Alistair Darling: I responded to my right hon. Friend on 22 June.
Alistair Darling: Approximately 2 per cent. of electricity conveyed over the transmission network is lost and a further 6 per cent. over the distribution network. Electricity is lost through a combination of heat, noise and theft. Network businesses are incentivised to reduce these losses.
Alistair Darling: holding answer 24 July 2006 Statistics from National Grid show that transmission (high voltage) network reliability has improved from 99.9989 per cent. between 1995-2000 to 99.9992 percent from 2000-05. On average, electricity transmission companies have reduced their controllable costs by around 50 per cent. since privatisation.
Alistair Darling: holding answer 24 July 2006 In assessing the need for a National Nuclear Laboratory, my officials have had discussions with a broad range of purchasers and providers of nuclear Research and Development.
Alistair Darling: The Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board (SEPAB) was established in December 2003. Ministers in this department and other government departments have met members of SEPAB a number of times since 2003.
Alistair Darling: Ministers and officials have many discussions covering a wide range of issues including on spending.
Alistair Darling: holding answer 12 May 2006 A response to this letter was sent on 24 May.
Alistair Darling: holding answer 19 April 2006 I would like to apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in replying to the matter raised. In response to his query I can confirm that the DTI have regular discussions with the Treasury on budgetary initiatives. We do not publish details of these for reasons of confidentiality.
Alistair Darling: holding answer 19 June 2006 The average annual number of absent days per DTI (core DTI/HQ) employee in each year since 2000 is: Headcount Full-time equivalent 2005 5.7 5.9 2004 8.0 8.2 2003 7.0 7.2 2002 7.0 7.2 2001 6.7 6.9 2000 6.6 6.8 Using the figure of £1098 pa per person absent used in the "Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service...
Alistair Darling: I would like to apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in replying to the matter raised. In response to his query I can confirm that the DTI has regular discussions with the industry on all matters of concern relevant to their sector.
Alistair Darling: The Home Computing Initiative was made available to staff in DTI and Insolvency Service (an executive agency of DTI that is participating in the DTI scheme) on 15 March 2006 as part of a wider scheme incorporating computers, childcare and bikes. Over 400 staff in DTI expressed an interest in the scheme when it was initially contemplated in mid-2005. Sixty-four people had registered for...
Alistair Darling: I would like to apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in replying to the matter raised. In response to his query I can confirm that the DTI have regular discussion with the Treasury on budgetary initiatives.
Alistair Darling: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for South-West Hertfordshire (Mr. Gauke) on 20 April 2006, Official Report, column 762W.
Alistair Darling: holding answer 18 April 2006 I would like to apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in replying to the matter raised. In response to her query the DTI have regular discussions with the Treasury on budgetary issues.
Alistair Darling: The number of formal complaints of discrimination on the grounds of race investigated and upheld in the past five years is contained in the following table: Complaints made Complaints upheld 2006 (to date) 0 0 2005 3 0 2004 5 2 2003 2 1 2002 3 0
Alistair Darling: holding answer 5 June 2006 The hon. Member's letter was transferred to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 20 April for reply.
Alistair Darling: The DTI's records are as follows: Number of staff (DTI HQ, including SBS and UKTI) Spells of absence of less than five days 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 5 or more 199 155 139 4 152 144 134 3 287 232 207 2 508 489 435
Alistair Darling: The Government remain fully committed to securing an ambitious, pro-development outcome to the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). Both my predecessors and I have had regular contact with the EU Trade Commissioner, our counterparts in other EU member states, with the Director General of the WTO and with the Trade Ministers of other WTO member countries.
Alistair Darling: We are currently reviewing the whole question of Sunday shop opening hours. No decisions have been made and if Government do decide to alter the current arrangements there will be a full public consultation.
Alistair Darling: There is no written first cut of the Energy Review. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister was briefed by Ministers on 15 May onthe findings thus far and the analysis of the scale of the energy challenge. Information highlighting some of the key findings are available on the No. 10 website at http://www.number10.gov.uk/output/page9469.asp The review will be published in the summer.