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Jeff Ennis: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many former miners suffering from vibration white finger who had mixed employment with both British Coal and other mining contractors have received their compensation; and how many claims are outstanding. 
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what percentage of (a) civil service, (b) executive agencies and (c) non- departmental public body jobs under the remit of her Department are located in Scotland; and how many of each have been relocated to Scotland since May 1997. 
Ms Hewitt: A number of the activities carried out by DTI and its agencies are the responsibility in Scotland of the Scottish Executive, so that direct comparisons are inappropriate. Bearing in mind that caveat, the following table sets out the numbers of staff in DTI and its executive agencies who are located in Scotland.
|Organisation||Staff based in Scotland||All staff||Percentage of staff based in Scotland|
|ETSEmployment Tribunals Service||70||934||7.49|
|NWMLNational Weights and Measures Laboratory||0||57||0.00|
|SBSSmall Business Service||0||279||0.00|
Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the operation of Section 429(4) of the Companies Act 1985 and Schedule 12 to the Financial Services Act 1986. 
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Miss Melanie Johnson: Schedule 12 to the Financial Services Act 1986 introduced Part XIII A into the Companies Act 1985 which is designed to deal with the problems of residual minority shareholdings following a successful takeover bid. The principal provisions are:
To ensure that these rights are not abused, important safeguards are in place (including strict time limits during which squeeze-out rights and sell-out rights may be exercised, a requirement that the price offered to minority shareholders must be the same as that of the original offer and the right to apply to court in exceptional circumstances).
Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures the Small Business Service is taking to ensure that regulations do not impose unnecessary burdens on small businesses. 
made help and advice available through the Business Link website www.businesslink.org. This is now attracting 80,000 users per monthand businesses can register to receive alerts about regulations automatically.
established close working links with the Small Business Council.
secured (as a result of its "Think Small First" strategy) the right to be consulted on all new regulations to ensure that the impact on small businesses is not disproportionate. Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIAs) have to be produced for all regulations setting out clearly the costs and benefits with full recognition of small business concerns.
secured for small businesses a 12 week period between regulations being agreed and implemented, allowing small businesses time to adapt to the new regulations.
regularly brought together groups of small businesses to express their views directly to policy officials such as for Patrick Carter's review of payroll administration, a copy of which is in the Libraries of the House.
we have also set up an independent office to represent the views of small firms to the European institutions, headed by Ben Butters, which takes its lobbying lines from small firms in the United Kingdom.
the OECD assessment of regulatory barriers ranks the UK as having the fewest barriers.
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Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid in England and Wales by the Government in recompense for legal fees to solicitors in respect of industrial compensation claims for (a) vibration white finger and (b) chest disease for former mine-workers, (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) individual legal practices and (B) parliamentary constituency. 
|Total costs paid to solicitors||66||52|
|Total use of renewable sources(16)||Total inland energy consumption(17)|
|thousand tonnes of oil equivalent||Percentage|
(16) includes non-biodegradable wastes and renewables used to generate heat
(17) non-energy uses of gas and oil are excluded; energy consumption is expressed in terms of primary energy inputs (i.e. electricity's contribution to consumption is measured by the energy content of the fuel used to generate the electricity).
Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2002
On the same basis, the available projections, published in Energy Paper 68, "Energy Projections for the UK", are for 2005 and 2010. These projections give percentages for 2005 of 2.3 or 2.4 per cent. of UK energy consumption being met from renewable sources, depending on the scenario, and for 2010 between 4.3 and 4.8 per cent. These figures reflect the projected increase in the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources which is planned to reach 10 per cent. by 2010.
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