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Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether
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he expects the Environment Agency to hire external consultants to carry out the process of pre-authorisation for new nuclear power stations. [145852]

Mr. Hutton: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member before Prorogation.

Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform by what date he expects the first design consent to be granted following the process of generic design assessment for new nuclear power stations. [145853]

Mr. Hutton: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member before Prorogation.

Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform by what date he expects the first pre-authorisation consent for new nuclear power stations to be granted by the Environment Agency. [145854]

Mr. Hutton: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member before Prorogation.

Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what budget his Department has allocated to the (a) Health and Safety Executive and (b) Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to carry out the process of generic design assessment for new nuclear power stations. [145855]

Mr. Hutton: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member before Prorogation.

Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what budget his Department has allocated to the Environment Agency to carry out the process of pre-authorisation for new nuclear power stations. [145856]

Mr. Hutton: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member before Prorogation.

Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many proposed designs the (a) Health and Safety Executive and (b) Nuclear Installations Inspectorate had received for generic design assessment by 22 June. [145857]

Malcolm Wicks: The consultation document “The Future of Nuclear Power”, published on 23 May 2007 invited vendors of nuclear reactor designs who are interested in having their designs assessed through the Generic Design Assessment process to write to the regulators’ Joint Programme Office by 22 June 2007.

By this date, the regulators had received four applications for Generic Design Assessment. The next step will be an assessment of which of these applications meet the criteria set down in the consultation document. Following this step the applications and the result of the assessment will be published.


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Office of Fair Trading: Pay

Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many full-time members of staff there are at the Office of Fair Trading; and how many receive salaries of (a) between £50,000 and £100,000, (b) between £100,000 and £150,000 and (c) above £150,000. [161863]

Mr. Hutton: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member before Prorogation.

Overseas Investment

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his estimate is of the value of shares held by UK incorporated companies in foreign companies. [154822]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 10 September 2007]: This information is not held by Companies House.

Packaging

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons the provisions permitting companies to take private action through the courts against competitors who make use of misleading packaging were not included in the legislation transposing the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive into UK law. [140403]

Mr. Hutton: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member before Prorogation.

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the ability of UK manufacturers to prevent competitors from misrepresenting their products through the use of misleading and copycat packaging under the provisions of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. [140404]

Mr. Hutton: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member before Prorogation.

Pipelines: Sakhalin Island

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether it is the Government’s policy to require full compliance with World Bank and International Finance Corporation Standards if the Export Credits Guarantee Department is to support the Sakhalin II project. [161247]

Malcolm Wicks: ECGD’s policy in respect of its assessment of the environmental, social and human rights impacts of projects is set out in its Case Impact Analysis Process, which is available on the ECGD website.

Post Offices: Closures

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many local area plans for the closure of sub-post offices will
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be developed for consultation; and on what date each such plan will be published for consultation. [148583]

Mr. McFadden: Post Office Ltd is continuing to work on implementation plans for local consultation on changes to the Post Office network following the Government’s announcement of 17 May 2007, Official Report, column 753. The company will undertake around 50 distinct area plans and a timetable published on its website shows when they expect to consult locally on proposals for changes in each area.

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the level of post office turnover of the impending closure of 2,500 post offices, broken down by region. [160130]

Mr. McFadden: Any such assessment would be an operational and budgetary matter for Post Office Ltd (POL). I have therefore asked Alan Cook, Managing Director of POL, to reply directly to the hon. Member.

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many jobs he estimates will be lost as a (a) direct and (b) indirect result of the closure of 2,500 post offices, broken down by region. [160131]

Mr. McFadden: The Government has introduced a range of criteria that guarantee a national level of access to post office services with additional safeguards for those most in need, such as communities in rural areas. In developing its area plan proposals for post office closures, Post Office Ltd takes into consideration the impact on the local economy of each community affected.

The number of jobs likely to be lost directly as a result of post office closures is an operational matter for Post Office Ltd and I have therefore asked the Managing Director, Alan Cook, to reply direct to the hon. member.

