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Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff were seconded between (a) BP, (b) Shell, (c) Enron, (d) Exxon-Mobil, (e) Conoco, (f) Texaco and (g) TotalFinaElf and her Department in (i) 19992000, (ii) 200001 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available. 
|BP Gas Marketing Ltd.||1||0||0|
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst and Young, (c) Deloitte and Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and her Department in (i) 19992000, (ii) 200001 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available. 
|Company name||19992000||200001||April 2001 to date|
|Ernst and Young||1||0||1|
|Deloitte and Touche||1||1||0|
Secondments from DTI
There were no secondments to the companies listed from the DTI in the periods covered.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether a code of conduct exists for the Office of Fair Trading when investigating complaints against companies; and if she will make a statement. 
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list meetings between (a) Department Ministers and (b) senior departmental officials and representatives of Ispat International between May 1997 and December 2001, indicating the date of each meeting. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 4 February 2002]: Ministers, special advisers and officials in my Department regularly meet a wide range of representatives from business. However, as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's reply of 19 November 2001 Official Report, column 102W makes clear, it is not normal practice to release details of meetings or discussions with private individuals or companies
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with the Ministerial Code, the Civil Service Code and Guidance for Civil Servants: Contacts with Lobbyists. Some of these discussions take place on a confidential basis, and in order to preserve confidentiality, it is not the normal practice of Governments to release specific details of specific meetings with private individuals or companies.
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of companies had access to broadband technology in (a) St. Helens South, (b) the St. Helens MBC area, (c) Merseyside, (d) Manchester, (e) the North-West RDA area, (f) the other RDA areas and (g) England in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of private sector investment in research and development as a share of GDP was made in (a) St. Helens South, (b) the St. Helens MBC area, (c) Merseyside, (d) Manchester, (e) the North-West RDA area, (f) other RDA areas and (g) England in each of the last 12 months. 
Mr. Wilson: Data on research and development (R&D) spending are not available on a monthly basis or for the exact geographies requested. The Office for National Statistics do, however, conduct an annual survey of R&D performed in business enterprise (BERD). Sub-regional data are available from this survey for 2000 but GDP is only available at a Government office region level (equivalent to RDA regions) for 1999 and at a sub-regional level for 1998. The table only covers own-funded BERD ie R&D performed in that region which was funded by the companies themselves (and not by Government or from abroad). Further details on the BERD survey can be found on www.statistics.gov.uk/ downloads/themecommerce/MA142000.pdf.
|Yorkshire and the Humber||0.31||0.30|
(1) Not available
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Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate her Department has made of the cost of removing white asbestos from commercial and domestic buildings in the UK. 
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