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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time members of staff in her Department, excluding agencies and secondees, are working on issues relating to (i) electricity generation from coal, (ii) electricity generation from gas, (iii) nuclear power and (iv) renewable energy; and if she will estimate what average proportion of their time is spent on these issues. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 31 January 2005]: The structure of DTI's Energy Group is such that a number of teams handle various cross-cutting issues concerning the supply of energy as a whole, rather than electricity generation from specific energy sources. The division of staff time by fuel type is therefore not readily available.
(iii) around 30 staff work on a range of nuclear issues, primarily decommissioning, safety and security policy. In the Shareholder Executive, approximately four staff monitor the operation of British Energy and British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL), including electricity generation and all other BNFL services;
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement
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on European Communities planned actions in the field of egality, with particular reference to projects arising from COM (2004) 352. 
Ms Hewitt: The Competition Commission report "Extended Warranties on Domestic Electrical Goods" (CM 60891) presented to Parliament in December 2003 concluded that the market was not working as well as it should. The Government accepted the Competition Commission findings and following public consultation has taken steps to implement the remedies recommended by the Commission. Measures to reform the market are set out in The Supply of Extended Warranties on Domestic Electrical Goods Order 2005 and related DTI Press Release P/2005/13 issued on 12 January 2005.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will invite the North West Regional Development Agency to assess the contribution of farmers markets to the economy in the North West. 
Ms Hewitt: The Government want to see a vibrant private sector in Iraq that will create jobs and economic growth for the Iraqi people in the future. We also want to see UK companies play a substantial role in the reconstruction of Iraq's essential infrastructure. It is essential that the right skills and resources are utilised in the reconstruction process. The UK private sector has many of these.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she has discussed with Ofcom the control of advertising of mobile phone services through media products with a high level of readership among children. 
The Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (2000) recommended a precautionary approach towards the use of mobile phones by children and
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recommended that the mobile network industry should refrain from promoting the use of mobile phones by children.
The report by the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) in January 2005 endorsed this precautionary approach. The Government are currently considering the findings of the NRPB report and will be discussing them with industry, including the recommendation related to promoting phone use by children.
The latest low pay data from the ONS show that 1.1 million people in the UK stood to benefit from the October 2004 uprating of the National Minimum Wage. The DTI will provide estimates of National Minimum Wage beneficiaries by region as soon as possible. These figures will be made available in the House of Commons Library.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the official residences for which her Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is of running each property; what contribution the current occupants make towards the running costs of each; what the total capital and refurbishment expenditure has been on those properties in each of the past five years; how much money was spent in each property on (a) flowers and plants, (b) wine and entertaining, (c) food, (d) telephone bills and (e) electricity and gas in 200304; how many (i) domestic and (ii) maintenance staff are employed at each property, broken down by post; and what the total cost of staff employment at each was in 200304. 
A contract exists between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Post Office Ltd. (POL) for the provision of the Post Office card account service. The contract is managed within DWP by professionally qualified purchasing staff. POL's delivery of the Service to specified requirements is monitored using recognised contract management tools such as regular Service Review meetings, to ensure compliance and early resolution of any issues.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what service standards have been set for the monitoring of her Department's contract with Post Office Ltd. for the Post Office card account service; and who set those standards. 
Three contracts exist between Government Departments and Post Office Ltd. (POL) for the provision of the Post Office card account Service. One contract each with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Inland Revenue (IR) and the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland (DSD). DWP is responding to this question as the largest user of the Service.
The contracts between POL and the Government Departments contain service standards that were jointly negotiated with POL by DWP, IR and DSD when the provision of Post Office card account banking services was being agreed.
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