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Company Directors

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Government plan to publish a non-statutory set of guidelines on the duties and responsibilities of company directors. [90649]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 11 September 2006]: The Government recognise that it is important that the law in relation to the duties and responsibilities of company directors is accessible and widely understood. They therefore intend to publish plain language guidance on the duties and responsibilities of directors as part of their implementation of the Companies Bill, including the general duties under part 10 of the Bill.

Consumer Protection

Mr. Truswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive; and what assessment he has made of the effects of the implementation of the directive on the powers available to consumer protection agencies. [90926]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The DTI has held two public consultations on the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. The most recent, in December 2005, received 69 formal responses including responses from: consumer bodies, business and business organisations, trading standards departments, regulators, professional institutions and academics. A summary of these is on the Department’s website. The DTI also held a number of workshops before and during the consultation process with consumer groups, enforcers and business representatives. It has also held numerous public presentations. In addition, the Department recently received eight letters from Members of Parliament and another from a local government central body that advises and supports local authority regulatory services.

Implementation of the directive is overseen by a project board that includes representatives from the enforcement community. It is also informed by a
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stakeholder board consisting of representatives from business and consumer groups and enforcement authorities.

In light of comments received, the Government are still considering how best to implement the directive. Yet implementation offers an opportunity to enhance the powers available to enforcement authorities. Options include: retaining existing criminal offences and investigative powers; and extending these to the new protections contained in the directive. Such powers might also, for the first time, be made available to a national consumer protection body, the Office of Fair Trading. The Government will clarify their intentions when they publish the response to the consultation paper.

Correspondence

Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will provide a corrected reply to the letter of 12 July 2006 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding a constituent, ref AE/587654. [90636]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 11 September 2006]: A corrected reply was sent on 22 August. I am sorry the wrong response was sent previously.

Energy Efficiency

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken towards making the operation of the Department carbon neutral. [90616]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 11 September 2006]: The DTI is committed to energy efficiency targets and reduction in carbon emissions as set out in the “Framework for Sustainable Development in Government”.

Over the past two years the Department has reduced its London HQ estate by over 30 per cent. with a corresponding reduction in all the associated environmental impacts. More efficient use has been made of existing accommodation and the Department has adopted flexible desking on the basis of eight workstations for every 10 staff.

Other carbon reduction initiatives include purchasing nearly a third of our electricity from renewable sources between 1999-2000 and 2004-05. We want to purchase more “green” electricity and are considering other renewable sources.

Eurofighter

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what resources in (a) time and (b) personnel were devoted to (i) assessing and (ii) facilitating the recent licence application for Eurofighter jets to be exported to Saudi Arabia. [90819]

Margaret Hodge: Export Licence applications are made to the Government in confidence and the information they contain is exempt from disclosure. For this reason the Government can neither confirm nor deny whether any such export licences have been received.


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Given the complexity of the application assessment process, and the number of Departments involved, it would not in anyway be possible to calculate the staff time spent on any individual application. However, by way of general background, the Export Control Organisation currently has 73 staff responsible for processing export licence applications. In addition, staff in a number of other Government Departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and, where appropriate, the Department for International Development, are involved in the assessment process. The Government processed 9062 applications in 2005.

Export Control Act

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his answer on 4 May 2006, Official Report, column 1751W, on the Export Control Act, when he plans to produce and publish the terms of reference for the planned review; how many members of staff within the Export Control Organisation will be involved; which independent parties will be consulted; and what the planned (a) start and (b) end date is for the review. [90817]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 11 September 2006]: As indicated in my response to the hon. Gentleman’s question of 4 May 2006, Official Report, column 1751W, it is my intention to start the review of the regulations introduced under the Export Control Act after they have been in force for three years i.e. from May 2007. I have yet to decide the details of the review. There will be a public consultation. The review will involve a range of staff from across the Export Control Organisation and its advisory departments, but it is not possible to say precisely how many.

Import Licences

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what import licences have been issued since 2003 for small arms and light weapons from (a) Serbia and Montenegro, (b) the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (c) Romania, (d) Ukraine, (e) Albania, (f) Bulgaria, (g) Croatia and (h) Kosovo to the UK; and what quantity of goods was allowed by each licence. [90780]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 11 September 2006]: Details of import licences issued from 1 January 2005 that would allow the import from (a) Serbia and Montenegro (SM), (b) the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MK), (c) Romania (RO), (d) Ukraine (UA), (e) Albania (AL), (f) Bulgaria (BG), (g) Croatia (HR) and (h) Kosovo (XK) of small arms and light weapons (as defined by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) are listed. Similar lists for 2003 and 2004 could be drawn up in the time available only at disproportionate costs.

The list is divided into those licences for which the applicant has provided a specific country of consignment and those licences where the applicant has simply stated that the goods are consigned from any country except a member state of the European Union. The code for the latter licences is “AY”.


