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Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will assess the merits of introducing legislation to allow individuals who are denied justice in their own country to seek compensation in UK courts for (a) environmental and (b) human rights abuses committed by United Kingdom companies abroad. 
We actively encourage UK-based international companies which operate in other countries to apply high standards of corporate behaviour, including adhering to relevant internationally agreed standards which respect human rights and the environment.
In April 2005, the UN Commission on Human Rights appointed a Special Representative of the Secretary General to take forward work on the area of business and human rights. The two year mandate of the Special Representative includes the identification and clarification of standards of corporate responsibility and accountability
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for transnational corporations with regard to human rights, as well as an elaboration of the role of States in effectively regulating and adjudicating the role of business.
The UK also plays a leading role in ensuring that the international framework to promote and to tackle abuses of workers rights throughout the world is in place, particularly through its work with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which is the UN specialized agency responsible for developing, promoting and monitoring labour standards. We play an active role in the ILO Committee on Multinational Enterprises and support the promotion and follow-up of the ILO Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy which seeks to enhance the positive social and labour effects of multinational corporations' operations throughout the world.
The Government also strongly supports the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises as a standard of good corporate behaviour and as a model to assist companies to develop their own codes of conduct. The issues they cover include labour relations and environmental and social impacts.
Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which organisations were invited to the launch of the Energy Review, Our Energy Challenge, on 23 January; and what criteria were used to decide upon suitability of invitees. 
Malcolm Wicks: A range of organisations were invited to the launch of the Energy Review to ensure a. broad and diverse set of participants and views. Attendees included representatives from unions; energy providers; energy generators; industry associations; network operators; non-governmental organisations with an interest in energy, environment or fuel poverty issues; regulatory bodies; official advisory bodies to the Government; national, devolved, regional and local government and Government Agencies; think tanks and academia.
The launch of the Energy Review, Our Energy Challenge, on 23 January was the first outreach event in a twelve week consultation period. In the weeks until April 14, Ministers and officials will continue to engage with the stakeholders invited to the launch event and others, including parliamentary bodies. The consultation is
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open to all and details of how to feed in comments are available on the DTI website (www.dti.gov.uk/energy/review).
Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what aspects of (a) renewable energy technologies and (b) distributed generation are being examined by the Health and Safety Executive in respect of their potential risk to workers and the public. 
Malcolm Wicks: In the context of the Energy Review, the Health and Safety Executive has been asked to prepare an expert report on the potential health and safety risks to workers and the public arising from recent and potential energy developments, including an increasing penetration of renewable technologies and distributed generation. The report will include an assessment of the health and safety risks associated with developments, such as wind, wave, and biomass generation projects, and their approach to ensuring that such risks are managed sensibly by industry.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what contracts the Export Credits Guarantee Department has paid out claims in each of the last five years; and for what amounts in each case. 
Mr. Alan Reid: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at which meetings his Department has been represented regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government as co-ordinated by the Ministerial Sub-committee of Green Ministers. 
Malcolm Wicks: Following the general election in May, the Cabinet Sub-committee of Green Ministers (ENV(G)) was replaced by the Ministerial Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development in Government (EE(SD)) whose members are departmental Sustainable Development Ministers.
As the Minister of State for Energy I was appointed as our departmental Sustainable Development Minister in June 2005. In July, I attended a breakfast seminar for
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Sustainable Development Ministers to discuss the sustainable development strategy and Ministers role in delivering it.
Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the five Indian companies with a presence in the UK (a) information technology, (b) pharmaceutical and (c) food sector, which had the greatest turnover in the UK in 200405. 
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