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Departmental Spending Review

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to appraise the environmental implications of its spending review submission to the Treasury. [28997]

Mr. Wilson [holding answer 21 January 2002]: In line with HM Treasury's guidelines, DTI will submit a Sustainable Development report (SDR) in which the Department will explain the sustainable development implications of the Department's proposals. As part of the spending review, the Department will also consider how its PSA targets relate to sustainable development and summarise how sustainable development has influenced the Department's priorities.

Export Credits

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 103W, on the Export Credits Guarantees Department, what estimate she has made of the savings produced by refinancing; over what period of time she expects these to be realised and under which Vote; and if she will make a statement. [29692]

Nigel Griffiths: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 18 January 2002, Official Report, column 508W.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the objections made by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to US proposals

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on greater transparency at the recently concluded OECD negotiations on common approaches to officially supported export credits and the environment. [29408]

Nigel Griffiths [holding answer 22 January 2002]: At the June 2001 meeting of the OECD Export Credit Group the USA rejected latest proposals of the common approaches recommendation as they did not "require" Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) to make public environmental impact information relating to projects being reviewed by ECAs before the ECA reaches its decision on supporting a project.

ECGD would have been content to discuss this issue further and was successful with its proposal that the following wording should be included:


Several of the country representatives stated that their domestic legislation prevented their ECA from making publicly available any information concerning applications for support. Several more made it clear that, at this stage, they could not consider publishing any information "prior" to making their decision on support. It was therefore apparent that a consensus could not have been achieved.

Given the significance of the issues that could be agreed and the commitment to review the agreement by the end of 2003


ECGD will be consulting about the timing of the publication of EIAs in early 2002 as part of its review of its "Impact Questionnaire" and associated case impact analysis process.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library a list of the (a) projects and (b) companies supported by the Export Credits Guarantee Department since 1 January 2001. [29410]

Nigel Griffiths [holding answer 22 January 2002]: A list of guarantees issued in the financial year 2000–01 was provided in ECGD's annual report and resource Accounts 2000–01 and is shown in the table. Details of overseas investment insurance and other insurances are treated as commercial-in-confidence by ECGD and are thus not given here. ECGD requires exporters' consent to publish guarantee details and will be writing after the end of this financial year to seek this consent for guarantees issued in 2001–02.

