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Businesses: Orders and Regulations

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. [126643]

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. [126650]

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. [126671]

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.


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Corruption

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to the British economy of corruption. [126939]

Mr. Coaker: I have been asked to reply.

The report on “Bribery and Corruption: Impact on UK Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)” by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) states that

Transparency International’s 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
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to establish a dedicated police unit dealing solely with offences of bribery overseas.

Departments: Orders and Regulations

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many pages of regulations his Department laid before Parliament in 2006. [126890]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department put before Parliament 63 sets of regulations in 2006. However, we do not hold, centrally, information on the number of pages per set of regulations.

Information is held on the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website, www.opsi.gov.uk, for every set of regulations.

Departments: Sales

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. [126003]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Details of fixed assets sold by the Department of Trade and Industry for less than £10,000 during 2004-05 and 2005-06 are as follows:

Fixed asset type Proceeds (£) Purchaser Date of sale

(a)

2004-05

Microfabrication building(1)

1.00

Laboratory of the Government Chemist

31 August 2005

(b)

2005-06

Furniture

3,985.50

Defence Bills Agency

22 November 2005

Furniture: cabinets—100 at £296.10 each

29,610.00

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

19 December 2005

Furniture: cabinets—46 at £296.10 each

13,620.60

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

1 March 2006

Total

47,216.10

(1) Due for demolition. Transferred to Laboratory of the Government Chemist for £1.00.

Departments: St. George's Day

Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has to celebrate St. George's Day. [125703]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department of Trade and Industry plans to fly the St. George's flag on St. George's Day.

MG Rover

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether funds have been transferred from his Department’s science budget to the budget for work associated with the collapse of MG Rover; and if he will make a statement. [126209]

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.

National Income: Europe

David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which sub-regions in Europe have a gross value added rate under 75 per cent. [127371]


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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 funding—the highest level of funding—were 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.


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NUTS 2 region GDP per capita as a percentage of EU27 average

In Bulgaria:

Yugozapaden

49.1

Yugoiztochen

29.9

Severoizto chen

29.3

Severen tsentralen

26.4

Severozapaden

25.6

Yuzhen tsentralen

25.6

In the Czech Republic:

Stredni Cechy

69.9

Jihozapad

69.6

Jihovychod

67.4

Severovychod

63.7

Moravskoslezsko

61.1

Severozapad

60.7

Stredni Morava

59.8

Estonia

55.7

In Spain:

Extremadura

67.1

In France:

Martinique

74.3

Guadeloupe

66.9

Reunion

60.5

Guyane

54.4

In Greece:

Peloponnisos

69.0

Kentriki Makedonia

68.2

Ipeiros

67.5

Thessalia

66.3

Dytiki Makedonia

62.7

Voreio Aigaio

60.6

Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki

56.7

Dytiki Ellada

54.5

In Hungary:

Nyugat-Dunantul

66.8

Kozep-Dunantul

61.1

Del-Dunantul

45.6

Del-Alfold

44.2

Eszak-Magyarorszag

42.5

Eszak-Alfold

41.9

In Italy:

Puglia

69.8

Calabria

68.5

Campania

68.4

Sicilia

67.3

Lithuania

51.1

Latvia

45.5

Malta

74.4

In Poland:

Slaskie

57.0

Wielkopolskie

54.5

Dolnoslaskie

51.7

Pomorskie

49.6

Zachodniopomorskie

47.2

Lodzkie

46.7

Lubuskie

45.4

Kujawsko-Pomorskie

45.4

Opolskie

43.6

Malopolskie

43.4

Warminsko-Mazurskie

39.4

Swietokrzyskie

39.3

Podlaskie

37.9

Podkarpackie

35.4

Lubelskie

35.2

In Portugal:

Alentejo

70.3

Regiao Autonoma dos A├žores

65.9

Centra

64.3

Norte

58.8

In Romania:

Bucuresti - Ilfov

64.5

Vest

39.0

Centra

35.5

Nord-Vest

33.0

Sud-Est

30.7

Sud-Vest Oltenia

28.8

Sud - Muntenia

28.4

Nord-Est

23.6

In Slovakia:

Zapadne Slovensko

52.7

Stredne Slovensko

46.7

Vychodne Slovensko

42.3


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