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Trading Relationships (Food)

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many representations her Department has received in each of the last three years for which figures are available in respect of the nature of trading relationships from primary producers to supermarkets through the food supply chain. [208807]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 17 January 2005]: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.
 
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Trading Standards

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many successful prosecutions there have been by trading standards officers in each of the last five years under the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991; and if she will make a statement. [220545]

Mr. Sutcliffe: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Trident

Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what calculation his Department has made of the (a) physical, (b) environmental and (c) health impacts of the detonation of a single trident nuclear warhead on an urban area. [224987]

Mr. Hoon: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

UK Gas Market

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will urge the European Commission to undertake an investigation into the operation of the UK wholesale gas market; and if she will make a statement. [202791]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

UK Trade and Investment

Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when UK Trade and Investment will begin to limit its support to new exporters. [224789]

Mr. Alexander: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

UK-Israel Trade Relations

Linda Perham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of bilateral trade relations between the UK and Israel (a) between 1997 and 2001 and (b) since 2001. [223868]

Mr. Alexander: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Finchley and Golders Green (Dr. Vis) on 22 March 2005, Official Report, columns 674–75W.

Under-age Drinking

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what statistics trading standards officers are required to compile on the sale of alcohol to under-age individuals; [209243]

(2) what guidance the Government have issued to local authority trading standards officers on measures they should take towards reducing under-age drinking. [209244]


 
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Mr. Sutcliffe: It has not proved possible to respond to the right hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Underprivileged People Overseas

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government takes to ensure that overseas operations by companies registered in the UK do not harm underprivileged people overseas; and what form of redress such people may seek if they believe that they have been harmed by such activities. [223709]

Mr. Alexander: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will suspend her Department's handling agreement with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers subsidiary company Vendside while concerns raised about financial irregularities are investigated. [223380]

Nigel Griffiths [holding answer 22 March 2005]: No. Suspending the agreement with Vendside who have handled 59,000 claims would freeze payments to all the sick miners and their widows currently using Vendside. To date I am not aware that the hon. Member has been able to substantiate his claims of financial irregularity.
 
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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive on the disposal of waste goods. [223828]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Wind Power

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many megawatts of installed capacity of wind power have been (a) applied for and (b) approved in each of the last five years in (i) England, (ii) Scotland and (iii) Wales. [221696]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The DTI is responsible for considering applications for consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act for wind farm projects of more than 50MW onshore and more than 1MW offshore in England and Wales. The DTI is also responsible for applications under the Transport and Work Act (TWA) for offshore wind farm projects in England only: the NAW has responsibility for TWA projects in Welsh waters.

Smaller wind farm projects, less than 50MW, are dealt with by the relevant local planning authority, which should hold the details of these.

For Scotland, the Scottish Executive is responsible for the consenting function for wind farm projects over 50MW.

The figures within the table are based on the information obtained by the DTI for all wind farm projects both large (under section 36) and smaller (outside section 36).
MW

England appliedEngland approvedWales appliedWales approvedScotland appliedScotland approved
200017.0868.8999.62330.203110.0119.62
200133.5133.5113.5424.675621.12154.96
2002971.99228.827175.3229.031099.9405187.5325
2003376.024795.207524.912501018.1746543.0946
2004550.5525.6131.2604804.345366.5

ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Beef Exports

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she is taking to (a) promote British beef to countries which refuse to permit its importation and (b) secure the lifting of the ban on the import of British beef; and if she will raise the matter at the World Trade Organisation; [224962]

(2) what her policy is on the export of British beef to countries which have not stated whether they will allow British beef to be imported; [224963]

(3) what action she has taken to secure a change of policy in countries which refuse to permit the importation of British beef. [224964]

Mr. Bradshaw: Where countries ban British beef or have not stated whether they allow imports, we make use of bilateral contacts at all levels as they arise to press the case for our exports. The European Commission has also played an active role in tackling bans on EU beef in general. However, while the over-30 months (OTM) rule remains in place and while we can export only beef produced under the date based export scheme, the UK will remain a major importer of beef. When the OTM rule is replaced by BSE testing and EU export restrictions are lifted, we will agree a targeted lobbying strategy with industry focussed on countries that provide significant export opportunities. This will include working with the European Commission on third country issues. The Commission would pursue with WTO as appropriate.
 
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Abandoned Vehicles

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many abandoned vehicles were recovered in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c) 2002–03 and (d) 2003–04, broken down by region. [225030]


 
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Alun Michael: Revised estimates for the numbers of abandoned vehicles removed and destroyed between 2000–01 and 2003–04 are listed in the table.
Thousands

Region2000–012001–022002–032003–04
North east3.13.26.77.3
North west10.110.613.813.3
Yorkshire and the Humber7.912.715.414.0
East Midlands12.316.919.315.9
West Midlands13.913.116.113.7
East30.642.244.935.5
London83.9104.594.559.7
South east43.957.553.440.8
South west17.923.727.721.4
England totals223.5284.4291.7221.6


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