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Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2001, Official Report, columns 47779W, how much of the funding pledged by Her Majesty's Government to tackle nuclear problems in the former Soviet Union has so far been spent. 
Mr. Wilson [holding answer 17 July 2001]: Of the some £84 million assistance over the next three years announced by HMG in July 2000, some £10.5 million has been firmly committed, of which some £4.2 million has already been spent.
£0.03 millionnuclear materials accountancy
£0.13 millionNuclear Safety Projects
£0.03 millionphysical protection of sites projects
£0.09 millionNW Russia spent nuclear fuel storage facility.
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Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information she has collated on the number of academic staff employment tribunals conducted in each university in the last two years. 
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information she has collated on the number of power cuts experienced by residents and businesses in the Seeboard area over the last five years; and what representations she has made to energy producers concerning cuts in supply to customers. 
Mr. Wilson: Over the last five years the number of power cuts in the Seeboard area has varied between 95.5 and 88.5 per 100 customers. Over the same period the average duration of a power cut in the Seeboard area has varied between 92 minutes and 74.5 minutes.
Ofgem will shortly carry out initial consultation with the electricity companies in order to extend the guaranteed and overall standards to include the maximum number of power cuts, which individual customers should experience in any single year. This is being carried out under Ofgem's information and incentive project with the aim of introducing it in April 2002. The target figure has yet to be set on the maximum number of power cuts.
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list for each week from Monday 23 July to Monday 8 October which departmental ministers will be on duty (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in London. 
Ms Hewitt: It is not the normal practice of Government to publish a ministerial duty roster. The Department will ensure that it has sufficient cover through the summer recess in line with the requirements of the Ministerial Code.
Mr. MacDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will announce a decision about the future of the prototype reactor fuel at Dounreay; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Wilson: I have considered carefully the advice I have received about the future of this fuel, and the implications of this decision for the major goal of restoring the Dounreay site. I have concluded that refurbishment of the reprocessing facilities at Dounreay is not justified. I have consequently asked UKAEA to take whatever action is necessary to ensure the safety and security of the PFR fuel, and to agree with its regulators the most appropriate means of doing so.
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This is a project of national importance and the staff at Dounreay have my full support in undertaking this challenging task.
Nigel Griffiths: The Department of Trade and Industrythrough British Trade Internationalmaintains close links with the Institute of Export and supports the institute's work to promote the importance of exporting and to improve the performance of British exporters. In the last two years BTI and the Institute of Export have worked together on the development of the regional delivery of BTI services, the design of a self-diagnostic test for potential exporters and the development of a training package for BTI staff.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set out the terms of reference for the role of the Green Minister in her Department; and if she will make a statement. 
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on assets purchased by a utility company in order to deliver its commitment under the Energy Efficiency Commitment; and to whom and in what manner the assets should accrue. 
Under the proposed Energy Efficiency Commitment for 200205, electricity and gas suppliers will be required to meet energy efficiency targets. It is proposed that companies should be free to develop schemes to meet their targets in the most cost-effective way. I propose to issue a consultation paper on the commitment in the summer.
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