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International Criminal Court

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries that (a) have ratified and (b) have undertaken to ratify the Treaty on the International Criminal Court. [16233]

Mr Bradshaw: To date, 46 countries including the United Kingdom have ratified or acceded to the Rome Statute of the ICC. These are:

Ratifications: Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, San Marino, Italy, Fiji, Ghana, Norway, Belize, Tajikistan, Iceland, Venezuela, France, Belgium, Canada, Mali, Lesotho, New Zealand, Botswana, Luxembourg, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Spain, South Africa, Marshall Islands, Germany, Austria, Finland, Argentina, Andorra, Paraguay, Croatia, Cost Rica, Antigua and Barbuda, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Nigeria, Liechtenstein, Central African Republic, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Peru, Nauru and Poland.

Accession: Dominica

The Statute will enter into force on the first day of the month after the 60th day following the date of the 60th deposit of ratification, accession, acceptance or approval with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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139 States have signed the Rome Statute of the ICC. Of these, many are well advanced with preparations to ratify. 12 EU member states have ratified to date and the other three are committed to doing so. We continue our efforts to encourage state to ratify or accede to the Statute as soon as possible.

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Cultural Objects

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her policy towards 2001/C193/17, extending Council Directive 93/7/EEC on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a member state; and what assessment she has made of its impact on holdings in British museums. [14832]

Dr. Howells: The provisions of Directive 2001/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 93/7/EEC will be implemented into UK

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law. The amendments should have no impact on the holdings in British Museums.

National Lottery

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value of lottery ticket sales in the Twickenham constituency has been since the National Lottery began. [15313]

Mr. Caborn: Information on National Lottery ticket sales by constituency is not routinely collected. Camelot did, however, conduct a one-off exercise to calculate ticket sales by constituency early in 2000. At that time, cumulative ticket sales in Twickenham from the start of the Lottery were £35.4 million.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) tennis clubs, (b) football clubs, (c) cricket clubs and (d) rugby clubs have received Lottery awards in each year since the National Lottery began. [16166]

Mr. Caborn: Lottery awards have been made to the following number of tennis, football, cricket and rugby clubs in each year since the lottery began:

Lottery Awards

Clubs1995–961996–971997–981998–991999–20002000–01
Tennis669379474528
Association Football38341512178
Cricket839893494539
Rugby League033315
Rugby Union211797114

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the total value of lottery ticket sales in the Buckingham constituency since the National Lottery began. [15771]

Mr. Caborn: Information on National Lottery ticket sales by constituency is not routinely collected. Camelot did, however, conduct a one-off exercise to calculate ticket sales by constituency early in 2000. At that time, cumulative ticket sales in Buckingham from the start of the lottery were £11.1 million.

Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value of lottery ticket sales in the Cheltenham constituency is since the National Lottery began. [16045]

Mr. Caborn: Information on National Lottery ticket sales by constituency is not routinely collected. Camelot did, however, conduct a one-off exercise to calculate ticket sales by constituency early in 2000. At that time, cumulative ticket sales in Cheltenham from the start of the lottery were £46.2 million.

Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what alteration in (a) number and (b) value of lottery awards to Cannock Chase has occurred as a result of recent initiatives to increase awards to coalfield areas. [16423]

Mr. Caborn: In the period up to August 1998 Cannock Chase received six awards, worth just over £330,000. Following the National Lottery Act 1998, revised policy directions and recent coalfields initiatives by Government and distributors, this figure increased to 93 awards, worth over £1.3 million.

The proportion of grants going to coalfield areas as a whole has increased by a third since the reforms.

Playing Fields

Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the reason is for the delay in the publication by her Department of monthly figures on the number of playing fields sold off; and when she will publish the figures. [15854]

Mr. Caborn: Statistics on playing field sales were not collected until our playing fields legislation came into force. The Playing Field Monitoring Group was established to agree which statistics would be most useful in informing playing field policy. The Central Council of Physical Recreation and the National Playing Fields Association are members of the group to help that process. Figures from the Department for Education and Skills on applications made by state schools to dispose or change the use of school playing fields are published monthly, and those from Sport England giving details of planning applications affecting playing fields which have been referred to them as statutory consultee are published annually. We are aiming to produce combined figures including relevant data from the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions shortly. The differing time frames and areas covered by each set of figures, along with double counting in some areas and

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gaps in the data have complicated the issue and delayed publication. We hope to publish the first set of statistics, agreed by the monitoring group, early next year.

Tourism (North-East)

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote tourism in the coastal resorts in the north-east. [15781]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 19 November 2001]: Seaside resorts continue to represent a very important sector of our domestic holiday market, generating well over 15 per cent. of England's total domestic tourism income. The principal responsibility for supporting and promoting British seaside resorts lies with local government, working with other interested parties in the light of a clearly enunciated vision and strategy for tourism and other economic activity. The North East Regional Development Agency also has a key role to play at the regional level.

The north-east benefits, as does the rest of Britain, from British Tourist Authority (BTA) promotions overseas. Among BTA campaigns featuring coastal resorts in the north-east are Hidden Britain, due for launch next year, which suggests itineraries through less well known places, the Walking Britain map, due for launch in January and Harry Potter and Magical Britain, which will be launched on Monday 19 November. This is a guide to locations used in the recent film. Promotion of the Harry Potter guide includes a BTA press trip to Alnwick and Whitby, planned jointly with England's north-east.

Gambling

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from which (a) individuals and (b) bodies the Gambling Review Body received advice regarding problem gambling among (i) children and (ii) adults. [16571]

Mr. Caborn: Annexes D and E to the report of the Gambling Review Body list the individuals and bodies who gave evidence.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received concerning problem gambling among (a) children and (b) adults. [16570]

Mr. Caborn: A substantial number of the submissions which we have recently received on the report of the Gambling Review Body comment on problem gambling. A number express concern that some of the recommendations in the report could increase current levels of problem gambling.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate she has made of the impact on (a) small businesses, (b) private clubs and (c) other organisations of the implementation of recommendation 70 of the report of the Gambling Review Body; [16572]

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Mr. Caborn: We have not yet completed our consideration of the many representations on the report in general and recommendation 70 in particular which we have received; but a substantial number have drawn attention to the serious financial consequences for clubs and small businesses which they argue it would have.


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