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Stealth Bombers

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the conditions under which stealth bombers of the US Air Force are to be stationed at Fairford. [132824]

The Prime Minister: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by our hon. Friend the Minister for the Armed Forces on 21 July 2000, Official Report, column 342W, to our hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew).

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Speaker Nominations

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the President of the Council if she will bring forward proposals to provide for all nominations for Speaker to be considered by the House. [131418]

Mrs. Beckett: The procedure for the election of a Speaker is set out in "Erskine May", pp 237-241.

When the Procedure Committee last considered this issue (1st Report, Session 1995-96, HC386) they recommended no change to the procedure for electing the Speaker.

Merchant Navy Day

Mr. Flynn: To ask the President of the Council if she will ensure that the Red Ensign is flown from departmental buildings on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September. [132964]

Mrs. Beckett: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. O'Brien) today, Official Report, column 895W.

Duty Roster

Mr. Grieve: To ask the President of the Council if she will publish the daily ministerial duty roster for her Department during the summer adjournment. [133145]

Mrs. Beckett: No. It is not normal practice of Government to publish a daily ministerial duty roster. This Department will ensure that it has sufficient cover through the summer recess in line with the requirements of the Ministerial Code.

Westminster Hall

Mr. Forth: To ask the President of the Council if she will list the hon. and right hon. Members who have initiated debates in Westminster Hall since its inception, stating the number of debates initiated by each Member. [132841]

Mrs. Beckett: The information is as follows from the beginning of the Session to 26 July. It does not include Government Adjournment debates or debates on select committee reports:

Ms Diane Abbott1
Mr. David Amess3
Mr. Peter Atkinson1
Mr. Norman Baker1
Ms Jackie Ballard2
Miss Anne Begg1
Mr. A. J. Beith3
Mr. Tony Benn1
Mr. Bob Blizzard2
Mr. Crispin Blunt1
Sir Richard Body1
Mr. Peter Bottomley1
Mr. Peter Bradley1
Mr. Graham Brady2
Mr. Tom Brake7
Dr. Peter Brand2
Mr. Colin Breed2
Mr. Desmond Browne1
Mrs. Angela Browning1
Ms Karen Buck1
Mr. Paul Burstow1
Dr. Vincent Cable4
Mr. Alan Campbell1
Mrs. Anne Campbell1
Mr. William Cash1
Mr. David Chaytor1
Mr. Christopher Chope1
Mr. Michael Clapham1
Mr. Tom Clarke2
Mr. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown3
Mr. Vernon Coaker1
Mr. Harry Cohen2
Mr. Iain Coleman1
Mr. Jeremy Corbyn3
Mr. Jim Cousins1
Mr. Tom Cox3
Mr. Tam Dalyell3
Ms Valerie Davey1
Mr. David Davis2
Mr. Hilton Dawson1
Mr. Andrew Dismore1
Mr. David Drew4
Ms Julia Drown1
Mr. Alan Duncan1
Mr. Clive Efford1
Sir Peter Emery1
Mr. Nigel Evans1
Mr. Michael Fabricant2
Mr. Jim Fitzpatrick1
Mr. Howard Flight1
Mr. Paul Flynn2
Mrs. Maria Fyfe1
Mr. Barry Gardiner2
Mr. Andrew George1
Dr. Ian Gibson1
Mr. Christopher Gill1
Mrs. Teresa Gorman1
Mr. Win Griffiths1
Mr. Patrick Hall1
Mr. Fabian Hamilton1
Mr. Phil Hammond2
Dr. Evan Harris2
Mr. David Heath2
Mr. Kelvin Hopkins1
Mr. Lindsay Hoyle2
Mr. Simon Hughes2
Dr. Brian Iddon1
Mr. Eric Illsley3
Ms Helen Jackson1
Ms Jenny Jones1
Ms Helen Jones1
Dr. Lynne Jones1
Ms Sally Keeble1
Miss Julie Kirkbride1
Dr. Ashok Kumar2
Dr. Stephen Ladyman1
Mrs. Jacqui Lait1
Mr. Edward Leigh1
Dr. Julian Lewis2
Mr. Peter Lilley1
Mr. Richard Livsey1
Mr. Tony Lloyd1
Mr. Tim Loughton1
Mr. Peter Luff1
Mr. Calum Macdonald1
Mr. Robert Maclennan1
Mr. Denis MacShane1
Ms Judy Mallaber1
Mr. Michael Mates1
Mr. John McDonnell1
Miss Anne McIntosh2
Mr. Patrick McLoughlin1
Ms Gillian Merron2
Mr. Austin Mitchell1
Ms Laura Moffatt1
Ms Margaret Moran1
Ms Julie Morgan1
Mr. George Mudie1
Mr. Jim Murphy1
Mr. Patrick Nicholls2
Mr. Mark Oaten2
Mr. Stephen O'Brien1
Mr. Richard Page1
Mr. David Prior3
Mr. Bill Rammell1
Mr. John Randall1
Mr. David Rendel1
Ms Joan Ruddock1
Ms Joan Ryan1
Mr. Martin Salter1
Mr. Mohammed Sarwar2
Mr. Malcolm Savidge1
Mr. Jonathan Shaw2
Mrs. Gillian Shephard2
Mr. Marsha Singh1
Mr. Llew Smith1
Rev. Martin Smyth2
Mrs. Caroline Spelman1
Mr. Richard Spring1
Dr. Phyllis Starkey1
Mr. Anthony Steen1
Mr. George Stevenson1
Mr. David Stewart1
Dr. Howard Stoate1
Mr. Andrew Stunell1
Mr. Desmond Swayne1
Mr. David Taylor1
Mr. Matthew Taylor1
Mr. Gareth R. Thomas1
Mr. William Thompson2
Dr. Jenny Tonge2
Mr. Michael Trend1
Dr. George Turner1
Mr. Stephen Twigg1
Mr. Derek Twigg1
Mr. Bill Tynan1
Mr. Peter Viggers1
Ms Joan Walley1
Ms Claire Ward1
Mr. Charles Wardle1
Mr. Steve Webb4
Mr. Bowen Wells2
Mr. John Wilkinson1
Mr. David Wilshire1
Mr. Nicholas Winterton1
Mr. Tony Worthington2
Mr. Derek Wyatt2

