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19. Natascha Engel: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what authority his Department has granted to Capita to interview under caution claimants for compensation for vibration white finger. 
Malcolm Wicks: It is a sad fact of life that a very small percentage of claims appear to be fraudulent. It is entirely appropriate that Capita, on behalf of the Department, should investigate where fraud or any other criminal offence is suspected. They do so through agreed procedures which protect the legal positions of both the interviewee and the Department.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding was given to (a) Community Trade Union and (b) Communitas Development for the Future in each of the last 10 years. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: In line with commitments on confidentiality given to staff, the Department does not maintain central records of the detail of an individuals disability or long-term health condition. Currently approximately 8 per cent. of all staff within the Department have recorded a disability or long term health condition.
All staff with disabilities or long term health conditions, including epilepsy and related conditions, are encouraged to discuss with their line managers any impact on their work and reasonable adjustments that may help within the work place. Reasonable adjustments to assist staff with epilepsy could include additional time off for medical appointments, awareness training for team members, adjustments to work objectives or targets, adjustments to lighting, seating or IT equipment, advice from our Occupational Health Service and flexible working.
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Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to increase the intelligence capability of the electricity distribution network through broadband enabled smart meters. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 4 June 2007]: The Government have set out their position on metering and billing in the Energy White Paper, which includes an ambition to see a universal roll out of domestic smart meters within 10 years. We will consider how to take this forward in consultation with stakeholders, including issues related to technology and communications. Energy suppliers are separately undertaking a programme of work, overseen by Ofgem, to address the issue of inter-operability of smart meters. This work includes an examination of the communications systems that underpin smart meters.
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2007, Official Report, column 1212W, on employment equality, what assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 on company benefits other than pensions available to retired employees; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: It is still too early to assess the effect in practice of these regulations on company benefits other than pensions. Such benefits available to retired employees may be covered by the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 where the former employee can show that any age discrimination is closely linked to the former employment relationship.
The European Union (EU) and member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) jointly fund the design and development programme for Galileo. To date the UKs subscription to the ESA element of the programme has been €142 million.
The EUs contribution to the design and development programme is made from the EC budget and is estimated by the Commission to be €790 million. The UKs contribution to the EC budget is around 17 per cent. of the total, before the UK receives any abatement. The United Kingdom makes its contributions to the EC Budget as a whole and not to individual spending programmes within it. There is not an identified United Kingdom contribution to the design and development programme via the EU budget.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when his Department informed solar photovoltaics installers of the decision to reduce the maximum household grant under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme by 83 per cent; 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer s 4 June 2007]: Further to the announcement in the Budget 2007 that an additional £6 million would be made available for the household stream, we suspended the scheme to allow us to discuss with industry representatives how to re-structure the scheme to make best use of the monies available in order to meet the programmes objectives.
We announced on 9 May a number of changes to the programme, including the introduction of a £2,500 cap per household. By introducing this measure among others, we will be able to use the limited funds available to support an increased number of microgeneration installations across all technologies.
Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) obligations and (b) restrictions are imposed by the EU Services Directive on (i) Post Office Limited and (ii) the Royal Mail. 
The EU Services Directive does not impose requirements on Post Office Ltd. or Royal Mail. The services directive is intended to deliver a competitive market in services and eliminate certain
barriers to the provision of services. Legislative and administrative requirements imposed on service providers will need to be assessed for compliance with the directive. In the cases of Post Office Ltd. and Royal Mail, the relevant requirements fall largely under the regulatory regime established pursuant to the Postal Services Act. If those requirements do not comply with the directive, they will need to be amended or abolished.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's estimate is of the lifetime carbon saving from (a) a 2.5kWp domestic solar photovoltaics system and (b) a 4m2 domestic solar hot water system. 
Malcolm Wicks: As part of the EEC3 (Energy Efficiency Commitment) programme, the carbon savings for domestic solar PV and solar hot water systems have been calculated using the carbon factor from the DEFRA Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Reporting:
The energy savings of solar thermal panels depend upon the water heating system displaced. The following table lists the values assumed for a 4m2 domestic hot water installation in the EEC3 Illustrative Mix:
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