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15. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of unfair dismissal claims which were upheld by an industrial tribunal resulted in reinstatement of the claimant in each of the last four years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The percentage of unfair dismissal claims upheld by an Employment Tribunal which resulted in an order for reinstatement in each of the last four years ranges consistently from 0.1 to 0.2 per cent. of cases.
Some 10 new commercially-funded gas storage facilities are under development; subject to regulatory consents, they could more than double GB's gas storage capacity by 2012.
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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) Ministry of Defence and (c) Department for International Development regarding the Arms Trade Treaty; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: Given my responsibilities for export control, I am fully engaged in the Government's policy, led by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, of securing support for an international Arms Trade Treaty.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at what stage his Department's consultation on which areas will be covered by assistedarea status is; and what representations he has received in favour of maintaining the status quo in Merseyside. 
Alun Michael: On 15 February 2006, the Department for Trade and Industry invited responses to the first stage of the Assisted Area Review by 19 April. These responses are currently being assessed and the government's response to the first stage of the consultation will be published this summer when stage 2 is launched. We received a total of 203 written replies within the deadline and almost all addressed the extent to which Merseyside and South Yorkshire should be covered.
Barry Gardiner: The Department has published a draft Simplification Plan which sets out our programme for reducing the burden of regulation on UK business. It delivers more than £l billion in regulatory savings for business by 2010. We will be updating and improving on this shortly.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of the UK's international trade with Central and Eastern Europe was in 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
Ian Pearson: UK trade in goods and services with Central and Eastern Europe in 2004 was over £15billion, more than double the 1997 figure. From 2004 to 2005 there was a further 8 per cent. increase in trade in goods.
Alun Michael [holding answer 2 May 2006]: Yesterday we laid amendments to Chapter 6, Part 15 of the Bill in order to give effect to changes to the content of companies' business reviews. As part of our proposals, we also intend to clarify the position on liability for disclosures under the Companies Act and for implementation of the EU Transparency Obligations Directive. Draft clauses on a proposed regime for liability have been published via the DTI website (at http://www.dti.gov.uk/cld/facts/clr.htm) for a short period for public comment. This package of proposals represents consistent and balanced policy after considering carefully the responses to the consultation and engaging in discussion with interested parties on the whole range of options for narrative reporting.
The requirements for narrative reporting have been streamlined so that the requirements for quoted companies are closely aligned to those for unquoted companies. The proposed new narrative reporting arrangements include the requirement that all companies will need to produce a business review, as required by the EU Accounts Modernisation Directive. The amendments make clear that the purpose of the review is to inform shareholders of the company and help them assess how the directors have performed their duty under section 156 (duty to promote the success of the company). Quoted companies will need to ensure that, to the extent necessary for an understanding of the development, performance or position of the company's business, their business review includes:
Auditors will continue to be required to report on the consistency of the directors' report with the annual accounts (as is required by the Accounts Modernisation Directive) but there will not be any additional requirement to check for other inconsistencies;
All companies will be exempted from disclosing in the business review information which is seriously prejudicial to the company's interests. This exemption was previously only provided for companies that had to produce an OFR; and
The Government's aim has always been to encourage meaningful strategic, forward-looking information to assist shareholder engagement, while avoiding disproportionate burdens on business. The Government have decided that the additional burden imposed by the statutory OFR requirement is not justified in light of the competitiveness of UK businesses. The changes to narrative reporting requirements announced yesterday will add value to the quality of reporting without imposing unnecessary costs.
Alun Michael [holding answer 3 May 2006]: The Company Law Reform Bill contains a power to enable my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State through secondary legislation, to prescribe, stand-alone model articles for different types of company. The model articles are to replace the Companies Act 1985 Table A for companies formed under the Bill and we intend to make sure that regulations made under this power will be in place by the time that the Bill comes into force.
A draft of the model articles for private companies limited by shares, and draft guidance notes on those model articles, was published in the March 2005 White Paper and we will shortly publish a draft of the model articles for public companies. We will then turn to the draft model articles for private companies limited by guarantee.
We look forward to receiving comments on the draft model articles for public companies and are working with interested parties to make sure that the final versions of the various model articles are both useful
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and relevant to people who rely on the model articles: the owners and managers of companies. There will be full public consultation before regulations are made.
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