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Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) what restrictions currently exist relating to the percentage of programmes made in Britain which must be shown by television and cable companies in the United Kingdom;
(2) what quotas currently exist for the use of British programming by (a) satellite, (b) cable and (c) terrestrial channels; (3) what is his Department's policy on the right to reply; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what properties are owned or leased by his Department for the use of Ministers; what was the total running cost for each property for the latest year available broken down into (a) furniture and fittings, (b) maintenance, (c) staffing, including the number of butlers,
Column 1298cooks and housekeepers, (d) food and hospitality and (e) other costs; what is the estimated value of each property; and how many times in the latest year the property was stayed in overnight by a Minister.
Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make it his policy to reverse the most recent reduction in the budget of the Arts Council; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many contracts his Department or Government agencies responsible to his Department have entered into with Spencer Stuart consultants in the last two years.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is his current calculation of the costs of preparation for market testing in his Department in terms of (a) payments to consultants and (b) other costs.
Mr. Sproat: My Department incurred consultancy costs of £481,866 between 1 April 1992 and 30 June 1994 in preparation for market testing. No other costs in respect of the programme were incurred over this period.
Mr. Sproat: The Government are currently considering ways of enhancing the position of team sports in schools. An announcement will be made in due course. All interested Departments are contributing to the review.
Mr. Sproat: The salary of the chairman of the Sports Council is published annually in the Cabinet Office's publication "Public Bodies", and is currently £20,546. This is reviewed in line with the recommendations of the Senior Salaries Review Body, subject to satisfactory performance. It is not practice to publish the salaries of individual employees. Performance-related pay has however been introduced in line with the arrangements which apply in the civil service.
Ms Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement on the availability of non-vocational qualifications in sport; and if he will list those that will be available by 1 January 1995.
Mr. Sproat: Sport NVQs are currently available in playwork--levels 2, 3 and 4--sport and recreation--level 1--sport and recreation--facility operations--level 2, sport and recreation (development) (level 3), sport and recreation (outdoor education) (level 3), sport and recreation (supervision) (level 3), sport and recreation management (facilities) (level 4) and sport and recreation management (sports development) (level 4). In addition, coaching NVQs, which must be delivered through a specific sport, are currently being developed. It is likely that by 1 January 1995, coaching NVQs will be available in swimming, windsurfing, football, karate, basketball, fitness, hockey and lawn tennis.
Mr. Sproat: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for National Heritage, met members of the Sports Council on an informal basis on 12 September and discussed a range of issues with them. I met the council on 17 October to hear its views on our proposals for the future structure and focus of the new United Kingdom and English Sports councils.
Mr. Sproat: Responsibility for planning the 1996 European Football Championship rests with the tournament organisers, the Football Association. The FA, together with the Football league, the FA Premier league and the Football trust hold regular meetings with the football supporter organisations to discuss, amongst other things, the arrangements for the championship.
Ms Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement on co-operation with the Football Association in the planning and running of the 1996 European Football Championship.
Mr. Sproat: The Department of National Heritage has worked closely with the Football Association from the start, both in securing the tournament for England, and on promotional and diplomatic matters. My officials are involved in the detailed arrangements for the championship through representation, with observer status, on the FA's central co- ordinating committee, and a separate FA working group on security and safety.
Mr. Sproat: The national lottery distribution fund--NLDF--will receive its first payment from proceeds of the national lottery on Tuesday 22 November 1994. The setting up and administration costs of the Office of the National Lottery, and any administrative costs incurred by the distributing bodies in preparing to process applications for national lottery grants, including sums to be repaid to the Treasury in respect of set up costs already paid for from public funds, will be drawn down from the NLDF as required after that date.
The setting up costs of Camelot Group plc are a commercial operations matter. I have asked the director-general of the national lottery to write to the hon. Member on this point and to place copies of his response in the Library of the House.
Mr. Dorrell [holding answer 1 November 1994]: The basis on which the Channel 5 licence is being advertised was published on 1 November 1994 by the Independent Television Commission. It allows bidders to apply on the basis of analogue or digital transmission.
