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IT Policy Breaches

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff in her Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches of IT policy in each year since 1997. [205817]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Information is not available for 1997, 1998 and 1999 as details of disciplinary offences are not normally retained for periods of longer than five years.
IT related disciplinary offences in Department of Trade and Industry

Number of staff who faced disciplinary proceedingsNumber of staff receiving formal warnings
200022
200155
200254
200377
2004 (to date)1210

Manufacturing Advisers

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the average time spent by
 
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advisers from the Manufacturing Advisory Service on (a) diagnostic and (b) advisory visits was in the last year for which figures are available; [206037]

(2) what the average time spent by advisers from the Manufacturing Advisory Service on diagnostic and advisory visits was in the latest year for which figures are available. [206298]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 20 December 2004]: The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) provides four levels of service:

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Miners' Compensation

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when using lie detecting speech technology to assess former miners providing information in connection with their claims for work-related illness and their families was first proposed to the Department; and by which agency. [206714]

Nigel Griffiths [holding answer 21 December 2004]: The Department is continually looking at ways in which it can speed up valid claims and using speech technology to do this is one option, which officials explored. Initial discussions involving the Department's contractors took place in October. I have since made it clear that there is no intention to use such technology..

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether lie detecting speech technology has been piloted on former miners claiming damages for work-related illnesses and their families by the (a) without the knowledge of the claimant and (b) with the knowledge of her Department. [206715]

Nigel Griffiths [holding answer 21 December 2004]: No such trials have been conducted.

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the proposed use of lie detecting speech technology on former miners claiming damages for work-related illnesses and their families was discussed with the claimants' group of solicitors. [206716]

Nigel Griffiths [holding answer 21 December 2004]: Speech technology is increasingly being used by the insurance industry to speed up claims handling. Its use to speed up the handling process for vibration services claims (where a significant number are proving to be exaggerated) was explored by officials. I have made it clear that there is no intention to proceed with the use of such technology and consequently no discussions with the claimants' groups of solicitors has been necessary.
 
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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether activities of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have been declared outwith EU treaty rules on state aids. [203762]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: No. The activities of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) have not been declared outwith EC treaty rules on state aid. We notified the European Commission of our intention to support the creation of the NDA in December 2003. The Commission announced a formal investigation into state aid to the NDA on 1 December 2004. This announcement confirmed that the transitional arrangements under which the NDA will start work on 1 April 2005 do not involve state aid. We will work closely with the Commission throughout their investigation.

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what salary is paid to the (a) chair, (b) chief executive and (c) board members of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets; and how many hours work per week each is expected to undertake. [207022]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The chairman of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (the authority), under whose direction the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) operates, receives £90,000 pa for three days work per week. The non-executive members receive £20,000 pa for about three days work a month.

Executive members of the authority are paid as full-time senior managers of Ofgem and do not receive any additional salary in respect of their appointment to the authority. The chief executive is paid in the range £160,000 to £165,000 and the other executives are paid in the range of £110,000 to £135,000

Public Procurement (EC Rules)

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure EU partners effectively implement EC rules on public procurement. [199818]

Ms Hewitt: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer recently asked Alan Wood of Seimens UK to investigate British business experiences of competing for public contracts in other EU countries.

His report was published in November 2004 and can be found at http://www.ogc.gov.uk/index.asp?docid=1001521.

The Government will continue to push for a consistent approach to public procurement across the EU, and to provide assistance where appropriate within EU regulations to ensure British business can compete and win such contracts.

Regional Venture Capital Fund

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will break down the funding from the Regional Venture Capital Fund programme by industrial sector. [206132]


 
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Nigel Griffiths: As follows is a break down of investments, as at 30 November 2004, by industrial sector.
Number
Communications27
Computer Related49
Other Electronic Related14
Biotechnology10
Medical/Health Related10
Energy0
Consumer Related23
Industrial Products and Services15
Chemicals and Materials3
Industrial Automation5
Other Manufacturing20
Transportation0
Financial Services0
Other Services34
Agriculture0
Construction3
Other5
Total:218

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the enterprises in England which have received funding from the Regional Venture Capital Fund in the last 12 months; and how much was received by each enterprise. [206134]

Nigel Griffiths: Each RVCF is legally bound by a commercial confidential Limited Partnership Agreement (LPA). The Department being an investor in each RVCF, and a signatory of the LPA is unable to provide the information requested.

Missing Departmental Property

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many items of civil service property within her Department are unaccounted for, broken down by type. [205571]

Ms Hewitt: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave to his question number 206375 earlier today.

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the property belonging to her Department that has been (a) stolen and (b) reported lost in each year since 1997, broken down by type of article. [206375]

Ms Hewitt: My Department's records do not readily differentiate between items reported as stolen or lost. A breakdown between the two is not held in an easily accessible form and can, therefore, be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

However, the details of all missing official property, i.e. items used for official purposes, but some of which may actually be owned by the Department's contractors, are set out as follows for each of the years requested. (It should be noted that some of the laptops and mobile telephones listed may have been personal items belonging to members of staff).
 
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Item missing
Number
of items
1997Answering machine2
1998Laptop computer1
Mobile phone and charger1
IT equipment
Answer phone and handset1
1999Telephone and answer phone1
Hewlett Packard desk printer1
Mobile phone4
Dictaphone2
Laptop computers2
Computer printer1
Answer phone/telephone3
Cordless drill, charger and spirit level1
Computer/monitor/mouse1
2000Mobile phone6
Lap top computer2
Dictaphone1
Digital camera1
Colour scanner1
TV and video player1
2001Mobile phone7
Lap top computer7
Modem and lead1
Big screen flat computer1
Digital camera1
2002Mobile phone22
Laptop computer27
Computer flat screen8
Floppy disc and C drive1
Computer base unit2
Mini DVD player1
Fax machine1
Camcorder1
Multimedia speakers1
Flat screen computer1
Digital camera1
Lipro projector1
Drive for laptop1
Glass screen filter1
Monitor riser1
Mesh screen filter1
Mobile phone charger1
Personal digital assistant1
Laminating machine1
Dyno labelling machine1
Laser jet printer1
Data projector1
PDA palm VX1
Palm top organiser1
Pocket PC with cable1
2003Mobile phone22
Laptop computer37
Computer flat screen3
Vacuum cleaners3
Ladders3
Computer mouse2
Answer machine1
CD writer and cables1
Cordless drill and attachments1
Battery phone charger1
Sky viewing card1
Mouse and keyboard1
Projector and screen1
Docking station1
Computer memory card1
Conference phone1
External CD driver1
Digital camera1
Palm top organiser1
Business card scanner1
2004Mobile phone26
Laptop computer20
Adjustable spanners2
Multi meters (measuring electricity)2
Infrared thermometers2
Camera and torch and batteries1
TV remote control1
Portable TVs2
Computer keyboard1
Computer mice3
Cordless mice2
Universal serial bus (IT connection device)12
Fujitsu—Siemen LOOx PDA2
Broadband router box1
PC with flat screen1
Kitchen knives (from restaurant)
Digital camera1
Memory stick1
Floppy drive1

 
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