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Drugs: Prices

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to publish the Government’s response to the Office of Fair Trading report on the Pharmaceutical Price Regulations Scheme. [144048]

Mr. McCartney [holding answer 19 June 2007]: Ministers are still considering the full implications of this important and complex report. Due to the need to assess all of the information provided by OFT, including detailed annexes published after the main report, the timing of the Government response has been delayed.

Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions his Department has held with electronic producers and product designers of electronic goods on the implementation of individual producer responsibility under article 8.2 of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. [143988]

Malcolm Wicks: The Government are committed to the principles of Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) and ensuring that producers recognise the importance of design in the sustainability agenda and will continue to work with the business community on this issue.

As part of the WEEE system, the DTI will be establishing an independent WEEE Advisory Body to provide advice to Government on issues arising from the implementation of the WEEE Regulations and on how to encourage product design to assist with IPR. This will be one of the areas the DTI will ask them to address.

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive on product design. [143989]

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


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

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department has held with electronic producers on the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. [143990]

Malcolm Wicks: Regulations implementing the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic and Equipment (WEEE) Directive require producers to finance the treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006—were laid before the House on 12 December following extensive consultation with business, including a number of electronic producers.

Energy Supply

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if his Department will consider the merits of publishing a low carbon milestone document to help Ofgem achieve its new role of analysing the long term energy outlook in order to address the concerns about security of supply as outlined in the recent Energy White Paper. [143865]

Malcolm Wicks: As set out in the Energy White Paper (paragraph 4.36) the new energy markets outlook is to be jointly managed by the Department of Trade and Industry and Ofgem and will provide energy market information relating to security of supply.

The Government's strategy to move towards a low carbon economy is also set out in the Energy White Paper, which explains how the domestic sector and planned new housing will play its part in meeting our climate change objectives. The Climate Change Bill will establish legally binding carbon budgets, and targets (or milestones) to help this country meet its commitment to tackle climate change.

Imports: Motorcycles

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many motorcycles manufactured in China of 50cc and under were imported into the UK in each of the last 12 months; and what their value was. [144320]

Mr. McCartney: The following table shows HM Revenue and Customs' Overseas Trade Statistics for the value and number of UK imports from China of motorcycles, including mopeds, with engines of 50cc or less:


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Month Value (£000) Number

2006

January

653

9,667

February

448

3,409

March

176

1,878

April

378

2,894

May

257

3,066

June

366

3,502

July

310

4,000

August

380

4,486

September

380

6,403

October

260

3,161

November

323

4,149

December

273

2,883

2007

January

175

1,209

February

70

672


Imports: Wood

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what volume of (a) whitewood and (b) redwood was imported into the UK in each quarter of each year since 2004. [144479]

Mr. McCartney: HM Revenue and Customs Overseas Trade Statistics give the following figures for imports of the following Combined Nomenclature trade codes; the first four cover spruce and silver fir seeking to provide figures for “whitewood”, while the second four cover pine, particularly Scots Pine, seeking to provide figures for “redwood”:


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Weight (thousand tonnes)
CN44032011 CN44032031
CN44032019 CN44032039
CN44071031 CN44071033
Year/Quarter CN44071091 CN44071093

2004

Q1

387

292

Q2

501

365

Q3

439

298

Q4

392

264

2005

Q1

436

299

Q2

483

332

Q3

430

266

Q4

372

268

2006

Q1

386

245

Q2

419

268

Q3

383

219

Q4

389

210

2007

Q1

352

192

Source:
Overseas Trade Statistics

Limestone

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what tonnage of limestone was (a) imported into and (b) quarried in the UK in each quarter of (i) 2004, (ii) 2005, (iii) 2006 and (iv) 2007 to date. [143769]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 18 June 2007]: The Office for National Statistics publishes annual figures for Product Sales and Trade: Quarrying of Limestone, Gypsum and Chalk (excluding Uranium and Thorium Ores) in PRA 14120. However data on volumes of UK manufacturer sales of limestone are not available. UK manufacturer sales of crushed limestone aggregates are reported as part of crushed stone of a kind used for concrete aggregates, for roadstone and for other construction use excluding gravel, pebbles, shingle and flint in the ONS report Product Sales and Trade: Operation of Gravel and Sandpits in PRA 14210, but are not separated from many other aggregates.

HM Revenue and Customs Overseas Trade Statistics give the following figures for imports of CN25210000 limestone flux, limestone and other calcareous stone used for the manufacture of lime or cement, and of CN25171020 limestone, dolomite and other calcareous stone, broken or crushed for road metalling, railway or other ballast:


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Weight (thousand tonnes)
Quarter CN25210000 CN25171020

2004

Q1

0

78

Q2

2

114

Q3

2

105

Q4

6

91

2005

Q1

25

103

Q2

38

128

Q3

30

172

Q4

31

107

2006

Q1

3

103

Q2

14

108

Q3

4

37

Q4

2

57

2007

Q1

5

51

Source:
Overseas Trade Statistics

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