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Ministerial Meetings

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many meetings he has had with (a) McDonald's and (b) Manpower since becoming Secretary of State; and if civil servants were present. [61986]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 1 December 1998]: I have had no meetings with McDonald's or Manpower since my appointment as Secretary of State.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who was present and what was discussed at his meeting with British Telecom on 30 October. [62003]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 1 December 1998]: The meeting with British Telecom was attended by the Chief Executive, Sir Peter Bonfield, and two others from BT, as well as officials from my Department. Strategic issues concerning the company and its future business were discussed.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what aspects of the Millennium Dome he discussed with Mr. S. P. Hinduja and Mr. G. P. Hinduja at his meeting on 6 October. [62203]

Mr. Mandelson: I met with S. P. Hinduja and G. P. Hinduja at my offices to discuss Indo-British relations. The Millennium Dome was not on the agenda, but was referred to in passing at the end of the meeting. There was no substantive discussion.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many meetings he has had with the directors or employees of Sangam Ltd. since he became the Minister responsible for the Millennium Experience; where they were held; what was the subject matter; and if civil servants were present; [62000]

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Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 1 December 1998]: I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave him today in response to questions Numbers 61976 and 62203.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many informal meetings he has had since 2 May 1997 at which Government business was discussed with (a) Srichand P. Hinduja, Chairman and (b) Gopichand P. Hinduja, President of the Hinduja Group of Companies. [61976]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 1 December 1998]: As Minister without Portfolio, I met the Hindujas on a number of occasions, sometimes formally and otherwise at social events. Since becoming Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, I have had one meeting with the Hindujas on 6 October.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many informal meetings at which Government business was discussed he has had with British Airways. [61993]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 1 December 1998]: In my capacity as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, I have had no meetings with British Airways. In my capacity as shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company, I meet Bob Ayling, the Chief Executive of BA, from time to time in his capacity as Chairman of NMEC.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the meetings he has held with the British Council relating to the promotion of trade and industry abroad. [61514]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 30 November 1998]: Since my appointment as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, I have opened a new British Council English language training centre in Johannesburg on 15 September and attended the Pontignano conference, hosted by the British Council, in Italy on 19 September.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) who was present and what was discussed at his meeting with British Aerospace on 26 October; [61983]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 1 December 1998]: Each of these meetings with British Aerospace was attended by at least one director of British Aerospace and at least one official from my Department. On each occasion strategic issues affecting the future business of British Aerospace were discussed. I apologise to the hon.

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Member for the fact that my answer to him of 19 November 1998, Official Report, columns 882-83, was incomplete, in that I also met British Aerospace on 3 September for a similar purpose. Beyond this, I have held no informal meetings with British aerospace since I was appointed Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) who was present and what was discussed at his meeting with British Aerospace on 21 October; [62004]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 2 December 1998]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him today in response to his questions 61983, 61998 and 61994.

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many meetings he has had with the Chairman of the New Millennium Experience Company since 30 July; what was discussed; and if officials were present. [61984]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 1 December 1998]: Since 30 July, I have met the Chairman of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) 4 times at the Millennium Experience Co-ordinating Group at which progress of the Millennium Experience project was discussed. I also met the Chairman at a working lunch at my office with other members of the New Millennium Experience Company Board and officials.

Ministerial Responsibilities

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry from which civil servants he has sought advice in respect of potential conflicts of interest arising from his position as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and as the sponsoring Minister of the New Millennium Experience Company; and what advice he received. [61997]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 1 December 1998]: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the statement I issued on 6 August, copies of which were placed in the Library.

Combined Heat and Power

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he is yet in a position to make his decision on the proposal to construct a combined heat and power generating station adjacent to the Shotton paper mill in Flintshire. [62874]

Mr. Battle: I have today granted consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to Shotton Combined Heat and Power Ltd.'s application for my consent to construct a 215 MW combined heat and power generating station adjacent to the Shotton paper mill in Flintshire.

I have placed a copy of the decision letter in the Library.

Ministerial E-mail Address

Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his e-mail address. [62554]

Mr. Mandelson: My e-mail address is "tlo.mandelson@tlo.dti.gov.uk".

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Ford Motor Company

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the total value of grants paid by his Department to the Ford Motor Company since 1 May 1997. [61989]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 1 December 1998]: Ford Motor Company have not received any Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) payments from this Department since 1 May 1997. However Jaguar Cars Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford, has received two RSA payments totalling £7 million during the same period.

Electricity Industry

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what direct representations he has made to the French Government calling for the speeding up of reciprocal changes to the French electricity market. [62220]

Mr. Battle: My officials have made representations to their French counterparts about the imbalance in electricity trade between the UK and France on two occasions, and we will continue to raise this issue with the French Government at both Ministerial and official level.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has to ensure two-way trade on the Anglo-French electricity interconnector. [62192]

Mr. Battle: The steps which the Government are considering taking in order to ensure fair trade in electricity with Europe were set out in the White Paper on the Conclusions of The Review of Energy Source for Power Generation (Cm 4071). These include reviewing interconnector trading in the context of the reform of wholesale trading arrangements and the use of the reciprocity provision in the electricity liberalisation directive. There should, however, be increasing opportunities for trade in electricity following implementation of the directive in February 1999.


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