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Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to promote trade with Namibia; and what the value of UK exports to Namibia was in (a) 2004 and (b) 2003. 
Ian Pearson: UK Trade and Investment is the lead UK Government organisation that supports UK companies trading internationally and overseas companies seeking to locate in the UK. UK companies can access the UKTI website for information and contact the Southern Africa Desk for general advice on exporting to Namibia. There is no UKTI commercial representation in Namibia itself. However, our high commissioner in Windhoek can provide lobbying support for UK companies pursuing major contacts in Namibia. UK exports to Namibia totalled £10.1 million in 2003 and increased to £17.4 million in 2004.
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 16 January 2006]: In the course of the Department's normal work, I regularly meet with companies with interests in the nuclear power industry, where we discuss a wide-range of issues relating to energy policy. I have not had any specific representations on pre-licensing arrangements from the nuclear power industry.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations his Department has received about the (a) acquisition, (b) administration, (c) closure and (d) liquidation of QDF Castings Limited of Derby. 
The company went into administration on 1 August 2005 and I have dealt with correspondence concerning the subsequent effect on the employees of this company. The administrators have a duty to provide a report to creditors within eight weeks of the company going into administration and further reports covering periods of six months, from the date of the administration, are also provided to creditors; the Secretary of State does not receive such reports. The administrators are required to report to the Secretary of State on the conduct of the directors but the report is confidential and is not yet due.
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The legislation provides that the administration should be concluded within a year unless either the court or the creditors consent to an extension of that time limit. Upon conclusion of the administration a company may not necessarily go into liquidation. If there are no assets left to distribute to creditors it may be dissolved.
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many
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abandoned vehicles were removed and destroyed in eachlocal authority area in Kent in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Estimates for abandoned vehicles removed and destroyed in England have been compiled in the Defra municipal waste management survey since 2001. The figures for the last five years for local authorities in Kent are shown in the table. The figures from 200405 are collated through waste dataflow survey. At present we do not have a full return for 200405 but have received the figures for Kent, which are included in the table with the exception of Medway for which 200405 data is not yet available.
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Mr. Bradshaw: The Department funds an extensive programme of research into the causes, effects and control of air pollution and air quality. Since 2001, the Department has operated between 50 (in 200001) and 65 (in 200304 and 200405) individual research and non-research contracts. These are spread across five research programmesstrategic policy analysis; eutrophication and acidification; photochemical pollution; toxic air pollutants; and ambient airwith a total value of around £10 million per year. Details of the individual contracts, including total value, lead contractor and final reports (where applicable), can be accessed via the UK National Air Quality Information Archive: http://www.airquality.co.uk/archive/contracts/index.php; the majority of contracts span between three and five years.
In 2005, Defra developed a draft Evidence and Innovation strategy, in order to ensure that research programme continued to support and inform departmental priorities. The Department has undertaken a consultation process on its draft strategy, which closed on 12 January. The consultation document can be accessed via the internet (http://defraweb/science/how/strategy.htm). The strategy splits also the air pollution research programme into five categories:
The following table lists all of the contracts currently in operation, broken down by Evidence and Innovation category and research need. The total budget for these contracts for 200506 is £9.7 million.
|E and I category||Research need/Project title||Current projects|
|Quantifying exposure||1. MonitoringAutomatic Urban and Rural Networks||CMCU of the automatic urban and rural networks|
|QA/QC services for the Automatic Urban and Rural Monitoring Networks|
|To provide standard gases to sites in the UK national automatic air quality monitoring networks|
|CMCU of the London automatic air quality monitoring network|
|2. Monitoringhydrocarbon networks||Non-automatic Hydrocarbon network (200407)|
|Automatic Hydrocarbon network (200407)|
|3. Monitoringtoxic air pollutants||TOMPs Network|
|PAH monitoring in the UK|
|Heavy metals monitoring network|
|4. MonitoringSmoke, SO 2 , NO 2 non-automatic network||NO 2 Smoke and SO 2 Non-Automatic Monitoring|
|5. MonitoringParticle concentrations and numbers||Monitoring airborne particulate concentrations and numbers in the UKPhase II|
|6. MonitoringDeposition networks||Management and operation of the UK acid deposition monitoring network|
|Ammonia monitoring in the UK|
|Management and Operation of EMEP Supersite (am)|
|Source attribution||7. Emission Inventories||National Atmospheric Emission Inventory and Greenhouse Gas Inventory|
|EA Fuel Analysis-SCLF|
|8. Modelling of atmospheric processes and pollutant concentrations||Global Modelling of Transboundary Air Pollution|
|Acid deposition processes in the UK|
|UK Application of Eulerian Models at Fine Spatial Resolution|
|Modelling concentrations and deposition of long range air pollutants|
|UK Pollution Climate MappingPhase II|
|The UK Application of the EMEP Model|
|Modelling of tropospheric ozone|
|Dispersion modelling of air pollutants in urban areas in the UKPhase II|
|9. Research on the characterisation of particles||Non Exhaust Particulate Matter Emissions from Road Traffic|
|Characterization of Particulate matter in the UK|
|10. Research on source attribution of particles||How to estimate the benefits to health that might follow reductions in roadside concentrations of pollutants|
|Links between urban ambient particulate matter and healthparticle metrics|
|Assessing impacts||11. MonitoringAcid Waters Monitoring Network||UK Acid Waters Monitoring Network|
|12. Environmental effects of acidification, eutrophication and ozone||Critical Loads and Dynamic Modelling for Acidity and Nitrogen|
|Terrestrial umbrellaeutrophication and acidification of terrestrial ecosystems in the UKnew contract|
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