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Nuclear Power

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what pricing arrangements pertain to electricity produced from nuclear power stations, with particular reference to arrangements made under the non-fossil fuel obligation. [38169]

Malcolm Wicks: There are currently no special pricing arrangements pertaining to electricity produced from nuclear power stations—they sell their output to the wholesale electricity market in the same way as other generators. The nuclear industry in England and Wales ceased to benefit from guaranteed subsidies provided under the non-fossil fuel obligation in 1998 following the privatisation of British Energy.

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the export of material for corrosion resistant cladding of uranium oxide fuel in nuclear reactors is subject to export controls; and if he will make a statement. [38447]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 19 December 2005]: The raw material normally used for this purpose is zirconium alloy containing an especially low amount of hafnium. Low-hafnium zirconium, alloys containing more than 50 per cent. zirconium and zirconium compounds are subject to control for exports to destinations that are not member states of the EU underentry 1C234 of Annex I to Council Regulation (EC) 1334/2000 (the EC Regulation"), as amended. Tubes manufactured from low-hafnium zirconium or zirconium alloy, specially designed for cladding uranium oxide fuel, are controlled to all destinations under entry 0A001f of Annexes I and IV to the EC Regulation, as amended.

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total amount of carbon dioxide released from the production of nuclear fuel was in each year for which figures are available. [37115]

Malcolm Wicks: Information on UK emissions of carbon dioxide is contained in the UK Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which is compiled and maintained by the National Environmental Technology Centre. From the inventory it is not possible to separately identify carbon dioxide emissions from the production of nuclear fuel. No carbon dioxide is emitted from the generation of electricity from nuclear fuel.
 
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Operating and Financial Reviews

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on Operating and Financial Reviews. [39227]

Alun Michael: I refer the hon. Member to the statement I made on 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 177WS.

Petroleum Supplies

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the implications for the security of supply of the proposed India, Pakistan and Iran petroleum pipeline. [38872]

Malcolm Wicks: The Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline was one of three gas pipeline importation projects approved by the Indian Cabinet in February.

The pipeline, construction of which is due to commence by mid-2007 with the first gas delivered by the end of 2010, will have to overcome significant security and operational challenges if it is to be successful. These include its proposed length and route, which will take it through the troubled Pakistani province of Balochistan. Discussions, including on how best to secure the pipeline, are under way between the interested parties and I understand that senior Indian and Pakistani petroleum officials announced in New Delhi on 17 December that experts from their countries and Iran will hold their first tripartite meeting in Tehran in early February 2006.

Pipelines

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the length in kilometers is of pipelines for (a) crude oil, (b) petroleum products, (c) natural gas, (d) liquefied petroleum gas products, (e) refined products and petrochemicals and (f) other oils, gases or chemical products in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales, (iii) each of the English regions, (iv) Northern Ireland and (v) the offshore UK sectors subject to (A) Scots law, (B)Northern Irish law and (C) the law of England and Wales. [39201]

Malcolm Wicks: The information requested is not held centrally and to compile it would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold. However, the Department does provide information on major UK offshore oil and gas pipelines with details of length, diameter and the material conveyed which can be found
 
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on http://www.og.dti.gov.uk/information/bb_updates/appendices/Appendix14.htm The total length of the offshore pipelines listed is 12,396.09 km.

The most detailed source of information on the mainUK onshore gas pipelines should be available from national grid—operator of the National Gas Transmission System.
 
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Regional Development Agencies

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much each regional development agency in England has budgeted for in 2005–06 (a) in total, (b) for administration and (c) for staffing. [31826]

Alun Michael: The 2005–06 figures for budget, administration and staffing for the nine regional development agencies are set out in the table:
£ million

Total budgetNon-pay admin expenditureStaffing expenditureTotal admin expenditure
Advantage West Midlands2725.92014.08020.000
East of England development agency1292.4008.80011.200
East Midlands development agency1566.0009.00015.000
London development agency37310.20019.30029.500
North West development agency38219.71719.07538.792
One North East2403.15019.35022.500
South East England development agency1575.85012.15018.000
South West regional development agency1537.13012.64319.773
Yorkshire Forward2955.88813.62219.510
Totals2,15766.255128.020194.275

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the (a) in principle and (b) committed funding decisions of the regional development agencies are published. [34138]

Alun Michael: The spending plans of England's Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) are set out in their corporate plans for the period 2005 to 2008. The RDAs consulted widely with all interested parties about the development of their corporate plans and have published the plans on their websites. There is no requirement on RDAs to publish decisions in relation to individual projects.

Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate the European Commission's impact study made of the cost of compliance with the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive for an average paper mill; [38301]

(2) what the estimated cost impact on paper mills is of complying with the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive; [38302]

(3) whether recycled paper made from waste materials would be subject to the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals requirements as set out in the UK compromise text; [38303]

(4) whether, under the proposals in the latest UK presidency compromise text on the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive, waste paper recyclers would be required to test every batch of waste paper collected; [38304]

(5) what assessment he has made of the impact of the UK compromise text on the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive on the recycled paper market in the UK; [38310]

(6) what assessment he has made of the likely impacton the UK's compliance with the landfill directive if the UK compromise text on the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive is adopted. [38313]

Mr. Morley: I have been asked to reply.

The European Commission's impact assessment estimated the cost of compliance for an average paper mill to be €7 million per year. This however was based on the Commission's original proposal and the scenario of a notification of a substance in magazine paper as an article".

The compromise text agreed under the UK presidency at Competitiveness Council on 13 December 2005 amended the notification requirements to only those that contain substances of high concern in quantities of over 1 tonne per year and where they are present over a concentration of 0.1 per cent. weight by weight. This will greatly reduce the burden on the paper industry and avoid having to test every batch of waste paper collected.

The agreed compromise text also makes it clear that waste—as defined in Council Directive 75/4222/EEC—is exempt from the REACH regulations. This will minimise any impact on recycling and compliance with the landfill directive.


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