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Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department will begin its consultation on Article 87 (3) of the Regional Aid Guidelines; and which areas he expects will be included. 
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support his Department is providing in 200506 to research into the development of tidal power; and at what locations tidal power is being piloted. 
At present one prototype tidal power research device is located in the sea, near Lynmouth in Devon and another is under construction in Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. In the next year it is anticipated that at least two more prototypes will be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Stromness, Orkney and one prototype in the Humber Estuary at Hull.
Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessments he has commissioned of the potential for exploiting micro-hydro power generation in Wales as part of the energy review. 
Malcolm Wicks: No assessment has been commissioned on the potential for exploiting micro-hydro generation in Wales as part of the energy review. However, the DTI did commission a report looking into the costs and benefits of a range of micro generation technologies including micro-hydro. This report was published on 12 December 2005 and can be found at http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/consultations/pdfs/micro generation-est-report.pdf
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Scottish Coal received from the Coal Aid Scheme in each month of 2001; and whether any of this assistance was ring-fenced for redundancy assistance. 
Kitty Ussher: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the timescale is for making it mandatory for Government departments to implement the Small Business Research Initiative; how that will be enforced; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 26 January 2006]: The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) was launched in April 2001 as a cross-departmental Initiative. It is designed to stimulate and increase the demand for research and development (R and D) from high tech small firms and give them the opportunity to demonstrate that they have the ability to undertake and deliver high quality R and D to the public sector. The
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participating government departments agreed to a target of purchasing at least 2.5 per cent. of their extramural R and D from SMEs by 200405. The Research Councils are also participating in their own arrangements.
Compliance with the mandatory requirement is monitored by the DTI's Small Business Service. The present focus is on making a success of the relatively newly introduced mandatory option. To this end, in order to improve access for small firms, departments will be required to use the Supplier Route to Government (CSRG29) website to offer Government R and D contract opportunities, when it is launched shortly.
In future, we will publish performance figures on an annual basis. Apparent poor performance by individual departments will be investigated initially by the Small Business Service and Ministers will decide what action to take in order to bring about an improvement.
Alun Michael: The number of businesses registering and de-registering for VAT in the Pendle constituency, are shown in the table for the period 1997 to 2004. Data for 2005 will be available in autumn 2006.
VAT registration and de-registration data do not capture all business activity. Businesses are unlikely to be registered if they fall below the compulsory VAT threshold. Similarly, businesses that de-register will not necessarily have closed. Only 1.8 million out of 4.3 million enterprises were registered for VAT at the start of 2004.
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Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, columns 29192W, on the Telephone Preference Service, with which regulations the 925 complaints received were concerned. 
Alun Michael: The 925 complaints referred to in the reply as having been considered by the Information Commissioner were complaints under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 regarding alleged breaches of Regulation 21, which relates to unsolicited direct marketing telephone calls.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 2212, on waste electrical and electronic equipment, if he will provide an estimate of the range of unit costs involved in compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; and what the Department's estimate is for compliance over the next three years. 
Mr. McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what regulations the Government plan to implement to transpose the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive 2002/96/EC into domestic law; and when he will publish such regulations. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 2 December 2005]: On 14 December 2005, I announced a review of proposals for implementing the waste electrical and electronic equipment directive in the UK. A new timetable for implementation will not be set until the review is concluded.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding his Department allocated for (a) demonstration and (b) pre-commercial trials of wave power in the UK in each of the last five years. 
Malcolm Wicks: During the five-year period between January 2000 and the present approximately £9.95 million has been committed to a total of 27 wave energy R&D projects concerning all stages of technology development from initial proof of concept to full scale demonstration. This is broken down by year as follows:
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A further £50 million 'Marine Renewables Deployment Fund' has been allocated to support the continued development of wave and tidal-stream technologies of which £42 million is for direct support to early-stage pre-commercial trials.
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