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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. 
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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.
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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
electricity is affordable to fuel-poor households; and if he will make a statement. 
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.
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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AWM and EMDA have a joint office in Boston under the British Midlands banner.
NWDA and One NorthEast have a joint office in Boston under the North of England banner.
SEEDA has an office in Boston.
EEDA, LDA, SWRDA and Yorkshire Forward have no offices there.
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