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London News Radio

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) if the Radio Authority has reported to her about the implications of the takeover of London News Radio as it relates to the franchise originally awarded and the quality and source of news gathering and output; and if she will make a statement; [21019]

Mr. Sproat: My Department does not receive programme plans for radio services or reports on their day-to-day performances, since the award and regulation of licences for independent local radio services are solely matters for the Radio Authority.

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The Broadcasting Act 1990, however, requires any person acquiring ownership of a licence to comply with the programming proposals included as conditions of the licence when it was awarded, except to the extent that the authority consents to any alteration within the parameters of section 106 of the Act. I understand that the authority has not received any recent proposals for altering the licensed programming of London News Radio and that it is content that the service is currently meeting its licence obligations.

Executive Action

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if she will list those areas of executive action where she has discretion to act in respect of an individual without giving reasons for her decision. [20537]

Mr. Sproat: Comprehensive records are not kept in the form requested, but no provisions have been identified from readily available sources.

National Lottery (Royal Opera House)

Mr. Soley: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) what account was taken of the absence of final planning permission for the Royal Opera house project in determining whether to allocate lottery funds; [20453]

Mr. Sproat [holding answer 18 March 1996]: The decision whether, and under what conditions, to allocate lottery funds to the Royal Opera house was taken by the Arts Council of England, an independent lottery distribution body. I have asked the chairman of the Arts Council to write to the hon. Member placing copies of his response in the House Library.

Public Bodies

Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage which of the executive non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department publish (a) annual reports, (b) annual accounts, (c) the minutes of meetings, (d) the agendas of meetings and (e) a register of members' interests, indicating in each case if this is (i) under a statutory requirement or (ii) voluntary. [16826]

Mr. Sproat [pursuant to his reply, 27 February 1996, c. 493-94]: Regrettably, the reply was incomplete.

The full information is as follows:

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The following bodies are statutorily obliged to produce a triennial report:

    British Museum
    Natural History Museum
    National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    National Museum of Science and Industry
    Royal Armouries
    Tate Gallery
    Victoria and Albert Museum
    Wallace Collection.
    Arts Council for England
    British Film Institute 1
    British Library 1
    British Museum 1
    British Tourist Authority 1
    Broadcasting Complaints Commission 1
    Broadcasting Standards Council 1
    Crafts Council
    English Heritage 1
    English Tourist Board 1
    Football Licensing Authority 1
    Geffrye Museum 1
    Horniman Museum 1
    Imperial War Museum 1
    Millennium Commission 1
    Museum and Galleries Commission
    Museum of London 1
    Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester 1
    National Film and Television School 1
    National Gallery 1
    National Heritage Memorial Fund 1
    National Maritime Museum 1
    National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside 1
    National Museum of Science and Industry 1
    National Portrait Gallery 1
    Natural History Museum 1
    Public Lending Right 1
    Royal Armouries 1
    Sir John Soane's Museum 1
    Sports Council
    Tate Gallery 1
    Victoria and Albert Museum 1
    Wallace Collection 1 .

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    British Film Institute
    Sports Council.
    British Film Institute
    Sports Council.
    British Film Institute
    British Library.

All DNH's executive NDPBs are currently developing registers of members' interests. Many of these are already in place and are open to the public on request.

    1 Indicates where this is a statutory requirement.
    2 Indicates where an annual report is published but the organisation is only statutorily obliged to publish a triennial report.


Bank of Credit and Commerce International

Mr. John Marshall: To ask the Attorney-General what factors underlay the decision not to provide the report of Gerry Olsen of the City of London police into BCCI to the lawyers acting for Mr. Imran Iman; and if a copy of the report will now be given to them. [20560]

The Attorney-General: Leading counsel for the prosecution advised that the report was not disclosable. Relevant underlying documents were disclosed.

Executive Action

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Attorney-General if he will list those areas of executive action where he has discretion to act in respect of an individual without giving reasons for his decision. [20546]

The Attorney-General: No express statutory obligation to give reasons is imposed on the Attorney-General in respect of any of his functions. The extent to which it is appropriate for the Law Officers to give reasons for their decisions will vary according to the circumstances of the case.

Leon Patterson

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Attorney-General when he expects an inquest to be held into the death of Leon Patterson; and if he will make a statement. [21716]

The Attorney-General: As I said in my answer of 3 March 1995, column 729, the date of the further inquest is for the coroner to determine in his judicial capacity.

Marchioness Incident

Mr. Meacher: To ask the Attorney-General, pursuant to his answer of 14 February, Official Report, column 595, when he expects to determine whether he will initiate further criminal proceedings in respect of the Marchioness disaster. [20867]

The Attorney-General: The Crown Prosecution Service continues with the tasks outlined in my answer of 14 February 1996. It has also sought the advice of senior Treasury counsel. There is a substantial amount of

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material which requires to be given careful consideration and I am not able, at this stage, to give the indication sought.

Parental Bindovers

Mr. Boateng: To ask the Attorney-General what guidance is given to the Crown Prosecution Service and its representatives in respect of breach of parental bindovers. [21055]

The Attorney-General: Section 120 of the Magistrates' Court Act 1980 applies to proceedings to estreat a recognisance entered into a parent or guardian under section 58 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991. Breach proceedings are civil proceedings initiated by complaint. They are not commenced or conducted by the Crown Prosecution Service.


Education Authority Budgets

Mr. David Nicholson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 7 February, Official Report, columns 196-97, which local education authorities budgeted by more than £50,000 below their capping limits in the years 1992-93 and 1993-94; and in each case by how much in cash and percentage of total spending. [19967]

Sir Paul Beresford: The local education authorities which budgeted more than £50,000 below their capping limits in 1992-93 and 1993-94 are as follows:

£ million(10)Percentage of budget requirement
(a) 1992-93
City of London3.5854.7
Kensington and Chelsea3.1972.4
Kingston upon Thames0.4010.4
Newcastle upon Tyne0.0530.02
North Yorkshire10.7122.6
West Sussex28.0667.3
Isles of Scilly0.1516.2
(b) 1993-94
City of London3.1464.3
Barking and Dagenham1.5371.4
Hereford and Worcester3.7251.0
West Sussex8.6372.2
Isles of Scilly0.1164.8

(10) Budget requirement to finance services including education.

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