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Millennium Dome

Mr. Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who will receive the proceeds of the sale of the Millennium Dome; and if he will make a statement. [129033]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 4 July 2000]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr. Ainsworth) on 11 July 2000, Official Report, columns 481-82W.

National Insurance

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what has been the policy since 1989 on writing annually to those of his Department's staff who are paying reduced rates of National Insurance contributions, reminding them of the rules governing the payment of reduced rates, as recommended in the Inland Revenue guidance note on reduced rate National Insurance contributions for married women. [129491]

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Mr. Chris Smith: Neither my Department nor the Royal Parks Agency has a policy to remind staff who pay reduced rates of National Insurance contributions of the rules governing the payment of reduced rates.

National Lottery

Mr. Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what has been the value to date of National Lottery grant applications made by organisations in Gloucestershire; broken down by constituency; [129517]

Kate Hoey [holding answer 7 July 2000]: The information requested is not available as not all Lottery distributors are able to break down applications by constituency or by county.

The number and value of Lottery awards in Gloucestershire by constituency, according to my Department's National Lottery Awards Database, are shown in the table.

ConstituencyAmount awarded (£)Total number of awards
Cheltenham13,007,97980
Cotswold15,880,770130
Forest of Dean5,171,103137
Gloucester21,698,878131
Stroud9,653,239142
Tewkesbury1,615,80069
Total67,297,769689

Tobacco Sponsorship

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when he last met the Task Force on Tobacco Sponsorship; and what was discussed; [129534]

Kate Hoey [holding answer 10 July 2000]: The Government have looked very carefully at how best to achieve an end to the advertising and promotion of tobacco at sports events in a way that will minimise any damage to the sports concerned. A Task Force of business and sponsorship, which I chair, exists to assist sports. All sports will be given up to July 2003 to secure alternative sponsorship, and the Government supported a derogation in EC legislation that those meeting the criteria for 'global events' will be allowed up to July 2006 if they agree to a reduction in expenditure and advertising.

Seven sports have sought assistance to make the transition from tobacco sponsorship--rugby league, clay pigeon shooting, billiards and snooker, pool, darts, ice-hockey and angling. Over the last 18 months there has been extensive contact with the seven sports and the Task

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Force has been there to: make information available; offer advice to support the development of new marketing strategies; to make initial contacts with potential sponsors; and offer professional advice on how the sports can start to position themselves in a changing marketplace. The Task Force last met together on 18 October 1999. Since then, there have been further meetings between members of the Task Force and the governing bodies.

The Task Force has now concluded the first phase of its work to identify the needs of the sports and ascertain how it can best assist them. Most sports have confirmed that it is too soon to be looking to replace existing contracts, and have indicated that the help of the Task Force can most effectively be targeted in the 12-18 months before these contracts lapse, which is the normal lead time for negotiating new sponsorships. It has been agreed with the sports therefore that there is no need for the Task Force to continue to meet on a regular basis. The Task Force has made it clear to all the sports that its assistance is still available in its second phase, as and when they require it.

I have had recent discussions with the British Darts Organisation and the Ice Hockey Superleague, who have both indicated that they wish to continue to utilise the expertise of the Task Force. The National Federation of Anglers have taken up an offer made by the Chairman of the Virgin Group to use the Internet to assist with its marketing and promotion.

Snooker, rugby league, clay pigeon shooting and pool have indicated that at this stage they do not require the assistance of the Task Force, preferring to wait until the lead in time before their tobacco contracts need to be renewed to see how the Task Force can best assist them.

All the sports are aware that the Task Force is available to assist them at any time if they feel they need its help.

Works of Art (Theft)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have been dismissed from employment in the institutions holding the national collections for (a) theft and (b) attempted theft of works of art and artifacts since 1990. [130062]

Mr. Alan Howarth: I have asked my officials to contact the National Museums and Galleries which are sponsored by DCMS to request information for a reply to my hon. Friend's question. I will write to him as soon as this is available, placing copies of my letter in the Library of the House.

World Cup

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to place in the Library the full audited accounts of Sport England's contribution to the FA World Cup bid. [129832]

Kate Hoey [holding answer 10 July 2000]: Lottery money totalling £3.14 million has been allocated to the Football Association's bid to host the World Cup in 2006. The uses to which that money is put are closely monitored by Sport England, and details will appear in Sport England's Lottery Annual Report.

Sport England's contribution to the bid is subject to the same general terms and conditions as other major Lottery grants. It is not a general Lottery condition to require

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published accounts. However, reference to the total costs of the bid will be made in the FA's General Annual Report and Accounts and I have asked the FA, in view of the interest in this matter, to make the detailed information available.

Departmental Payments

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of correctly presented bills were paid by his Department in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 within 30 days of receipt of (i) goods and services, (ii) a valid invoice and (iii) other agreed payment terms. [130036]

Mr. Chris Smith [holding answer 11 July 2000]: The percentage of valid invoices for goods and services paid within 30 days or other agreed payment terms by my Department and the Royal Parks Agency was as follows:

Percentage

1998-991999-2000
DCMS97.899.6
Royal Parks Agency98.094.0
Combined97.997.3

Football Arrests

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the arrests made at football matches, by offence, for each Premiership and Football League club, in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [129000]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I have been asked to reply.

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Information on arrests at, or in connection with, football matches is collated by the National Criminal Intelligence Service. The data currently available, which are shown, cover arrests by offence for the period 1996-97 to 1998-99. They have not been collated on a league or club basis in the past but will be in future.

Data provided by the National Criminal Intelligence Service on arrests by offence for the period 1996-97 to 1998-99

1996-971997-981998-99
Drink related offence1,3381,1681,113
Disorderly behaviour832523413
Threatening behaviour376312322
Affray196569
Violent Disorder2352100
Running on the pitch177243198
Racial/Indecent chanting103325
Throwing missiles113142
Ticket touting173173213
Assault19110133
Breach of Exclusion order191915
Other580578698
Total3,5773,3073,341

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were (a) arrested and (b) ejected from the ground at football matches at each Premiership and Football League club in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [128999]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I have been asked to reply.

Information on arrests at football matches is collated and analysed by the National Criminal Intelligence Service. Data are only currently available by Football League Division between the 1992-93 and 1998-99 seasons and are indicated as shown. Unfortunately, no data are obtainable on ejections from football grounds.

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Total arrests1998-991997-981996-971995-961994-951993-941992-93
Premiership1,5341,4381,7591,6971,7231,6301,647
Division One8511,1738919491,2271,3591,347
Division Two7464686265066747821,081
Division Three363228301289226456513
All League3,3413,3073,5773,4413,8504,2274,588

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