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Malcolm Wicks: The Energy Review is examining a wide range of options, including civil nuclear energy. After an assessment of the options, the Review will bring forward proposals this year on energy policy to help us deliver our medium and long term objectives.
Mr. Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what factors led Companies House to increase its charges for making an annual return; and if he will reduce this charge for not-for-profit companies. 
Companies House has not increased the annual document registration fee payable with the annual return filed electronically. In November 2004 Parliament approved the increase of the fee payable with the paper annual return to £30. There were two main reasons for the increase. First, Companies House is required to review its fees on a regular basis. The last full pricing review was completed in 2004 and confirmed that costs and prices were out of line in some areas and needed to be rebalanced. The fees are linked, as required by European Law and HM Treasury guidance, to the forecast cost of providing each service. Companies House is required to prevent the fees from one service subsidising the costs of another service. Secondly, the annual registration costs associated with filing in paper format has risen because handling paper is labour
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intensive compared to electronic filing. The fees Companies House charges to all companies, including not-for-profit companies, must reflect these differences in cost.
Mr. Sutcliffe: The final draft of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 is scheduled to be published in the first quarter of this year. Subject to the regulations being approved by Parliament, I aim to make them before Easter.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account he took of the time available to employers to consider the final form of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 when deciding on the timetable for implementation. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: We took into account the need for those with responsibilities under the legislation to have a reasonable time to complete their preparations. We have consulted widely and have been engaging with businesses and employers' groups for a number of years. The timetable envisages that they will have some six months with the final regulations.
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes there are to an individual's employment rights if their employer moves from registering staff in the UK to registration (a) offshore within the EU, (b) offshore outside the EU and (c) in Guernsey; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 30 June 2005]: On the assumption that the workers in question are recruited in Great Britain and based in Great Britain for an unlimited period, the location and nationality of the employer is irrelevant to their enjoyment of the full range of applicable employment rights.
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the Joint Energy Security of Supply Working Group's report was due to be published; on what date he expects the report to be published; and if he will make a statement. 
DTI officials, in conjunction with Ofgem, are currently drafting the sixth JESS report which I expect to be published in the next few weeksabout six months after my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's first report to Parliament on security of gas and electricity supply in Great Britain was published.
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Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding the Equal Opportunities Commission (a) received in 200506 and (b) will receive in 200607 in relation to the forthcoming duty on public bodies (i) to end unlawful discrimination and harassment and (ii) to promote equality between women and men. 
Meg Munn: In 200506 the Equal Opportunities Commission received £500,000 in relation to the duty on public bodies to end unlawful discrimination and harassment and to promote equality between women and men. The Department of Trade and Industry is currently reviewing the budgetary allocations of all it's non departmental public bodies.
Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the level of funding of (a) the Equal Opportunities Commission in relation to the forthcoming duty on public bodies to end unlawful discrimination and harassment and to promote equality between women and men, (b) the Commission for Racial Equality for its work with public bodies in relation to the duty on public bodies to promote race equality and (c) the Disability Rights Commission for its work with public bodies in relation to the duty to promote equality for disabled people. 
(c) Disability Rights Commissionhas been allocated some £0.9 million in 200405 and £4.7 million in 200506 for work deriving from the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 including the Disability Equality Duty.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many appeals against refusal of export licences by his Department for the defence procurement industry have been lodged in each of the last five years; and how many of them were (a) refused and (b) successful. 
The Government publish information on all appeals against a decision to refuse an application, including the number that were refused and the number that were upheld, in their annual reports on strategic export controls, available from the Libraries of the House.
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Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications for export licences for the defence procurement industry were made in 200405; and how many of them were dealt with within 20 days of receipt. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government publish information on the number of export licence applications they have processed and their performance against target in doing so, in its annual reports on strategic export controls, available from the Libraries of the House. The 20 working day target relates to processing Standard Individual Export Licence applications. The Government also publish quarterly licensing and performance information on the Export Control Organisation website,
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