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Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what assessment he has made of the level of protection afforded to consumers from copycat branding; and if he will make a statement; 
The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, which implement the Unfair
Commercial Practices Directive (UCPD), include provisions prohibiting copycat branding which is likely to confuse consumers into taking a transactional decision they would not have taken otherwise.
In response to the December 2005 consultation on implementation of the UCPD the Government said that they did not propose to allow businesses to take enforcement action for breaches of the directive. This is because it believed that existing arrangements are adequate for dealing with cases that result in real consumer detriment.
A number of responses to the May 2007 consultation on the draft regulations asked the Government to reconsider their decision not to allow companies to take civil (injunctive) action to enforce the provisions copycat branding. We are carefully considering all the responses received before coming to a final decision on how the regulations should best be enforced in the interests of consumers.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) ministerial committees and (b) permanent groups involving senior civil servants have been set up by his Department to liaise with the Minister for Women. 
Mr. McFadden [holding answer 12 September 2007]: The Prime Minister announced the new Cabinet Committee structure on 23 July 2007. The Domestic Affairs (Communities and Equalities) Committee, chaired by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, was one of the new Committees. The terms of reference for DA(CE) are:
To consider policy relating to community issues, including community cohesion, equalities, wellbeing and public health; and report as necessary to the Committee on Domestic Affairs and the Committee on National Security, International Relations and Development".
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Mr. Thomas: Centrally held records do not distinguish between these events and other training and development activities and the information is therefore not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Thomas: The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has only been in existence since 28 June 2007. However, we have aggregated the training spend of the staff who now form BERR and for the 12-month period July 2006 to June 2007 it was £2,782,090.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many television signal reception installers had signed up to the registered digital installer scheme at 30 June 2007, broken down by ITV television region. 
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The associate RDI scheme, which is mentioned in the table, has been launched by the RDI Licensing Body as a temporary measure given the need for consumers to be able to identify honest and reliable aerial installers in the interim before significant numbers of installers gain full RDI qualification. Associate RDIs have met the following criteria:
have enrolled or given a commitment to enrol for relevant NVQ training;
have undertaken and met the requirements of a suitable Working at Heights course;
have a minimum of one years relevant work experience within the aerial industry;
provided evidence of a satisfactory Basic Criminal Records Disclosure and Public Liability insurance.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to raise awareness among householders about the safe disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment. 
Malcolm Wicks: Householders will get information about the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment in a variety of ways: through the media; from retailers, when they buy a new electrical item; and via their local council. Surrey county council for example has already updated its website to provide residents with information about waste electrical equipment.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of the stability risk threshold for the national grid in terms of (a) total measured output and (b) percentage of total electricity produced from wind turbines; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 17 September 2007]: Advice from National Grid, the GB System Operator, is that the percentage of total electrical energy that can be produced by wind generation is
likely to be limited by economic rather than technical considerations and that any limit will lie beyond the Governments current renewable targets or aspirations. This view is supported by evidence from abroad, with a number of countries having achieved, in percentage terms, the wind generation output that the UK currently aspires to.
Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much of the £500 million committed to capital grants and research and development in the field of emerging low carbon technologies has been spent, broken down by technology. 
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 17 September 2007]: Spend so far (to end March 2007) under the programmes listed as follows, which were introduced at different points over the period, totals £208.13 million. All of these programmes except the Major PV Demonstration Programme and Clear Skies are projected to continue to spend during the CSR period and in some cases well beyond.
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Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the Equal Opportunities Commission, including its Northern Ireland office. 
There are four press officers employed by the Equal Opportunities Commission for England, Scotland and
Wales. The Equal Opportunities Commission does not have an office in Northern Ireland.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many jobs in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) York he estimates are dependent on exports to or investment from other EU states. 
In the year ended March 2007 HM Revenue and Customs recorded exports from Yorkshire and the Humber to the EU totalling £7.2 billion out of a total export figure of £12.3 billion for the region. Exports to the EU therefore accounted for 59 per cent. of the total. This excludes exports of services and lower value exports which are not recorded by HM Revenue and Customs.
On foreign direct investment, there are 595 EU owned companies in Yorkshire and the Humber of which 16 are based in York. Over 1,700 new or safeguarded jobs were generated by new companies investing in Yorkshire and the Humber during 2006-07. Of this figure, investment by companies based in other EU states contributed 202 jobs. However, none of the EU investments were in York.
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