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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) Ministers, (b) regional development agencies and (c) trade delegations fromthe UK have visited India in each of the last three years. 
Ian Pearson: The following Table sets out the number of visits to India by Ministers, RDAs and the number of outward trade missions from the UK for the period 200305. In addition to the visits listed, HRH Prince Charles visited India in 2003, and my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister visited India in 2005.
The figure for the number of visits made by RDAs includes all of those visits of which we are aware. However, we do not hold a comprehensive list of visits by RDAs, as they are not obliged to supply this information.
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Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the budget will be for domestic installations under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in (a) 200607, (b) 200708 and (c) 200809; and on what date the Low Carbon Buildings Programme will be launched. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 28 March 2006]: Under the original £30 million budget allocation and following an informal consultation with industry the amounts that will be available for domestic household installations are:
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the original Natural Environment Research Council capital budget was for the Environment Centre built at Lancaster university; and whether this changed during its construction; 
(2) what the original budget for the Natural Environment Research Council's share of the annual running costs for the Lancaster Environment Centre was; and what its share has been in each year since its opening; 
Barry Gardiner: The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) is wholly owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC's science budget allocation has doubled since 1997 to £334 million for this year. Following consultation on proposals to put CEH on a sustainable scientific and financial footing for the future, NERC Council announced on 13 March that it will proceed with the restructuring with various modifications reflecting issues raised in stakeholders' input.
Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the current complement of staff at the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) have a first degree or further qualification in (a) nuclear physics and (b) nuclear engineering; and what qualifications the OCNS (i) Director and (ii) Deputy Director holds. 
The current complement of staff at the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) is 42, including the administrative and security vetting teams. None of them holds first degrees or further qualifications in nuclear physics or nuclear engineering. The release of the information requested in respect of the qualifications of the Director and Deputy Director of OCNS would or would be likely to contravene the first Data Protection Principle.
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As a security organisation, OCNS requires its staff to have a wide range of knowledge and expertise in all areas of security, including physical, information and personnel security. Knowledge of nuclear physics and nuclear engineering is desirable, but not essential. Where such knowledge is necessary, the advice of the relevant agencies is sought, in particular from the Nuclear Industries Inspectorate of the Health and Safety Executive, with whom OCNS maintain a close working relationship at all levels.
Mr. Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department held with other departments regarding the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 28 November 2005 of the decision not to proceed with a mandatory requirement for operating and financial reviews. 
Alun Michael: Discussions took place between my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the Chancellor in order to determine the best way forward and there was agreement by relevant departments on the decision announced by the Chancellor on 28 November 2006.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices and sub post offices there were in Haltemprice and Howden constituency in each year between 1997 and 2006. 
Barry Gardiner: [holding answer 28 March 2006]: The timetable for market liberalisation is a matter for Postcomm the postal regulator. Their decision was to fully open the UK postal market in January 2006. Further information can be found on their website http://www.psc.gov.uk/
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with which other European Union member states he has discussed the liberalisation of postal markets across the European Union; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 28 March 2006]: DTI Ministers and their officials maintain ongoing dialogue with both the institutions of the European Union and the other member states.
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James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria will be used to assess the suitability of local authority applications for direct consultancy support in the next two financial years. 
Whether the project assist the authority in overcoming the particular barriers and deliver demonstrable change. Evidence for this would be percentage increase in BVPIs or tonnage diversion from landfill.
Whether the authority is providing some matching resources. Defra is keen to derive the maximum value from support funding, but it is essential that authorities identify they have the resources to project manage a proposal.
This year it is a requirement that county and all its constituent district councils submit proposals as one. Defra is keen to support projects that encourage joint working. Defra will hope to disseminate any project results to a wider audience and supported authorities will be encouraged to positively promote their solutions to neighbouring authorities.
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities have applied for direct consultancy support in (a) 200607 and (b) 200708; and what the type of authority is in each case. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The initial deadline for applications to the Direct Consultancy Support Programme is 31 March for projects that need to get off the ground immediately, and the final deadline for projects in 200607 is October 31 2006. Some of these proposals may extend into both the 200607 and 200708 financial years.
At present we have received 11 (as yet unprocessed) proposals but given that it is usual for applications to arrive towards the end of the application window this is not of concern. Six proposals are led by Unitaries, four by Waste Disposal Authorities (on behalf of their county) and one by a Waste Collection Authority (on behalf of the rest of its county).
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