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Departmental Reviews

Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the two departmental reviews being undertaken within the Department of Trade and Industry. [61316]

Ms Hewitt: Last year I announced changes to the structure and operation of my Department to improve the way in which it serves business, employees and consumers, 22 November 2001, Official Report, column 398W. Further information was made available in the Department's memorandum to the Trade and Industry committee (Reviews of DTI Structure and Business Support—Minutes of Evidence, 12 December 2001: HC 454-I). My Department's new structure came into being in April, and we are taking forward the other changes I have announced.

Broadband

Mr. Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets she has set for the roll out of broadband services across the business community; and if she will make a statement. [61792]

Mr. Timms: The Government have set a target for the UK to have the most extensive and competitive broadband market in the G7 by 2005.

The Government have also set a target of having one million SMEs trading online by 2002, which was exceeded in 2000, although the target is technology neutral and not specific to broadband.

BAE Systems

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings her Department has had with representatives of BAE Systems since June 2001. [62265]

Alan Johnson: The Department of Trade & Industry's Ministers and officials meet representatives of industry as often as possible, and have met those from BAE Systems on a number of occasions since June 2001.

Aerospace Industry

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what remuneration the Chair of the Aerospace Innovation and Growth Team will be paid. [62266]

Alan Johnson: None. The appointment is unpaid.

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Committee Mandates

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the mandate of the EC-Malta Joint Research Committee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if she will list the items currently under its consideration; if she will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if she will make a statement; [58400]

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Ms Hewitt: Details of the mandates and the number of meetings held in the last 12 months by the Joint Committees established under the EC's scientific and technological co-operation agreements with the Argentine Republic, Canada, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of India, the Republic of Malta, the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa are set out in the following table.

CountryMandateMeetings in last 12 months
ArgentinaManaging the Agreement, including promoting and overseeing co-operative activities, identifying sectors for potential co-operation, and advising on ways to improve co-operationNone—Agreement has only just entered into force
CanadaDetails not retrievable without disproportionate costOne
ChinaManaging the Agreement, including promoting and overseeing co-operative activities, identifying for the following year priority sectors for potential co-operation, and advising on ways to improve co-operationOne
CyprusFunctions include reviewing, evaluating measures for co-operation under the EU 5th Framework Programme, and examining ways to improve and develop co-operationOne
IndiaManaging the Agreement, including promoting and overseeing co-operative activities, identifying for the following year priority sectors for potential co-operation, recommending joint projects for sponsoring on a cost sharing basis, and advising on ways to improve co-operationNone—Agreement has not yet entered into force
MaltaFunctions include reviewing, evaluating measures for co-operation under the EU 5th Framework Programme, and examining ways to improve and develop co-operationNone—a Committee has yet to be formed
RussiaManaging the Agreement, including promoting and overseeing co-operative activities, identifying sectors for potential co-operation, and advising on ways to enhance co-operationNone—last meeting February 2001
South AfricaManaging the Agreement, including promoting and reviewing co-operative activities, making recommendations for additional modalities of co-operation, and advising on ways to enhance co-operationOne

There is no UK representative on the Committees. The Agreements have no direct financial implications for the UK. Information is not available on items under discussion.

The Government welcomes the Agreements as their essential aim is to stimulate RTD co-operation between the European Communities and the Governments concerned and this increases the possibilities for the UK,

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as a partner of first choice, to engage in collaborative research. The Agreements have been subject to Parliamentary Scrutiny procedures and the Government does not consider that further steps are needed to assure the accountability and transparency to Parliament of the Committees.

Sunset Clauses

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which Bills introduced by her Department in the last five years have contained sunset clauses; and what plans she has for the future use of such clauses. [49629]

Ms Hewitt: One Bill introduced by my Department in the last five years contained a sunset clause. Section 16(41) of The Electronic Communications Act 2000 provides for the repeal of Part 1 of the Act five years from Royal Assent if no order is made before then under Section 16(2). The use of such clauses in future Bills will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Performance Targets

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) cost and (b) saving has been from the Department's pursuit of Service Delivery Agreement targets in each year since they were introduced. [61646]

Ms Hewitt: SDA targets are set as an integral part of the Spending Review process. It is difficult to say for the majority of the Department's SDA targets how the Department's expenditure would have differed or no targets been set. Further analysis on the costs and savings of specific targets could only be undertaken at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the (a) cost and (b) saving from the pursuit of the Department's Public Service Agreement targets in each year since they were introduced. [61040]

Ms Hewitt: Information on Departmental expenditure by Public Service Agreement (PSA) objective can be found in the Department's annually published Consolidated Resource Accounts, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House for years up to 2000–01. Information on costs incurred in working towards individual PSA targets is not available.

PSA targets are set as an integral part of the Spending Review process. It is not possible to say how the Department's expenditure would have differed had different, or no, targets been adopted. As a result, additional costs or savings resulting from pursuing PSA targets cannot be specified, although one of DTI's current PSA targets requires the Department to achieve an annual 2.5 per cent. improvement in value for money, including through savings.


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