It is not possible to say what the impact of post office closures and substituting outreach for current services will be on any associated retail business and the number of any indirect job losses arising from this until the implementation of Post Office Ltd's network change programme is completed.

Postal Services

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on (a) changes to the daily delivery times of mail to residential addresses and (b) the collection of post on Sundays. [157269]

Mr. McFadden: Delivery times and collections are operational matters for Royal Mail in conjunction with Postcomm within the wider context of the Universal Service Obligation (USO).

Sunday postings are very low, but add a huge amount of cost to the business. Royal Mail has to control its costs and has therefore stopped these collections.


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The Government are committed to the maintenance of a universal postal service and Postcomm’s primary duty is to ensure this. Sunday and Bank Holiday collections are not part of the universal service obligation.

Power Stations

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the expected annual (a) power output, (b) primary energy input and (c) carbon emissions are of (i) Port Talbot Power Station, (ii) Uskmouth Power Station and (iii) New Pembroke Power Station; and if he will make a statement. [161828]

Malcolm Wicks: Port Talbot is a 1,300 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) generating station, Uskmouth is a 800 MW CCGT and Pembroke is a 2,000 MW CCGT.

All will be fuelled by natural gas and emissions of carbon will be approximately half of those from a coal-fired station.

Power Stations: Planning Permission

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his Department expects to make a decision on the application for planning consent for (a) Port Talbot Power Station, (b) Uskmouth Power Station and (c) New Pembroke Power Station; and if he will make a statement. [161827]

Malcolm Wicks: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has objected to the proposal to build a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station at Port Talbot. A public inquiry will now have to be held into the application before any decision can be taken.

Consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 for a 800 MW CCGT at Uskmouth was granted on 17 August 2007.

Discussions on the proposed 2,000 MW CCGT station at Pennar Point, Pembroke are ongoing between the Environment Agency, the Countryside Council for Wales, Pembrokeshire county council, RWE and the Department. Until these discussions are concluded it is too early to say when a decision will be taken.

Prices: Information

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2007, Official Report, columns 100-1W, on prices: information, if he will place in the Library a copy of the brief given to Cambridge university when it was commissioned to undertake the study. [161876]

Mr. Thomas: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend before Prorogation.

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2007, Official Report, columns 100-01W, on prices: information, if he will list the
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stakeholders which the experts from Cambridge University (a) have met and (b) plan to meet. [161877]

Mr. Thomas: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend before Prorogation.

Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to provide him with its report on site end states for those facilities of which it has ownership; and whether that report will provide information on (a) the radioactive waste storage and/or disposal requirements for each site, (b) the costs for waste storage and (c) the expected timeline for decommissioning and closure of those stores. [161789]

Malcolm Wicks: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend before Prorogation.

Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the progress of Dr. Tim Stone’s review into arrangements for the costs associated with potential nuclear new build decommissioning and waste management. [161837]

Mr. Hutton: It has not proved possible to respond to hon. Member before Prorogation.

Radioactive Wastes: Security

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will publish an update on the review of security arrangements for nuclear waste storage being undertaken by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. [161788]

Malcolm Wicks: It has not proved possible to respond to my hon. Friend before Prorogation.

Regional Development Agencies: Finance

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the total budget is for each regional development agency for (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10 and (d) 2010-11. [159951]

Mr. Timms: The Regional Development Agencies’ allocated budgets for 2007-08 are set out in the table. The Department has also given them indicative budgets for 2008-09 to 2010-11 to enable them to produce Corporate Plans for approval in the new year.


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£000
RDA 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11

Advantage West Midlands

290,960

279,064

275,378

268,914

East of England Development Agency

136,557

131,803

130,228

127,184

East Midlands Development Agency

175,536

159,709

157,668

153,972

London Development Agency

374,149

389,674

384,626

375,604

North West Development Agency

395,003

391,611

386,442

377,371

One North East

277,050

247,696

244,361

238,619

South East England Development Agency

162,887

159,707

157,832

154,145

South West of England Regional Development Agency

159,339

156,981

155,053

151,425

Yorkshire Forward

304,316

303,049

299,048

292,028


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