Malcolm Wicks: The Department's latest estimates show that at the end of 2004 reserves of UK oil and gas amounted to between seven and 17 billion barrels of oil equivalent, with a central estimate of around 11 billion barrels. In addition it is estimated that between six and 26 billion barrels could be produced as a result of further exploration and appraisal. Full details are on DTI's oil and gas website.
12. Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations have been received by his Department and Advantage West Midlands from organisations in north Staffordshire regarding the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy. 
Ian Pearson: I am advised that neither the Department of Trade and Industry nor the Government Office for the West Midlands nor Advantage West Midlands has received any representations from organisations in North Staffordshire specifically regarding the Strategy.
13. Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals he expects to make in the Company Law Reform Bill on tackling employment abuses by UK companies operating abroad; and if he will make a statement. 
The Company Law Reform Bill offers a fair, modern, and effective framework of company law, and will promote high standards of company behaviour and corporate governance. A company law bill is not the place to directly address employment abuses by UK companies operating abroad. We will continue to address such issues in other ways.
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15. Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Whether he expects the provisions of the Company Law Reform Bill to help to prevent labour rights abuses by UK companies operating overseas. 
Alun Michael: The Company Law Reform Bill offers a fair, modern, and effective framework of company law, and will promote high standards of company behaviour and corporate governance. A company law bill is not the place to directly address employment abuses by UK companies operating abroad. We will continue to address such issues in other ways.
Ian Pearson: The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, show the UK's level of foreign direct investment in Uganda amounted to £54 million at the end of 2001, £25 million at the end of 2002, and £31 million at the end of 2003.
Malcolm Wicks: The Government will publish proposals on energy policy, including civil nuclear power, next year. Climate change and the reliance on imported energy supplies require an assessment of all options for future UK energy policy. These assessments will be made prior to the publishing of our proposals.
Alun Michael: The Government believe that we need a successful manufacturing sector with high skilled jobs and is committed to providing the right macro-economic conditions and support through the Manufacturing Strategy to help companies to compete and thrive in the global market.
18. Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will review the terms of reference of the Office of Fair Trading in relation to local monopolies and monopsonies. 
Ian Pearson: The textiles agreement between the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce concluded in June and subsequently revised in September limits imports into the EU from China of 10 textiles and clothing products until the end of 2007. This agreement provided a level of stability for trade in these products and avoided the uncertainty of the alternative of a succession of product-by-product safeguard investigations
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs on increasing enforcement powers for financial institutions seeking to recover unsecured debts; and if he will make a statement. 
DTI was consulted on DCA proposals to increase enforcement powers for financial institutions seeking to recover unsecured debts, in particular proposals to widen access to charging orders, during development of the Effective Enforcement" White
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Paper of March 2003. DTI and DCA continue to liaise closely on the planned reforms of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and related issues.
It is the Government's position that responsible creditors who are owed money and having gained valid judgments through the courts should have the right to enforce that judgment by the most appropriate means available.
Such action is balanced by proposals to enhance consumer protections, including proposed tightening of the licensing procedure through the Consumer Credit Bill to tackle unscrupulous lenders at source, appropriate limits to the application of charging orders, and action to ensure greater use of time order" provisions.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list formal consultations being sponsored by his Department and its agencies; and what the (a) commencement date and (b) deadline for responses is in each case. 
|Commencement date||Deadline for responses|
|DTI||Use of net and gross calorific values for calculating energy balances||28 July 2005||31 October 2005|
|National Weights & Measures Laboratory||RRO for self-verificationWeights and Measures Act 1985 to include adjusters"||29 July 2005||29 October 2005|
|DTI||Cost recovery arrangements for protected energy companies in energy administration||4 August 2005||27 October 2005|
|DTI||Future sourcing of DTI energy price data||15 August 2005||11 November 2005|
|Insolvency Service||Implementation of UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency in Great Britain||22 August 2005||14 November 2005|
|National Weights & Measures Laboratory||Consultation on the draft Regulations implementing the Measuring Instruments Directive/MED||23 August 2005||14 November 2005|
|Patents Office||Consultation on whether there is a continuing need for a UK Classification Key (UKC Key)||30 August 2005||22 November 05|
|DTI||Part 9 Enterprise Acteasier release of information for civil court cases||23 August 2005||18 November 2005|
|DTI||Consultation on proposals to implement two EC Directives on the safety of cosmetic products||8 September 2005||25 November 2005|
|DTI||Statutory Review of the Renewables Obligation||19 September 2005||9 December 2005|
|DTI||Notice pursuant to section 91(2) of the Fair Trading Act 1973Revocation of Monopolies & Restrictive Practices (Dental Goods) Order 1951||28 September 2005||28 October 2005|
|DTI||Notice pursuant to section 91(2) of the Fair Trading Act 1973Revocation of Monopolies & Restrictive Practices (Imported Hardwood and Softwood Timber) Order 1960||28 September 2005||28 October 2005|
|DTI||Notice pursuant to section 91(2) of the Fair Trading Act 1973Revocation of Restriction on Agreements (Estate Agents) Order 1970||28 September 2005||28 October 2005|
|DTI||Advancing equality for men and women: government's proposals for a gender duty||4 October 2005||12 January 2006|
|Patents Office||Consultation on proposed changes to the Patent Office's business hours for receiving and according dates to applications, forms and other documentation||12 October 2005||6 January 2006|
|Patents Office||Modernisation and consolidation of the Patent Rules: An informal consultation||17 October 2005||30 November 2005|
|Export Credit Guarantee Department||Interim Response to ECGD's consultation on changes to its anti-bribery and corruption procedures introduced in December 2004||21 October 2005||18 November 2005|
|DTI||Amendment to the Noise of Outdoor Machinery Directive (2000/14/EC)||26 October 2005||23 November 2005|
|DTI||Draft Order raising the Maximum Penalty for Persistent Misuse of Electronic Communications Networks or Electronic Communications Services to Tackle Silent Calls||31 October 2005||24 January 2006|
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