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Millennium Dome (Covering)

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Minister without Portfolio if he will make a statement on the arrangements for seeking a new supplier for the covering of the Millennium Dome; when the previous contractor was informed of his failure; and what assessment he has made of the degree of compliance with the provisions of the EU regulations on tendering. [37692]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 6 April 1998]: The original competitive tendering process, in accordance with domestic and EU public procurement requirements, invited bids for both PVC and PTFE. Following the New Millennium Experience Company's (NMEC) review of its options, after the letting of the PVC contract, both Koch Hightex's and Birdair's bids for PTFE were considered and both companies were given the opportunity to reconsider their original tender price. The NMEC acted according to EU requirements throughout.

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Minister without Portfolio if the original contract for the covering of the Millennium Dome is still valid. [37693]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 6 April 1998]: The original contract for a PVC roof covering has been terminated by the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) in accordance with the terms of that contract.

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Minister without Portfolio if the new contractor for the covering of the Millennium Dome is on schedule with his work. [37688]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 6 April 1998]: Birdair, the company putting the roof covering on the Dome, is due to complete its work by early summer. This is on schedule.

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Millennium Dome

Mr. Fabricant: To ask the Minister without Portfolio if he will make a statement on levels of sickness in respect of workers involved in the construction of the Millennium Dome at Greenwich. [37993]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 7 April 1998]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Lewes (Mr. Baker) on 6 April 1998, Official Report, column 78.

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

High Court Judges, Birmingham

Mr. Terry Davis: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many cases were tried by High Court judges in Birmingham in 1997; and how many such cases over-ran the time allocated by the Listing Department. [37935]

Mr. Hoon: High Court judges sitting at Birmingham Crown Court heard 163 guilty pleas and 73 trials during 1997. Time estimates are agreed between the judge and the parties. Figures on the number of those cases over-running are not collated and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Official Entertainment

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many receptions have been held in his Department since he took office; how many people have attended; and what was the total cost of these events. [25145]

Mr. Hoon: Since 1 May 1997, Ministers in the Lord Chancellor's Department have hosted four receptions. These events were attended by 924 people at a cost of £12,029.20.

Of this sum £10,638.94 was spent on an annual event which was attended by 830 people and which the serving Lord Chancellor hosts as head of the judiciary. The figure for the previous year was £10,099,26.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Balkan States

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent visits to (a) Serbia, (b) Macedonia and (c) Albania; what assessment he made of the Albanian government's cooperation with the IMF and World Bank; and what representations he made regarding the treatment of Albanians in Kosovo and the Albanian minority in Macedonia. [31960]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: I visited (a) the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on 1-2 February, where I met FRY Foreign Minister Jovanovic and the Montenegrin President Djukanovic; (b) the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 2-4 February, where I met President Gligorov, Prime Minister Crvenkovski, Foreign Minister Handziski and opposition leaders, and chaired an EU Political Dialogue meeting with the FYROM

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Government; and (c) Albania on 4-5 February, where I held meetings with Prime Minister Nano, Foreign Minister Milo and the opposition leader Dr. Berisha.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary visited the FRY on 5 March in his capacity as Presidency of the EU and met FRY President Milosevic and Foreign Minister Jovanovic.

I made a further visit to the region on 11 March as EU Presidency Special Representative. I visited (a) the FRY where I met Serbian President Milutinovic and FRY Foreign Minister Jovanovic; (b) the FYROM where I again met President Gligorov, Prime Minister Crvenkovski and Foreign Minister Handziski; and (c) Albania where I met Foreign Minister Milo and the Minister of State at the Prime Ministry Islami.

The Albanian Government are implementing an emergency package agreed with the IMF to restructure Government finances. The pyramid schemes are being wound down under the auspices of a World Bank Trust Fund.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary in his meetings in Belgrade expressed the EU's clear condemnation of the Serbian Police actions in Kosovo which had resulted in the deaths of a number of civilians, including women and children. He urged all sides in the dispute to exercise restraint and refrain from further violence. During my own visit to Belgrade on 11 March I reiterated the EU's deep concern with the situation in Kosovo. In Tirana and Skopje I listened to the concerns of the Albanian and FYROM governments and welcomed their support for a peaceful resolution of the Kosovo issue.

Hospitality

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list planned expenditure on hospitality for April and May, indicating the date, location and purpose of each event. [35119]

Mr. Fatchett: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary hosted a Dinner for ASEM Foreign Minister at Lancaster House on 2 April at a cost of approximately £3,000. Other events planned for the next two months include lunch on 29 April for the Gulf Co-operation Council Meeting (estimated cost £1,200) and on 30 April a lunch with businessman to foster trade with Latin America (estimated cost £300). It is not, however, possible to provide a comprehensive estimate on Ministerial hospitality as the majority of events and meetings will not be finalised until nearer the time.

Military Exports

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the first annual report into military exports will be published; and what areas it will cover. [38116]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: Work is in hand on an annual report on the state of the UK's strategic export controls and their application, and an announcement will be made in due course.

Diplomats' Children (Education)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list, for

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the most recent year for which figures are available, the number of pupils, whose parents/guardians are employed by the diplomatic service, attending private schools at public expense; and if he will list in order of number of pupils attending the schools involved. [37944]

Mr. Tony Lloyd: There are at present 610 children of employees of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office attending private schools in the United Kingdom at public expense in order to provide them with continuity of education. A list of the schools in question and the number of pupils attending them follows.

