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Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with banks which do not have agreements with Post Office Ltd. on offering access to their current account customers through the Post Office branch network. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the average number of transactions in the last three years of trading at each (a) rural and (b) urban post office which has closed in each of the last five years; and what the average distance is that customers travel to the nearest post office following such closures. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff the (a) Business and Innovation Groups, (b) British National Space Centre and (c) Business Relations and Support Unit had in the last year for which figures are available; how much each spent on (i) salaries and (ii) accommodation in that year; and whether these costs are identifiable or non-identifiable for the purpose of public expenditure statistical analysis. 
Alan Johnson: The number of staff in post, taken from DTIs headcount monitoring system, as of 1 April 2005, and the full pay cost (including superannuation and employers NI contributions) for the financial year 200405, in the requested directorates are as follows:
|Full pay cost 200405 (£)|
|Business and Innovation Groups||718||43,385,531.90|
|British National Space Centre||30||1,376,384.95|
|Business Relations and Support Unit||373||17,408,241.79|
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff the (a) Regions Directorate, (b) Strategy Communications Unit and (c) Strategic Policy Analysis Unit of his Department had in the last year for which figures are available; how much each spent on (i) salaries and (ii) accommodation in that year for which figures are available; and whether these costs are identifiable or non-identifiable for the purpose of public expenditure statistical analysis. 
Alan Johnson: The number of staff in post, taken from DTI's headcount monitoring system, as of 1 April 2005, and the full pay cost (including superannuation and employers NI contributions) for the financial year 200405, in the requested directorates are as follows:
|Full pay cost 200405 (£)|
|Strategy Communications Unit||57||n/a|
|Strategy Policy Analysis Unit||54||n/a|
Pay costs are only available as a group total for Strategy Communications Unit and Strategy Policy Analysis Unit combined. Due to the distribution of cost centres the specific information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
The business Awards are made by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. The most senior Queen's Award selection committee is the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary. The Advisory Committee is the only committee where the entire membership is made public, and is served by three separate Panels of Judges, one for each business Award category. Each Panel is chaired by a Permanent Secretary or equivalent position: Department of Trade & Industry (Innovation), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Sustainable Development), and the chief executive of UK Trade & Investment (International Trade).
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The Queen's Awards for Enterprise Promotion (an Award to individuals) are made by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is advised by an Enterprise Promotion Assessment Committee (EPAC). EPAC is chaired by the director-general of Business Group, Department of Trade & Industry, and includes representatives of Government Departments and Agencies including the Small Business Service, the Department for Education and Skills, DTI, as well as the Small Business Council.
Other than Government appointments, Queen's Award panel members are chosen on an ex-officio basis (i.e. it goes to a Chairman, president, or chief executive of a chosen organisation identified as a relevant body for a particular Award category. The PM's Advisory Committee has two independent members. Membership of junior panels is deliberately excluded from the public domain to avoid direct lobbying of panel members.
|Cabinet Secretary||Head of the Home Civil Service (Chairman)|
|Permanent Secretary||Department of Trade & Industry|
|Permanent Secretary||Department for Environment, Food and|
|Chief Executive||UK Trade & Investment|
|President||Confederation of British Industry|
|Chairman||International Financial Services London|
|Chairman||The Engineering Council UK|
|General Secretary||Trades Union Congress|
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 45W, on regional development agencies, when he will write with the relevant information. 
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry where each Regional Development Agency office is located; and how much (a) inward investment and (b) trade each brought to its region in the last period for which figures are available. 
Alun Michael: The location of each Regional Development Agency (RDA) and the number of inward investment successes and associated employment that each secured in 200405 is detailed in the following table:
|200405 Investments||New jobs||Safeguarded jobs|
|Advantage West Midlands||Birmingham||34||2,645||461|
|East of England Development Agency(37)||Histon||33||994||819|
|East Midlands Development Agency||Nottingham||37||1,238||1,371|
|London Development Agency(38)||London||77||1,882||359|
|North West Regional Development Agency||Warrington||54||3214||2,389|
|ONE North East||Newcastle||44||1,912||3,999|
|South East England Development Agency||Guildford||57||2,059||1,056|
|South West of England Regional Development Agency||Exeter||12||1,053||847|
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Government supports co-firing biomass with coal in power stations as a method of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government identified co-firing of 510 per cent. biomass with coal as an option for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired generation in its Carbon Abatement Technology Strategy published in June 2005.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements are in place to ensure joined-up cross-departmental working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on incentives to use bio-mass for electricity generation. 
In the biomass area, officials from DTI and Defra work closely togetherparticular issues on which we have worked together include the Energy White Paper, assessment of Bioenergy Capital Grants Scheme proposals, the Biomass Task Force, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's Biomass Report, the EU Biomass Action Plan, and the Renewables Obligation Review.
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