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Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department's officials have had with representatives of the World Trade Organisation on the provisions of the EU's registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals directive. [29445]

Ian Pearson: The Department has not held any discussions with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the above matter. The proposed Regulation on Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) is a proposal for European Community legislation and responsibility lies with the European
 
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Commission to ensure that the WTO and its members are aware of the proposal and, where provided, have the opportunity to comment.

The Commission notified the WTO membership about REACH under the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement on 21 January 2004. This notification was followed up with a series of bilateral meetings between the Commission and WTO members on 30 June 2004. The Commission subsequently provided a formal response on 21 October 2004 to comments received from WTO members in reply to the TBT notification. DTI officials were in attendance at the meetings of the TBT Committee where the EC's notification of REACH was discussed.

Renewable Energy

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to support (a) schools and (b) other community ventures with regard to renewable energy projects. [30484]

Malcolm Wicks: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for North Norfolk (NormanLamb) on 16 November 2005, Official Report, column 1356W.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the (a) technical, (b) economic and (c) environmental effects of operating an offshore wind facility in conjunction with a wave power facility. [30916]

Malcolm Wicks: The Department has made no assessment of the technical, economic and environmental effects of operating an offshore wind facility in conjunction with a wave power facility. This is primarily a matter for renewable developers.

Rover (Former Employees)

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of how many former workers at Rover are in full-time employment; what their average earnings are; how many are claiming unemployment benefit; and of these how many are in (a) full-time and (b) part-time education. [28571]

Alun Michael: On 8 April the Secretary of State announced the creation of the Rover Task Force to decide how best to allocate the Government support package being provided and oversee its effective implementation. Some, but not all of the requested information is being monitored by the Rover Task Force, and I can provide the following details:

There is, of course some overlap between, on the one hand, those booking and starting training and on the other, those undertaking training and those starting work.
 
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Service Liberalisation

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on EU plans to introduce compulsory targets for service liberalisation in developing countries. [31652]

Ian Pearson: The EU proposal on services aims to substantially improve market access. It recognises a distinction between developed and developing countries in setting targets and the need for balance in the negotiations.

The UK's established preference is for a settlement that avoids all new mandatory requirements on developing countries to liberalise services. We will continue to work towards this goal. We are particularly determined to ensure the maintenance of flexibilities to reflect the individual circumstances of developing countries and preserve members' ability to respond to targets based on their own national policy objectives.

Social Enterprises

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to encourage the growth of social enterprises in the most deprived areas of Tamworth constituency. [29374]

Alun Michael: In July 2002 the DTI published the Government's social enterprise strategy: 'Social Enterprise: A Strategy for Success'. The Government's vision is of

The strategy sets out how successful social enterprises can play an important role in helping deliver on many of the Government's key policies.

In 2004, Advantage West Midlands funded the development of a framework to guide investment in thesocial enterprise sector over the next 10 years and the resulting West Midlands social enterprise framework, provides a West Midlands perspective to the DTI's national social enterprise strategy. The framework is designed to assist social enterprises across the West Midlands.

Within the last two years Business Link Staffordshire has provided intensive support to 47 social enterprises and basic information to many more. The way that the Business Link code their services make it impossible for these statistics to be disaggregated within Staffordshire. Supporting the growth of social enterprises within Tamworth and the rest of Staffordshire will remain an important part of the Business Link's support and development of Staffordshire businesses.

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many initiatives in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth have been awarded funding from the Phoenix Development Fund; and if he will extend funding to encourage the growth of social enterprises in disadvantaged communities. [29375]

Alun Michael: The Phoenix Development Fund awarded funding to two projects in Staffordshire. There are no projects covering the Tamworth area. Business support activities and funding for social enterprises, are now part of the remit of regional development agencies,
 
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who seek to promote the growth of enterprises, including social enterprise, in the parts of their region that lag economically as well as the region as a whole, on the basis of the regional economics strategy.

Organisation with which have receive Phoenix funding in Staffordshire include:

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many new jobs have been created through social enterprise in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth since 1997; [29376]

(2) how much Government funding social enterprises in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth have received in (i) the 2005–06 financial year and (ii) in 2004–05. [29377]

Alun Michael: Our support for social enterprise is provided through the Regional Development Agency in each region. To date, Advantage West Midlands, has invested more than £5 million on almost 100 regional and sub regional initiatives to support social enterprise. It has not been possible to disaggregate those project statistics on a sub regional level and AWM has not distinguished between jobs created by social and other enterprises. It has therefore not been possible to provideseparate information on job creation in social enterprises.

A key example of the assistance that has been provided through the projects is the advantage community loan fund which provides access to loans for community, social and 'not for profit' enterprises.

Telephone Preference Service

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions his Department has had with the Information Commissioner's Office regarding the enforcement of breaches of the telephone preference service; and if he will make a statement. [28554]

Alun Michael: Officials from this Department regularly discuss the enforcement of the TPS with the Information Commissioner's Office.


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