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Millennium Awards

Dr. John Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) when she plans to announce the headline themes for millennium awards as set out in her consultation document; [11988]

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Mrs. Virginia Bottomley: This is a matter for the Millennium Commission. I shall reply to the hon. Member in my capacity as chairman of the commission and place copies of my reply in the Libraries of the House.

Torbay Picture House

Mr. Allason: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if she will take steps to protect the Torbay picture house from being removed from the English Heritage list of protected buildings. [15064]

Mr. Sproat: The Torbay picture house is included as a grade II building in the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has no plans to change its protected status. Any application for listed building consent in respect of works to the building would be a matter for the local planning authority in the first instance.

Byland Abbey (Floor Tiles)

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what action her Department has taken to preserve the medieval floor tiles at Byland abbey, North Yorkshire; and if she will make a statement. [15008]

Mr. Sproat: These medieval tiles are currently the subject of a two-year study under English Heritage's conservation research programme. This includes the completion of a photographic record of all the tiles and a survey of their condition. Environmental conditions are being monitored to give a full picture of the effects of temperature and humidity. English Heritage's report will be published in August 1996, and is expected to recommend improvements to the current maintenance regime to enable the medieval tiles to be preserved on site.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many written parliamentary questions were passed for answer to executive agencies and non-governmental departments in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. [14986]

Mr. Sproat: The information requested is a matter of public record, but it could be extracted in the form requested only at disproportionate cost.

Tourism

Mr. Pendry: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if she will list (a) the per capita grant

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in aid and (b) the grant in aid awarded to (i) the British Tourist Authority, (ii) the English tourist board, (iii) the Wales tourist board, (iv) the Scottish tourist board and (v) the Northern Ireland tourist board in each year since 1979. [15314]

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Mr. Sproat: The total Government grant awarded to each of the statutory tourist boards for each year from 1979 to the current year in cash figures, and expressed per head of population for the countries covered by the boards was as follows:

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British tourist authority English tourist board Scottish tourist board Wales tourist board Northern Ireland tourist board
GIA£ per head populationGIA£ per head populationGIA£ per head populationGIA£ per head populationGIA£ per head population
£ million£ million£ million£ million£ million
1979-8012.80.2310.30.224.30.833.71.323.92.55
1980-8114.20.2611.50.255.21.004.31.544.83.14
1981-8216.20.3012.70.276.11.185.11.825.33.46
1982-8318.10.3314.90.327.21.405.62.005.23.38
1983-8416.90.3114.90.328.11.575.01.794.52.92
1984-8517.30.3117.70.3810.01.946.42.295.13.29
1985-8617.10.3116.70.358.71.697.72.755.43.46
1986-8720.60.3720.30.439.11.787.92.825.63.57
1987-8822.00.4023.30.499.11.788.83.145.03.16
1988-8923.70.4325.80.549.91.949.33.265.43.42
1989-9025.60.4621.80.4611.92.3410.03.485.73.61
1990-9127.50.4917.20.3612.32.4110.63.687.54.72
1991-9229.20.5220.00.4212.82.5111.43.947.14.44
1992-9330.90.5518.00.3713.62.6613.74.7211.67.16
1993-9432.20.5714.90.3113.82.7013.84.7612.17.42
1994-9533.20.5911.30.2317.43.3914.44.9512.57.62
1995-9634.50.6110.00.2016.93.2914.75.0313.78.38

Sources:

Population Estimates Unit (OPCS) 1979-1994.

Government Actuaries Department 1995.

(1992--based projections).

The British Tourist Authority is responsible for marketing Great Britain overseas. The grant per capita for BTA has therefore been calculated using the total population of England, Wales and Scotland.


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Geese (Royal Parks)

Mr. Tony Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage, pursuant to her answer of 24 January, Official Report, column 251, what method is used to kill geese in the royal parks; and at what time of the day the geese are killed. [14865]

Mr. Sproat [holding answer 12 February 1996]: Responsibility for the subject of this question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency under its chief executive, Mr. David Welch. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from David Welch to Mr. Tony Banks, dated 19 February 1996:


Military Knights

Mr. Tony Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage, pursuant to her answer of 30 January 1996, Official Report, column 693, what are the criteria which must be fulfilled for officers wishing to become military knights in Windsor. [14968]

Mr. Sproat [holding answer 13 February 1996]: The main criteria are:


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Environmental Appraisals

Ms Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many environmental appraisals were produced by her Department using the guidance contained in the Department of the Environment's "Policy Appraisal and the Environment" in 1995; and if she will place copies in the Library. [15112]

Mr. Sproat [holding answer 14 February 1996]: No specific environmental appraisals were produced in 1995.

Football Players (Transfers)

Mr. Meale: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the Bosman case in the European Court of Appeal on professional football players in the United Kingdom; what assessment she has made of the extent to which out-of-contract players will be free to move to new clubs without (a) reference and (b) payment to their previous club; and what plans her Department has to issue guidelines to players on this subject. [15388]

Mr. Sproat [holding answer 15 February 1996]: The European Court of Justice ruling in the Bosman case established that article 48 of the EC treaty prevents clubs from demanding a payment to release an out-of-contract player to a club in another member state, and also prohibits rules limiting the number of players from other member

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states which may be fielded. The court did not rule on domestic transfers. My Department is keeping in close contact with the European Commission on these issues. I understand that the English football governing bodies have acted to comply with the judgment.


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