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Corporate Assets

Ms Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his estimate is of the current value of property (a) in Scotland, (b) in England, (c) overseas and (d) in total held by (i) the BBC, (ii) the ITC, (iii) the Radio Authority, (iv) Channel 4, (v) the S4C and (vi) the Office of the National Lottery; and what is the value of other assets held by these bodies. [99826]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 26 November 1999]: The value of property and other assets held by these organisations is:

£ million
Property
EnglandScotlandOverseasTotalOther assets
BBC434.88.015.1477.901,407.0
ITC2.5002.51.7
Radio Authority00000.53
CH470.00070.00
S4C00011.03.6
OFLOT00000.93
Total 507.38.015. 1561.401,413.76

Note:

These figures are the latest available (1998-99). The total value of property held includes that held in Wales and Northern Ireland. S4C hold property only in Wales. OFLOT became the National Lottery Commission on 1 April 1999.


New Earnings Survey (Tourism)

Mr. Fearn: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport following the publication of the Government's New Earnings Survey, what action his Department is taking to reverse the trend of falling incomes among the lower-paid workers in the tourism industry. [100258]

Janet Anderson: It is not possible to draw conclusions about tourism as a whole from the New Earnings Survey because there is no single tourism industry. Average weekly earnings for people with manual occupations

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associated with tourism activities grew between 1998 and 1999 by at least the average increase in manual earnings for the economy as a whole.

Carn Brea Leisure Centre

Ms Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received regarding Kerrier District Council's decision to close Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Cornwall. [100228]

Kate Hoey: I have received numerous letters about the proposed closure of Carn Brea Leisure Centre. The majority of these have come from local schools and those in the surrounding area, which will lose the important swimming facilities provided by Carn Brea when the Centre closes. I also met a delegation of Leisure Centre users, led by my hon. Friend, on 23 November to discuss their concerns about the Centre's closure.

Millennium Dome

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list those individuals and companies who have expressed an interest in (a) purchasing and (b) leasing the Millennium Dome after the end of the Millennium Experience. [99321]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 24 November 1999]: The competition to find a sustainable use for the Dome beyond the Millennium Experience was launched in March of this year. It is being managed on behalf of the Government by English Partnerships (EP), the urban regeneration agency for England, in co-operation with the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), the operating company for the Millennium Experience.

Initially, more than 60 organisations responded and their ability to deliver a possible future use for the site was assessed before issuing the invitation to a long short-list of 12. Those 12 organisations were asked to submit outline ideas by the end of October. Nine responses were received and assessment of their proposals are under way. Details of the nine responses remain commercially confidential.

The Government hope to make an announcement on the final short-list early in the new year. A final decision on the successful bidder will be made in the summer of 2000.

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish a list of those invited to attend the Millennium Dome on 31 December, other than those described as ordinary members of the public. [99336]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 30 November 1999]: I hope the hon. Member will understand that for reasons of security it is not possible to publish a list of those invited to attend.

Mr. Fearn: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice his Department is giving to the Millennium Experience Company on the disposal of the Millennium Dome after 31 December 2000. [100261]

Janet Anderson: The Competition for the future use of the Dome was launched in March 1999, and is being run on behalf of the Government by English Partnerships

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(EP), the urban regeneration agency for England, in co-operation with the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC).

Officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) are monitoring all stages of the competition and advise Ministers accordingly.

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many accidents at work have been recorded so far during the construction and preparation of the Millennium Dome, broken down by quarter and by type of accident. [99337]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 1 December 1999]: Accidents reported by the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) under the requirements of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR; SI 3165) are as follows and cover the period 1 August 1997 to 10 November 1999:

199719981999
1st Quarter
Major Specified Injuries(4)--10
Three Day Reportable Injuries(4)--11
2nd Quarter
Major Specified--10
Three Day Reportable--05
3rd Quarter
Major Specified002
Three Day Reportable304
4th Quarter
Major Specified12(5)2
Three Day Reportable01(5)4

(4) As defined under RIDDOR (Major specified injuries include any break of bones except fingers or toes; three day reportable injuries are those where the injured person does not report for work for a three day period after the date of the accident)

(5) To date

Note:

There have been no fatalities on the site.


The accident frequency rate for the Dome site, which takes into account the number of injuries, the normal working life-span of employees and contractors and the number of hours worked, is below the national average established by the Health and Safety Executive. NMEC has provided Safety Induction Training for over 13,000 employees, contractors and sub-contractors. For a construction and work programme of the size and complexity of the Dome the RIDDOR figures reflect a laudable safety record.

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will break down the construction costs of each zone within the Millennium Dome. [99338]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 1 December 1999]: The New Millennium Experience Company considers the construction costs of each zone to be commercially sensitive. Release of the information could prejudice the company's ability to obtain optimum value for money from the range of procurements applicable to each zone, and potentially its relationship with contractors. The Shareholder of NMEC supports this view as do I.

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Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals for the content of the Millennium Experience were received by ministers and the New Millennium Experience Company from the National Book Committee; and what response was given. [98824]

Janet Anderson: Clive Bradley of the National Book Committee wrote to the Minister without Portfolio on 27 March 1998 with proposals for how the importance of the written English language might be reflected in the Millennium Experience, and suggesting some authors who might play a role. The Minister passed the letter to NMEC for their consideration and asked Mr. Bradley to keep him informed of developments. No further correspondence can be traced.

Mr. Bradley also wrote to Jennie Page, NMEC Chief Executive, about the role of the book sector in millennium activities, and included proposals prepared by the Children's Book Group of Publishers Association linked to the theme and content of certain zones in the Dome. Ms Page explained that it was unlikely that the proposals would be taken forward in the precise format outlined, but that they would be fed into the creative process by those in the company with day-to-day editorial control of the relevant zones. Ms Page said that she was interested in exploring the future of books as part of the focus on literacy in the Learning zone and also the function of books as a tool to help us expand our minds in the Mind zone. She said that she would welcome any further views the National Book Committee might have on these issues and asked that they be addressed to the named zone editor who would coordinate NMEC's response. NMEC are unable to trace any further correspondence.


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