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Import licences issued from 1 January 2005 to date

AY

4 x DLASK Arms M4 5.56 calibre

AY

60 x Pistols

AY

50 x Handguns / machine pistols / silencers

AY

45 x Shotguns / 5 x silencers

AY

45 x Assorted prohibited weapons

AY

500 x Assorted prohibited firearms and component parts

AY

6,380 x Assorted prohibited firearms

AY

358,725 x Assorted prohibited weapons

AY

500 x Weapons and ammunition—Sections 5(1)(c) and 5(1A)(b) of the Firearms Act 1968, as amended

AY

5,000 x Automatic weapons of all types

AY

1,000 x Semi-automatic rifles and carbines

AY

200 x Short-barrelled shotguns

AY

50 x Rocket launchers, grenade launchers or mortars

AY

2,000 x Handguns

AY

12 x Weapons under Section 5(1)(a) / 12 x Section 5(1)(ab) / 12 x weapons under Section 5(1)(aba)

AY

100,000 x Weapons under Section 5(1)(a) / 50,000 x weapons under 5(1)(ab)

AY

500 x Assorted prohibited firearms and component parts

AY

47,800 x Assorted prohibited firearms and component parts

AY

40 x Handguns / 5 x machine pistols / 5 x silencers

AY

45 x Shotguns / 5 x silencers

AY

No more than 45 in total x submachine guns, light machine guns, medium machine guns, heavy machine guns, automatic cannons, assault rifles/carbines, self-loading rifles, self-loading rifles/carbines, automatic rifles/carbines, pump action rifles/carbines

AY

Unlimited assorted prohibited firearms

AY

6,470 x Assorted prohibited firearms

AY

100 x Handguns

AY

358,725 x Assorted prohibited weapons

AY

500 x Automatic weapons of all types

AY

1,000 x Semi-automatic rifles and carbines

AY

200 x Short-barrelled shotguns

AY

50 x Rocket launchers, grenade launchers or mortars

AY

2,000 x Handguns

AY

36 x Assorted prohibited weapons

AY

20,450 x Assorted prohibited weapons

AY

47,800 x Assorted prohibited firearms and component parts

AY

1,000 x Assorted prohibited firearms and component parts

AY

No more than 13,000 in total x weapons under Sections 5(1)(a), 5(1)(ab), (ac) and (ae) / 1,300 x weapons under Section 5(1)(b) / 500 x weapons under Section 5(1)(aba) / 25,000 x weapons under Sections 5(1)(c), 5(1A)(d) and 5(1A)(e)

AY

10 x .223 semi-automatic rifles/carbines

AY

110 x Lightweight multiple launchers / 10 x vehicle missile launchers / 75 x automatic, semi-automatic rifles, Carbines / 25 machine guns / 15 grenade launchers / 2 x drill anti-tank weapons / 500 x shoulder launch aiming units

AY

No more than 500 in total x prohibited weapons and prohibited ammunition

AY

5,000 x Automatic weapons of all types

AY

1,000 x Semi-automatic (self-loading) rifles and carbines of all types

AY

200 x Short-barrelled shotguns fed by slide, pump or lever action or by self-loading mechanism

AY

50 x Rocket Launchers, grenade launchers or mortars of all types

AY

2,000 x large and small calibre pistols and revolvers (handguns) of all types

AY

100 x pistols under Section 5(1)(aba)

AY

No more than 10,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(a) / 600 x 5(1)(ab) / 6000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(aba) / 100 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ac) / 3,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ae)

AY

No more than 10,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(a) / 600 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ab) / 6,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(aba) / 100 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ac) / 3,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ae)

AY

No more than 75 x medium machine guns, submachine guns, light machine guns, heavy machine guns, automatic cannon, cannon, assault rifles/carbines, self-loading rifles/carbines, automatic rifles/carbines, pump action rifles/carbines

AY

60 x Handguns (Cal. 2mm-27mm/.172-1”)

AY

45 x Shotguns (pump, revolver, semi-automatic, automatic)

AY

No more than 45 shotguns in total of the following types: pump, revolver, semi-automatic, automatic

AY

No more than 75 x medium machine guns, submachine guns, light machine guns, heavy machine guns, automatic cannon, cannon, assault rifles/carbines, self-loading rifles/carbines, automatic rifles/carbines, pump action rifles/carbines

AY

10 x Derringer, 30 x handguns, 5 x machine pistols

AY

12 x Weapons under Section 5(1)(a) / 12 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ab) / 12 x weapons under Section 5(1)(aba)

AY

No more than 200 x weapons under Section 5(1)(a), 5(1)(ab), 5(1)(ac), 5(1)(ad), 5(1)(ae) and 5(1A)(c) / No more than 150 x weapons under Section 5(1)(aba)

AY

No more than 10,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(a) / 600 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ab) / 6,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(aba) / 100 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ac) / 3,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ae) / 750 x anti-riot guns / 600,000 component parts for weapons under Section 5(1)(a) and 5(1)(aba) / 700,000 rounds of ammunition under Section 5(1A)(e)

