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Departmental Recruitment

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent in recruiting staff to her Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997. [78558]

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Ms Hewitt [holding answer 4 November 2002]: Information about the cost of centrally managed recruitment is as follows. It is not possible to distinguish between recruitment in London and in the south east.

Year#000
1997–980
1998–99136
1999–2000490
2000–01397
2001–02117

Discrimination

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many legal claims of discrimination are estimated to have been made as a result of anti-discrimination regulations introduced since 1997. [78992]

Alan Johnson: Anti-discrimination regulations introduced since 1997 have amended existing legislation on race., sex and disability. Detailed information on which to base estimates of legal claims resulting specifically from such amendments is not available.

Energy Review

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has received a submission from the Scottish Executive with respect to the Government's review of future energy policy. [76912]

Ms Hewitt [holding answer 24 October 2002]: Scottish Ministers have submitted a response to the consultation for the Performance and Innovation Unit's XEnergy Review". We understand that they see no need for a further formal response to the Government's current review of energy policy, but Scottish officials are working closely with my officials on Scottish aspects of the review.

International Energy Agency

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the IEA has met to discuss the possible scenarios arising from a conflict in Iraq; who the members of the IEA are; and if she will make a statement. [78289]

Nigel Griffiths: The International Energy Agency regularly discusses oil market issues in the Governing Board and in two committees, the Standing Group on the Oil Market and the Standing Group on Emergency Questions. Scenarios relating to a wide range of global issues, including the Middle East, are a normal part of assessment of oil market developments.

The International Energy Agency has 26 member countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Norway (Norway participates under a special Agreement). The European Commission also participates in the work of the IEA.

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OPCW

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many industrial facilities the OPCW has inspected since its inception; and if she will make a statement. [78111]

Nigel Griffiths: The OPCW has produced figures for the total number of sites it has inspected which fall under the three Schedules in the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), or which are characterised as sites producing discrete organic chemicals (DOC). The figures available on the OPCW website are as follows:

Total number of sites inspected
Schedule 134
Schedule 2181
Schedule 391
Discrete organic
Chemicals (DOC)85

Note:

Figures as of 28 October 2002


All Schedule 2 and 3 and DOC sites are industrial, while Schedule 1 sites are mainly defence-related. All the Schedule 1 sites and some of the Schedule 2 sites have been inspected by the OPCW on a number of occasions. The inspections are a routine activity whose purpose is to check that the information which the sites have declared to the OPCW is accurate, and to confirm that the activities carried out at the sites are consistent with the CWC. All OPCW inspections carried out on sites in the United Kingdom have found them to be in compliance with the CWC.

Pharmacy Dispensing Contracts

Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to receive the report of the Office of Fair Trading investigation into pharmacy contract limitations. [77261]

Miss Melanie Johnson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry expects to receive the report by the end of the year.

Porton Down and Shivenham

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the OPCW last carried out an inspection at (a) CBD Porton Down and (b) the Royal Military College of Science at Shivenham; if she will place the results in the Library; and if she will make a statement. [78110]

Nigel Griffiths: The OPCW last inspected (a) CBD Porton Down on 28–30 January 2002 and (b) the Royal Military College of Science at Shivenham on 23–25 July 2001. These were routine inspections under the terms of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The OPCW inspectors confirmed that there were no uncertainties regarding the United Kingdom's compliance with the CWC. My officials will consult the OPCW on whether a summary of their inspectors' findings can be placed in the Library. I will write to the hon. Member to confirm the outcome of these consultations.

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Raising Finance Booklets

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the booklets on best practice on raising finance, XMoney and Machines" and XInformed Investment in Modern Production Machinery" were reprinted. [78303]

Ms Hewitt: Since publication in 1995 XMoney and Machines" has been reprinted on a number of occasions the last comprising a full revision in 1998. XInformed Investment in Modern Manufacturing Equipment" was published in 1998 and has neither been reprinted nor revised.

Regulations

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate her Department has made of the costs to business of the regulations introduced by the Government since May 1997. [79079]

Nigel Griffiths: Estimates of the costs and benefits to business of the regulations introduced since May 1997 are shown in the published regulatory impact assessments, which are in the Libraries of the House,

Telemarketing

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to propose legislation to regulate the use of aggressive telemarketing techniques. [76613]

Mr. Timms: Unsolicited direct marketing by telephone has been subject to regulation in the UK since 1999, and there are also consumer protections if individuals enter into contracts during this kind of call.

The current regulations are the Telecommunications (Data Protection and Privacy) Regulations 19995 which provide that individual subscribers who do not wish to receive this type of call can register with a central list—the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). Direct marketers are obliged to check that they do not call numbers on the TPS list when making unsolicited calls. Direct marketers are also obliged to take account of any requests not to call again that they receive direct from individual subscribers. Further details are available on the DTI website at the following URL: http://www.dti.gov.uk/cii/regulatory/telecomms/telecommsergulations/ec telecomms data protection.shtml.

There will be an opportunity to review the way these regulations are working when we consult next year on implementation of the new version of the directive on which these regulations are based.

Organisations that market by telephone to individuals must also comply with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 that came into force in October 2000. These regulations require those making unsolicited direct marketing calls to identify clearly the company they represent and the commercial purpose of the call at the beginning of the conversation. They also stipulate that the consumer has the right to receive clear information in advance of any decision to purchase, subsequent written acknowledgement of this information., and a seven-day cooling off period for most contracts agreed at a

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distance. Further information is available on the DTI website at the following URL: http://www.dti.gov.uk/ccp/topics 1 /ecomm.htm.

Young Enterprise

Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support her Department gives to Young Enterprise. [78481]

Nigel Griffiths: For the current academic year (August-July), the DTI is providing Young Enterprise with approximately #250k of support for their MasterClasses and Grauduate programmes and their Innovation Awards.

Your Guide

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on the Your Guide project; and if she will make a statement. [77755]

Mr. Timms: The Your Guide pilot in Leicestershire and Rutland cost #30 million. Government provided #25 million and I understand that Post Office Ltd. provided in the region of #5 million.


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