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Casim Project

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ensure that the procedure and process of peer review of the science case of the 4 GLS part of the Casim project are fair and transparent. [35462]

Ms Hewitt: The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, on behalf of all the research councils, is handling the scientific peer review of the 4 GLS science case. To ensure that the process is fair the review is being undertaken by a panel of independent scientists nominated by the research councils. The proposal is being considered against a set of standard, agreed criteria. The reviewers' recommendations will be passed on to the Director General of the research councils, the meeting of the chief executives of the research councils and the scientists involved in the project.

Higher Education Services (GATS)

Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what consultations her Department has had with universities and colleges of higher education on the inclusion of higher education services in the United Kingdom as part of the forthcoming World Trade Organisation negotiations on the general agreement on trade in services; and if she will make a statement; [35438]

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Ms Hewitt: My officials and officials from the Department for Education and Skills are consulting Universities UK. In addition the DfES is seeking the views of the devolved Administrations and I understand the Scottish Executive are consulting separately with Universities Scotland.

Working Conditions and Practices

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are employed in her Department on a job share contract; and what percentage of vacant positions was advertised on this basis in the last 12 months. [35368]

Ms Hewitt: Currently we are aware of 28 members of staff employed in a total of 14 job shares in the Department.

Apart from a very small number, where there are particular, fully justifiable business requirements, all vacant positions are advertised as being available on a part-time, job share/split as well as on a full-time basis.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the effect of the Working Time Directive on her Department's employees; how many employees are working in excess of 48 hours per week; what steps she is taking to reduce this number; and if she will make a statement. [35894]

Ms Hewitt: The information requested is held at local management level and is not readily available centrally.

A partnership project between management and unions is currently looking at improving work/life balance in the Department.

Post Office Closures

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices are planned to close in (a) Coventry and (b) the UK. [34919]

Mr. Alexander [holding answer 12 February 2002]: Post office closures are an operational matter for Post Office Ltd. The Government's formal requirement on the Post Office to maintain the rural network and prevent avoidable closure of rural post offices remains in place. In relation to the urban network, detailed discussion continues on the programme to restructure the urban post office network.


Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of cracks in the B30 nuclear waste storage facility at Sellafield. [36000]

Mr. Wilson: Inspectors from HSE's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate inspected the B30 plant in 2001. As a result of this inspection, and a subsequent detailed review by BNFL's own experts, BNFL are taking action to institute a programme of remedial work and to enhanced its contingency plans for this plant.

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B30 is one of the older plants at Sellafield that contain the legacy wastes referred to in the statement of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to the House on 28 November 2001 on Government proposals to set up a Liabilities Management Agency. These proposals are intended to help to systematically address the UK's historical legacy of radioactive waste, including the decommissioning of such plant as B30. In this particular case HSE is pressing BNFL to establish an early decommissioning programme.

Clean Coal Technology

Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding her Department provides for research into clean coal technology. [33807]

Mr. Wilson: The Department is making available some £13 million over the period 2001–02 to 2003–04 for the research and development of clean coal technology. In addition to this some £11 million has been budgeted for underground coal gasification.

Parliamentary Questions

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the questions tabled for answer by the hon. Member for East Carmarthen and Dinefwr on 4 February 2002. [36063]

Ms Hewitt: My hon. Friend the Minister for Industry and Energy answered question No. 33111 on 8 February 2002, Official Report, column 1202W, and I answered question No. 33115 today at column 523–24W.

Mineworker's Compensation

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the total of legal fees paid in respect of compensation claims for chronic obstructive and pulmonary disease for former miners who worked in the Leicestershire and south Derbyshire coalfields; what principles underpin the determination of such fees; and if he will make a statement. [35104]

Mr. Wilson [holding answer 13 February 2002]: To date, £1.0 million in Leicestershire and £0.3 million in south Derbyshire has been paid in claimants' solicitors costs. Costs and disbursements are paid in line with the handling agreement agreed between the Department and the claimants' solicitors. The costs are fixed in real terms, rising with inflation, and depend on the complexity of the case.