Market ExporterBuyer/airline/operating lessorProject
AustriaAirbus IndustrieAustrian AirlinesAirbus Aircraft
AzerbaijanRolls RoyceAzerbaijan Hava YollariAero Engines
BahrainAirbus IndustrieGulf Air Company GSCAirbus Aircraft
BarbadosAngloco Ltd.Ministry of Finance & Economic Affairs, BarbadosFire Engines
BarbadosNSG Exports Ltd.Government of BarbadosPublic Service Vehicles
BrazilAirbus IndustrieTAMAirbus Aircraft
BrazilFairbank Brearley Ltd.Metallugica Tuzzi Ltda.Hydraulic Machinery
BrazilVAI Industries (UK) Ltd.CIA Siderurgica Tubaro (CST)Steel Mill
BrazilVAI Industries (UK) Ltd.Companahia Siderugica Nacional (CSN)Rebuild of Blast Furnace
CanadaAirbus IndustrieAir CanadaAirbus Aircraft
ChileAirbus IndustrieLanchileAirbus Aircraft
ChinaAirbus IndustrieChina Eastern AirlinesAirbus Aircraft
CroatiaAeromatic-Fielder Ltd.Pliva DDPharmaceutical Production Line
CroatiaAirbus IndustrieCroatia AirlinesAirbus Aircraft
DominicaCarillion Construction (West Indies) Ltd.Ministry of Finance, DominicaConstruction of Building
Dominican RepMotherwell Bridge Engineering Ltd.CESPMSan Pedro Power Project
El SalvadorAirbus IndustrieTACA International AirlinesAirbus Aircraft
FinlandAirbus IndustrieFinnairAirbus Aircraft
Hong KongAirbus IndustrieDragonairAirbus Aircraft
Hong KongAirbus IndustrieCathay Pacific Aiways Ltd.Airbus Aircraft
Hong KongDennis Specialist Vehicles Ltd.Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1993) Ltd.Buses
Hong KongVolvo Bus Exports (UK) Ltd.Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1993) Ltd.Buses
IcelandRolls RoyceIcelandairAero Engines
IndiaKier International Ltd.Dabhol Power CompanyPort Development
IranCementation SkanskaNational Iranian Steel Corporation Ltd.Coal Mine
JamaicaKier/ Mabey (Kingston) Joint VentureMinistry of Transport and Works, JamaicaFlyover Bridges
KazakhstanFitzpatrick Contractors Ltd.Agency for Health CareHospital
MalaysiaAir Products plcPetroliam Nasional BerhadSupplies for Gas Plants
MalaysiaAir Products plcPetroliam Nasional BerhadSupplies for Gas Plants
MexicoAlstom Power UK Ltd.PEMEXGas Turbines & Associated Equipment
MexicoEuropean Marine Contractors Ltd.PEMEXPipeline Installation
MexicoGall Thomson Environmental plcPEMEXAnti-Pollution Couplings
MexicoHowden Power Ltd.Comision Federal de ElectricdadPower Station Air Pre-Heater Enhancements
NetherlandsAirbus IndustrieAerfiAirbus Aircraft
NetherlandsAirbus IndustriePremiair A/SAirbus Aircraft
OmanWeir Westgarth Ltd.Ministry of Electricity and Water, OmanDesalination Plant
PhilippinesThe Balfour-Cleveland ConsortiumDepartment of Public Works and Highways, PhilippinesBridging Components
PhilippinesMabey & JohnsonGovernment of the Republic of the PhilippinesSteel Bridging
Republic of KoreaAirbus IndustrieKorean AirlinesAirbus Aircraft
SingaporeAirbus IndustrieSALEAirbus Aircraft
South AfricaBAE SystemsGovernment of South AfricaTrainer/ Fighter Aircraft
Sri LankaAirbus IndustrieSri Lankan Airlines Ltd.Airbus Aircraft
SwitzerlandAirbus IndustrieFlightleaseAirbus Aircraft
TurkeyAirbus IndustrieTurkish AirlinesAirbus Aircraft
TurkeyAlstom Power UK Ltd.AK EnerjiGas Turbine Generators
TurkeyBattenfield Gloucester Europe Ltd.Onur Kimya ASFood Packaging Plant
TurkeyCorus UK Ltd.Turkey Electricity Generation & Transmission Corp.Steel Products for Thermal Power Plant
TurkeyGateway (Textiles) Ltd.Alkan Yatak Yorgan ve San Tic STLMattress Machinery
TurkeySurrey Satellite Technology Ltd.Tubitak-BiltenMicro Satellite
TurkeyYork International Ltd.Ulusal Finansal Kiralma ASAirconditioning Equipment
United Arab EmiratesAirbus IndustrieEmiratesAirbus Aircraft
United StatesAirbus IndustrieILFCAirbus Aircraft
United StatesAirbus IndustrieGECASAirbus Aircraft
United StatesAirbus IndustrieCITAirbus Aircraft

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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make environmental and social impact assessments of the Yusefeli Dam available for public discussion before a final decision is taken on extending export credit support to Amec. [29407]

Nigel Griffiths [holding answer 22 January 2002]: An Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) has been conducted and we expect that a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) will also be produced. Prior to making any final decision for ECGD support, the Government would need to be satisfied that such reports have taken into account best international practice.

The EIAR is not the property of the UK Government, and its release by ECGD would require the consent of the party who has supplied it to ECGD. Such considerations would also apply to the RAP when that document is produced in due course.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Export Credits Guarantee Department will take to implement the recommendation for public discussion contained in the OECD agreement on common approaches to officially supported export credits and the environment. [29427]

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Nigel Griffiths [holding answer 22 January 2002]: The recommendations for public discussion in the Common Approaches on Environment and Officially Supported Export Credits are:


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