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Energy: West Midlands

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the merits of locating the energy technologies institute in the West Midlands. (126732)

[holding answer 14 March 2007]: Research organisations across the UK were invited in January to provide information on research capacity and capabilities and to indicate any interest in hosting the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) Director and support staff. Submissions are being considered by representatives of the funding partners who will prepare initial advice for the ETI Board (once legally established) and Director (once appointed) to consider in detail and to follow-up as appropriate. Decisions will be a matter for the ETI itself. The Institute will operate on a “distributed” basis. A number of submissions have been received that include organisations in the West Midlands.