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The expenditure is in connection with a variety of external legal fees including payments to Treasury Solicitors and costs incurred in connection with the Departments criminal prosecution functions including prosecution counsel and agent solicitors fees, and expenses incurred by prosecution witnesses.
CMI brings together the University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a global model of collaboration. Its work has covered four main programme areas: integrated researchfocusing on areas that will have a major impact on the future evolution of technology; undergraduate exchangesbringing about cultural change through student and staff exchanges; Professional Practiceadapting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology model for partnership with industry; and National Competitiveness Networklinks CMI with UK universities and industry.
Mr. Darling [holding answer 18 December 2006]: Figures for the number of households in fuel poverty in England are produced from analysis of the English House Condition Survey. From 2003, the survey is being carried out on a continuous rolling basis. Prior to 2001, however, this survey was conducted on a five-yearly basis. Hence, the number of households in fuel poverty is not available for all of the last five years. The figures for 2001, 2003 and 2004 are available. These statistics are detailed in the following table:
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Jim Fitzpatrick: The following expenditure was incurred by the Department from September 2002 to purchase new-style desking and chairs from British suppliers. There was no significant investment made before that date.
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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims registered by (a) Beresfords and (b) AMS Law for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease where no postcode was provided have (i) been settled, (ii) resulted in no additional action since their registration and (iii) been dropped by the solicitor. 
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what dates (a) AMS Law and (b) Moss Solicitors met with his Department in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999 to discuss the UDM and Vendside claims handling agreements. 
Malcolm Wicks: The UK is a member of two international non-proliferation organisations to which it is required to make subscription paymentsthe International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Both of these organisations request that subscription payments are made in foreign currencies, and the Pounds Sterling figures provided in the table are based on exchange rates at the time of payment.
The UK is obliged to pay an annual contribution to the IAEA Regular Budget, which pays for most of the IAEAs work and the running of the Agency itself, and is expected to make a payment to the Technical Cooperation Fund, which pays for the IAEAs development programmes in less developed countries.
The UK is obliged to make an annual contribution to the OPCW Programme and Budget, which pays for the OPCWs work and the running of the Organisation itself. The UKs contribution to the Programme and Budget for 2006 was £2,722,408 (payment of €3,972,579).
In addition, the UK makes extra payments each year in support of the work of the IAEA and OPCW. This includes support to the IAEA Safeguards Support Programme which totalled £1.3 million in the 2005-06 financial year.
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to secure stricter performance and service-quality targets from internet service companies providing a migration access code for those customers wishing to change internet providers. 
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 Executives letter will be placed in the Libraries of the Houses.
Malcolm Wicks: Because an understanding of the physics and chemistry of matter and processes at the nanoscale is relevant to all scientific disciplines, a wide variety of research activities could be deemed to embrace nanoscience and nanotechnologies to some extent. Thus it is not possible to accurately identify all Government funding in this area in the last five years. But to date funding of around £13 million has been allocated for research to address the potential risks posed by engineered nanoscale materials and the social and economic implications of nanotechnologies. To help industry maximise the potential benefits of nanotechnologies, between 2001 and 2006 this Department committed at least £49 million on applied research projects that are relevant to industry and £45 million on support for research infrastructure. The Research Councils have provided substantial funding for nanoscience and nanotechnology. For example, they provided £19.8 million for an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration on Nanotechnology to operate between 2002 and 2007 and between 2001 and 2005 relevant expenditure by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council alone amounted to over £160 million in research grants with additional support for around 200 new PhD studentships.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether procedures for informing his Department of reductions in generating capacity at UK nuclear power stations differ according to the (a) ownership and (b) other factors affecting the status of power stations; and what the procedure is relating to those owned and operated by British Energy. 
Malcolm Wicks: Grid Code obligations require Generators to notify National Grid about useable output on a regular basis. This includes the nuclear stations owned by BE. This information regarding individual power stations is provided to National Grid on a confidential basis. National Grid keeps the Department updated on overall available margin on a regular basis. In addition, aggregated data of total output useable and available margin is published by National Grid on every working day.
As part of the restructuring of British Energy, DTI receives all such information that it needs to monitor the financial viability of the company: this includes relevant information on operational matters. As a listed company BE would alert the market to any material issues affecting its financial position.
Following the Government response to the national consultation, Post Office Ltd will draw up local area implementation plans within the framework of our final decision. Post Office Ltd will, after discussion
with sub-postmasters, Postwatch and Members of Parliament, consult publicly for six weeks providing the opportunity for local representations and suggestions.
Decisions will then be a matter for the company on how best to restructure the network ensuring that no one part of the network or no particular group of people is significantly more adversely affected than any other.
The classification of a post office branch as urban or rural is an operational matter for POL. The company has for several years classified rural post offices on the basis of a Countryside Agency definition of a rural settlement as one with less than 10,000 inhabitants. POL considers urban areas to be those areas with an aggregated population exceeding 10,000. In urban areas over 99 per cent. of the population still live within one mile of their nearest post office.
Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding his Department gave to the (a) Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, (b) Carbon Trust, (c) Energy Saving Trust and (d) Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board in each of the last five years; and how much has been provided to each body in 2006-07. 
The Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies (ACCAT) was constituted in November 2003. It provides strategic advice on the activities of the Carbon Abatement Technologies programme. It does not allocate or administer any funds.
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