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Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking towards ensuring that developing countries are not obliged to open up their markets through international trade agreements. 
Ian Pearson [holding answer 3 November 2005]: The Government opposes forced opening of developing country markets through trade agreements or aid conditionality. We continue to work with the European Commission and the other member states to secure ambitious, pro-development trade agreements with developing countries.
Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value is of compensation payments paid to former miners in the Rotherham metropolitan borough council area since 2000. 
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether any assessment has been made of the political stability of countries containing potential sources of uranium for use in the UK's nuclear power reactors. 
Figures for UK oil imports and exports are routinely published in the DTIs annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics and quarterly Energy Trends publications. The UK has been a net exporter of oil (crude and products) since the early 1980s. Annual figures for 1997 to 2004 are shown in the following table with net imports denoted by a minus (-) sign.
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|Crude oil and natural gas liquids||36.8||43.5||49.6||41.2||35.4||33.0||23.9||7.5|
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) sub-post offices and (b) post offices there were in (i) the UK and (ii) Westmorland and Lonsdale in each year since 1997. 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list (a) enterprise gateways, (b) enterprise hatcheries and (c) enterprise hubs in each regional development agency; and which of them are based in (i) stand alone and (ii) shared premises. 
Alun Michael [holding answer 25 October 2005]: I have asked each regional development agency to provide me with the relevant information about the region's activities. I will write to the hon. Member when I have the necessary information and place a copy of the letter in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money each regional development agency has spent on (a) providing, (b) designing, (c) constructing and (d) erecting (i) sculptures and (ii) statues in their region in the last five years for which figures are available. 
[holding answer 25 October 2005]: Some of England's regional development agencies (RDAs) have commissioned sculptures and statues in their regions over the last five years as part of their wider efforts to regenerate deprived or run down areas, consistent with RDAs' statutory purposes set out in the RDAs Act 1998. Making the places where people live and work more attractive, can stimulate increased business investment, and community cohesion. Works of art also play a part in making business paths more attractive and assisting with inward investment and in promoting tourism and interpretation of historic areas and landscapes. RDAs play an important role in such developments, often working in partnership with business, local government and other public and voluntary organisations in order to promote the region and its economy.
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Public art plays a role in the West Midlands's regeneration and small area redevelopment. It is very rare that Advantage West Midlands directly funds public art but it contributes to schemes and developments which have an element of public art as part of the overall project.
|NWDA investment (£)|
|B of the Bang||Beswick, East Manchester||500,000|
|Gateway Statue||Ellesmere Port town centre||80,848|
|Meadow Lane screen||Ellesmere Port town centre||49,148|
|Herdi (Herdwick sheep)|
|Spirit of Barrow||Barrow||45,000|
|Willie Home Statue||Barrow||40,000|
|Owl Statue||Jubilee Woodland, Sefton||5,000|
|Another Place||Crosby Beach, Sefton||90,000|
|The Mersey Wave||Speke-Garston||1,350,000|
|New Brighton Pierrot||New Brighton||38,000|
|Splash Statue||National Football Museum, Preston|
|Arts in the Forest||East Lancashire||5,572|
|Great Promenade show||Blackpool||46,095|
|Blackburn town centre||Blackburn||100,000|
|Penelope||Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool||n/a|
The first phase of the Humber Quays project which is part of the broader City Centre Masterplan for Hull has £50,000 spent on the following: Sculptural Wave Wall in the plazaapproximately £40,000 including lighting; Sea Trek Statuereset on a new granite plinth with lighting approximately £10,000.
Through the Community Intervention Chest in 200203 the Grimsby Fishermen's memorial fund were awarded £5,000 towards the costs incurred in the commissioning of the bronze fisherman Statue in Grimsby.
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