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Copyright: Consumers

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; [153777]

(2) if he will introduce legislation to enable companies to address grievances relating to copycat branding through the civil courts; and if he will make a statement. [153778]

Mr. Thomas: The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, which implement the Unfair
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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.

Departments: Departmental Coordination

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. [155243]

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:

This Department has not set up any committees or permanent groups involving senior civil servants specifically to liaise with the Ministers for Women.

As with all cross cutting issues, Ministers and officials in this Department liaise with the Minister for Women as necessary.

Departments: Disabled

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled. [153596]

Mr. Thomas: The proportion of people employed by my department and its agencies who have declared a disability or long term health condition as at 1 September 2007 is shown as follows.


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Staff in post Staff who have declared a disability/long-term health condition Percentage of staff with a declared disability/long-term health condition

BERR Core

2,464

197

8

BERR including UK Trade and Investment and Office of Manpower Economics

2,958

237

8

National Weights and Measures Laboratory

54

0

0

The Insolvency Service

2,433

327

13

UK Intellectual Property Office

998

19

2


Departments: Training

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months. [153124]

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. [153125]

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.

Training budgets are devolved so it is not possible to calculate how much of this spend was on communications training.

Digital Broadcasting: Television

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. [154084]

Mr. Timms: Information recorded at 30 June 2007 by the Registered Digital Installer-Licensing Body is set out in the following table.

ITV region Enrolled/registered for training Registered digital installers (RDIs) Associate RDIs

Anglia

137

0

4

Border

57

0

4

Central

269

13

20

Grampian

20

1

1

Granada

215

0

22

HTV Wales

97

15

10

HTV West

42

0

4

London

354

1

9

Meridian

166

0

15

Scottish TV

88

0

0

Tyne Tees

37

0

8

Ulster

13

0

0

West Country

56

0

5

Yorkshire

414

36

6

Total

1,965

66

108


The number of accredited installers is now increasing week-by-week and, as at 23 July 2007, there were 82 RDIs.

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:

Electrical Control Equipment: Waste Disposal

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. [154343]

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.

Electricity Generation: Wind Power

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. [155506]

Malcolm Wicks [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
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likely to be limited by economic rather than technical considerations and that any limit will lie beyond the Government’s 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.

Energy: Research

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. [155489]

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.

Spend on the main programme activities is set out below. It has not been possible to provide a breakdown of the Clear Skies and R and D programme spend by technology.

Programme/technology Spend to end 2006-07 (£ million)

Off-shore Wind capital grant programme

76.35

Bioenergy capital grant programme

26.02

Major PV Demonstration Programme

30.1

Clear Skies (Micro wind, Biomass, Heat Pumps, Micro hydro, Solar Thermal Hot Water)

12.1

Marine Renewable Deployment Fund

1.62

Low Carbon Buildings Program Phase 1 (LCB)

4.0

Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 (LCB)

0.13

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and Carbon Abatement Demonstration Programme (HFCAT)

0.11

New and Renewables R and D programme/Technology Programme

57.7

Total

208.13


Equal Opportunities Commission: Information Officers

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. [154149]

Barbara Follett: I have been asked to reply.

There are four press officers employed by the Equal Opportunities Commission for England, Scotland and
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Wales. The Equal Opportunities Commission does not have an office in Northern Ireland.

EU Internal Trade: Yorkshire and Humberside

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. [152208]

Mr. Timms: No such estimates have been made.

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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