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New Millennium Experience Company

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if all the design and construction contracts awarded by the New Millennium Experience Company complied with EU competition rules. [125029]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 8 June 2000]: The New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) voluntarily followed EU competition rules for the key, large-scale construction and design contracts, having considered and taken on board legal advice that it was exempt from compliance.

All construction contracts to which the EU rules applied were tendered in compliance with them. Those construction contracts whose value fell under the EU threshold were competitively tendered in accordance with non-departmental public body (NDPB) procurement rules. When tendering for design services, NMEC also complied with EU competition rules or NDPB procurement rules whenever possible, however, the nature of these services meant that it was not always appropriate to do so. This was particularly the case when tendering for very specialist and/or unique goods and services, or when the timetable did not allow for a full-scale tendering process. In all cases where services were procured without competition, NMEC complied with Single Tender Action procedures.

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his answer of 14 June 2000, Official Report, column 648W, what fees (a) have been paid and (b) are estimated to be payable to each of the accountancy firms employed by the New Millennium Experience Company. [127844]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 26 June 2000]: Over the lifetime of the project to date, the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) has paid its official auditors, Ernst & Young, a total of £1,132,923 (excluding VAT) for audit services and other operational non-audit duties. Details of these fees have been and will be included in each of NMEC's Annual Reports and Financial Statements as recommended by good accounting practice.

Under the terms of the contracts with the other accountancy firms employed by NMEC, the company is obliged to seek permission before disclosing information about terms of employment. NMEC has written to these companies seeking their agreement to the release of the information requested. Should they agree I will write to the hon. Gentleman with details and place a copy of my letter in the Library. Any future fees payable will be dependent on the nature and scope of work to be undertaken and will be negotiated accordingly.

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the policy of New Millennium Experience Company is in respect of the speed of payment of bills; and how much money has yet to be paid for bills submitted on or before 31 March. [128398]

Janet Anderson: [holding answer 4 July 2000]: It is the New Millennium Experience Company's (NMEC) policy that payments to suppliers should be made in accordance with those terms and conditions agreed

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between the Company and its suppliers, provided that all trading terms and conditions have been complied with. In the period from 1 April 1999 to 31 December 1999 over 75 per cent. of invoices, by value, were paid within 30 days of invoice date.

Of those bills submitted on or before 31 March 2000, there are currently invoices to the value of approximately £1 million awaiting payment (subject to final authorisation).

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if all (a) Government and (b) other papers relating to the New Millennium Experience will be released under the proposed Freedom of Information Act. [132547]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 26 July 2000]: My Department will respond to any requests for information within the spirit of the Freedom of Information Bill and, until a Freedom of Information Act comes into force, within both the letter and the spirit of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. We expect the Millennium Commission and the New Millennium Experience Company to do the same.

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