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Trade and Industry

Arms Trade: Export Controls

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many arms export licences were issued to (a) India, (b) Bangladesh, (c) Tanzania, (d) Ghana, (e) Nigeria, (f) Uganda, (g) Malawi, (h) Indonesia, (i) Vietnam, (j) Kenya and (k) Mozambique in each of the last three years. [135742]

Malcolm Wicks: The Government publish detailed information on their export licensing decisions, including the number of licences issued by destination, in their Annual and Quarterly Reports on Strategic Export Controls. Copies of these are available from the Libraries of the House and at:

The 2006 Annual Report will be published in June 2007, but the quarterly reports for 2006 are currently available together with annual and quarterly reports for previous years.

Departments: Energy

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) instructions are issued to staff in his Department and (b) technical procedures are in place to shut down computers at night. [136103]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Staff are reminded to shut down their desktop PCs when leaving the office. Should staff inadvertently leave their ELGAR PCs on, the device will automatically and securely close down and be put into Power Save mode after 20 minutes.

Departments: Renewable Energy

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much energy in kilowatt hours was purchased by his Department from renewable sources in the most recent year for which figures are available. [135002]


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Jim Fitzpatrick: During the last financial year the Department purchased 8,658,547 kWh from renewable sources.

Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what steps the Government plan to take to produce the improvements in environmental design required by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; [135949]

(2) what consideration the Government have given to introducing differential charges in the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive in order to encourage innovation in design to encourage recycling and reuse. [135948]

Malcolm Wicks: The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive encourages producers of electrical and electronic equipment to consider the design of new products to facilitate environmentally sound treatment and reprocessing when equipment reaches its end of life.

The UK has addressed this issue through Regulation 59 of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (SI 3289).

Energy Policy Progress Review

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Department has spent on (a) legal fees, (b) consultants, (c) special advisers, (d) administration and (e) other costs in relation to (i) the Government’s energy review and (ii) the case in the High Court brought by Greenpeace on the energy review consultation process; and if he will make a statement. [135295]

Malcolm Wicks: To date my Department has spent approximately £1.8 million on the Energy Review, including approximately £1.6 million of consultancy and analysis.

In respect of the Greenpeace Judicial Review, Greenpeace are yet to submit their costs for the case. As such it is not possible to identify full costs at this stage.

Entertainments

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the contribution of the British entertainment industry to the UK economy; and if he will make a statement. [135943]

Mr. Woodward: I have been asked to reply.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for the entertainment industry. This includes the creative industries, gambling, sport and tourism. The creative industries include music, television and radio, film and computer games among others.

DCMS uses data provided by the Office for National Statistics to estimate the contribution of these sectors to the UK economy. In total, DCMS sectors account for approximately 13 per cent. of the economy, of
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which the creative industries are 7.3 per cent., tourism 3.5 per cent. and gambling and sport 2 per cent.

As part of DCMS’ Creative Economy programme, research to assess the contribution to the economy of the creative industries was commissioned in December 2006. I expect this research to be published at the same time as the Creative Economy programme's Green Paper in June 2007.

Natural Gas

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the wholesale price of gas was in each quarter of the last 15 years; and what the total consumption of gas was in each quarter. [135998]

Malcolm Wicks: The GB gas market was inaugurated in 1996. Before then there was not a market based wholesale price of gas, as most trades were on a contractual basis between producers and British Gas. National Grid has provided information on the System Average Wholesale Price of Gas in pence per kilowatt hour (KWh) since Q2 1996, shown in the table. Gas consumption is published in table 4.1 of Energy Trends; this publication is available in the House of Commons Library.


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System average wholesale gas price
Quarter Price (pence/KWh)

1996

Q2

0.442

Q3

0.459

Q4

0.543

1997

Q1

0.438

Q2

0.382

Q3

0.327

Q4

0.486

1998

Q1

0.373

Q2

0.318

Q3

0.382

Q4

0.441

1999

Q1

0.325

Q2

0.310

Q3

0.288

Q4

0.402

2000

Q1

0.444

Q2

0.569

Q3

0.519

Q4

0.800

2001

Q1

0.905

Q2

0.700

Q3

0.553

Q4

0.735

2002

Q1

0.633

Q2

0.404

Q3

0.403

Q4

0.613

2003

Q1

0.699

Q2

0.588

Q3

0.505

Q4

0.904

2004

Q1

0.804

Q2

0.689

Q3

0.801

Q4

0.927

2005

Q1

1.192

Q2

0.998

Q3

0.957

Q4

2.000

2006

Q1

2.155

Q2

1.135

Q3

1.101

Q4

0.978

2007

Q1

0.746

Source:
National Grid
http:/www.nationalgrid.com/uk/Gas/Data/EDR/After//NORD01+-+Daily+Balance+Report.htm

Natural Gas: Storage

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the natural gas storage capacity was in the UK in each of the last 15 years. [135996]

Malcolm Wicks: Great Britain’s gas storage capacity since 1997 is summarised in the answer to the hon. Member for Westbury (Dr. Murrison) on 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1615W. Only limited information is available for the period prior to 1996-97. The following table shows the approximate total GB storage capacity for the five years prior to 1996-97:


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Approximate Capacity in 1996-97
Facility GWh bcm

Avonmouth

900

0.084

Dynevor

300

0.028

Glenmavis

600

0.056

Grain

1,200

0.112

Hornsea

2,900

0.270

Partington

1,200

0.112

Rough

30,300

2.818

Total

37,400

3.48

Notes:
1. Store space can be assessed in numerous ways (e.g. energy, volume, cushion gas determination, liquefied natural gas heel, etc.), so the figures given may differ from other published data.
2. GWh = Giga Watt hours; bcm = billion cubic metres.
Source:
National Grid.

Nuclear Power

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 635W, on nuclear power, what assessment he has made of the effect on the consultation on nuclear energy of publishing the White Paper on energy policy before receiving responses to the consultation. [134928]

Malcolm Wicks: We are still in the final stages of developing both the Energy White Paper and the Nuclear Consultation which will be published shortly. We will be in a position to respond once the documents have been finalised.


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