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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the issue of the insolvency of BNFL was discussed at the meeting of the Energy Minister with Hugh Collum and Norman Askew on 15 November 2001. [37048]

Mr. Wilson: I meet Hugh Collum and Norman Askew regularly to discuss a range of issues, including financial issues, relating to BNFL.

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Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Stations

Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 30 January 2002, Official Report, column 389W, on CCGT power stations, how she intends to discharge her responsibilities on power stations under sections 34 and 35 of the Electricity Act 1989. [37049]

Mr. Wilson: Sections 34 and 35 of the Electricity Act allow my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to issue various directions to power station operators and transmission companies. This would generally be in preparation for, or for the possibility of an emergency in generation, distribution or supply. The directions may include demanding information on stocks or making contingency arrangements for certain fuels and materials and how they are used. The choices would depend on the circumstances at the time.

The Department will shortly be reviewing the emergency arrangements for electricity. All consultation papers etc. will be available on the DTI website throughout the period of the review—

Departmental Staff

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff left the service of her Department and its agencies in the year ended 31 March 2001; how many left before attaining the formal retirement age of 60 years; and in respect of how many her Department and its agencies assumed responsibilities for making payments until retirement age. [37544]

Ms Hewitt: 912 staff left the Department and its Agencies in the year ended 31 March 2001. 804 staff left before attaining the formal retirement age of 60 years and the Department and its Agencies assumed responsibility for making payments until retirement age for 25 staff.

This answer covers DTI headquarters and the Insolvency Service Agency, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, Employment Tribunal Service,

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Patents Office, Radiocommunications Agency, ACAS and Companies House Agency.

Departmental Overseas Visits

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many overseas visits have been undertaken by parliamentary private secretaries in her Department at departmental expense in each of the last four years; and at what cost to public funds. [36818]

Ms Hewitt: Parliamentary private secretaries supporting Ministers in this Department have travelled overseas on Government business on one occasion at a total cost of £6,184. All travel complied with the requirements of the Ministerial Code.

UK Coal Operating Aid Scheme

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in relation to the UK Coal Operating Aid Scheme, how much aid was paid to coal producers (a) for each mine and (b) on a £/per tonne basis in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001; what determinations were made by the Import Parity Price Panel in (A) 2000 and (B) 2002; and whether any members of the Panel did not take part in an individual determination owing to a conflict of interest. [37122]

Brian Wilson: The table at annexe A details the total payments made under the UK Coal Operating Aid Scheme, by colliery and on a £/tce (tonnes of coal equivalent) basis.

Payments have been made in respect of two tranches: Tranche 1 (17 April 2000 to 31 December 2000) and Tranche 2 (1 January 2001 to 31 December 2001).

The Import Parity Price Panel has given advice on IPPs for contracts relating to Tranche 1 applications under the UK Coal Operating Aid Scheme. A summary of this advice is given in the table at annex B. No advice has yet been submitted in relation to Tranches 2 and 3.

David Brewer, having declared an interest, did not participate in the IPP determinations for Moorside Mining Co. Ltd. (Eckington Colliery).

Year 2000 Year 2001
CollieryTotal Aid (£)£/tce(72),(73)Total Aid (£)£/tce(72),(73)
Anthracite Mining Ltd. (Aberpergwm Colliery)01,031,00015.4
Betws Anthracite Ltd. (Betws Colliery)870,20041.41,966,00051.7
Blenkinsopp Colliery Ltd. (Blenkinsopp Colliery)470,5003.71,168,0007.2
Celtic Energy Ltd. (East Pit Extension)2,977,50024.80
Coalpower Ltd. (Hatfield Colliery)0951,750
Ffynonau Duon Mines Ltd. (Blaentillery N#2)112,80010.6217,00019.2
Hatfield Coal Company Ltd. (Hatfield Colliery)3,931,90019.42,855,2507.7
HJ Banks (Central Mines)661,1003.40
HJ Banks (North East Mines)703,20050
J Flack and Sons (Hay Royds Colliery)78,9004264,0008
Mining (Scotland) Ltd. (Longannet Mine)19,652,80050.921,525,00023.4
Moorside Mining Ltd. (Eckington Colliery)88,2005.04286,00010.25
Tower Colliery Ltd. (Tower Colliery)3,317,2008.30
UK Coal (Rossington Colliery)3,207,2008.440
UK Coal Plc. (Harworth Colliery)14,722,10027.70
UK Coal Plc. (Maltby Colliery)13,559,70021.70
UK Coal Plc. (Selby Complex)23,186,5008.420,324,5005.1

