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Ms Walley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current year and (ii) the next financial year; and what the costs are of each project. 
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|Name||Start date||End date|
|Trevor Ashenden||3 April 2000||2 April 2002|
|Rachel Austin||24 September 2001||23 September 2003|
|Paul Bilton||13 August 2001||12 February 2003|
|Dee Bingham||24 September 2001||28 December 2001|
|Nick Bloom||24 September 2001||23 April 2002|
|Graeme Brown||26 February 2001||31 August 2002|
|Tony Burdon||3 September 2001||2 September 2002|
|Nick Buxton||5 June 2000||4 June 2002|
|Steven Cain||4 January 2000||3 January 2002|
|Nigel Fawcett||12 February 2001||30 November 2001|
|Paul Gregg||24 May 1999||23 May 2002|
|Robert Jennings||3 October 2001||2 April 2002|
|Paul Kennedy||15 November 1999||1 December 2001|
|Birone Lynch||23 April 2001||30 November 2002|
|Richard Maddison||26 October 2000||30 November 2002|
|Ciaran Martin||10 January 2000||9 January 2002|
|Simon Pink||6 August 2001||5 February 2003|
|Colin Stratton||8 January 2001||7 January 2003|
|David Watkins||10 January 2000||9 January 2002|
|Peter Westaway||1 September 2001||31 December 2001(1)|
(1) Four days per week.
All secondments in HM Treasury operate in accordance with Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Code, which states that periods of secondment may be granted up to three years and extended to a period not exceeding five years.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with Corus management in the last six months regarding the future of the steel industry; and if she will make a statement. 
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Mr. Wilson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry met Corus management recently for a general discussion. The Government attach great importance to the steel industry and will maintain close contact with Corus and other key players in order to maintain its future.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost is of additional security arrangements at nuclear installations since 11 September; and what her calculation is of the annual future costs of these arrangements if they are continued. 
Mr. Wilson: Robust security arrangements were already in place at civil nuclear installations before the events of 11 September. Security at nuclear sites is kept under regular review. The additional costs to the operators of increased security has not been collated centrally.
Mr. Wilson: The Government's policy on the protection of nuclear power stations is to maintain an independent regulatory authority and provide it with regulatory powers. The Government's security regulator is the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS), which is responsible for setting security standards and enforcing compliance under the Nuclear Generating Stations (Security) Regulations 1996 made under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974. OCNS ensures that levels of protection at nuclear power stations is adequate, taking into account the likely level of threat against them.
Mr. Wilson: Nuclear power currently produces about 25 per cent. of electricity generated in the UK, and with almost zero carbon emissions is contributing to the achievement of UK and international carbon emissions targets. Existing nuclear stations are expected to continue to contribute to our energy requirements, provided they meet the stringent safety and environmental standards currently required. The Cabinet Office's Performance and Innovation Unit review of energy policy announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 25 June is looking at the objectives of energy policy to develop a strategy that ensures current policy commitments are consistent with longer-term goals. To achieve its aim, the review is considering all sources of energy including nuclear. At this stage, there is no presumption of any change in nuclear industry policies. The review is due to report to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister at the end of the year.
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Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list each of the buildings at Sellafield which have facility arrangements and particular safeguards provisions in place for the application of international safeguards; and, for each building or group of buildings, when the safeguards provisions came into effect. 
Mr. Wilson: The European Commission has provided particular safeguards provisions for a total of 28 Material Balance Areas at the BNFL Sellafield facility. Facility Attachments for the two parts of the BNFL Sellafield facility (Special Nuclear Materials Store 9 and the THORP Plutonium Product Store) that the IAEA has designated for routine inspection have been drawn-up with the European Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Under Exemption 1.1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, disclosure of detailed information on nuclear material accountancy arrangements, including the description and location of Material Balance Areas, would harm national security and would not be in the public interest.
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the annual cost of storing plutonium at Sellafield; and what proportion of the cost is recovered from overseas customers. 
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) financial investment and (b) other assistance the North-west Regional Development Agency has put into St. Helens in each of the last three years. 
Total investment during the current financial year is expected to be approximately £7.1 million. The agency also works closely with St. Helens metropolitan borough council and other partners to provide advice and guidance on economic development and regeneration issues.
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