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Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential impact on NHS and private dentistry of the General Dental Council's decision of 7 December to prevent public access to dental care professionals without referral by dentists; and if he will make a statement. [41879]

Ms Rosie Winterton: I have been asked to reply.

The General Dental Council's (GDC) decision on 7 December signalled an important first step in removing unnecessary restrictions on the business of dentistry. Under recently conferred powers, the GDC has agreed that appropriately qualified clinical dental technicians, who are also known as denturists and whose practice is currently prohibited by law, should be allowed to see edentulous patients, without prior review by a dentist, for the purpose of supplying and maintaining complete dentures.

There will also be wider scope for treatments by other dental care professionals such as dental hygienists and dental therapists. The GDC has agreed that a dentist should carry out a full mouth assessment and provide a treatment plan, which specifies the intervals at which the patient should attend for further examination or treatment. Pending the re-assessment, the patient could take the treatment plan to any appropriately registered dental professional who could, within the overall limits of the plan and the limits of his or her competence, treat the patient.

The GDC has made it clear that it would welcome proposals to expand the curricula of dental care professionals to enable increased direct access by patients to dental care professionals, where there is robust training to ensure that patient safety is protected.

The Department shares the GDC's view that this represents the right balance between improving flexibility and patient choice and protecting patients.
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Energy Review

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will ensure that the energy review takes into account the work of the interdepartmental task force established by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to look at energy use in existing buildings. [45982]

Malcolm Wicks: The work of the task force on the sustainability of existing buildings, to identify suitable measures to improve the energy efficiency and reduce emissions from existing building stock, is clearly an important one. As stated clearly in our consultation document: Our Energy Challenge. Securing clean, affordable energy for the long term", the energy review will take into account the work of the task force.

Energy Supply

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 2252W, on energy, what assessment has been made of the international supply of gas in relation to the anticipated demand for gas; and how many years of supply can be provided from the existing resources of gas in the world. [45728]

Malcolm Wicks: The department does not estimate world gas reserves and supplies, or future world gas demand. However, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated that there are currently 180 trillion cubic metres of proven gas reserves. At current production rates, the IEA estimates that these would last for 66 years; based on its expectation that production rates will increase at 2.3 per cent. per year, these reserves could then last some 40 years (source—World Energy Outlook 2004",

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to assess the percentage of electricity supplies produced by gas, coal and nuclear energy in light of the anticipated shortage of gas supplies in the future. [45729]

Malcolm Wicks: The Department already reports monthly, via statistics published on its web site, on the electricity supplied by fuel by major power producers, and quarterly in Energy Trends" on electricity supplied by fuel by all electricity generators Copies of Energy Trends" are available in the Libraries of the House.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of total UK piped gas imports he estimates will pass through each interceptor in (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2020. [45721]

Malcolm Wicks: The current UK gas market arrangements are already delivering a number of gas pipeline import projects. By 2010, under current plans, the Belgium-UK Interconnector will have a total import capacity of 66 million cubic metres per day (mcm/d); the new Balgzand-Bacton pipeline (BBL) from the Netherlands of 44mcm/d; and the Langeled pipeline from Norway of up to 70mcm/d. Projections at and beyond this date are highly uncertain as key infrastructure investment decisions have yet to be made. The proportion of future gas imports to the UK made
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via these pipelines, and any plans to construct further pipeline connections, will be commercial matters for market participants.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of total gas for the UK he expects will be imported in (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2020; and what proportion of this he expects will be (i) piped and (ii) imported by ship. [45722]

Malcolm Wicks: Details of new import infrastructure can be found in my right hon. Friend's First Report to Parliament on Security of Energy Supplies" ( first_report.pdf), which shows forecast supply and demand to 2013. Projections beyond this date are highly uncertain as key infrastructure investment decisions have yet to be made. In addition to the projects listed in the report, new liquefied natural has (LNG) projects at Canvey Island and Teesside have recently been announced. Independent studies have suggested that imports may account for around 75 percent. of total gas supply to the UK by 2015–16 and 90 percent. by 2020–21. The proportion of future gas imports to the UK from pipes and ships, and any plans to construct further infrastructure, will be commercial matters for market participants.

Engagements (Nuclear Industry)

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials have had with representatives of the nuclear industry over the last four months; and what the (i) date and (ii) attendance was of each meeting. [45508]

Malcolm Wicks: The Department has many meetings with the nuclear industry and with other interested groups, such as oil, gas, coal, renewables and microgeneration industries.

Due to the number of meetings that take place, the effort required to compile a full list of meetings involving Ministers and officials would result in disproportionate cost to provide a comprehensive answer.

Export Credits Guarantee Department

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) had with (a) BAE, (b) Rolls Royce and (c) Airbus regarding the ECGD consultation on the changes to the ECGD's anti-bribery and corruption procedures that were introduced in December 2004. [42565]

Ian Pearson: ECGD has not had discussions with the three companies named regarding the ECGD Consultation on the changes to its anti-bribery and corruption procedures introduced in December 2004, although employees of two of the companies named have represented the CBI at discussions which ECGD has had with the CBI. See, for example, the meeting of 9 June 2005, minutes of which are available on ECGD's website at:
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Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value of British exports to (a) the Eurozone area, (b) the pre-enlargement 15 EU member states and (c) the post-enlargement 25 EU member states was in each quarter since 1997. [43269]

Ian Pearson: Data is not available for all the quarters requested. Those quarters for which data has been published are shown in the following table.
UK exports of goods and services to European countries
£ million

1997 Q129,281
1997 Q229,333
1997 Q329,490
1997 Q430,246
1998 Q130,106
1998 Q230,410
1998 Q330,249
1998 Q430,201
1999 Q128,07830,27031,335
1999 Q228,53530,70331,781
1999 Q330,22932,39433,496
1999 Q430,57332,70833,919
2000 Q130,99633,36534,547
2000 Q231,98634,34135,491
2000 Q332,90835,35136,598
2000 Q434,05536,40037,893
2001 Q133,80736,28637,843
2001 Q234,00036,44937,781
2001 Q333,30935,65436,988
2001 Q432,24534,49235,946
2002 Q133,51735,29837,233
2002 Q235,24037,44639,233
2002 Q333,54235,76937,539
2002 Q432,13035,06635,822
2003 Q133,83335,44237,661
2003 Q232,42334,30236,184
2003 Q332,63134,43036,532
2003 Q434,06935,56538,210
2004 Q132,39832,63536,343
2004 Q233,68337,844
2004 Q334,35538,497
2004 Q435,53039,751
2005 Q134,95739,230
2005 Q234,98939,344
2005 Q335,69440,057

Balance of payments basis.
If the data for the EU15 had continued to be published, it is likely that the final figures shown here would have been revised, probably slightly upwards.

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