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Renewable Energy

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants are available to domestic households to install micro generation renewable energy equipment. [70333]

Malcolm Wicks: Grants for the installation of microgeneration technologies are available to householders through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP). This programme takes over from the Clear Skies and Major photovoltaics programmes, which finished in March 2006. The LCBP initially had £30 million to allocate—£1.5 million was used to ease the transition from the previous programmes and the remaining £28.5 million is dedicated to projects proposed by householders, communities and businesses. Further information can be found at www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk.

The Chancellor announced a further £50 million for the LCBP in the Budget. This additional funding will be used for projects in the public sector.

Reviews (Agencies/Bodies)

Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) executive agencies for which he is responsible have been subject to a peer review in 2005-06; what the (i) purpose, (ii) terms of reference and (iii) outcome was of each review; and what reference to the outcome of the review has been made when making funding decisions for those organisations. [64002]

Mr. Darling: The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) had a peer review in 2005-06. Its purpose was to ensure that the EOC is fit for purpose and able to carry
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out agreed objectives during the period up to October 2007 when it is due to be merged into the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

The terms of reference of the review were as follows:

The review has now been successfully completed and the EOC is pursuing a number of recommendations.

There were no other peer reviews of DTI sponsored bodies or agencies in 2005-06.

Severn Barrage

Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the likely cost of a Severn barrage energy generation scheme. [71357]

Malcolm Wicks: Between 1978 and 1994 the Government supported the most comprehensive programme of research and development on tidal energy in the world at an overall cost in excess of£20 million. These studies considered schemes for tidal energy at a number of potential sites, the largest being in the Severn estuary.

The results of the Severn barrage study were reported in Energy Paper 57 (ISBN 0 11 412952 5). In an assessment of the Government Tidal Programme published in 1994 (ETSU R-82) the capital cost of the Severn scheme was estimated to be £11.2 billion.

The most recent study of the Severn scheme carried out by the Severn Tidal Power Group and publishedin 2003 (available at www.dti.gov.uk/files/file15363.pdf?pubpdfdload=02%2F644) estimated the cost to be in the range of £10.3 to £14 billion(2001 prices).

Sunday Trading

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations his Department has received from the lobby group Deregulate on further liberalisation of current Sunday trading laws. [71352]

Mr. McCartney: From 13 January to 14 April, we asked for views on all aspects of relaxing restrictions on Sunday shopping hours, saying that responses could be provided in confidence. Deregulate responded to our review, asking that their submission be kept confidential. We intend to publish a summary of all the views expressed on our website (www.dti.gov.uk/consumers/buying-selling/Sunday%20Shopping), within three months of the close of the consultation.


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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to ensure that employees understand their rights in relation to opting out of Sunday working. [72061]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Full information about the right of shop and betting workers to opt out of Sunday working is available in the employment section of the Directgov website (www.direct.gov.uk/Employment/Employees/WorkingHoursAndTimeOff/fs/en).

Employees who have questions about their employment rights can also call a free helpline to get advice run by ACAS 08457 474747.

Telephone Cold-calling

Jeremy Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to tackle telephone cold-calling from companies located outside the EU. [71631]

Margaret Hodge: The Department introduced the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) scheme in 1999, under the Telecommunications (Data Protection and Privacy) Regulations, which were updated by Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003. The TPS scheme provides protection to consumers from cold-calling if they have previously notified the caller that they do not wish to receive such calls or have been registered with the TPS for at least 28 days. Those making cold calls from within the UK or on behalf of UK companies from outside the European Union are legally required not to call a number that has registered on the TPS list. However, cold calls from non-UK companies marketing a service or product are not covered by the TSP scheme, as the companies and products have no link with the UK. The Information Commissioner has responsibility for the enforcement of the TPS scheme and considers complaints about breaches.

Trade Statistics

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of UK trade was with (a) European Monetary Union countries and (b) the rest of the world in each year since 1991. [69925]

Mr. McCartney: In response to part (a) the following table shows UK trade (exports and imports) in goods and services with economic monetary union countries since 1991.


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UK trade in goods and services with the EU12
£ million
Country 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

UK exports

Austria

930

995

1,156

1,317

1,446

1,612

1,453

Belgium and Luxembourg

6,649

6,594

8,170

8,507

9,748

10,013

10,086

Finland

1,015

1,275

1,424

1,644

2,100

2,371

2,107

France

13,605

13,718

14,751

16,398

18,290

20,403

20,068

Germany

17,077

18,316

19,674

21,263

24,587

25,217

25,326

Greece

994

1,140

1,322

1,380

1,555

1,680

1,658

Ireland

6,074

6,808

7,552

8,685

9,750

10,879

11,646

Italy

7,232

7,497

7,537

8,416

9,567

9,941

10,247

Netherlands

9,215

9,972

9,804

11,490

14,444

15,914

16,738

Portugal

1,238

1,433

1,671

1,588

1,820

2,049

2,067

Spain

5,078

5,441

5,538

6,252

7,336

8,166

8,120

EU12 total

69,107

73,189

78,599

86,940

100,643

108,245

109,516


Country 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

UK exports

Austria

1,529

1,549

1,532

1,601

1,655

1,646

1,481

Belgium and Luxembourg

10,362

11,476

12,676

12,146

13,073

14,172

13,774

Finland

1,961

2,002

2,414

2,459

2,246

2,325

2,300

France

20,583

21,552

23,869

24,978

24,332

24,411

24,250

Germany

25,719

25,907

29,226

30,367

28,969

27,783

28,465

Greece

1,718

1,929

2,044

1,879

1,918

1,991

2,061

Ireland

12,122

13,272

15,110

17,289

19,533

17,151

19,161

Italy

10,939

10,506

11,038

11,128

11,313

11,375

11,382

Netherlands

16,158

17,623

19,565

19,206

18,374

18,468

17,721

Portugal

2,165

2,275

2,079

2,025

2,009

1,951

2,149

Spain

8,920

9,576

10,513

10,534

11,004

11,683

11,763

EU12 total

112,176

117,667

130,066

133,612

134,426

132,956

134,507


£ million
Country 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

UK imports

Austria

1,191

1,234

1,328

1,405

1,306

1,530

1,736

Belgium and Luxembourg

6,027

6,312

7,488

7,867

9,201

10,216

10,628

Finland

1,595

1,744

2,009

2,423

2,651

2,883

2,729

France

13,434

14,988

16,748

18,732

20,401

21,128

22,738

Germany

20,197

21,570

22,942

25,251

29,693

31,546

29,049

Greece

1,148

1,241

1,247

1,438

1,470

1,313

1,341

Ireland

4,868

5,679

6,285

6,859

8,139

8,879

9,031

Italy

7,031

7,508

7,650

8,709

9,498

10,739

11,493

Netherlands

10,862

10,966

10,373

11,747

13,260

14,361

14,155

Portugal

1,465

1,671

1,779

1,852

2,123

2,443

2,591

Spain

4,556

5,121

5,892

6,814

7,889

9,283

9,638

EU12 total

72,374

78,034

83,741

93,097

105,631

114,321

115,129



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