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Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many women pensioners the National Coal Board are waiting for their equal pay status to be reflected in their pensions; and what percentage of women pensioners this represents. 
Mr. Wilson: None. Neither the DTI nor the two British Coal pension schemes, the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme and the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme, are aware of any current cases where women pensioners are waiting for equal pay status to be reflected in their pensions.
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Mr. Timms: The Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) requires BT to provide telephony services including the ability to make and receive national and international calls and calls employing facsimile or voice band data at a minimum of 2400bit/s at any place in the licensed area. The EC Directive on Universal Service and Users' Rights, due to be implemented in mid 2003, requires the connection to permit functional Internet access. Oftel will consult on the implementation of its provisions.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received on the impact of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in Aventis Pharma Deutschland GmbH v. Kohpharma GmbH. 
Ms Hewitt: I have received no representations regarding the impact of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in Aventis Pharma Deutschland GmbH v. Kohpharma GmbH (Case C-433/00). The judgment was delivered on 19 September 2002, and deals with questions regarding the interpretation of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2309/93.
Mr. Wilson: The Government has recently completed its consultation on energy policy. It proposes to take the responses to the consultation into account in its work leading to a White Paper in the New Year.
The results of consulting the general public through focus groups, deliberative workshops and the questionnaire made available at the Tomorrow's World Live road show were published on 10 October. The questionnaire was also made available on the DTI's web site. The results of these responses will be published shortly.
We have received over 2000 written responses to the consultation document. We expect to publish a summary of these responses shortly on the DTI's web site along with the individual responses that are already being published there.
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Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what decisions have been taken regarding future financial support for British Energy and other energy companies; and what return taxpayers will receive on moneys given to British Energy. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 21 October 2002]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 15 October, Official Report, column 666W on the recent support for British Energy. No decisions have been taken and no commitments given on British Energy's long term future at this time.
The Government has taken security over British Energy's assets for the credit facility agreement in the interests of the taxepayer. Full details of the agreement are commercially confidential unless and until it is made public by British Energy.
Ms Hewitt: British Trade International has a number of country specific Trade Development schemes designed to help British businesses export for the first time or access certain new markets. The schemes are listed below together with the total budget allocation in Financial Year 20022003.
|1.||Export Explorer: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden.||#500,000|
|4.||First Timers Programme: Brazil||#70,000|
|5.||Enterprise Initiative: India||#20,000|
|6.||Cuba Trade Development Programme||#30,000|
|7.||Thailand British Business Mentoring Scheme||#1,500|
|8.||UKSouth Africa SME Partnership Programme||#93,000|
In addition, British Trade International also conducts campaigns to raise British exporters' awareness of opportunities in particular markets. There is a budget of #669,000 available in Financial Year 20022003 to support campaigns in the following markets.
8. Saudi Arabia
10. South Africa
11. South Korea
14. United Arab Emirates
Since the Cabinet Secretary's Review of Export Promotion in 1999 and the subsequent establishment of British Trade International, the focus of Government support for trade has shifted from promoting overseas markets to British business to developmental work in order to improve the ability of companies to export and trade overseas successfully. There is also a greater emphasis on identifying and exploiting specific sectoral opportunities within overseas markets where they correspond to sectoral strengths in the British economy.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the national oil emergency stock is above the level required by international obligations; and if she will make a statement. 
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Information on broadband availability is depicted on a map of the UK and is available in the UK Online Annual Report (http://www.e-envoy.gov.uk/oee/oee.nsf/sections/reports-anrep20011-images/$file/fig01.pdf).
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