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Heritage Lotteries Foundation Awards

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the total value of awards made by the Heritage Lotteries Foundation to the borough council areas of Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Hartlepool. [24814]

Mr. Banks: The Heritage Lottery Fund do not hold information on grants awarded on a borough council basis. However, awards totalling £94,100 have so far been made for projects within my hon. Friend's constituency. The total value of awards for projects in the North East is £29.8 million.

RAF Marston Moor

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for Defence of 15 January 1998, Official Report, column 408, what steps he is taking to assess the historic significance of the surviving structures at RAF Marston Moor. [25122]

Mr. Banks: The former RAF airfield at Marston Moor is included in English Heritage's thematic study of military airfields, to which I referred in the answer I gave my hon. Friend on 19 January 1998, Official Report, columns 424-25. Its initial view is that the control tower is likely to be the only building on the site that may merit consideration as being of special architectural or historic interest.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Millennium Compliance

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she notifies potential purchasers of obsolete information technology equipment sold by her Department that such equipment may not be millennium complaint. [25653]

Clare Short: We have not specifically done so. All our redundant IT equipment over the last three years has been bought back by the companies providing the replacement equipment. Such companies are well able to make their own judgment on the question of millennium compliance.

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Great Lakes Region

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations she has received on the nature of humanitarian relief in the Great Lakes region. [25445]

Clare Short: We expect to receive the UN 1998 Great Lakes humanitarian appeal in February. We have provided over £69 million emergency assistance to the region since October 1993, but 640,00 refugees and 875,00 displaced people remain to be helped. Those in Burundi and north west Rwanda are difficult to reach because of the security situation. We remain ready to respond to new emergency needs as they emerge.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations she has received on the nature of development in the Great Lakes region. [25446]

Clare Short: The development needs of the region are enormous. A major international effort is needed to assist the Governments of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda to implement sustainable development policies which benefit the poor. Britain has not traditionally been a major bilateral donor to the region. But we are working with the International Financial Institutions and the European Commission to whom we are major contributors to try to deliver effective assistance. The EC has already committed £149 million (UK share £10 million) to the region in rehabilitation assistance since November 1994. Further funding is available from the European Development Fund.

Cambodia

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the amounts of development aid given to Cambodia in the last year for which figures are available. [25303]

Clare Short: The latest published information relates to the financial year 1996-97 and is contained in Table 7.3 (page 58) of the 1997 edition of British Aid Statistics, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House. British assistance that year totalled nearly £5.5 million.

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Departmental Publicity

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what has been the cost of media presentations and press conferences which he has given, other than those held at his Department. [25142]

Mr. Hoon: I have not given any media presentations or press conferences outside my Department's premises.

Overseas Visits

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many overseas visits have been made by his Department's political advisers at public expense since 1 May. [25144]

Mr. Hoon: There have been no political advisers in this Department in the period since 1 May.

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Political Advisers (Support Staff)

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many secretarial and support staff work full-time in support of his political advisers in his Department. [25190]

Mr. Hoon: There are currently no political advisers in this Department.

Official Cars

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many official cars are available for use by Ministers in his Department; and how many new cars have been acquired for the use of Ministers in his Department since 1 May. [25146]

Mr. Hoon: Two cars are provided for Ministers under the Government Car Scheme: one for the Lord Chancellor and one for the Parliamentary Secretary. No new cars have been acquired.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Dependent Territories

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what audit of the natural resources of the dependent territories has been undertaken; and if he will make a statement. [24970]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: We have extensive knowledge of the natural resources in the Dependent Territories, although no single comprehensive audit exercise has been undertaken. We place a high priority on working with Dependent Territory Governments to identify, use responsibly and protect their natural resources. We have responsibility in partnership with the Dependent Territories for the further development of the Territories, and for reminding them of their responsibilities under the environmental conventions to which they belong.

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to what extent carbon dioxide targets in respect of Kyoto will be applied to dependent territories; and if he will make a statement. [24971]

Mr. Fatchett: The United Kingdom's ratification of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has not been extended to the Dependent Territories. It is unlikely that the substantive emissions reductions targets agreed at Kyoto would be appropriate to the small developing economies of the Dependent Territories.

After the United Kingdom has signed the Kyoto Protocol to the Climate Change Convention, we will consider again with the Dependent Territories whether they wish to have the Convention and/or the Kyoto Protocol extended to them.

Algeria

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government are taking to bring to the attention of the Algerian Government its responsibility to protect the lives of its civilians. [25255]

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Mr. Fatchett: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has made clear on several occasions our concern for the protection of the Algerian people from terrorist attacks. During the EU Troika mission which I led to Algiers on 19-20 January we made clear the concerns of the British and European people in our talks with the Algerian authorities.

UK Presidency

Mr. Flight: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what ways note-taking procedures used by his Department when chairing European Council meetings differ from those used by the Dutch presidency; and what measures he is taking as a consequence of the letter of the Dutch Permanent Representative of 16 July to ensure clarity of communication between member states and the presidency. [25767]

Mr. Doug Henderson: We expect to use note-taking procedures similar to those used by all recent Presidencies, including the Dutch; but we and other member states keep these procedures under review in the light of experience.

Mr. Flight: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will establish an investigation during the United Kingdom presidency into the circumstances behind the settlement of the provisions of the Treaty of Amsterdam relating to the voting procedures for the admission of new Schengen members. [25768]

Mr. Doug Henderson: No. We have already addressed the question of voting procedures for participation in the Schengen acquis in response to many previous questions.


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