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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many disputes and claims were handled by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service in each of the regions in each of the last five years. 
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Miss Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many bankrupt individuals were advised by the official receiver of the fast track voluntary agreement option in each year since the implementation of the Enterprise Act 2002. 
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will list the schemes available to support entrepreneurs in Torbay; and what the budget is of each. 
Mr. Timms: The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform currently supports the following schemes for entrepreneurs in Torbay. This support is provided through the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA).
Vantage Point Innovation Centre at South Devon College, Paignton
Lymington Road Innovation Centre, Torquay.
To date, SWRDA has contributed £1.8 million to these schemes matched with £0.78 million of European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) from the South West European Objective 2 Programme. The Objective 2 programme is also contributing £3.4 million ERDF towards the £7.1 million infrastructure development costs of the White Rock Business Park, Paignton.
In addition to these schemes that are specific to Torbay, the Department also supports entrepreneurs in Torbay through the following regional schemes. This support, which is also provided through SWRDA, is funded on a regional basis and there is no budget specifically earmarked for entrepreneurs in Torbay. The SWRDA contribution to each scheme is shown in brackets.
Business support to Small and Medium Enterprises delivered through the Business Link core offer (£14.8 million per annum)
South West Angels Investor Network (total investment of £1.4 million)
Grant for Research and Development (£1.5 million per annum).
The Objective 2 programme has also provided over £21.7 million ERDF and £1.2 million of European Social Funds (ESF) to support businesses and entrepreneurs across the Objective 2 area which includes Torbay. The Objective 2 contribution to each project is shown in brackets.
Business Link (D&C)Adding Value to the Business Support Network (£1,497,151 ERDF)
Business Link (D&C)Developing the Business Support Network (£3,008,825 ERDF)
Business Link (D&C)Social Enterprise Loan Fund (£1,200,000 ESF)
Devon County CouncilBroadband4Devon (£5,366,000 ERDF)
SWIG (South West Investment Group)Business Development Funds (£420,995 ERDF)
SWIGBusiness Rural Enterprise Fund (£102,000 ERDF)
SWIGBusiness Growth Fund (£700,000 ERDF)
Finance South West (Venture Capital Funds) (£9,630,070 ERDF)
Environment AgencyEnvision (£1,078,656 ERDF).
Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to ensure the use and sale of cleaner coal and gas across the UK. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government have been taking action on a number of fronts to ensure fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas are used cleanly. The two key areas for reducing CO2, SO2 and NOx are as follows.
The development of the Carbon Abatement Technology Strategy for Fossil Fuel Use, published in June 2005 (reference URN 05/844) sets out a path towards the cleaner use of fossil fuels enabling them to have a role in a sustainable world with significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. As a result of this the Government announced in the Budget this year a competition to demonstrate carbon capture and storage power plant which has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions from power plant by up to 90 per cent. The Strategy document is available in the House of Commons Library and also can be found at
Additionally the Government are implementing the European Commission's large combustion plant directive, (LCPD, 2001/80/EC) aimed at significantly reducing SO2 and NOx emissions as well as dust from power plant and other large industrial installations, This directive comes into effect from the start of 2008. Website Address:
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the opportunity to install combined heat and power and associated heat grids in the new housing developments and eco-towns announced by the Prime Minister to the House on 11 July. 
Malcolm Wicks: As stated in the recently-published Energy White Paper, the Government are committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from heat. Many current policies contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from heatfor example the EU ETS, the climate change levy, tax incentives for CHP and the Energy Efficiency Commitment. In addition, policies such as the Warm Front programme to tackle fuel poverty help to reduce emissions.
The Government published a Biomass Strategy alongside the Energy White Paper. The strategy provides a framework for the development of biomass, including its application to combined heat and power. The Government are currently also consulting on proposals to band the Renewables Obligation. The proposals contain mechanisms which are designed to encourage biomass CHP.
The Government recognise the value of considering the heat sector in a holistic and focused way. Further work is therefore being carried out into the policy options available to reduce the carbon impact of heat and its use. The work examines the full range of policy options, including the range of existing policy mechanisms such as the EU ETS.
The Government recognise that Combined Heat and Power has an important role to play alongside other low carbon technologies. However, the market is best placed to decide which technologies are most effective in supplying the UKs energy while also meeting our carbon reduction goals. It will be for the proposers of Eco Towns to bring forward their ideas on how heating and electricity generation can be supplied from
renewable sources, including combined heat and power and associated heat grids as appropriate. These will be assessed against Government policies for promoting renewable and decentralised energy supply. My hon. Friend the Minister for Housing, will shortly be publishing a prospectus for Eco Towns setting out the growth expectations for sourcing heat and power use from renewable energy.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will ask the Serious Fraud Office to investigate allegations of the abuse of market share of (a) brewing companies and (b) leisure companies with large managed and tenanted public house property portfolios. 
Mr. Thomas: Ensuring that markets operate freely and fairly is a matter for the independent competition authorities, rather than for Government. The UK competition framework has established the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as an independent statutory body which is responsible for ensuring that markets operate competitively. The OFT has the powers to investigate and take action if companies are abusing a dominant position in a market or behaving anti-competitively.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what responsibilities he has delegated to regional Ministers in respect of European Union funding; and if he will make a statement. 
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