HC Deb 04 April 2001 vol 366 c210W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will estimate the number of new businesses in each industrial category started in Shrewsbury and Atcham since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [156512]

Mr. Caborn

The number of businesses, by broad industrial sector, joining the VAT register in the Shrewsbury and Atcham local authority district in each of the last three years for which data are available, is set out in the table.

be able to trade effectively under NETA, which was implemented on 27 March. These include the ability for a licence-exempt generator to consolidate the output of its plant with that of the plant of other licence-exempt generators in order to reduce any potential exposure to imbalance.

However, in the light of the continuing concern among some smaller generators about the potential impact of NETA on their businesses, I announced in February that I had asked Ofgem to undertake a review of the initial impact of NETA on smaller generators, based on its first two months of live operation.

Ofgem are planning to submit draft terms of reference for this review to me shortly, and they will be published once I have approved them. The issue of timing will be addressed in the terms of reference. The continuing success of combined heat and power and renewables is very important to the Government and Ofgem are well aware of their own regulatory responsibility in this respect.

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