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Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times allied aircraft have fired at (a) Iraqi aircraft and (b) Iraqi installations from outside the no-fly zones since the conclusion of Operation Desert Fox. [77226]

Mr. George Robertson: Allied aircraft have not fired at either Iraqi aircraft or Iraqi installations from outside the no-fly zones since the conclusion of Operation Desert Fox.

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Biwater Company over targeting sites in the area of the Al Taji factory in outer Baghdad. [78030]

Mr. George Robertson: None.

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Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the approximate weight of ordnance fired against targets in Iraq on Monday 15 March. [78054]

Mr. George Robertson: UK forces did not launch or drop any ordnance against Iraqi targets on 15 March.

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answers of 16 February 1999, Official Report, column 739, and 15 March 1999, Official Report, column 511, from whom he received the account of the episode relating to the 16-year-old Iraqi youth. [77353]

Mr. George Robertson [holding answer 18 March 1999]: The information came to me from my noble Friend the Minister for Defence Procurement who was told of the case at a private occasion by a reliable source who had been in Baghdad at the time. I am withholding further details under Exemption 12 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, relating to the privacy of an individual. The account is consistent with other accounts of the repressive brutality of Saddam's regime. For example, the Iraqi National Accord has reported that in 1991 a six-year-old boy was accused, together with his father, of participating in an uprising against Saddam. The boy and his father were both shot. Similarly, in 1996, a 12-year-old boy was arrested and imprisoned for three months because his brother was an opponent of Saddam's.

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the targets attacked by British aircraft in the northern and southern no-fly zones of Iraq, together with relevant battle damage assessments since he last wrote to hon. Members with the details of earlier engagements. [77976]

Mr. George Robertson: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Aircraft Carriers (Contractors)

Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made in selecting contractors for completion of the future aircraft carriers. [75972]

Mr. Spellar: Invitations to Tender for the Assessment Phase of the Future Carrier programme were issued to 6 contractors on 25 January 1999. Up to 3 contracts will

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be awarded towards the end of this year. We anticipate further down selection during the course of the Assessment Phase leading to the selection of a prime contractor in 2004.

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Electronic Red Boxes

Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will name the Ministers in his Department who are regular users of electronic Red Boxes. [76168]

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Mr. Chris Smith: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 16 March 1999, Official Report, columns 651-52.

Appointments

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list those people he has appointed to public bodies since 1 November 1998, indicating the positions to which they have been appointed and if they receive remuneration. [76412]

Mr. Chris Smith: The appointments made are as follows:

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Sponsored bodyRoleTitleRemuneration
Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck SitesMemberMr. Robin DanielsNo
British Library BoardMemberViscount Runciman of Duxford CBEYes
British Tourist AuthorityChairmanDavid QuarmbyYes
Broadcasting Standards CommissionMemberMs Sally O'SullivanYes
Broadcasting Standards CommissionMemberMr. Uday DholakiaYes
Crafts CouncilMemberMr. David Field MBENo
Crafts CouncilMemberProfessor Jeremy MyersonNo
Crafts CouncilMemberDr. Jennifer HarrisNo
Crafts CouncilMemberMs Cynthia CousensNo
English HeritageCommissionerCouncillor Philip DavisYes
English Sports CouncilMemberMs Brigid SimmondsNo
English Sports CouncilMemberMs Tessa SandersonNo
Independent Television CommissionDeputy ChairmanLord Holme of CheltenhamYes
Library and Information CommissionMemberProfessor Mel CollierNo
National Film and Television SchoolGovernorMs Ann BeynonNo
National Film and Television SchoolGovernorRupert GavinNo
National Film and Television SchoolGovernorMr. Marc SamuelsonNo
National Film and Television SchoolGovernorMs Floella BenjaminNo
National Film and Television SchoolGovernorMr. Clive JonesNo
National Film and Television SchoolGovernorMs Andrea CalderwoodNo
National Film and Television SchoolGovernorViscount ChandosNo
National Film and Television SchoolGovernorMs Joyce TaylorNo
National Lottery Charities BoardMember Northern IrelandMs Sheila Jane MalleyNo
National Lottery Charities BoardMember WalesMr. Jeff CarrollNo
National Lottery CommissionCommissionerMr. Robin SquireYes
National Lottery CommissionCommissionerMs Harriet SpicerYes
National Lottery CommissionCommissionerDame Helena ShoveltonYes
National Lottery CommissionCommissionerMr. Brian PomeroyYes
National Lottery CommissionCommissionerMs Hilary BlumeYes
Public Lending Right Advisory CommitteeMemberMr. Roger PalmerNo
Radio AuthorityMemberMr. David WitherowYes
Radio AuthorityMemberMr. Feargal SharkeyYes
Radio AuthorityMemberMrs. Sheila HewittYes
Reviewing Committee on the Exports of Works of ArtMemberMr. Alistair LaingNo
Reviewing Committee on the Exports of Works of ArtMemberThe hon. Georgina SonorNo
Royal ArmouriesMemberMrs. Ann GreenNo
Royal ArmouriesMemberProfessor John ChildsNo
United Kingdom Sports CouncilMemberMs Zahara Hyde-PetersNo
United Kingdom Sports CouncilMemberMiss Tanni Grey MBENo
United Kingdom Sports CouncilMemberMrs. Diana KingNo
United Kingdom Sports CouncilMemberMr. Adrian MetcalfeNo
United Kingdom Sports CouncilMemberProf. Myra NimmoNo
United Kingdom Sports CouncilMemberMr. Gavin StewartNo

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Ministerial Meetings (US)

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times Ministers in his Department have met their counterparts in the US Government since 1 June 1998; and if he will list the dates and locations of each meeting, the ministers involved on each occasion, and the name of the US counterpart at each meeting. [77124]

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Mr. Chris Smith: Under the US political system there are no exact counterparts for DCMS Ministers. However, since 1 June 1998 my Ministers and I have met the following key individuals from those organisations most closely linked to my Department's responsibilities and to the US Government:

On Wednesday 16 September 1998 in Washington DC I met Ellen Lowell, White House Millennium

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Co-ordinator; William Kennard, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; and, Harriet Fullbright, Chair, President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

On Thursday 25 February 1999, in New York, Alan Howarth, Minister for the Arts, met Ms Scott Shanklin-Preston, Senior Deputy Chair, National Endowment for the Arts; Ed McBride, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities; and, Malcolm Richardson, White House Millennium Council.

Commonwealth Games Headquarters

Mr. Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action he is taking to retain the headquarters of the Commonwealth Games Federation in England; and if he will make a statement. [R] [77977]

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure that the Commonwealth Games headquarters remain in London; and if he will make a statement. [77774]

Mr. Banks [holding answer 19 March 1999]: This Government place great importance on retaining in the UK the headquarters of all international sports federations based here, including the Commonwealth Games Federation. That is why, in addition to on-going financial support from the English Sports Council Trust for the Federation, I have welcomed the UK Sports Council's strategy to assist the retention of international federations in this country. Part of this strategy will include financial support for the CGF's accommodation in London and a secondment to the Federation in the lead up to the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

I have reassured the Chairman of the CGF of our commitment.


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