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East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA)
£

2002-03

10,000

Note:
The Corporate Plan for the other years has been produced entirely in-house and a version for general circulation is not published. It is publicised on the website and copies produced when requested.

London Development Agency (LDA)
£

2002-05

25,109

2003-06

26,693

2004-07

23,375

2005-08

26,560

2006-09

(1)29,965

(1) Provisional figure — to be confirmed.
Note:
Prior to 2002 no Corporate Plan was designed and published for general circulation, therefore no costs were involved. The LDA produces a three-year Corporate Plan on an annual basis to inform the Mayor of London’s consolidated budget setting process for the Greater London Authority. The higher cost of producing the LDA’s plan is due to a number of factors. These include the cost of outsourcing to a production company rather than in-house production, higher costs of production in London, improving its accessibility to those with disabilities, accommodating extra input from the Mayor’s office, and producing hard copies rather than website versions only.

Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA)
£

2005-06 to 2007-08

4,247

Note:
Previous Corporate Plans were not printed and distributed, but posted on the Agency’s website. Therefore NWDA does not have any recorded costs in respect of those documents.

ONE NorthEast
£

2004

9,050

2005

11,825

2006

6,939

Note:
Prior to 2004 One NorthEast did not produce a corporate plan as such and it was not printed or distributed as it is presently. Consequently One NorthEast does not hold any financial or costing information for this period.

South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)


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South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA)
£

2000-01

500

2001-02

500

2002-03

4,580

2003-04

14,568

2005-08

14,407


Yorkshire Forward (YF)

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses in each region received financial assistance from the regional development agencies in each year since 1999. [94095]

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

Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to extend further the powers and responsibilities of regional development agencies; and if he will make a statement. [99680]

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

Research and Development

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on research and development (a) in the West Midlands and (b) nationally. [96838]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 26 October 2006]: The amount spent on R&D in the West Midlands and nationally can be seen in the following tables.

R&D performed in the UK in the private and public sectors in 2003
£ million
Business expenditure R&D (BERD) Government R&D (GOVERD) Higher education R&D (HERD)

West Midlands

587

38

228

England

12,786

1,678

3,606

UK

13,687

2,010

4,457

Notes:
1. These figures may be subject to revisions.
2. The table shows the performers of R&D, not the funders.
Source:
GERD, 2003; Economics Trends 621.


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Business expenditure on R&D, 2004
£ million

West Midlands

800

England

12,546

UK

13,504

Note:
Government and Higher Education Expenditure for 2004 not yet available.
Source:
Business Monitor, MA 14, 2004

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of his Department's research and development budget has been spent on research establishments based in (a) Wales, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [89988]

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

River Tyne

Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to receive the joint North Tyneside Metropolitan District Council, Newcastle City Council and One North East study on future land use on the river front north of the River Tyne. [98311]

Margaret Hodge: It has not proved possible to respond to my right hon. Friend in the time available before Prorogation.

Road Traffic Accidents

Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with automobile (a) manufacturers and (b) insurers on (i) vehicle design and passenger safety and (ii) the costs of vehicle repairs and personal injury claims arising out of road traffic accidents. [98309]

Margaret Hodge: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport (DfT) has lead responsibility for policy relating to road transport and the regulation of vehicle safety. DfT has numerous formal and informal discussions with interested parties, including manufacturers and insurers, about road and vehicle safety. The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) works collaboratively with the automotive manufacture and distribution industry to investigate reports of design or construction deficiency. The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) has regular discussions with its automobile manufacturer customers in order to understand the new technologies that they wish to use, and to type approve their designs against statutory safety standards.

Department of Trade and Industry has regular dialogue with the automotive industry on a wide range of issues, working closely with DfT and other relevant Government departments and agencies. In particular, the Vehicle Industry Policy and European Regulation (VIPER) group, which is attended by Government officials including DTI, DfT and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs along with industry representatives, discuses regulatory issues that
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affect the automotive sector, including the development of technical regulations, which are mainly concerned with the environmental or safety performance of vehicles.

Royal Society International Fellowships

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department plans to allocate to the Royal Society international fellowship scheme in each of the next five years. [99907]

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

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many foreign scientists he expects to take part in the Royal Society international fellowship scheme. [99908]

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

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which areas of science will be covered by the Royal Society International Fellowship Scheme. [99909]

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

Savings Companies

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are in place to protect savers who invest in savings companies which go into closure. [98694]

Mr. McCartney: Many firms that offer savings and investment products to the public, such as banks, building societies and insurance companies, are required by legislation to be authorised by the Financial Services Authority. If an authorised firm fails and is unable to pay claims against it, compensation is often available to savers and investors (subject to certain limitations) from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Consumers can find out whether a firm is authorised by checking the FSA Register either on-line (www.fsa.gov.uk/register) or by telephone (0845 606 1234).

The legislation does not require companies which operate pre-payment schemes for goods and services, such a Christmas hampers, to be authorised by the FSA.

Scottish Regulatory Bodies

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the operation of regulatory bodies under the Scottish legal system. [95131]


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

Seal Skins

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many seal skins were imported into the UK in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [99121]

Mr. McCartney: The importation of listed products of ‘whitecoat’ pups of harp seals and ‘blueback’ pups of hooded seals has been prohibited in this country and throughout the European Union for some 20 years. We are actively looking into the possibility of imposing a ban on the import of listed products of all harp and hooded seals.

Figures are not available for numbers of other seal skins which are imported. The Overseas Trade Statistics suggest impost in 2005 of about 4.1 tonnes of whole seal fur skins and pieces or cuttings.

Secondments

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many BP employees are on secondment to his Department; what areas they are working on; on what terms; and how many BP employees have been on secondment to his Department in each year since January 2002. [99209]

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

Skill Shortages

Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to address skills shortages in the process industries in the north east of England. [98943]

Margaret Hodge: The Regional Development Agency, One North East, has just completed work on its Regional Economic Strategy for 2006-2016. This gives prominence to work on skills, ensuring we meet our priorities in a regional context through initiative such as Regional Skills Partnerships and the Regional Skills Action Plan. For example, One North East, working in conjunction with the Learning and Skills Council and other regional partners, has developed three initiatives to address skills shortages. These are:


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The North East will also benefit from national work. Cogent, the employer lead Sector Skills Council for the process industries has identified the skills needed for the sector via the Sector Skills Agreement. Cogent ha recently been asked, by Department for Education and Skills, to develop a business plan for a National Skills Academy for the Process Industries National Skills Academy (PINS A). PINS A is a sector based national centre of excellence that will build on existing training provision infrastructure and will look at novel ways to deliver training into the workplace.


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