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World Athletics Championships

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent discussions she has had with the International Amateur Athletic Federation regarding London's ability to host the 2005 World Athletics Championships; [3197]

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Tessa Jowell [holding answer 9 July 2001]: I spoke on the telephone to Istvan Gyulai, General Secretary of the IAAF, on 2 July to reiterate the Government's support for the World Athletics Championships being staged in London in 2005.


John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to expand indoor tennis coaching facilities throughout the country. [2329]

Mr. Caborn [holding answer 9 July 2001]: Sport England are currently working with the Lawn Tennis Association to develop a facilities planning model to quantify the need for additional indoor tennis facilities and to identify the areas of greatest deficiency. This will be used to inform a new strategy to expand the provision of indoor facilities building on previous investments made by the Lawn Tennis Association, Sport England and the All England Club.

Space for Sport and Art Programme

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funds are allocated for the Space for Sport and Art Programme; how much has been spent on this programme to date; and on which projects. [3255]

Tessa Jowell: £130 million has been allocated to the Space for Sport and Art Programme—£75 million from the Capital Modernisation Fund and £55 million from three lottery distributors, the New Opportunities Fund, Sport England and the Arts Council of England. As announced in March 2001, around 300 schools have been invited to develop detailed applications, which are due by the end of October. To date some £150,000 has been spent on: producing technical guidance; assessing initial bids; running regional workshops; and developing training packages for the 65 local education authorities involved in the programme.

Sports Facilities (Audit)

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if her Department has completed the audit of UK sports facilities; and if she will make a statement. [3179]

Mr. Caborn: Local authorities are best placed to assess the level of provision in their area as part of their development plans. Therefore, the Government's Plan for Sport encourages local authorities in England to carry out research of Sport England, and recommends that each local authority should develop a strategy for community sports provision over the next five years which, through consultation with the relevant agencies, ensures that new and enhanced indoor and outdoor facilities provide equal opportunity for participation.

Local planning authorities will be encouraged by Sport England, through its regional offices, to consider both public and commercial provision when drawing up development plan policies for sport and recreation and

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also the role of planning obligations in providing and maintaining more socially inclusive community sports facilities.

A new consultative body—the Community Sport Alliance—will encourage good practice in the development of community facilities and also identify best practice in ensuring the inclusion of community and social provision in alternative facility management models.


Commonwealth Development Corporation

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with representatives from the Commonwealth Development Corporation regarding the adoption of OECD guidelines for multinational companies; and if she will make a statement. [2283]

Clare Short: When CDC was transformed from a statutory corporation into a public limited company on 8 December 1999 a set of Business Principles was put in place concerning the areas of business integrity, the environment, social issues and health and safety. These confirmed CDC's commitment to best business practice. They were placed in the Library of the House during the passage of the Commonwealth Development Corporation Act 1999.

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the least developed countries that have been targeted for investment by the CDC in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. [2286]

Clare Short: In the last three years CDC has invested funds in the following countries classified as Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

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Under its operating framework CDC is required to make 70 per cent. of new investments (by aggregate value), measured over a rolling five year period, in poorer countries 1 listed in its Investment Policy.


Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in providing sporting facilities in Montserrat. [1305]

Clare Short: We have provisionally allocated a maximum of £72 million for Montserrat over the next five years, subject to our normal processes of resource allocation and review, in order to continue our work to restore the economic and social fabric of the island. This will bring our total assistance to Montserrat to some £207 million since the onset of the crisis. We have an on-going dialogue with the Government of Montserrat about their priorities for the use of these funds. This includes help for recreational facilities.


Cabinet Committees

Mr. Jon Owen Jones: To ask the Prime Minister what is the membership of each Cabinet Committee. [3617]

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister (1) what role he plans for the Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee; and if he has discussed this with the Leader of the Liberal Democrats; [351]

The Prime Minister: I have placed a copy of the current list of Cabinet Committees, their membership and terms of reference in the Library of the House. Details will also be updated on the Cabinet Office website.

Millennium Dome

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of each Department of State in relation to the Dome. [3254]

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The Prime Minister: The Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions is responsible for all issues relating to the future use of the Millennium Dome. This includes the sponsorship of English Partnerships, the Government's urban regeneration agency, which, as landowner and owner of the Dome Structure, is responsible for management and maintenance of the Dome and the Dome site.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport provides advice and support to the Shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), currently Lord Falconer of Thoroton.


Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 4 July 2001, Official Report, column 256, on what evidence he bases his statement that incineration is a cheaper option than recycling in terms of waste dispersal. [3133]

The Prime Minister: The Government's overall strategy for waste is first and foremost to cut waste and, secondly, to recycle, and only then to consider incineration and other opinions lower down the waste hierarchy. We are purchasing a range of measures intended to support recycling. These include the £40 million Waste and Resources Action Programme to overcome market barrier to re-use and recycling, increase in the Landfill Tax, and increased financial support for recycling through Spending Review 2000 and the next round of the New Opportunities Fund.

Relative costs of incineration and recycling are given in the Government's Waste Strategy 2000, Part 2 (appendix C), copies of which have been placed in the Library. This details the independent research which shows incineration is less expensive than recycling under a wide range of conditions.

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