AY

No more than 10,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(a) / 600 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ab) / 6,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(aba) / 100 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ac) / 3,000 x weapons under Section 5(1)(ae) / 750 x anti-riot guns / 600,000 component parts for weapons under Section 5(1)(a) and 5(1)(aba) / 700,000 rounds of ammunition under Section 5(1A)(e)

AY

6,300 x 9mm pistols / 90,000 x rounds of 12.7mm ammunition

AY

90 x 12.7mm machine guns / 85 x 7.62mm machine guns / 12 x 7.62mm sniper rifles

AY

Unlimited grenade launchers, anti-tank weapons, helicopter mounted missile launchers, air-to-air missiles, surface-to-air missiles, anti-tank missiles, shoulder launch aiming units and practice missiles

AY

2 x Anti-tank weapons, 5 x close air defence missiles, 2,000 x anti-tank missiles, 500 x shoulder launch aiming units, 200 x surface-to-air missiles, 200 x practice missiles, 88 x helicopter mounted missile launchers, 100 x air-to-air missiles, 110 lightweight multiple launchers, 500 x shoulder launch anti-armour missiles, 40 x vehicle missile launchers, 2,600 x close air defence missile, 220 air-to-ground anti-armour missiles, 20 x disarmed sectioned missiles, 75 x automatic/semi-automatic rifles, 25 x machine guns, 15 x grenade launchers

BG

200 x Shoulder launcher rockets

BG

136 x Rocket propelled grenades / 3 x launchers

BG

1 x Machine gun / 1 x submachine gun

BG

200 x Shoulder launcher rockets

BG

500 x Shoulder launched rockets

BG

500 x Shoulder launched rockets

BG

10 x 5.56x45mm “Arsenal” assault rifles

HR

1,500 x Machine guns, assault rifles and submachine guns

HR

5,000 x Component parts for Section 5(1)(a)

HR

500 x Rocket launchers / 3,000 mortars

HR

10,000 x Various machine guns / 2,500 various submachine guns

HR

40,000 x Assault rifles

HR

100 x Anti-aircraft systems

HR

100 x Rocket launchers

HR

20,000 x AK47 assault rifles

RO

2 x M16 A2 assault rifles / 4 x M16MA4 assault rifles / 2 x Berettas / 1 x sniper rifle / 1 x Minimi machine gun

RO

1 x Pump action shotgun / 2 x handguns

RO

5 x Handguns / 1 x automatic rifle / 6 x bolt action single shot rifles

RO

2 x H&K submachine guns / 5 x semi-automatic pistols / 1 x pump action shotgun

RO

2 x MP5 submachine guns / 2 x UZI 9mm pistols / 1 Beretta 9mm submachine gun

RO

1 x Walther PPK 1 x Glock 17 pistol / 2 x Colt 1911 pistols / 2 x H&K MPSKs

RO

25 x RPG-7 rocket launchers / 25 x RPG-7 rocket launchers (paratrooper) / 25 x SVD 7.62x54 rifles

RO

30 x AKM rifles / 50 x Dragunov 7.62x54 rifles / 6 x PKM machine guns / 15 x RPG-7 rocket launchers / 110 x RPG-7 rocket launchers Commander 5 / 1 x 60mm mortar / 1 x 81mm mortar / 1 x 120mm mortar

SM

200 x Signal pistols / 50 machine guns

SM

1 x Zastava M21 automatic rifle

SM

600 Machine guns

SM

1 x PKT machine gun / 2 x AKM assault rifles

SM

5 x German MG42 light machine guns 7.92mm and 20 x spare barrels for same / 3 x German MG34 light machine guns 7.92mm and 20 x spare barrels for same

SM

8 x Czech VZ27 7.65mm pistols / 9 x Belgian 1910/22 7.65mm pistols / 1 x German 7.65mm Mauser pistol / 1 x Polish Radom P-35 9mm pistol / 2 x German P-38 9mm pistols

SM

50 x .50 CAL Browning M2HB / 200 x PPSH41 7.62 submachine guns / 100 x MG42 7.92 light machine guns / 20 x DP26 7.92 light machine guns

UA

100 x Pistols / 580 x carbines

UA

1,000 x Submachine guns

UA

820 x Handguns / 400 x SVT 40 rifle

UA

400 x 7.62mm SVT-40 rifles / 160 x 7.92mm Mausers K-98 / 84 x 7.92mm MG34 / 32 x 7.92mm MG42 / 400 x 11.43mm Thompson submachine guns

UA

1,000 x 7.92mm Mauser K-98 / 500 x 7.62mm TT Pistol / 400 x 11.43mm Thompson submachine guns / 130 x 7.26mm Maxim machine gun

UA

1,000 x 7.92mm MG34 / 1,000 x 9mm Walther P-38 / 1,000 x 11.43mm Thompson submachine guns

XK

4 x laser emitting training weapons


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