of an Operating and Financial Review (OFR); and what the proposed criteria for exemption from production of an OFR are. [197580]

Jacqui Smith: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry will be making an announcement shortly about the proposed Operating and Financial Review and which will address these issues.

Orimulsion/Shale Oil

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Orimulsion/shale oil was used in UK power stations in the last year for which figures are available. [195671]

Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 2 November 2004]: No Orimulsion or shale oil was used in UK power stations in 2003.

Post Office

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people she expects to hold post office card accounts in October 2006. [192491]

Mr. Sutcliffe: We expect that in excess of 4 million customers will be paid by post office card account by October 2006.

Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much of the Government's Post Office Modernisation Fund has been spent in Leicester since the fund was initiated; and how much has been spent (a) to keep post offices open and (b) to encourage closure; [198659]

(2) how many post offices have closed in Leicester in each year since 1979. [198663]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Implementation of the urban post office network reinvention programme is an operational matter for Post Office Limited. I have therefore asked the Chief Executive to respond direct to the hon. Member.


Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the properties occupied by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2004, showing (A) for each and (B) in aggregate the area; and what in aggregate the annual rental value was. [196364]

Ms Hewitt: The following tables list the areas of the properties for the DTI HQ estate (where the Department has lead responsibility for its buildings) and
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Agencies, (National Weights and Measures, Insolvency Service, Companies House, Employment Tribunal Service and Patent Office) for 1997 and 2004. I have also shown the aggregate annual rental for 2004 and where available for 1997. No rental figure has been shown for freehold buildings.
Department of Trade and Industry

Area 1997 (sq m)Area 2004 (sq m)
1 Victoria Street, London31,45431,454
10 Victoria Street, London7,4327,432
151 Buckingham Palace Road, London17,36817,368
Abbey Orchard Street, London3,158
Elizabeth House, London2,848
Kingsgate House, London14,35914,359
Oxford House, London1,5601,560
Westfield House, London6,3127,400
2A Rylands Street, Warrington294
Building 146, Harwell700
Atholl House, Aberdeen5,2245,224
Tay House, Glasgow1,8691,869
Core Store, Edinburgh4,4004,400
St Mary's House, Sheffield1,6231,623
Queensway House, Billingham1,330
Bridge Place, London2,306
Eastcote, Ruislip3,149
Albany House, London1,448
Hagley House,1,226
City House, Leeds188
Aggregate area99,918101,019
Aggregate rent£21,683,888£28,635,024

National Weights and Measures Laboratory

Area 1997 (sq m)Area 2004 (sq m)
Teddington, London3,2343,234
Aggregate area3,2343,234
Aggregate rent£239,000£247,000

Insolvency Service

Area 1997 (sq m)Area 2004 (sq m)
Bloomsbury Street, London6,9255,005
Ladywood House, Birmingham4,3563,723
Hagley House, Birmingham398
Newfield House, Blackpool468
Heliting House, Bournemouth328
Middle Street, Brighton603603
Victoria Street, Bristol644
Abbeygate House, Cambridge463463
Clarkson House, Canterbury457457
Companies House, Cardiff400
Windsor House, Chester429
Sunley House, Croydon335911
Argyle House, Edinburgh175175
Ladywell House, Edinburgh500
Finance House, Exeter654654
Northgate Court, Gloucester313313
Anchor House, Hull543543
St. Clare House, Ipswich523523
City Walk, Leeds1,059
Knightsbridge House, Leicester430
Cunard Building, Liverpool798798
Boulton House, Manchester9111,588
Victory House, Chatham345
Melbourne House, Newcastle604
Sol House, Northampton422
Emmanuel House, Norwich697697
The Frontage, Nottingham769
Cobourg House, Plymouth580731
King's Wharf, Redding475
Trident House, St. Albans656656
City Plaza, Sheffield460492
The Quay, Southampton505
Central House, Southend579
St. Marks House, Stockton325
Copthall House, Newcastle-under-Lyme359359
Sun Alliance Building, Swansea557358
Exchange House, Watford784
Leonard House, Birmingham1,194
Somerset House, Birmingham1,250
Bristol and West House, Bournemouth471
Intercity House, Bristol757
Hayes House, Cardiff697
Dee Hills Park, Chester589
35 Queen Street, Leeds718
Haymarket House, Leicester542
Westgate House, Newcastle766
Scottish Life House, Northampton430
Chaddesden House, Nottingham585
Friar Street, Reading725
Gordon House, Rochester483
Petros House, St. Anne's660
Western Range, Southampton704
Tylers House, South End702
Bayheath House, Stockton505
Aggregate area32,14328,512
Aggregate rent£6,374,936£5,281,892

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Companies House

Area 1997 (sq m)Area 2004 (sq m)
City Road, London28,000
Woburn Place, London60
Castle Street, Edinburgh400
George Street, Edinburgh3,000
Companies House, Cardiff (Freehold)28,00029,000
Axis Building, Nantgarw4,200
DTI Building, Manchester200
DTI Building, Leeds200
Birmingham Central Library, Birmingham100
Aggregate area59,50033,935
Aggregate rentn/a£435,722

n/a not available.

Employment Tribunal Service

Area 1997 (sq m)Area 2004 (sq m)
Atholl House, Aberdeen359
Ashford House, Ashford1,017
8–10 Howard Street, Bedford694694
Phoenix House, Birmingham1,5582,467
St. James House, Brighton408408
Cresent Centre, Bristol1,3461,346
Crown Building, Bury St. Edmunds908960
Caradog House, Cardiff9611,086
Stocklund House, Carlisle192192
Montague House, Croydon2,0792,079
13 Albert Square, Dundee212212
52 Melville Street, Edinburgh275275
54–56 Melville Street, Edinburgh643643
Keble House, Exeter715
Eagle Building, Glasgow1,8911,891
Wilberforce Court, Hull390
2 Baron Taylor's Street, Inverness147147
11 Albion Street, Leeds1,6421,642
5a New Walk, Leicester942942
Cunard Building, Liverpool1,493
Audit House, London2,3642,364
Woburn Place, London3,5423,818
Alexandra House, Manchester1,8562,991
Quayside House, Newcastle1,3611,361
Elliot House, Norwich347
Byron House, Nottingham1,0191,019
30–31 Friar Street, Reading666944
East Parade, Sheffield705705
St. Mary's House, Sheffield75
Prospect House, Shrewsbury671841
Dukes Keep, Southampton1,0321,032
The Broadway, Stratford1,2171,825
Christine House, Thornaby302
Radius House, Watford1,850
Inverlair House, Aberdeen356
Tufton House, Ashford760
Renslade House, Exeter327
Strand House, Hull324
12–16 Woodlands Road, Middlesbrough137
Rouen House, Norwich193
Aggregate Area31,29938,432
Aggregate Rentn/a(57)£6,055.249

(57) Including VAT.
n/a not available.

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Patent Office

Area 1997 (sq m)Area 2004 (sq m)
Concept House, Newport (Freehold)15,58915,589
Government Building, Newport3,5441,849
Harmsworth House, London4,411
Southampton Buildings, London1,324
Nine Mile Point, Newport4.8544.854
Aggregate area25,31126,703
Aggregate rent£549,334£665,060

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