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I firmly believe that new employers need clear, accessible advice and guidance on good employment practice and regulatory requirements. This is made available by ACAS and the Small Business Service, working with my Department and other key Departments and agencies.
In addition, I plan to take forward the helpful recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force in this area: to run pilots to identify ways in which businesses, particularly small businesses, can participate in shared human resources schemes; to provide advice visits to employers, free seminars to businesses with less than five employees and easier access to mediation and arbitration services.
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costs to British Energy of (a) storage of all AGR nuclear fuel and (b) continuation with current reprocessing contracts in each year of the projected life of each of British Energy's advanced gas-cooled reactors. 
Mr. Wilson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Bury, North (Mr. Chaytor) by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on 8 January 2003, Official Report, column 242W.
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ask the Director of her Department's Office for Civil Nuclear Security to review the security of British nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations with special reference to the invasion of Greenpeace protestors at the Sizewell B nuclear plant on 13 January. 
Mr. Wilson: The Director of Civil Nuclear Security is reviewing security at Sizewell B following the incident on 13 January. The Director and the Government take security very seriously and are concerned that any lessons to be learned should be applied to all civil nuclear power stations. Security at civil nuclear sites will continue to be kept under regular review.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made of the (a) extent and (b) accessibility of oil under Iraqi sovereignty; and what recent (a) representations she has received from and (b) discussions she has had with BP on this matter. 
Mr. Wilson: Iraq's proven oil reserves are estimate to be 112.5 billion barrels which amounts to over 10 per cent. of the world's total reserves. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is in regular contact with all the major UK oil companies, but "Under Exemption 13, third party commercials confidences of Part 2 of the Code of Practice on access to government information", I am not able to comment on specific commercial issues.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received concerning changes in the number of red post boxes in rural areas; and if she will make a statement. 
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Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list (a) the losses, broken down by operational activity, for (i) Royal Mail, (ii) Parcelforce and (iii) Post Office Counters, and (b) non-operational charges, broken down by (A) write-offs and (B) pension costs at (1) Royal Mail, (2) Parcelforce and (3) Post Office Counters. 
|Losses from:||Losses from operations||Exceptional costs||Losses after exceptional items before tax|
|Post Office Ltd.||163||78||241|
The Department's officials are working with Royal Mail to provide the information requested on write-offs and pension costs. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as this is available, and place a copy of the letter in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Post Office will receive for each benefit and tax credit transaction paid via the (a) universal bank and (b) Post Office Card Account. 
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Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many grants have been awarded for PV solar power panels in each of the last three years; and what the total value of such grants is. 
Major PV Demonstration Programme, First PhaseStream 1 (small-scale up to 5kWp)118 grants awarded, worth £880,000; Stream 2 (medium and large-scale up to 100kWp)27 grants awarded, worth £3.52 million.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of Britain's current energy requirements she estimates could be met from renewable sources by 2020 if the sector were to benefit from the level of financial support currently made available to the nuclear industry. 
Mr. Wilson: Scope for the expansion of renewable energy and the question of future renewable energy targets will be discussed in the Energy White Paper, which will be published shortly. The White Paper will also address the issue of the future of nuclear power.
The DTI Group, in addition to DTI HQ, consists of ACAS, Companies House, Patent Office, Insolvency Service, National Weights & Measures Laboratory, Employment Tribunals Service and the Radiocommunications Agency.
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