There are 1,005 children resident with staff who are on overseas postings. 166 of these children are in the pre-school age range of three to four years. The remaining 839 are of school age.

Overseas, staff are encouraged where possible to use the State Education System in the country where they are posted. However where there is no suitable state school these children will attend private International schools who charge fees on an annual or termly basis. Since this is a matter of parental choice at post, we are unable to provide a list of the private schools abroad with the numbers of children attending each one without incurring disproportionate cost.

List of boarding schools used by members of the Diplomatic Service--2 April 1998

IDSchoolNumber of children
1006Abberley1
383Aberlour House2
511Ackworth School1
3Aldro2
1036All Hallows2
5Ampleforth College10
1024Appleford School1
6Ardingley College15
8Ashdown House School12
9Ashford School4
10Badminton School4
14 Bearwood College1
531Beaudesert Park1
15Bedales School5
17Bedford High School2
16Bedford School5
18 Bedgebury School3
285Bellerbys College Wadhurst1
22Benenden School3
25Berkhamsted School4
26Berkhamsted School for Girls1
1001Bilton Grange2
317Bloxham School1
33Bradfield College4
38Bromsgrove School2
39Bryanston School17
40Burgess Hill School1
1030Cambridge Centre for 6th Form1
42Canford School1
44Caterham School4
45 Charterhouse School4
432Cheltenham College Junior School2
49Cheltenham Ladies College6
1028City of London Freemen's1
53Clayesmore School4
1013Cobham Hall1
1040Coleg Llanymydofri1
1039Cothill House2
59Cottesmore School1
61Cranleigh School8
63Cumnor House5
64Dauntseys School4
65Dean Close School3
66Dollar Academy1
550Dorset House School2
67Dover College1
70Dragon School11
1041Duke of Kent School1
72Dulwich College Preparatory School2
71Dulwich College2
1027Durham School1
75Eastbourne College3
76Edinburgh Academy1
82Eton College11
1022Falcon Manor9
557Farlington School1
431Felsted School2
371Feltonfleet School2
87Fettes College3
90Framlingham College6
1033Frensham Heights2
334Giggleswick School3
95Godstowe School4
555Gordons School2
331Gordonstoun School1
363Great Walstead School1
98Greshams School1
437Haileybury Junior School1
100Handcross Park School2
101Hanford School1
103Harrow School2
102Harrowgate College2
107Highfield School1
108Holmewood House School1
1008Holy Cross Convent1
114Hurstpierpoint1
360Hurtwood House1
1023Hurtwood House, Holmbury1
118Kent Col.3
117Kent College7
556Kimbolton School3
119King Edward's School7
123King's School (The)22
122Kings School4
540Knighton House2
128Lambrook School1
129Lancing College2
1035Langley School1
417Leighton Park2
131Leys School2
283Licen Victs School1
1034Lincoln Minster2
508Lockers Park3
136Lomond School2
548Malvern Col Junior School3
139Malvern Girl's College1
140Marlborough College5
1038Micheal Hall2
147Millfield School9
1015Milton Abbey1
148Moira House School6
149Monkton Combe School4
523More House School3
1031Moreton Hall2
155New Hall School2
1Not allocated3
162Oakham School4
163Oratory School (The)6
166Oundle School3
168Pangbourne College1
1021Parkwood School1
174Pilgrims' School2
175Pipers Corner School3
178Port Regis9
370Princess Helena School1
181Prior's Field School4
182Queen Anne's School1
1042Queen Ethelburga's College1
184Queenswood4
369Rannoch School1
1026Ratcliffe College1
405Repton Preparatory School3
322Rickmansworth Masonic School1
192Roedean School1
197Royal Russel School7
198Rugby School3
1011 Ruthin School1
199Rydal School1
349Sandroyd School6
204Seaford College2
524Sedbergh School2
205Sevenoaks School16
1032Shebbear College1
206Sherborne School6
207Sherborne School for Girls2
211Sibford School4
1043Skegness Grammar School1
512St. Andrew's School 2
1017St. Aubyns School1
1012St. Edward's School2
518St. John's-on-the-Hill2
248St. Mary's Hall School1
513St. Mary's School8
1020St. Teresa's1
220St. Bede's School8
221St. Catherine's School2
222St. Christopher School4
226St. Edmund's School1
228St. Edward's School1
233St. George's School2
239St. Lawrence College3
241St. Leonard's Mayfield School5
411St. Mary's Hall1
251St. Peter's School1
254St. Swithuns School2
526St. Mary's School4
256Stanbridge Earls School1
259Stonyhurst College3
262Strathallan School4
264 Summer Fields School2
267Swanbourne House School13
269Temple Grove School1
1037The Godolphin School1
1044The Royal School, Surrey1
1003Thornton College1
273Tonbridge School5
510Tudor Hall School2
414Twyford School1
413Uppingham School1
501Ursuline Convent School1
284Vinehall School1
552Walhampton2
328Wellesley House1
288Wellingborough School6
289Wellington College2
293Westbourne House School1
1045Westminster Under School1
297Winchester College4
1007Winchester House3
298Windlesham House School33
299Wispers School1
300Woldingham School5
302Worth Abbey School5
303Wycombe Abbey School4
1029Wymondham College2
534Wycliffe College4
Total number of schools186

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