Mr. Sproat [holding answer 1 November 1994]: The Great Britain Sports Council has offered the British Deaf Sports Council a grant for 1994 95 of £52,000, channelled through the British Sports Association for the Disabled. We have also emphasised the importance of people with disabilities being able to benefit from national lottery funds.
Mr. Robert G. Hughes: I refer the hon. Member to the Cabinet Office entry in the 1993 edition of "Public Bodies". The figures for the 1994 edition are still being collected and will be published in due course.
Column 1302hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton (Mr. Streeter) on 1 November 1994, Official Report, column 1096-97.
Mr. Spearing: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish the list of (a) the chief executives of the next steps agencies together with their salaries and (b) the salaries of the civil servants who were responsible for similar functions prior to the establishment of those agencies.
Mr. Grocott: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which former hon. Members of this House have been appointed since 1988 by his Department to quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations; and if he will list, in each case, the title of the post, the salary, the duration of the appointment, and the party which each represented as an hon. Member.
Name |Post |Salary |Duration |Party ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The right Hon. the Lord Carlisle of Bucklow QC |Chairman, Advisory |None |1 November 1988 |Conservative |Committee on |to 31 December |Business |1994 |Appointments |(ACOBA) The right Hon. the Lord Thomson of Monifieth |Member of ACOBA |None for either |ACOBA: 1 |Labour KT PC |and Political |November 1989 to |Honours Scrutiny |31 October 1995 |Committee (PHSC) |PHSC: 9 November |1992 for duration of |current Government The right hon. the Lord Cledwyn CH PC |Member of PHSC |None |9 November 1992 |Labour |for duration of |current Government
Sir Nicholas Fairbairn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what are the estimated costs of the proposed new body to investigate standards in public life in respect of (a) premises, (b) hon. Members and (c) civil servants supporting it; and how many civil servants will be involved.
Sir Nicholas Fairbairn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how and by whom the members of the proposed new body or standards in public life have been chosen; and how and why a particular judge was chosen as chairman.
Mr. David Hunt: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister appointed the chairman of the committee on standards in public life after consultation with the Lord Chancellor; he appointed the members of the committee following consultation with Lord Nolan, and with the leader of the Opposition and the leader of the Liberal Democratic party.
Column 1302Duchy of Lancaster what remit the proposed body on standards in public life will have in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(2) when he expects the report of the advisory panel on equal opportunities in the civil service to be completed.
"to advise the Head of the Home Civil Service on steps to be taken to improve the representation in senior management positions of people of ethnic minority origin and people with disabilities, with particular reference to recruitment, career development, retention and other factors identified by the Panel as relevant; and to make recommendations".
The panel first met on Monday 12 September. It is expected to meet regularly over the next few months and
Column 1303plans to submit a report of its findings and recommendations to Sir Robin Butler by April 1995.
Mr. Forman: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will arrange for the Official Report, to be distributed free to public libraries and sold to the public at the marginal cost after official demand has been met.
Mr. Robert G. Hughes: Under long-standing arrangements aimed at facilitating public access to Government information, local authority libraries already qualify for a considerable discount on all HMSO publications, including the Official Report.
Market research on the prospects for increasing the distribution of the Official Report has recently been undertaken by MORI on behalf of HMSO. The findings are currently under consideration.
Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the final total cost to public funds of the Charterline, broken down into component costs; and what was the final total of calls it received.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many contracts his Department or Government agencies responsible to his Department have entered into with Spencer Stuart consultants in the last two years.
Mr. Gunnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will review the case for placing a copy of the "Permanent Secretary's Handbook" in the Members' Library and explain to the House the decision he reaches.
Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will ensure that every departmental version of the citizens charter is available to the public from a central source in his office.
