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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of her Department's Solar Photovoltaics Major Demonstration Programme on private sector investment in the UK solar photovoltaic industry. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 14 March 2005]: The Major PV Demonstration Programme is due to be assessed in 2005. This assessment will consider how well the programme has addressed its objectives to:
Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2005, Official Report, column 1713W, on solar photovoltaics, how many projects were included in the 2004 Photovoltaic Demonstration Programme; and what plans she has (a) to promote and (b) to extend the programme. 
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The current capital grants programme is due to end in March 2006 and the Department will continue its support for PV through a low carbon buildings" programme. The renewable innovation review, February 2004, recommended this more holistic approach to energy use in buildings incorporating both energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The low carbon buildings programme is currently under development and there will be formal consultation shortly. The programme is expected to begin operating in 200607.
Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's estimate of the number of full-time equivalent jobs in the UK solar PV sector is in the last year for which information is available; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: It is estimated that the number of full-time equivalent jobs in the UK solar PV sector in 2003 was 337. This is based on data collected by the International AgencyPhotovoltaics Power Systems Programme and reported in the 2003 National Survey Report. In addition the Survey records 66 jobs in solar PV research and development (non industry based).
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the appointment process was for the Special Representative for International Trade and Investment; and what the (a) role and (b) responsibilities of the Special Representative were. 
[holding answer 4 April 2005]: The Duke of York was appointed to the role in support of British Trade International (BTI) (which in 2003 became UK Trade and Investment), by Her Majesty The Queen, after consultation with The Cabinet Office, BTI and The Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He
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was given the title UK Special Representative for International Trade and Investment". His Royal Highness formally assumed this voluntary and unpaid position on 1 October 2001.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses in (a) York and (b) Yorkshire were exempt from the statutory audit requirement in 1997; and how many are exempt from that requirement. 
Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) criteria she has used and (b) research she has commissioned in order to assess the effects on the economy of reforms made by her Department to the Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad scheme. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien:
The Department received four letters from MPs in the course of 2004 about Telecoms Billing Services Ltd. (TBS). The constituents had been billed by TBS for a service they had not used.
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Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial incentives the Government (a) have in place and (b) are planning to support (i)small and (ii) specialised businesses to remain open in town centres. 
Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the US Administration about its policy on countries entering into international environmental agreements as a condition of bilateral trade agreements. 
Mr. Alexander: The latest official figures from the 2005 Budget report for the UK's total balance of trade in goods and services for 2004 show a deficit representing 3.3 per cent. of GDP. The Treasuryforecasts this to fall to between 3 per cent. to 3.1 per cent. of GDP by 2007.
Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has undertaken into the impact of reducing the role of trade associations and chambers of commerce in delivering UK Trade and Investment's trade development schemes. 
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