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Solicitor-General

Departmental Publications

Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General if he will list in date order the (a) Green and (b) White Papers produced by the Law Officers’ Departments since October 2005. [81643]

The Solicitor-General: None.

Identity Theft

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2006, Official Report, column 1602, on identity theft, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the prosecution of cases of identity theft. [73782]

The Solicitor-General: I have had no recent discussions.

Trade and Industry

Carbon Capture

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research he has commissioned on advanced coal technologies and carbon capture and storage since 1997; and what the cost was of such research. [85228]

Malcolm Wicks: The UK's Cleaner Coal Technology programme started in 1999. Under this programme we have supported 48 collaborative R and D projects on advanced coal technologies through four calls to the value of £13 million as well as a significant number of small R and D projects in collaboration with British Coal Utilisation Research Association for which some £150,000 per year was allocated. In all 174 Cleaner Coal projects have been supported to date, with an additional £3.5 million provided for collaborative Cleaner Coal Technology projects with the USA since then. Under the Department’s New Technology programme (the successor to the Cleaner Coal programme) £3.5 million was set aside for carbon abatement (including carbon capture and storage) R and D projects during 2005-06.


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We published two reports produced internally investigating carbon capture and storage and the results of these can be found in “The Review of Carbon Capture and Storage in the UK” and “The Carbon Abatement Technology (CAT) Strategy for Fossil Fuel Use”, both of which can be found in the Libraries of the House. Both reports can also be found on the DTI Website at

http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/coal/cfft/co2capture/review.pdf

http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/coal/cfft/cct/pub/catreportlinked.pdf.

Coal Industry

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what opportunities will be available via the Coal Forum proposed in the Energy Review to discuss development and export opportunities for clean coal and carbon capture from coal-fired generation. [86420]

Malcolm Wicks: As stated in the “Energy Review Report” further information about the Forum’s remit and particulars will be announced shortly. We will need to take views on how the participants in the Coal Forum will wish to address the clean coal and CCS part of their remit.

Departmental Redundancies

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies in his Department during the (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08 financial years; what discussions he has had with the Treasury about providing funding for this; what discussions he has had with trade unions representing officials in his Department about such redundancies; how many officials in his Department have (A) taken voluntary severance and (B) been made redundant in each month since January, broken down by (1) Directorate and (2) grade; what discussions he has had with the Treasury about head count reduction in his Department; when he expects to reach agreement with the Treasury about the next Comprehensive Spending Review; if he will place in the Library copies of advice his Department provides to officials on taking voluntary redundancy; and if he will make a statement. [81239]

Jim Fitzpatrick: This answer applies to the “core” DTI and excludes UKTI and all Executive agencies. The Department has just completed a voluntary early severance/retirement scheme and is currently considering whether any further schemes may be needed in the future to support further reductions in posts.

No formal discussions have been held with HM Treasury about funding of redundancy schemes.

The Department holds regular meetings with the departmental trade union side to discuss potential staff surpluses and proposals for early severance schemes
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and is currently discussing with the unions implications for staff of meeting the Department’s reduced administration budget.


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The following table sets out the number of officials who have taken voluntary severance/retirement and compulsory redundancy since January 2006:

2006 Grade Voluntary early severance or retirement Redundancy

January

Range 5 (Executive Officer)

1

February

Range 3 (Administrative Officer)

1

Range 6 (Executive Officer)

1

Range 10 (Grade 7)

1

March

Range 2 (Administrative Assistance)

4

Range 3

1

Range 4 (Administrative Officer)

2

Range 5

2

Range 6

1

15

Range 7 (Higher Executive Officer)

3

Range 8 (Higher Executive Officer)

2

1

Range 9 (Senior Executive Officer)

2

Range 10

3

1

Range 11 (Grade 6)

1

April

Senior Civil Service

1

June

Range 2

1

Range 3

2

Range 4

1

Range 9

1

Total

29

19


Group Voluntary severance/retirement Compulsory redundancy

Business/Innovation

13

19

Energy

3

Services

7

Fair Markets

1

Legal

3

UKTI

2

Total

29

19


The Department is working closely with HMT colleagues on preparations for the next Comprehensive Spending Review which should be resolved by summer 2007. Early discussions with the Treasury have focused on how the Department can make savings across all its budgets, including in the administration of the Department.

Staff considering voluntary early departures are able to access the Cabinet Office pensions website which explains the benefits available under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, and those accepting are invited to attend either a pre-retirement course or a course covering job search, setting up a business and pursuing self-employment.

Droit de Suite

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the total sum to be paid in 2006 to (a) artists and (b) artists' families as a result of the Droit de Suite law. [85365]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Artist's resale right is a new right in the UK and it is not possible accurately to predict the amount of royalties that will be paid this year. However, a study conducted before the directive was implemented, based on 2001-02 figures, estimated that, had the right existed during this period, approximately £1.8 million would have been paid to artists for sales of their works. A later study based on the period of March 2003 to February 2004 indicated that the total would be approximately £1.4 million.

In 2006 no money will be paid to the families of artists as the UK has used a derogation within the directive and the right does not currently apply to works where the artist is deceased.

Ethnic Diversity

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to promote ethnic diversity in the workplace. [85492]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has a public service agreement (shared with the Department for Work and Pensions) to significantly increase the employment rate of ethnic minorities. DTI is part of the Ethnic Minority
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Employment Task force—the Government-wide group tasked with increasing ethnic minority employment.

The DTI also brought in regulations outlawing workplace discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

DTI funds ACAS and BusinessLink who both provide advice to businesses on equality issues and increasing ethnic diversity in the workforce.

FIFA World Cup

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which matches (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department attended at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany in their ministerial capacity; at what cost to public funds; and with what contributions from third party organisations. [83631]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Neither my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State nor any of the Ministers in his Department attended FIFA World Cup 2006 matches in Germany.

Fuel Poverty

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas were classified as being in fuel poverty in each year since 1997; and what each figure represents per 1,000 total households. [85941]

Malcolm Wicks: The numbers of urban, suburban and rural households in fuel poverty in England are presented for all available years since 1996 using the current fuel poverty methodology. The analyses for the years 2003 and 2004 have been done using the respective combined years’ datasets of the English House Condition Survey.

Number of fuel poor households
Thousand
1996 2001 2003 2004

Urban

1200

500

400

300

Suburban

3000

800

500

600

Rural

1000

500

300

300


Number of fuel poor households per 1000 total households
1996 2001 2003 2004

Urban

282

93

70

68

Suburban

253

72

48

50

Rural

258

110

76

74


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