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As I said in the House on 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 206WH. I will keep hon. Members informed of development as the Farepak situation evolves.

Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to protect customers of saving schemes in the event that the company goes into liquidation and is unable to fulfil its financial obligations. [100396]

Mr. McCartney: I refer my right hon. Friend to the reply given to the right hon. Member for Leeds, West (John Battle) on 6 November, Official Report, column 751W.

Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the meeting between his Department, the British Retail Consortium and the administrators of Farepak on 21 October 2006. [100397]

Mr. McCartney: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my right hon. Friend the right hon. Member for South Swindon (Anne Snelgrove) today.

Government Social Research Service

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of the Government Social Research Service in his Department in each of the last five years; how many projects have been completed by the service in that period; and how many people are employed in the service in his Department. [95851]

Jim Fitzpatrick: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Industrial Strategy (West Midlands)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to review the Government’s industrial strategy for the West Midlands. [96160]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 26 October 2006]: I refer my hon. Friend to the previous answer I gave on 26 June 2006, Official Report, columns 73-74. We are taking action through the Government Manufacturing C6 Strategy to support companies in all parts of the UK succeed and respond to the challenge of globalisation; we have no plans at present to conduct a formal review of its effect on the West Midlands.

The Manufacturing Strategy has had a number of successes such as the Manufacturing Advisory Service which has helped companies to generate added value of over £224 million, including over £21 million in the West Midlands and the R&D tax credit which has provided support of £977 million to SMEs. The joint industry and Government-led Manufacturing Forum, which includes regional representation, continues to ensure the effective implementation and evolution of the Strategy and helped to develop the NationalSkills Manufacturing Academy for manufacturing announced by The Secretary of State for Education
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and Skills on 31 October which will initially launch in the North East and West Midlands.

I have visited the West Midlands and held a number of discussions with my hon. Friend and other West Midlands MPs so that we constantly ensure our policies and programmes support our economic and industrial strategy for the West Midlands.

Marketing Sector

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual turnover of the British marketing sector was in each year between 1990 and 2005; and if he will make a statement. [100014]

Mr. McCartney: The available turnover data for the UK marketing sector are given in the following table as defined by the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2003). Data are only available at the UK level and are not available before 1995. Marketing has been defined as ‘market research and public opinion polling’ and ‘advertising.’

£ billion
Market Research and public opinion polling (SIC 74.13) Advertising (SIC 74.4) Total( 1 ) (SICs 74. 1 3 and 74.4)

1995

1.3

12.9

14.2

1996

1.3

13.7

15.0

1997

1.8

15.4

17.2

1998

1.8

16.0

17.8

1999

1.7

17.8

19.5

2000

1.9

19.3

21.2

2001

2.1

18.3

20.4

2002

2.3

18.0

20.4

2003

2.2

17.9

20.1

2004

2.3

17.9

20.1

(1) Totals may not equal the sum of the components due to rounding.
Source:
Annual Business Inquiry, Office for National Statistics

NIMR

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library a copy of the Office of Science and Innovation’s response to the Medical Research Council’s draft business case for the future of the National Institute for Medical Research; and if he will make a statement. [93217]

Jim Fitzpatrick: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Ofcom

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans Ofcom has for a system of licensing access to the radio spectrum for the programme making and special events industry; what assessment he has made of the impact of the digital switchover on the UK entertainment industry; what steps he is taking to ensure that the programme making and special events industry sector operating during the 2012 Olympics major events and medical facilities will
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not be adversely affected by the digital switchover; and if he will make a statement. [98385]

Margaret Hodge: The Office of Communications (Ofcom), the independent regulator of communications is responsible for managing civil radio spectrum in the UK including the allocation and licensing of frequency bands used by the programme making and special events industry.

As part of its Digital Dividend Review, Ofcom is developing proposals with a view to publishing a consultation paper before the end of this year. In taking forward this process, the regulator will take into account the particular needs and structure of the programme making and special events industry.

