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Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if file documents 120, 121, 106, 140 and 141 of the inspectors' files in relation to the Astra case are company documents; and if he will place copies in the Library. [152767]

Dr. Howells: I refer to the replies I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Leyton and Wanstead (Mr. Cohen) on 22 March 2000, Official Report, column 611W, and 13 April 2000, Official Report, column 273-74W.

Air Conditioning

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the amount invested in air conditioning equipment using hydrocarbons. [153622]

Mr. Alan Johnson: Unfortunately, insufficient data are available to provide a reliable estimate.

Arms Brokers

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the introduction of extra territorial powers to control British arms brokers operating overseas. [153516]

Dr. Howells: The 1998 White Paper on Strategic Export Controls (Cm 3989) proposed that new primary legislation should give the Government powers to impose controls on the involvement of persons in the UK or UK persons abroad in trafficking and brokering in arms and other controlled goods. The White Paper proposed the introduction of controls under this power on trafficking and brokering activities by persons in the UK or UK persons abroad which involve the supply of arms to countries subject to UN, EU, OSCE or UK national embargo, and the supply of long-range missiles and of

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equipment whose export has already been banned because of evidence of its use in torture. In addition, the Government have decided, as part of its review of the White Paper proposals, to introduce a general system of licensing for arms trafficking and brokering, the details of which will be set out when the draft Export Control Bill is published.

Departmental IT Projects

Mr. Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the IT projects his Department plans

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to undertake in the next year; and if he will state in each case the (a) expected date of commencement and completion and (b) cost. [151480]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 26 February 2001]: The DTI plans to undertake the following significant IT projects in the next year. A number of smaller projects are likely to be undertaken, which are expected to proceed broadly to time and budget.

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Expected date of
ProjectCommencementCompletionCost £ million
Export Licensing Via the Internet System (ELVIS) Phase 2April 2001March 20022.0
Manufacturing Advisory Service (website and Database)(35)June 2001December 20011.25
British Trade International e-business strategy programme(36)April 2001March 200419.8
UK Oil portalApril 200120042.0
Companies House core systems replacement programme(37)April 2001March 200415.0
Radiocommunications Agency Accounting System (ALPACA) Stage 9November 2001March 20030.6
Radiocommunications Agency Strategic Management Information System Stage 3May 2001March 20020.5
Radiocommunications Agency Electronic Licensing Project Stage 2May 2001March 20020.9

(35) This cost is spread over three years for development and support.

(36) This programme is grouped into five work streams incorporating: new e-services for business; customer management system; systems to support inward investment; activities to encourage an e-business culture within BTI; and enhancements to the IT infrastructure. There will be a three year rollout strategy of sub-projects.

(37) This programme is currently at pre-formal estimate stage; final cost and duration have not yet been fixed.

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Mr. Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the IT projects currently undertaken in his Department; and if he will state the (a) expected completion date and (b) cost of each project. [151511]

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Dr. Howells [holding answer 26 February 2001]: The following significant IT projects are currently being undertaken within the DTI. There are a number of smaller projects in progress all of which are expected to proceed broadly to time and budget.

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ProjectExpected completion dateCost (£ million)
Small Business Service Gateway(38)April 200111.2
Open Individual Export Licensing System (OIELS)July 20010.6
Export Licensing Via the Internet System (ELVIS)(39) Phase 1April 20010.2
British Trade International's Trade Partners UK internet gateway website ( and intranet project(40)Launched May 20001.3
Prosecution Case Management system(41)March 20022.3
Patent Office Integrated Bibliographic and Image System for Trade MarksMarch 20012.0
DTI electronic records management system (MATRIX)December 200373.0
Integration of Fixed Links Licensing into Radiocommunications Agency Unified Licensing SystemApril 20010.5
Radiocommunications Agency Electronic Licensing Programme(42)June 20010.5

(38) The SBS Gateway will go live in April 2001 but other elements are likely to be added thereafter.

(39) This is the first phase in a larger project.

(40) The Trade Partners UK Gateway website service was originally launched in May 2000 and is subject to ongoing development and enhancements.

(41) This project has started quite recently. Decisions on final lifetime cost (over an anticipated 10-year life) and duration will depend on the results of analysis which is still under way.

(42) Initial phase, including Electronic News gathering permissions and web-enabling of some licence products.

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Rayo Rocket System

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what controls Her Majesty's Government have over the (a) sale and (b) re-export of components or sub-systems exported from Britain to Chile, and assembled in Chile into the Rayo rocket system; [152487]

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Dr. Howells: The export of the Rayo rocket system, including components and sub-systems thereof, is controlled under entry ML4 in Part III of Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994, commonly known as the Military List. This means that an export licence would normally be required before any such components are exported. Since 28 July 1997 all applications for a licence to export arms from the UK have been considered under the UK national arms export licensing criteria, now the consolidated EU and UK national arms export licensing criteria. Criterion seven includes the assessment of export licence applications against the risk of diversion within the buyer country or re-export under undesirable conditions.

Details of licences issued for Chile since 2 May 1997 have been outlined in the Government's Annual Reports on Strategic Export Controls. Between 1 January 2000 and 28 February 2001, eight Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) and no Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs) have been issued covering the export of goods with the relevant rating to Chile. As regards how many of these covered components on sub-systems for the Rayo rocket system and were issued to Royal Ordnance/British Aerospace inquiries are being made under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. As confidential information is involved, the party concerned is being asked if they object to its disclosure. I will write to the hon. Member in the light of its response, and will place a copy of that letter in the Library of the House.

All applications for Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) for the permanent export of goods subject to strategic export control must be supported by appropriate end-user documentation. Where the intended consignee is a Government body, and the application is not for a licence to export chemicals listed in Schedule 2 or 3 to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to a state which has not ratified the CWC, a copy of the official Government purchase order or a copy of the relevant part of the Government contract covering the order is normally sufficient. An end-user undertaking is not usually required for Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) applications for the temporary export of goods subject to strategic export control.

An Open Individual Export Licence (OIEL) is specific to an individual exporter and covers multiple shipments of specified goods to specified destinations and/or, in some cases, specified consignees. The exporter must obtain from each consignee an appropriate written undertaking for each export before the export takes place, or not later than one month after the date of export. Where the exporter intends to make more than one export to the same consignee in any period of one year, an annual written undertaking may be obtained in fulfilment of this requirement.

As with SIELs, where goods are being consigned direct to a Government body, we will normally accept a copy of the Government purchase contract order, or the relevant extracts from the contract.

An Open General Export Licence (OGEL) allows the export from the UK of goods specified in the goods coverage of the OGEL to specified destinations. In such circumstances, end-user undertakings are not required. Copies of OGELs are routinely placed in the Library of the House.

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Other than routine discussions involving the Department for Trade and Industry's Export Control Organisation during the licensing process, the DTI has no records of any discussions with either British Aerospace/Royal Ordnance or the Chilean authorities about the export or re-export of Rayo rocket systems.

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