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Exports: Yorkshire and Humberside

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses in the Yorkshire and Humber region export goods and services. [155274]

Mr. Thomas: HM Revenue and Customs publish details of the UK Regional Trade in Goods Statistics on a quarterly basis.

In figures published on 6 September 2007 the total number of companies in the Yorkshire and Humber region exporting in the year ended March 2007 has been recorded by HM Revenue and Customs at 5,591.

HM Revenue and Customs provisional data for the first two quarters of the year 2007-08 record 4,303 companies in the Yorkshire and Humber region exporting.

Foreign Investment: Yorkshire and Humberside

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much foreign investment was received in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York in each year since 2003; and what estimate he has made of the number of jobs generated from it. [155275]

Mr. Thomas: A total of 137 foreign direct investments have been recorded in Yorkshire and the Humber since 2003, of which 13 were in the City of York.

Since 2003 the number of foreign direct investments per year is:

(a) Y and H total (b) York City total

2003-04

24

2

2004-05

43

3

2005-06

29

6

2006-07

41

2

Total

137

13


It is estimated that the total number of new jobs created in Yorkshire and the Humber since 2003 is 7,349.5 of which 169.5 were in the City of York. The total number of jobs saved in Yorkshire and the Humber since 2003 is 3,722 of which three were in the City of York.

Since 2003 the number of jobs generated is:

Y and H jobs York City jobs
New Saved New Saved

2003-04

2,356

460

53

0

2004-05

2,595

1,207

10

3

2005-06

1,699.5

1,021

21.5

0

2006-07

699

1,034

85

0

Total

7,349.5

3,722

169.5

3


Fuel Poverty

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to ensure that the cost of gas and
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electricity is affordable to fuel-poor households; and if he will make a statement. [155225]

Malcolm Wicks: BERR continues to work with the industry, OFGEM, Energywatch and the voluntary sector to ensure that fuel poor households are aware of, and take advantage of, the significant reductions that can be made in energy bills by transferring supplier, using the cheapest and simplest payment methods, installing energy efficiency measures and accessing Government and industry social and fuel poverty programmes.

In the Energy White Paper, we welcomed initiatives announced by energy companies that help their vulnerable customers to cope with high prices, and we continue to encourage more companies to take action in this area. We see the provision of assistance to help their most vulnerable customers as a key part of each company's corporate social responsibility programmes, and will be looking for each company to put in place a proportional programme of assistance.

Industrial Diseases: Compensation

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which miners' compensation claims are to be outsourced to India; and when they were first registered with his Department. [154937]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 10 September 2007]: No claims will be outsourced to India. Capita's operation in Mumbai will handle some routine administration work on the coal health compensation schemes. None of the work will be customer facing. Nor will it involve interaction with solicitors or claimants.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what restrictions there are in his Department's contract with Capita in relation to the outsourcing of miners' compensation claims to India. [154942]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 10 September 2007]: The Department's contract with Capita does not restrict the transfer of work to India. The decision to offshore is ultimately a commercial decision. The Department supported this decision to help manage risks including those associated with staff retention in the period until completion of the coal health compensation schemes.

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many miners' compensation claims remain unsettled in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) nationally. [155117]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 10 September 2007]: The numbers of outstanding claims are as follows:

(a) In Bassetlaw, there are 1,187 respiratory disease claims and 411 Vibration White Finger claims outstanding; and

(b) Nationally, there are 119,800 respiratory disease claims and 16,270 Vibration White Finger claims outstanding.


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Natural Gas: Billing

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average annual domestic gas bill for a typical consumer in (a) Cheltenham constituency and (b) each region was in each year since 1998. [155304]


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Malcolm Wicks: Average domestic gas bills are published for the 12 local distribution zones in Great Britain. Cheltenham is contained in the West Midlands region, the average bill for this region will be representative of the average price for households in Cheltenham. The data presented are for standard credit customers in cash terms, it has not been adjusted for inflation.

Average annual domestic gas bill
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

East Midlands

316

303

292

290

309

312

331

383

473

Eastern

318

305

296

291

309

321

332

383

474

London

318

305

295

293

309

320

334

388

480

North East

309

304

294

290

309

318

332

385

474

North West

314

304

295

294

309

317

330

383

474

Northern

315

301

290

292

312

319

333

380

468

Scotland

313

307

297

294

311

320

332

384

469

South East

314

305

296

295

311

324

333

387

478

South West

312

306

299

297

312

322

334

389

478

Southern

316

307

299

296

311

322

336

390

472

Wales

313

297

291

291

306

318

335

391

460

West Midlands

317

307

297

296

313

324

333

389

480


Regional Development Agencies: Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many regional development agencies have offices in Boston, Massachusetts. [155236]

Mr. Timms: The information is as follows.


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