My Department runs a citizens charter publication line on 0345 223242 which sends out citizens charter publications, including copies of the guides to the citizens
Column 1304charter White Papers. It also sends out a list of departmental contact points from which copies of any of the 40 follow-up charters can be ordered:
Table 1: Published charters and how to obtain them. |Telephone number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Contributors' Charter |091 225 7522 Social Security Contributions Agency Employers' Charter |091 225 7522 Social Security Contributions Agency Taxpayer's Charter |Please see Table II H.M Customs and Excise Taxpayer's Charter |Tax Offices, Tax Enquiry Inland Revenue |Centres or phone: |071 438 6420 Traveller's Charter |From Ports and Airports or H.M. Customs and Excise |phone: 071 202 4227 Great Britain: England, Scotland and Wales Benefits Agency Customer |Please see Table II Charter Social Security Benefits Agency Child Support Agency Charter |0345 133 133 Child Support Agency Jobseeker's Charter |Please see Table II Employment Service Passenger's Charter |Please see Table II British Rail Redundancy Payments Service |0800 848 489 Charter Employment Department England and Wales Courts Charter |Court Service Secretariat Lord Chancellor's Department |071 210 1722 Home Office Crown Prosecution Service England Only London Underground's |Customer Service Centre Customer Charter: "the best |071 918 4040 possible service" London Underground Ltd. Charter for Further Education |Publications Centre Department for Education Charter for Higher Education |Publications Centre Department for Environment |081 533 2000 Council Tenant's Charter |071 276 0900 Department of the Environment Parent's Charter |Publications Centre Department for Education |081 533 2000 Patient's Charter |Please see Table II Department of Health Road User's Charter |Please see Table II The Highways Agency The London Bus Passenger's |Passenger Services Charter |071 918 4300 London Transport Buses Scotland Only Council Tenant's Charter for Scotland Scottish Office Further and Higher Education |0345 741 741 Charter for Scotland Scottish Office Justice Charter for Scotland |0345 741 741 Scottish Office Parent's Charter for Scotland |0345 741 741 Scottish Office Patient's Charter for Scotland |0345 741 741 Scottish Office Wales Only Charter for Further Education |0222 825862 Welsh Office Charter for Higher Education |0222 825829 Welsh Office Council Tenant's Charter for |0222 825282 Wales Welsh Office Parent's Charter for Wales |0222 761456 Xt 5364 Welsh Office Patient's Charter for Wales |0222 823219 Welsh Office Northern Ireland Only Bus Passenger's Charter |From all Ulsterbus offices or Ulsterbus/Citybus |phone: 0232 354042 Child Support Agency Charter |0345 139 700 outside Belfast Northern Ireland Child Support |(local rate) or 0232 896700 Agency |within Greater Belfast Tenant's Charter for NI |0232 240588 Northern Ireland Housing Executive Courts Charter for Northern |0232 328594 Ireland Northern Ireland Courts Service The Citizen's Charter for |Full report from HMSO (£8.50). Northern Ireland |For copy of summary Guide, Department of Finance and |phone: 0800 243 174 Personnel Parent's Charter |0247 270077 Xt 2366 Department of Education for NI Charter for Patients and Clients |HPSS Management Executive Department of Health and |0232 524282 Social Services, NI Railway Passenger's Charter |Northern Ireland Railways NI Railways |Headquarters 0232 235282 Royal Ulster Constabulary |From police stations, or phone Charter |RUC Headquarters: 0232 Royal Ulster Constabulary |650222 Xt 22525 Social Security Agency Charter |Chief Executive's Office 0232 NI Social Security Agency |522826 Training and Employment |0232 244300 Agency Charter Training and Employment Agency
Table Part II
Taxpayer's Charter (Customs and Excise)
Available from your Local VAT Enquiry Office. Their addresses and telephone numbers can be found in the phonebook under "Customs and Excise".
Benefits Agency Customer Charter
Available from all District Offices of the Agency. Their addresses and telephone numbers can be found in the phonebook under "Benefits Agency".
Column 1306For bulk orders you can write to:
DSS Distribution Centre
DSS Leaflets Unit
Lancashire OL10 2PZ (Quote CUST 1)
Available from all local Jobcentres and Unemployment Benefit Offices. The addresses and telephone numbers of which can be found in the phonebook under "Employment Service".
Available from all British Rail stations and outlets or by writing to:
24 Eversholt Street
PO Box 100
London NW1 1DZ
Copies of the Patient's Charter for England can be obtained by writing to (no stamp required):
The Patient's Charter
Road User's Charter
Copies are available from most motorway service areas, AA shops and offices, the regional offices of the Department of Transport and the Highways Agency or from the Agency's Headquarters at the following address:
The Highways Agency
St. Christopher House