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Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the European Directive on Investment on the Department's role in relation to the (a) Miners' Pension Scheme and (b) British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: The schemes are exempt from many of the requirements of Directive 2003/41/EC on the activities and supervision of institutions for occupational retirement provision by virtue of their Crown guarantee; but changes to scheme provisions were necessary to reflect the requirement that member states may not subject Trustees' investment decisions to any form of systematic notification or prior consent.
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the current value of the Investment Reserve Fund in the (a) Miners' Pension Scheme and (b) British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme is. 
Malcolm Wicks: The current values of the Investment Reserve Funds (at 31 March 2005) in respect of the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme and the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme are, respectively, £487 million and £940 million.
Jim Dowd: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress he has made in promoting agreement between retailers and publishers with regard to the future distribution of newspapers and magazines. 
Following a request from certain newspaper and magazine publishers, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has considered whether arrangements for distribution of newspapers and magazines are likely to be compatible with competition law after 1 May 2005. OFT published a draft advisory opinion on 19 May and invited written comments by 17 June. I understand OFT has received representations from all parts of the newspaper and magazine supply chain. I am pleased interested parties are trying to arrange satisfactory solutions. OFT is currently considering all representations.
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Ian Pearson: The UK Government objective in the Non-Agricultural Market Access negotiations of the Doha Development Agenda is for significantly improved real access to markets (except those of LDCs and other weak and vulnerable countries) for all WTO members. The European Commission leads for the European Union in these negotiations.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of nuclear power stations; what proportion of electricity carried across the National Grid is generated by nuclear power; and if he will make a statement on the future of nuclear power in the UK. 
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what response he will make to the conclusions on prepayment meter users in the Public Accounts Committee's recent report on Ofgem's Social Action Plan. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what offices regional development agencies have outside the UK; and what the cost of each was in the last year for which figures are available. 
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was paid by his Department in rent on (a) 1 Victoria Street, (b) 10 Victoria Street, (c) Kingsgate House and (d) 151 Buckingham Palace Road in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and how much he expects to pay in each of the next five years. 
These figures contained in the annual report Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service" published by the Cabinet Office. Table A of the report gives details of both the average working days absence per staff year and the number of staff years on which that calculation is based. The most recent of which (for calendar year 2003) was announced by Ministerial Statement on 1 November and copies placed in the Libraries of the House. Reports for 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 are also available in the Libraries and on the Cabinet Office website at: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management_information/conditions_of_service/caje/publications/index.asp#sickness
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The DTI takes the management of sickness absence very seriously and is tightening up procedures for reporting and improving data collection and handling absences, including coaching managers on dealing with specific cases. Recommendations from the Managing Attendance in the Public Sector" report are being considered and implemented as appropriate.
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