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Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Renewables are an important element of the Government's strategy to meet our Kyoto targets, and we are committed to taking positive steps to encourage their development. The consultation paper--New and Renewable
While the Government would like to see the full value of exported electricity being offered to consumers in order to encourage the uptake of smaller stand-alone renewable energy installations in the UK, there are a number of issues to be resolved concerning the valuation of the exported electricity. The Government are currently considering the various responses to the consultation paper and will make an announcement in due course.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: We do not intend to require licence-exempt generating plants (i.e. those which have a capacity of below 50 megawatts, or a capacity of up to 100 megawatts of which less than 10 per cent. is exported) to participate directly in the new trading arrangements. All current wind generators would fall into this category. Exempt generating plants will still be exposed to imbalance charges, but only indirectly, through the suppliers with which they contract.
The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets published a consultation document The New Electricity Trading Arrangements on 31 July setting out detailed proposals for the new wholesale electricity trading arrangements in England and Wales. It contains further details about the proposed treatment of the generation of electricity from renewable sources.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville : The European Commission has authorised aid to the motor vehicle sector in the member states below. The figures are taken from the Commission's most recent survey (Seventh Survey on State aid in the Europoean Union in the manufacturing and certain other sectors), and cover the five-year period 1993-1997. Figures for 1998 are
The information available is not broken down to sub-sector level, such as car and commercial vehicle, but these are incorporated within the categories caught by the state aid rules on aid to the motor vehicle sector. The categories include motor vehicles, engines for motor vehicles, modules and sub-systems and first-tier component suppliers. The figures do not include cases below the level at which notification of such aid to the European Commission becomes necessary.
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Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) provides export credits to support the export of capital/semi capital goods and services to those former Soviet Union dependencies which are judged to be acceptable risks. ECGD cover for this region is currently under review, the results of which are expected within the next few weeks.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: British contractors have been gaining opportunities to secure overseas construction projects as a result of the Government's success both in its domestic economic policies and in its contribution to international efforts to enhance the prospects for growth in the world economy.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Health appealed as both departments believed that his conclusion that tooth whitening products were medical devices which should bear a CE Marking and be regulated under the Medical Devices Regulations 1994 was incorrect. Both departments believe these products to be cosmetics and this view was upheld by a unanimous decision of the Court of Appeal.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Legal costs have not been finalised. At present Treasury Solicitors costs are estimated to be in the region of £30,000. However, the Court of Appeal ordered Optident to pay the departments' costs and therefore the departments will hope to recover the majority of the legal costs incurred.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The Department of Trade and Industry has a Community obligation to ensure that cosmetic products supplied in the UK comply with the Cosmetics Directive. This includes the duty to prohibit the sale of cosmetics which contain or emit concentrations of hydrogen peroxide in excess of the limits permitted by that directive.
The advice that has been given to TSDs, based upon the law as now stated by the Court of Appeal, is that tooth whitening products are cosmetics, regulated by the Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 1996 and that it is irrelevant whether they bear the CE Marking under the Medical Devices Directive.
TSDs have also been advised that they may wish to seek their own legal advice on the implications of the Court of Appeal's judgment. The DTI have also suggested to TSDs that they should consider enforcement action, including prosecution, in any case where there is sufficient evidence of supply of tooth whitening products in contravention of the 1996 Regulations after the 1 July clarification of the law by the Court of Appeal.
As stated above, the department has modified its advice following the County Appeals Judgment on
1 July. The department does not intend to modify that advice further for the time being.
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