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Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring cost of implementing the directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment in the UK to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Regulatory Impact Assessment which accompanied the regulations estimated one-off costs to businesses to be in the region of £150 million. Recurring costs were estimated to be in the region of £70 million to £150 million per annum to businesses. The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has an agreement in place with the National Weights and Measures Laboratory to enforce the UK Regulations at a cost of £0.4 million per annum.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the End-of-Life Vehicles (Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2005 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Regulatory Impact Assessment which accompanied the regulations identified no significant one-off costs. Recurring costs to businesses were estimated to be between £23 million and £36 million per annum. Costs to the regulators are estimated to be £0.1 million per annum.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Regulatory Impact Assessment which accompanied the regulations estimated one-off costs to businesses to be between £650 million and £850 million. Recurring costs were estimated to be between £8 million to £10 million per annum to businesses and between £0.4 million and £0.5 million per annum to the regulators.
because of its clandestine nature, it is difficult to estimate the true extent and cost of the problem of bribery and corruption.
Transparency Internationals Bribe-payers Index (BPI) aims to evaluate the supply side of corruption by asking business experts in emerging economies for their impressions of the likelihood that companies from the listed countries pay or offer bribes in their business activities. The UK is sixth out of 30 countries, the second G7 country and third EU country in the table.
Mechanisms are in place to address offences of bribery committed overseas by UK nationals or UK registered bodies through Part 12 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, which clarified the application of existing bribery law to the bribery of foreign public office holders and gave our courts jurisdiction over such offences. DFID has recently committed funds to the City of London police
to establish a dedicated police unit dealing solely with offences of bribery overseas.
Information is held on the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website, www.opsi.gov.uk, for every set of regulations.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2007, Official Report, column 1167W, which fixed assets his Department sold for less than £10,000 in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what the (i) sale value, (ii) purchaser and (iii) date of sale was of each asset. 
|Fixed asset type||Proceeds (£)||Purchaser||Date of sale|
|(1) Due for demolition. Transferred to Laboratory of the Government Chemist for £1.00.|
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether funds have been transferred from his Departments science budget to the budget for work associated with the collapse of MG Rover; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 8 March 2007]: DTI 2007-08 budgets face significant pressures. In order to manage these, the Department has identified budget reductions that will allow savings to be recycled to pressures. However it has also been necessary to use some of the accumulated unspent funds within the science budget to seek to manage these pressures. The pressures that require funding include, but are not limited to, the rescue package for British Energy, costs associated with the MG Rover collapse, pan European space projects and the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. There will be no direct hypothecation of savings identified to individual pressures.
Margaret Hodge: Eurostat does not publish gross value added data, but instead publishes data for gross domestic product (GDP) for all regions and sub-regions in the European Union (EU). For the current round of structural funds, areas in receipt of convergence objective fundingthe highest level of fundingwere defined as those NUTS 2 regions with GDP per capita less than 75 per cent. of the EU average, expressed in terms of purchasing power parities (PPP), using the average of data for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002.
The latest data available at NUTS 2 (sub-regional) level from Eurostat are for the year 2004. The following table shows all NUTS 2 regions in the EU with GDP per capita in 2004 less than 75 per cent. of the EU average, including all 27 current member states, in terms of PPP.
|NUTS 2 region||GDP per capita as a percentage of EU27 average|
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