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Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many written representations were received in the Resolving Disputes in the Workplace consultation; and if he will place copies of them in the Library. 
Mr. McFadden [holding answer 22 May 2008]: The Department received 443 written representations to the consultation. The Government response to the consultation, which was published on 19 May 2008, summarises the range of representations received. Copies of the formal Government response are being placed in the Libraries of the House.
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many
and what percentage of items posted by the public were lost by Royal Mail in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. 
Mr. McFadden: This is an operational matter for which Royal Mail has direct responsibility. I have therefore asked the chief executive of Royal Mail, Adam Crozier, to provide a direct reply to the hon. Member.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for how long the increase in the Small Firms Loan Guarantee scheme, announced in the Budget 2008, will last in Wales. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government announced that it will increase Small Firms Loan Guarantee (SFLG) lending limit allocations by 20 per cent. for one year, as part of its Enterprise Strategy, published alongside the Budget 2008.
|Apparel, clothing and accessories||Textiles, yarn, made up articles, fibre and waste|
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| Source: BERR using HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics.|
John Penrose: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the reasons were for not considering tidal stream as one of the options to be evaluated by the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study. 
Malcolm Wicks: The feasibility study focuses on tidal range power generation because the key resource of the Severn estuary is its tidal rangeit has the second highest tides in the world (up to 14 metres) and around 90 per cent. of total UK practical tidal range resource. Whereas, as the Sustainable Development Commission's recent study confirms (Turning the Tide, published October 2007) the tidal stream resource of the Severn estuary is much smaller and represents a minor part of the total potential of UK waters.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much trade with Israel contributed to the United Kingdom's gross domestic product in each of the last five years for which information is available. 
Mr. Thomas: The benefits of international trade to gross domestic product (GDP) result from greater economic efficiency due to a combination of increased competition in markets, relative comparative advantages, economies of scale, increased opportunities for learning, and greater incentives for innovation. Due to the difficulty of differentiating between the impact of trade and other factors on growth, it is not possible to quantify precisely the impact of trade with another country on GDP.
Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the total cost of rebranding the Defence Exports Services Organisation as the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Group. 
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) accountability and (b) effectiveness of regulators of utilities. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Government recently responded to the report on UK economic regulators by the House of Lords Committee on Regulators (November 2007, HL 189-II) which among other issues covered the accountability of regulators to Parliament as well as their accountability through the Competition Commission, impact assessments and consumer representation. In its response (February 2008, URN 08/648), the Government stated that:
Regulators should be encouraged to think about whether they can be more proactive in using competition law, including market investigation references to the Competition Commission;
Impact assessments provide transparency and as such should be an integral part of the policy-making process;
The new National Consumer Council, to be established from 1 October 2008, will enhance consumer representation by being a more powerful consumer advocate.
With regard to effectiveness, Government maintains an active interest in looking at the regulatory regime as a whole, and has tasked the Better Regulation Executive with this role. However, as bodies independent from government, regulators assess their effectiveness through their own corporate governance structures. Further assessment beyond this is primarily a matter for Parliament.
Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which locations abroad the Minister of State for Trade and Investment has visited since his appointment. 
Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Sydney)
China (Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan)
Germany (Dusseldorf, Hannover)
India (Chandigarh, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune)
New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington)
Romania (Brasov, Bucharest)
Saudi Arabia (Al Khobar, Riyadh)
Switzerland (Davos, Zurich)
United States of America (Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Brunswick, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix)
Malcolm Wicks: To date, the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency, who are processing applications for the Bevin Boys Veterans Badge on behalf of the Department, have received 10 applications from people in the Hemsworth constituency.