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Energy Efficiency

Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to increase energy efficiency within his Department; and if he will make a statement. [60341]

Alan Johnson: DTI are working toward achieving the energy efficiency targets expressed in the Government framework for sustainable development, Part E—Energy. The targets set are to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings on the estate by 15 per cent. in terms of KWH usage and that used per square metre by 2010–11.

The DTI London HQ estate is being reduced by approximately 30 per cent. as the result of a major rationalisation programme to make more efficient use of our accommodation with significant associated reductions in the Department's overall energy usage.

The Department has implemented a number of energy efficiency initiatives since the target was published. The main strategy is to gain efficiencies as a result of the estate strategy to reduce the physical size of the estate and the number of buildings. We have also included a number of energy efficiency projects in our main buildings to improve lighting and environmental controls as well as occupant awareness. We have also commissioned a feasibility study through the Carbon Trust to look at the potential for micro generation on the remaining DTI buildings.

Equal Opportunities Commission

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons he has reduced the budget of the Equal Opportunities Commission. [63102]

Meg Munn: The budget for the EOC for 2006–07 has not yet been finalised. The budgets for EOC, as with all programmes, have not yet been agreed. It is currently expected that some additional one-off funding baseline will again be given.

An indicative resource budget for 2006–07 was given to the EOC in February 2005. Over recent weeks there have been further discussions with the EOC around agreeing their resource budget for the coming year but it has not been possible to issue formal allocation letters before finalisation of the overall DTI budget for the year.

All DTI budgets are currently being finalised in a very touch public expenditure climate.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the budget is for the Equal Opportunities Commission for (a) 2005–06 and (b) 2006–07. [63103]


 
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Meg Munn: The resource budget allocation for the EOC for 2005–06 is £9.75 million. This is made up of a baseline funding of £8.005 million plus and additional DTI funding of £1.7 million including £500,000 for the gender duty giving a total of £9.75 million.

The 2006–07 budgets for EOC, as with all programmes, have not yet been finalised.

Euro

Mr. Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has in place for the introduction of the euro. [60902]

Alan Johnson: The Department of Trade and Industry prepared a Managed Transition Plan for any introduction of the euro in December 2004. This would be required if Government, Parliament and the people, in a referendum, all agreed that joining the euro would be the right thing to do.

Financial Irregularities

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases of financial irregularities have been recorded in his Department in each of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement. [57545]

Alan Johnson: The financial irregularities identified in Department of Trade and Industry are featured in the annual returns to Treasury on Frauds and Thefts. Records are only available for the last 4 financial years for which fraud returns have been completed.

The details are as follows:
Number of casesTotal value (£)
2000–01611,000
2002–03314,000
2003–04
2004 -05444,000

These sums are cases involving established internal misconduct or where, if it has not been possible to identify the perpetrator, it has been assumed that there was internal involvement. These figures do not include details of straightforward theft of minor assets.

Global Nuclear Energy Partnership

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects his Department to announce its response to the strategy set out in the United States Global Nuclear Energy Partnership proposals. [63070]

Malcolm Wicks: The United Kingdom is discussing, with the United States, the development of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. There have been bi-lateral meetings between the United Kingdom and the United States to discuss the American proposals. However, this proposed programme is at very early stage and there is no need for, nor timetable for, an announcement at this point.
 
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India

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the level of UK trade with India. [61791]

Ian Pearson: UK Exports to India show a 27.4 per cent. increase to November 2005 compared to the same period in 2004.

UK imports from India increased by 20.1 per cent. to November 2005, compared to the same period in 2004.

The Total Trade with India to December 2004 was £6.4 billion (2005 figures will be released in July 2006).

The UK is the 5th biggest investor in India with UK companies involved in 9.8 per cent. of all new FDI into India since 1991.

Indian investment into the UK is growing rapidly when measured in terms of investment projects and jobs created. Up to 31 December 2005 UKTI had assisted 33 Indian companies invest in the UK (up 22 per cent. on 2004).

As the Indian economy continues to grow, it is vital that businesses in UK seize the opportunities on offer. The Government will increase its effort to support British business to access the Indian market.

Lead Organ Pipes

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that on (a) the restriction of hazardous substances (2002 95/EC) and (b) waste electrical and electronic equipment (2002 96/EC) prohibiting the use of lead in component manufacture do not adversely affect the organ building and repair industry. [61801]

Malcolm Wicks: The Department of Trade and Industry continues to work closely with the European Commission, other member states and industry on the RoHS and WEEE directives.

The repair and refurbishment of existing pipe organs (both now and in the future) will not be affected; neither will pipe organs that are not reliant on electricity to function. A total exemption for the manufacture of new pipe organs from the substances restrictions of the RoHS directive would require a formal application by the industry to the European Commission (under article 5.1b). The Department has offered to work with the industry to help them develop such a case.

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment on pipe organ (a) building and (b) maintenance; and if he will make a statement. [61296]

Malcolm Wicks: There is no impact on pipe organ building or maintenance arising from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on the impact of EU legislation on lead pipe organs; and if he will make a statement. [62394]


 
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Malcolm Wicks: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has received a number of e-mails and letters as part of a campaign originated by the Institute of British Organ Building (IBO). DTI officials have been working with the IBO and met with them recently.

Low Carbon Building Programme

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date householders will be able to submit grant applications to his Department's Low Carbon Buildings Programme. [60995]

Malcolm Wicks: Householders will be able to access the Low Carbon Buildings Programme website from 3 April to find out details on how to apply for grants:

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the amount of capital grant support which will be spent on solar photovoltaics in the first year of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. [60996]

Malcolm Wicks: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr. Ainsworth) on 22 March 2006, Official Report, column 392W.


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