DTI officials are working with Ofcom to ensure that sufficient and suitable spectrum is available to meet essential requirements of users, including the programme making and special events industry during the 2012 Olympics

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many decisions by the Office of Communications were appealed to the Competition Appeals Tribunal in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006 to date; [99461]

(2) how much the Office of Communications spent in legal fees contesting appeals made against its decisions to the Competition Appeals Tribunal in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; and how much has been spent in 2006; [99462]

(3) how much the Office of Communications spent in legal fees in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; and how much it has spent in 2006; [99463]

(4) in how many cases the competition appeals tribunal ruled against decisions of Ofcom and in favour of the complainant in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; and in how many cases it has done so in 2006. [99464]

Margaret Hodge: The matter raised is the responsibility of the Regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom) which is accountable to Parliament rather than Ministers. Accordingly, I have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the Chief Executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Office of Science and Technology

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding the Office of Science and Technology has provided for research projects by organisations in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [99740]

Jim Fitzpatrick: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Olympic Games

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the preparedness of the British marketing sector to market
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the 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement. [100013]

Margaret Hodge: The Department has made no such assessment. The 2012 Olympic Games will bring significant opportunities for all types of business in all regions of the UK and I know there has been close co-operation between the organisers of the games and the advertising and marketing sector. Along with others, the British marketing sector will have a part to play in ensuring that businesses make the best possible use of these opportunities while of course respecting legislation governing the use of all games related brands and marks.

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will meet the Chartered Institute of Marketing to discuss strategies for marketing the 2012 Olympic Games. [100015]

Margaret Hodge: If the Chartered Institute of Marketing wishes to write to me about the 2012 Olympic Games, I will endeavour to put them in touch with officials of the relevant Government Departments and agencies which are working on preparations for the event.

Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints about excessive packaging Trading Standards Departments have treated as coming under the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2003; and what action was taken in each case. [99942]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2003 state that packaging volume and weight must be the minimum amount to maintain necessary levels of safety, hygiene and acceptance for the packed product and for the consumer. The regulations are enforced by local Trading Standards Officers who work closely with the packaging industry and producers to advise them on best practice in packaging design and to resolve complaints of excessive packaging.

No figures are held centrally on the numbers of complaints that individual Trading Standards Officers have received. One company was fined £600, another £250, a third £2,000 and the most recent (in May this year) a total of £3,000. However four successful prosecutions have been brought under these regulations to date.

Parliamentary Questions

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will answer question No. 72331 tabled on 17 May 2006; and what his Department's policy is on the timetable for answering of parliamentary questions. [96762]

Jim Fitzpatrick: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.


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Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will answer question No. 66614 tabled by me on 25 April 2006. [96763]

Jim Fitzpatrick: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Post Office

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices there were in each constituency in (a) 1999 and (b) 2005, listed in descending order of the change in the number of sub-post offices between the two dates. [99465]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 6 November 2006]: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which bank accounts can be used at post offices to receive direct payments; and whether he plans to extend the scheme. [100226]

Jim Fitzpatrick: All the banks (including the Scottish banks) have at least a basic bank account that can be accessed at post offices. The following banks allow their customers to access current accounts at post offices; Lloyds TSB, Barclays, Alliance and Leicester, Co-op, Bank of Ireland, Clydesdale and Nationwide building society.

Extending these arrangements is a commercial matter for the Post Office and the banks.

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much is paid to the owners of sub-post offices for each Post Office Card Account transaction they carry out; and if he will make a statement. [96797]

Jim Fitzpatrick: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Powerhouse Project

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of storing the Powerhouse project has been since it was removed from Horse Guards Parade in 1998. [100315]

Malcolm Wicks: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Regional Development Agencies

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost was to each regional development agency of designing, printing and distributing a corporate plan in each year since 1999. [94094]

Margaret Hodge: England’s RDAs have supplied the following details of the cost of producing their corporate plans:


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Advantage West Midlands (AWM)
Document £

2002-04

19,693

2005-08

18,771

Note:
Prior to 2002 no Corporate Plan was designed and published for general circulation, therefore no costs were involved.

East of England Development Agency (EEDA)
Edition £

2002-05

9,965

2005-08

11,572

Note:
Prior to 2002 no Corporate Plan was designed and published for general circulation, therefore no costs were involved.

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