Departmental Contracts

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by her Department from (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999, (c) May 1999 to April 2000, (d) May 2000 to April 2001 and (e) May 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating in each case the values of the contracts and the companies with which the contracts were placed. [35876]

Ms Hewitt [holding answer 12 February 2002]: Information from the Department's systems indicate the following:

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May 2001 to December 2002
Gateway Fuels Ltd.28,897,176
Consignia (Customer Management) Ltd.25,179,254
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)24,943,160
Post Office Ltd.12,013,929
Laser (Teddington II) Ltd.8,966,759
Freehold Portfolios Victoria Management Ltd.7,022,500
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)4,382,400
Credit Suisse First Boston (Europe) Ltd.4,141,000
CSL Group Ltd.3,759,398
Land Securities Properties Ltd.3,666,852
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)3,134,273
Jones Lang Lasalle3,054,321
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)3,001,240
Deloitte and Touche3,000,000
AEA Technology Environment3,000,000
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)2,760,000
International Computers Ltd. (ICL)2,500,000
International Computers Ltd. (ICL)2,500,000
A. Davies and Co. (Shopfitters) Ltd.2,391,319
First Security (Guards) Ltd.2,170,065
Credit Suisse First Boston (Europe) Ltd.2,100,000
Inside UK Enterprise Ltd.1,918,592
Palmlace Ltd.1,792,858
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)1,575,936
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)1,443,811
Jones Lang Lasalle1,350,564
Deloitte and Touche1,327,000
May 2000 to April 2001
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)26,450,000
AEA Technology PLC26,450,000
Westport Private Equity Ltd.20,000,000
NPL Management Ltd.14,288,953
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)12,870,000
Laser (Teddington II) Ltd.£11,000,000
Legal and General7,750,000
LGC (Teddington) Ltd.7,457,600
International Computers Ltd. (ICL)7,282,859
Freehold Portfolios Victoria Management Ltd.7,022,500
Legal and General6,708,333
AEA Technology Plc6,127,659
Laser (Teddington II) Ltd.5,659,585
International Computers Ltd. (ICL)5,276,595
National Federation of Enterprise Agencies4,582,887
Laser (Teddington II) Ltd.4,384,067
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)4,089,000
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry3,927,017
AEA Technology Environment3,800,000
Land Securities Properties Ltd.3,666,852
Westminster City Council3,253,995
Arthur Andersen3,078,652
AEA Technology3,062,131
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)2,909,000
Small Business Service (Staffordshire) Ltd.2,887,985
Hays Information Management2,770,694
Black Country BS2,658,893
May 1999 to April 2000
TUV Product Service Ltd.7,633,000
ICL Central Europe Division6,960,000
ICL Central Europe Division6,960,000
National Federation of Enterprise Agencies6,162,340
AEA Technology Plc6,104,000
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)5,880,763
Westminster City Council4,633,040
NPL Management Ltd.4,534,472
AEA Technology Plc4,307,152
NPL Management Ltd.4,092,039
John Laing Construction4,028,987
LGC (Teddington) Ltd.4,016,000
NPL Management Ltd.3,403,454
International Computers Ltd. (ICL)3,361,702
NPL Management Ltd.3,227,394
Westminster City Council3,165,682
NPL Management Ltd.2,739,733
NPL Management Ltd.2,643,786
First Security (Guards) Ltd.2,397,308
NPL Management Ltd. (NPL)1,930,642
Legal and General1,909,375
Freehold Portfolios Victoria Management Ltd.1,755,625
International Computers Ltd. (ICL)1,702,127
NPL Management Ltd.1,652,558
Legal and General1,625,000
CSL Group Ltd.1,557,251
Westminster City Council1,509,580
Michael Shortland Associates1,444,579

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Information is not held centrally for earlier years and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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