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Icelandic Trawlermen

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications have been received under the compensation scheme for former Icelandic trawlermen; how many duplicate applications there were; how many applications have been paid to date; and how many have been rejected. [1064]

Nigel Griffiths: The figures as at 22 June 2001 are as follows:

Number
Total applications received11,000
Duplicates2,173
Passed for payment2,436
Rejected1,323

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications for compensation made to the Icelandic trawlermen's scheme have been referred to her for decision on the entitlement of those who continued in fishing; and when she hopes to reach a conclusion on those cases. [1065]

Nigel Griffiths: Some 905 claims from men who continued fishing on former Icelandic water trawlers after 1979 have been identified. My right hon. Friend the

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Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has received representations that these claims should be brought within the scope of the scheme. She is currently considering this issue.

Export Licences (Israel)

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many export licences were issued, broken down by category, for military and security equipment to Israel (a) between 29 September and 31 December 2000 and (b) between 1 January and 31 May. [1616]

Nigel Griffiths: The export of military equipment is controlled under entries in Part III of Schedule I of the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994 as amended (commonly known as the Military List).

Between 29 September and 31 December 2000, seven Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) and no Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs) were issued covering the export to Israel of goods on the Military List. Between 1 January and 31 May 2001, 84 SIELs and no OIELs were issued covering the export of goods on the Military List to Israel.

Individual licences may cover a range of goods with various ratings. Where this is so, the licence is included in the tables in the total for all of the relevant ratings.

This information could not be broken down in the manner requested as the equipment covered by most entries in the Military List could be used for military or security purposes.

Individual licences issued between 29 September and 31 December 2000 covering the export to Israel of goods on the military list

RatingNumber of SIELs issued covering goods with this rating
ML21
ML41
ML53
ML101
ML161
ML181

Individual licences issued between 1 January and 31 May 2001 covering the export to Israel of goods on the military list

RatingNumber of SIELs issued covering goods with this rating
ML31
ML411
ML527
ML93
ML1021
ML116
ML131
ML153
ML163
ML182
ML212
PL50172
PL50312
End-use2

This information does not cover any Media OIELs that may have been issued during this period. Media OIELs authorise the export to all destinations of protective clothing, mainly for the protection of aid agency workers and journalists, when working in areas of conflict.


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In addition, Israel is a permitted destination on certain Open General Export Licences covering the export of goods on the Military List; copies of all Open General Export Licences are placed in the Library of the House.

Ilisu Dam

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has received a copy of the Environmental Impact Assessment report for the Ilisu project in Turkey; and if she will make a statement. [2466]

Ms Hewitt: We have now received the Environmental Impact Assessment Report for the Ilisu project. A copy of the Report is being placed in the Library of both Houses.

I am very well aware of the great public interest which exists in this project, and the associated application for export credit cover from ECGD. ECGD are therefore arranging for a copy of the Executive Summary of the EIAR to be placed on their website (www.ecgd.gov.uk). Copies of the CD-ROM of the full report can be obtained by writing to Ilisu Project, ECGD, PO Box 2200, 2 Harbour Exchange Square, London E14 9GS enclosing a cheque for £5. ECGD will also be providing, free of charge, a copy of the Executive Summary.

Any comments on the Ilisu Dam project in the light of this report received by ECGD by 7 September 2001 will be taken into account by Ministers in their decision on whether or not to grant ECGD support for the project. Comments may be made in writing to the above address, or by e-mail to [email protected]

A decision about export credit support requires very careful consideration. I shall therefore be seeking expert advice on the EIAR and consulting my ministerial colleagues, before taking a decision. Until this process is complete, we will not be commenting on the report.

Miners' Pension Rights

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she intends to announce her decision in respect of the entitlement of sacked miners to pension rights. [1336]

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Mr. Wilson: I am well aware of the level of interest in this long running issue. I hope to be in a position to announce my decision before the summer recess.

South West Regional Development Agency

Mr. Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the impact of the South West Regional Development Agency on the economy of north Dorset. [662]

Alan Johnson: The South West Regional Development Agency (SW RDA) has been in existence for two years and has been working with inherited programmes supporting economic, social and community regeneration within the South West Region.

The SW RDA has been encouraging and promoting the economy of the area and has taken the approach of working in partnership with a substantial range of partners within the sub-region. In north Dorset these have included: Dorset County Council, north Dorset District Council, Town/Parish Councils, Business Link Dorset (now BL Wessex) and Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Training and Enterprise Council (now Learning and Skills Council), housing associations, private sector businesses/ developers and many more. The outcome of successful partnership working has been to introduce an integrated economic/social/community development process. Details of these arrangements and of specific projects supported by the RDA are available in the Library of the House.

Regional Development Agencies

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) budgets and (b) administrative costs were for each of the regional development agencies in England for each financial year since their establishment; and what their planned budgets and administrative costs are for the next two years. [1434]

Alan Johnson: The table shows the Regional Development Agencies' (a) net budget for expenditure on programmes and (b) their administration budget for the financial years 1999–2000 to 2001–02.

The RDAs' net budgets collectively are planned to be £1,430 million for 2002–03 and £1,580 million for 2003–04. These have yet to be divided up between the RDAs, or between programme and administration.

1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02(10)
Programme budgets(9)AdministrationProgramme budgets(9)AdministrationProgramme budgets(9)Administration
One North East99,3859,585111,74910,513139,83210,103
North West175,36111,837179,37913,876243,15314,044
Yorkshire Forward132,6567,795158,6248,284202,6149,989
East Midlands47,8446,94169,7817,37774,3437,488
Advantage West Midlands97,6247,421115,3978,352140,6568,793
East of England26,6274,57038,2054,84951,4115,836
South East70,4985,19681,6586,34389,7086,643
South West26,1517,25560,0718,38059,4909,099
London264,3476,009267,6729,470

(9) The programme figures are net of receipts that the RDAs recycle.

(10) Approved to date


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Hawk Jet

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Indian Government concerning the BAE Systems bid to supply Hawk jets; and what is the value of the BAE bid. [1307]

Dr. Moonie: I have been asked to reply.

The Ministry of Defence and the Department of Trade and Industry have been supportive of BAE Systems' bid to supply Hawk to India. Visits have been made by Government Ministers from both MOD and DTI during the past 18 months. These visits have provided valuable opportunities to assure the Indian Government of HMG's support for a greater co-operation between UK and Indian defence companies, including on the BAE Systems Hawk proposal.

The value of the bid is a matter between BAE Systems and the Indian Government.


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