(72) For the purpose of this table, one tce (tonnes of coal equivalent)= 29.302GJ

(73) In 1999 prices

Summary of Panel's Advice on IPPs

Contract reference Purchaser Business(74) Purchaser Region(75)Date contract entered into (dd/mm/yy)Calorific value (GJ/tonne)Sulphur content (percentage)Total volume of contract (000 tonnes) Duration of contract (mm/yy to mm/yy) IPP pence/GJ
00–01Industrial HeatingYorkshire/ Humber31 January 200025.381.242.6February 2000 to January 2002101
00–02 Public AuthorityYorkshire/Humber31 February 200028.41.25.00March 2000 to February 2001144
00–03Cement ProducerNorth West16 February 200031.171.18240 to 300July 2000 to June 200297
00–04Industrial ProcessEast Midlands27 March 200028.391.270.9April 2000 to March 2001154
00–05 Coal ProducerYorkshire/Humber31 March 200026.12.05.6April 2000 to September 2000103
00–06TransportWales5 April 200028.801.100.1March 2000 to February 2002217
00–07Industrial HeatingYorkshire/ Humber20 April 200028.391.274.3May 2000 to April 2003132
00–08Industrial HeatingEast Midlands12 May 200028.391.270.3April 2000 to March 2001146
00–09TransportSouth West15 May 200028.801.100.4April 2000 to March 2001198
00–10 Public AuthorityEast Midlands2 June 200026.01.21.50July 2000 to June 2001115
00–11 Industrial HeatingYorkshire/Humber2 June 200028.41.20.05July 2000 to June 2001142
00–12 Industrial HeatingYorkshire/Humber2 June 200028.41.20.03July 2000 to June 2001142
00–13Public AuthorityYorkshire/Humber2 June 200028.391.271.5July 2000 to June 2001149
00–14Public AuthorityYorkshire/Humber2 June 200028.391.271.6July 2000 to June 2001152
00–15Industrial HeatingYorkshire/Humber27 June 200028.391.270.7July 2000 to June 2001128
00–16Public AuthorityEast Midlands22 August 200028.391.275.0September 2000 to August 2002149
00–17Industrial HeatingYorkshire/Humber1 September 200028.391.271.0October 2000 to September 2001140
00–18BriquetingWales5 September 200029.5(77)1.020September 2000 to August 2001146
00–19Energy TraderYorkshire/Humber15 September 200024.10(74)1.20330November 2000 to March 2001113
00–20BriquettingWales26 September 200030n/a5September 2000 to August 2001143
00–21QuarryingEast Midlands9 October 200031.171.1880 to 110November 2000 to October 2002125.5
00–22GeneratorEast Midlands19 October 200025.82.020September 2000 to March 200196
00–23GeneratorWales10 November 2000250.948.4November 2000 to March 200195
00–24BriquettingNorth East17 December 200030(77)1.020 to 40April 2000 to March 2001104


(74) Business of purchaser to be recorded in generic terms: e.g. generator, coke manufacturer, industrial heating, steel production.

(75) Region of purchaser should be one of the nine English regions as used by Government Offices/RDAs (North West, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, East of England, West Midlands, South East, South West, London), Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Other.

(76) Maximum.

(77) Greater than.

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