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PRIME MINISTER

Civil Contingencies Unit

Mr. Baker: To ask the Prime Minister what is the membership of the Civil Contingencies Unit. [15692]

The Prime Minister [pursuant to his reply, 17 November 1997, c. 16-17]: The following Departments should be added to the list of Departments represented on the Civil Contingencies Committee:



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Iraq

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for South Thanet (Dr. Ladyman) on 21 January 1998, Official Report, column 1009, what assessment he has made of the impact of a bomb/missile attack on Iraq in the absence of ground troops; and what support he has received for possible military action against Iraq from (a) the other permanent members of the Security Council, (b) Arab states and (c) Iran. [25299]

The Prime Minister: It would not be sensible to speculate about the possible use of military force against Iraq at this stage. But it cannot be ruled out.

We, and other members of the Security Council, continue to pursue by diplomatic means the objective of total Iraqi compliance with the Council's demands.

Ministerial Code of Conduct

Mr. Baker: To ask the Prime Minister what monitoring he is undertaking to ensure ministers follow the guidance in the Ministerial Code of Conduct; how many instances of non-compliance he has identified; and what steps he intends to take when non-compliance is identified. [24831]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 26 January 1998]: The Ministerial Code makes clear that I expect all Ministers to work within the letter and spirit of the Code; that it is for individual Ministers to judge how best to act in order to uphold the highest standards; and that they are accountable to Parliament for their conduct.

Iraq (Weapons Inspections)

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss with the (a) Chinese, (b) French, and (c) Russian governments whether they have available for service in Iraq technical experts with equivalent qualifications to survey chemical and biological weapons to those of Mr. Scott Ritter. [25611]

The Prime Minister: The choice of personnel for the UN Special Commission is a matter for the Executive Chairman of the Special Commission. A large number of nations have provided staff. France and Russia have regularly made personnel available. China is now also contributing.

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

National Lottery

Liz Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what has been the total value of ticket sales in (a) the constituency of Erewash and (b) the constituency of Westminster since the establishment of the National Lottery. [24855]

Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value of ticket sales has been in the constituency of Basildon since the establishment of the National Lottery. [24538]

Mr. Banks: Figures on ticket sales are not held by the Department and are an operational matter for Camelot Group plc. I have therefore asked the Director General of

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the National Lottery, who is responsible for regulating the operation of the Lottery, to write to my hon. Friends, and copies of his responses will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Lottery Grants

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentages of lottery grants have been awarded to voluntary and commercial organisations in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. [24722]

Mr. Banks: To date £4,214.085 has been awarded to 33 lottery projects in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. The information available to the Department suggests that the recipients of all of these awards are either charitable or voluntary organisations, or local government. A full list has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Information on successful Lottery applicants can be found on the Department's website www.lottery.culture.gov.uk.

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for lottery grants have been made from Warrington, North constituency; how many of these were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful; and what is the total value of grants approved so far. [24825]

Mr. Banks [holding answer 23 January 1998]: To date, organisations in the Warrington, North constituency have made 82 formal applications to the Lottery distributing bodies, of which 23 have been successful, 47 unsuccessful and 12 are awaiting a final decision. The following table shows the breakdown of applications by distributing body. The 23 successful awards have a total value of £2,587,361.

Information on unsuccessful applications is not kept by the Department. Information on successful Lottery applicants can be found on the Department's website www.lottery.culture.gov.uk.

BodySuccessfulUnsuccessfulPendingTotal applications
Arts Council54615
Sports Council5005
Heritage Lottery Fund1113
Millennium Commission0(3)--(3)--0
Charities Board1242559
Totals23471282

(3) It has not been possible for the Millennium Commission to provide the information on unsuccessful applications, due to the way in which its records have been compiled.


Mr. Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the value of Arts Council administered Lottery Capital Grant awarded to (a) the London region and (b) the Yorkshire and Humber region (i) in total and (ii) broken down (1) by national award, (2) by regional award, (3) by local project award and (4) by head of population in each region. [23379]

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Mr. Fisher: The most recent figures available (1 December 1997) are:

£
London
Total336.521 million
National projects166.846 million
Regional and local projects(4)169.675 million
Regional and local projects per capita12.28
Total per capita24.35
Yorkshire and Humberside
Total46.646 million
National projects2.879 million
Regional and local projects(4)43.767 million
Regional and local projects per capita8.15
Total per capita8.71

(4) Breakdown not available.


"TV Dinners"

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will discuss with the Chairman of Channel 4 the contents of the episode of "TV Dinners" relating to the cooking and eating of human placenta puree. [25223]

Mr. Fisher: I understand that this programme is to be shown next month. Programme content on Channel Four is regulated by the Channel itself in the first instance, and by the Independent Television Commission which licenses it. The Commission does not preview programmes, but lays down guidelines for its licensees on the standards to be maintained in respect of taste and decency, which they are bound by the terms of their licences to observe. I know that my hon. Friend has made his concerns known to the ITC and I am confident that it, and the Broadcasting Standards Commission, will give careful consideration to any complaints made by him or other viewers once the programme has been broadcast.

It is a long standing principle that Government do not intervene directly in matters of programme content and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State does not propose to intervene in this case.

Sporting Events

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which specific sporting events the Sports Council is campaigning to bring to the United Kingdom. [24788]

Mr. Banks: Like the Government, the UK Sports Council fully supports England's campaign for the 2006 World Cup and all top quality UK bids to host major international sports events. It has been supportive of a number of successful bids for events to be held in the UK later this year, which include:





The UK Sports Council is also in the final stages of developing a national strategy to ensure that there is a coherent and co-ordinated UK policy in the bidding for and staging of major international events in this country.

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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the events included in the World Class Events Programme. [24787]

Mr. Banks: The Lottery Sports Fund World Class Events Programme has so far awarded grants totalling £4,361,981 to assist with the bidding for, and staging of, nine international events. The events are:











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