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Organophosphate Pesticides

Mr. Tyler: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the international studies of the effect of exposure to organophosphate pesticides, with particular reference to their use in the Gulf War, which are under review in his Department; and if he will make a statement. [35404]

Dr. Moonie: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

ASRAAM Project

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the ASRAAM Project. [34402]

Dr. Moonie: The Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile entered service at the end of January 2002, with the delivery of the first batch of missiles.

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Minimum Voting Age

Bob Spink: To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick- upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will make a statement on the Commission's plans for changing the minimum age of voting. [34047]

Mr. Beith: I understand from the Chairman of the Electoral Commission that the Commission has no such plans but does intend to look in due course at the minimum voting age as part of its review programme of electoral law and practice. Any change would require legislation.


Departmental Events

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each. [34301]

Dr. Howells: This information is not held centrally. The costs of collating it would be disproportionate.

Legal Costs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what legal costs have been incurred by her Department in each of the last four years. [34282]

Dr. Howells: The legal costs incurred by the Department for the years in question are shown in the following table:


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(10) To date

Entertainment Costs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list for 1997–98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by her Department and how much reclaimed. [34456]

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Dr. Howells: The Department's total expenditure on hospitality is shown in the table. The figures exclude the Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies. The information requested on food and alcohol is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

2001–02 spend to date24,311

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list for 1997–98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if she will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in each case; and if she will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case. [34381]

Dr. Howells: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Publications

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the publications issued by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was. [34197]

Dr. Howells: Information on the cost and circulation of each document could be supplied only at disproportionate cost. I have, however, included the overall yearly figures spent on publications during the period.


(11) To date

DCMS publications 1998–99
The Eyre Review
Export of Works of Art 1997–98
Response to the Select Committee on the Multimedia Revolution
Creative Industries Mapping Document
Departmental Annual Report 1998
Common Wealth and Museums Report
Digital Convergence Green Paper
Portable Antiquities Annual Report
Building a Global Audience
Government Response to the LIC Report
DCMS/Wolfson Fund Annual Report 1997–98
Children's Play Leaflet
National Lottery Information Leaflet
New Opportunities Fund Consultation Document

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Interfaith Millennium Leaflet Reprint
Museums in the Learning Age
Sustainable Tourism Document
Tomorrow's Tourism Strategy Report
DCMS publications 1999–2000
Government Art Collection Leaflet
Export of Works of Art
Government Art Collection Conditions of Loan Booklet
Portable Antiquities Annual Report
World Heritage Sites
Treasure Annual Report
Finding Our Past Leaflet
Building a Global Audience
The Future Funding of the BBC
Review of the BBC's Financial Projections
Creative Industries—Report on the Creative Industries Finance Conference
Creative Industries—Exports: Our Hidden Potential
Creative Industries—Internet Inquiry: Snapshot of a rolling wave
Creative Industries—Your Creative Future
Creative Industries—UK Television Exports Inquiry
Annual Report 2000
Local Cultural Strategies
PAT 10—Policy Action Team 10: Report to the Social Exclusion Unit
A Sporting Future For All
Libraries for All: Social Inclusion in Public Libraries
The White Book—Option Appraisal of Expenditure Decision: A Guide for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its Sponsored Bodies
Consumers Call the Tune—The Impact of New Technologies on the Music Industry
Report on the DCMS/Wolfson Fund 1998–99
Libraries and the Regions—A discussion paper
Appraisal of Annual Library Plans 1999
British Library Review
Regional Consortium Leaflet
Efficiency and Effectiveness of Government-sponsored Museums and Galleries
Report of the Tourism Consumer Group
Guidance on Disposals of Historic Buildings
DCMS publications 2000–01
Treasure Annual Report
Vacant Plinth Advisory Panel Report
Broadcasting Command Paper
Review of the Transparency of the BBC
Creative Industries Finance Booklet
DCMS Annual Report 1999–2000
Learning Power of Museums
Government Art Collection—Conditions of Loan Booklet

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Public Appointments Guidance
Tax Relief for Charities Booklet
Music Industry Report
Library Standards Report
Coalfields and the Lottery Report
Museums Education Report
Museums Social Inclusion Report
New Opportunities Fund Consultation Paper
Better Public Buildings
A Sporting Future for All
Tourism Summit Leaflet
Creative Industries Mapping Document 2001
DCMS Recruitment Booklet
The Government's Plan for Sport
Culture and Creativity
Local Cultural Strategies
Music Industries Document: Consumers Call the Tune
Marching Into the Millennium
DCMS publications 2001–02
Portable Antiquities Annual Report
A Vision for Culture On line
London Open House leaflet
Banking On A Hit Report
Cricket Disorder Report
Operation of the National Lottery—Select Committee Response
Staging International Sports Events—Select Committee Response
Tourism—the Hidden Giant and Foot and Mouth—Select Committee Response
Summer Supplementary Estimates
Lottery Achievements—The First Seven Years
A Force for Our Future—The Government Statement on the Historic Environment
Library and Information Matters—Report
DCMS Publicity Guidelines
DCMS Event Guidelines
Report of the Gambling Review Body
Digital TV—Information for Landlords
CIEPAG—Achievements leaflet
Media Ownership Rules Consultation paper
Winter Supplementary Estimates
Viewers Panel Report
English National Stadium Review
Public Appointments registration form
Public Reappointments booklet
DCMS Recruitment literature reprint
Audio Visual Industries Training Group Report
Honours Guidance Binder
Equal Opportunities Document Reprint
DCMS Identity Guidelines
Communications White Paper—Select Committee Response
Biennial Conservation Report
Creative Industries Finance Conference Report.

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