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Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential for carbon sequestration in the Scottish sector of the North sea as defined by the Civil Jurisdiction (Offshore Activities) Order 1987. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 11 July 2005]: No assessment has yet been made on the potential for carbon storage in the Scottish sector of the North sea although the British Geological Survey's estimate of storage in the UK sector as a whole is 755 Giga tonnes CO 2 . More information can be found in the DTI's report Review of the Feasibility of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage in the UK", published in September 2003 and available on the DTI website at
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the letter
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dated 12 May from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent Mr. J. McGee of Peterhead. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government's assessment of the remaining lifespan of global oil reserves is set out in the Energy White Paper 2003 Our energy futurecreating a low carbon economy" (http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/whitepaper/index.shtml). Paragraph 6.15 of the White Paper notes that
Globally, conventional oil reserves are sufficient to meet projected demand for around 30 years, although new discoveries will be needed to renew reserves. Together with non-conventional reserves such as oil shales and improvements in technology, there is the potential for oil reserves to last twice as long".
The Government remain committed to working with producers, consumers and the international community to improve the conditions for investment in the international oil sector, as well as implementing policies to maximise the economic recovery of the UK's own oil (and gas) reserves and to ease the UK economy away from power supplied primarily through fossil fuel supply. We are also supporting efforts to promote greater transparency in reporting of global oil reserves.
Alan Johnson: The Department does not maintain a central register of conferences organised or sponsored. Responsibility for such conferences rests with individual business units in DTI and therefore this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The Department is therefore unable to provide the figures requested.
Alan Johnson: The entry requirements for Range 3 and Range 4 officials in my department are: a minimum of five GCSE grade C passes or above including English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent qualifications, or NVQ Business Administration level 2 or an equivalent NVQ level 2 with relevance to office work and containing an assessment or examination in English language, or at least three years' work experience in a comparable position.
This information is published in the application process each time my Department recruits for Range 3 and Range 4 officials. It can also be found, together with additional information about employment terms and conditions, on my Department's website www.dti.gov.uk/opportunities
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many full-time equivalents have worked for the Department for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available. 
This table shows the numbers of staff by department and agency between 1998 and 2004, on a full-time equivalent basis. Copies of civil service statistics are also available in the Libraries of the House.
Alan Johnson: Our data is limited as many flexible working patterns, including working from home, are negotiated locally. However, our staff survey shows that 78 per cent. of staff state that their managers allow working patterns including working at home to help them balance work and home life.
The department introduced a flexible working policy in 2002, including full guidance for managers and staff to ensure that new ways of working (including home working) are available to all individuals in all Directorates and all grades, and that the benefits to stakeholders, customers, managers and staff are maximised.
The White Paper re-affirmed our commitment to a market-based system for maintaining security of supply. It also stated that the Government will not intervene in the market except in extreme circumstances, such as to avert, as a last resort, a potentially serious risk to safety.
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Under section 172 of the Energy Act 2004, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is required to report annually to Parliament on security of supply. The first report will be published later this month.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with which private sector organisations ASE Consulting held exploratory discussions in relation to the business opportunity in running the Export Control Organisation. 
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 54W, on the Export Control Organisation, which external organisations provided a view on an informal basis. 
Malcolm Wicks: This is commercially confidential information and as such is exempt from disclosure. Summary information on the goods licensed to each destination is however published in the Government's Annual and Quarterly Reports on Strategic Export Controls which are available from the Libraries of the House and the Export Control Organisation website www.dti.gov.uk/export.control respectively. The goods summary in question is handcuffs".
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