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Departmental Estate

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) land and (b) property his Department (i) owns and (ii) rents in each constituency; and if he will make a statement. [33252]

Alan Johnson: The following list shows properties owned/rented by the Department and the constituency in which each building is located.
Building/landConstituencyTenure
151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1WCities of London and WestminsterRented
1 Victoria Street, London, SW1HCities of London and WestminsterRented
Kingsgate House, London, SW1ECities of London and WestminsterRented
Oxford House, London, W1DCities of London and WestminsterRented
10 Victoria Street, London, SW1HCities of London and WestminsterRented
Atholl House, Aberdeen, ABUAberdeen NorthRented
St. Mary's House, Sheffield, S2Sheffield CentralRented
Newtown House, Nottingham, NG1Nottingham SouthRented
Westfield House, London, SW18PutneyRented
2A Ryland Street, Warrington, WA1Warrington SouthRented
Tay House, Glasgow, G2Glasgow CentralRented
Amberley House, Gloucester, GL2GloucesterRented
Queensway House, Billingham, TS23Stockton NorthRented
National Physics Laboratory, Teddington, TW11TwickenhamOwned
Wrest Park, BedfordshireMid-BedfordshireOwned
Core Store, Edinburgh, EH17Edinburgh SouthOwned

Departmental Sponsorship

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the names of the awards are that have been sponsored by his Department in the last 12 months. [28679]

Alan Johnson: The information is as follows:

The term 'sponsor' has been defined as business/industry awards programmes that have received a financial contribution from the Department of Trade and Industry.
 
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Departmental Staff

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many personnel were employed in his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) civil servants, (b) contractors and (c) other staff. [27579]

Alan Johnson: The figures for the number of civil servants employed by the Department of Trade and Industry are published in Table C of the Civil Service Statistics which covers permanent staff numbers (on a full-time equivalent basis) in each Departments and Agency. The latest (2004) Civil Service Statistics are available in the Libraries of the House and on the Cabinet Office Statistics website at:

Specific data on the number of contractors and other staff in the Department and Agencies since 1997 is not held. The information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Websites

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure the Department's websites attain the W3C AAA standard of accessibility for people with visual and other disabilities; and if he will set a target date for this standard to be achieved by. [30965]

Alan Johnson: DTI follows the Guidelines for UK Government Websites which mandate Level A of the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. DTI aims to go beyond this by meeting the AA standard, along with those elements of AAA which are considered best practice. However, neither the Government Guidelines, e-Accessibility communications from the European Union or advice from the RNIB have ever suggested that government websites should attain and maintain the whole of Level AAA.

We do recognise importance of ensuring all of our web content is accessible to all our customers, regardless of disability, level of technology or other factors. We therefore strive to build accessibility and usability into all our websites, from commissioning the initial design to the ongoing maintenance.

Economic Performance Statistics

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his oral statement of 19 May 2005, Official Report, column 283, what the source is for his reference to the UK as the fourth largest economy of the world; and when he expects such figures will next be updated. [33475]

Alan Johnson: The source was OECD statistics of comparative GDP of member states at current prices and exchange rates. The latest figures published by the OECD relate to 2004. Data for 2005 will be released towards the middle of 2006.
 
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Energy Imports

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the United Kingdom's energy requirements for the 2004–05 financial year was imported from France; and at what cost. [33422]

Malcolm Wicks: During the calendar year 2004, the United Kingdom imported 9,784GWh of electricity generated in France, which was valued at £347 million. In addition, small quantities of coal, manufactured solid fuels and petroleum products were also imported from France, but from records held centrally it is not possible to reliably identify whether these were produced in France or if French companies acted as intermediaries.

In total, imports from France accounted for around 2½ per cent. of energy imports, equating to around 1¼ per cent. of UK primary energy demand.

Energy Review

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who will chair the Energy Review; when it will deliver its preliminary findings; whether they will be published; when he expects it will be completed; and when he expects its findings to be made public. [34181]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 2 December 2005]: Iwill lead the Energy Review.

The Review will report to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in early summer. Details of the arrangements for the publication of the findings of the Review will be made available at that time.

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will seek a cross-party consensus on the recommendations of the Energy Review before they are published. [34182]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 2 December 2005]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I would welcome contributions throughout the Energy Review process from a wide range of stakeholders, which of course includes colleagues from all parties.

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department plans to publish a White Paper following completion of the Energy Review; how representations should be made to the Review; whether there will be public hearings; and whether the Review will consider the (a) operation of energy markets and (b) incentives for long-term investment in the energy sector. [34184]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 2 December 2005]: There are no plans to publish a White Paper at present.

A consultation document will be published early in the review process. Stakeholders will be invited to respond to the consultation document in writing. Throughout the review a programme of events will be held to engage with stakeholders and encourage an informed debate.

The Terms of Reference of the Review are broad in scope including aspects of both energy supply and demand and will focus on policy measures to help us deliver our objectives beyond 2010.
 
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