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|Vehicle||CO 2 emissions (g/km)|
|Citroen C3 1.4i LX||148|
|Fiat Punto 1.2 MIA||136|
|Ford Focus 1.8TDi||143|
|Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 LS||183|
|Vehicle||CO 2 emissions (g/km)|
|Toyota Prius x4||104|
|Ford Mondeo x1||218|
|Ford Mondeo Zetec x1||218|
|Rover 75 x1||249|
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps have been taken to meet his Department's commitment in the Energy White paper to make maximum use of new vehicles and fuels in the Department's fleet of vehicles. 
Alan Johnson: The Department does not own any vehicles. It provides five vehicles for business use through a vehicle lease contract. DTI is considering joining an across government framework lease car agreement which should be in place in 2006, and will at that point evaluate available vehicle options within that agreement to make maximum use of more fuel efficient vehicles and increased use of low carbon fuels.
The rules relating to the use of official cars by Ministers and their spouses or partners and officials are set out in the Prime Minister's guidance 'Travel by Ministers'. This guidance also identifies the vehicles that can be provided by the Government Car Service.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Department is taking to increase the accessibility of markets in the UK to trade from developing countries. 
Ian Pearson: The best opportunity for increasing the accessibility of the EU market to trade with developing countries is a successful and ambitious result from the Doha Development Agenda in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). We are working closely with the European Commission, other member states and other governments to secure this as the WTO Conference in Hong Kong in December draws closer.
In the past year, we have worked with the Commission to revise the EU's Generalised System of Preferences, which offers preferential access for developing countries to the now even larger European market, and tariff and quota free access for the Least Developed Countries. In addition, negotiations for Economic Partnership Agreements with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are under way and the Government published a position paper on their development objectives for these agreements in March.
The UK is also supporting capacity building in developing countries in trade policy and negotiations to the tune of £165 million over three years, by supporting organisations such as the Centre for WTO Law and the South Centre.
Mr. Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the costs which may be incurred by local authorities as a result of the change in the timescale for the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Directive Legislation; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government have accepted that the deferral of producer responsibility for waste electrical and electronic equipment may have implications for local authorities due to the Landfill Regulations Waste Acceptance Criteria which now apply to waste, including some WEEE products which may be separately collected and hence classified as hazardous and which is then sent to hazardous landfill.
The Department has undertaken to meet additional costs to local authorities in this context, in relation to any hazardous WEEE in line with the New Burdens principle. The Department is now working to establish the practical arrangements to meet additional costs which local authorities may incur.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effects of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on the investment intentions of the electricity generating sector; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government have commissioned a report on the impact of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on the electricity generating sector including future investment. The final report will be published in due course.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received regarding the effects of the Emissions Trading Scheme on the investment intentions of the electricity generating sector. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government has received a number of responses from the electricity generating sector to its recent consultation on Phase II of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, many of which covered the impact of the scheme on investment in the sector. The consultation closed on 27 September 2005, a summary of the responses received will be published in due course.
Mr. Alan Reid:
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken (a) to improve resource efficiency and (b) to reduce waste and harmful
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emissions across business sectors, with particular reference to the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste programme. 
Malcolm Wicks: The joint DTI /DEFRA Envirowise programme is the main government initiative promoting resource efficiency to business, with an emphasis on prevention (avoidance and minimisation of production of waste) rather than cure (managing existing wastes by recycling, disposal, etc). As such the programme is an important delivery mechanism for our Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) aims and objectives, as set out in the Governments SCP Framework Changing Patterns: the UK Government Framework for Sustainable Consumption and Production".
The DEFRA Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) programme is providing £50 million over three years to be spent through the Technology Programme. Support is provided through competitions held twice a year for collaborative research and development projects, with support also for Knowledge Transfer Networks. To date there have been two competitions held in November 2004 and April 2005.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken by the Government to help energy-intensive small to medium-sized companies tackle rising energy prices. 
Malcolm Wicks: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as large companies are represented by the Energy Intensive Users' Group on the DTI's Gas Prices Working Group, which was set up by the then Secretary of State at the end of last year. This group met monthly in the first half of this year and has agreed an Action List of short to medium term measures, such as maximising gas supplies, improving the functioning of the market, encouraging demand side response and pursuing energy market liberalisation in the European Union.
In addition, the Department and Energywatch are planning a seminar for SMEs and public sector bodies, focusing on energy prices and best practice in contracting. This will take place in the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, on Wednesday 30 November.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money the Government have spent on promoting the use of (a) wind power, (b) solar power, (c) hydro power and (d) nuclear power in each of the last five years. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 25 October 2005]: It has not been possible to collate all public expenditure and other Government support since 1999 for energy technologies in the time available at proportionate cost. However it is possible to detail direct DTI and Research Council expenditure on new and renewables, and nuclear. These are set out in the following tables.
In addition to this both DEFRA and the Scottish Executive provide funding to the Carbon Trust which conducts research into low carbon energy activities among other activities.
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|DTI Capital Grant Programmes|
|Offshore Wind Capital Grants||||||||||0||15,000,000|
|Clear Skies Community Renewables||||||||200,000||1,387,000||2,413,000|
|Major PV Demo Programme||||||||960,000||2,880,000||6,450,000|
|Wave and tidal||175,000||300,599||605,693||616,694||830,226||1,050,253|
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