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Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the capital cost of each community buy-out has been since 1994, and if she will list awards to assist in community buy-outs from the new opportunities Fund's Scottish Land Fund that have been awarded since February 2001. [38699]

Mr. Caborn: Since February 2001 the Scottish Land Fund has awarded a total of 41 grants to date totalling 4,661,243. Of these, 17 have been for acquisition purposes totalling 4,084,613.

The following table gives further details of all awards made to date.

Scottish Land Fund Grants to Date

Meeting Date Local Authority Applicant Grant TypeAmount Monthly Totals
April 2001Highland HighlandKinlochleven Land Development Trust Laggan Forest Trust Co LtdDevelopment Development90,000 73,172April 163,172
May 2001Moray Highland Perth and Kinross AberdeenshireDeskford Community Association Fernaig Community Trust Comrie Millennium Footpath Association Windyhills Community GroupAcquisition Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance12,000 57,796 4,381 9,415 May 83,592
July 2001Argyll and Bute Argyll and Bute Eilean Siar MorayRoss of Mull Historical Centre Mull and Iona Community Trust Port of Ness Harbour Ltd Burghead Amenities ProjectAcquistion Acquistion Acquisition Acquisition52,907 33,268 4,168 19,108 July 109,451
August 2001Highland Highland Argyll and Bute Aberdeenshire Highland Highland Scottish Borders Argyll and ButeAbriachian Forest Trust Durness Development Group Tiree Rural Development Company Woodhead & Windyhills Community Group Glen Beag Woodland Steering Group Balmacara Square Management Committee Gordon Community Woodland Association Kilchoman Community GroupDevelopment Acquisition Development Acquisition Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Technical Assistance94,000 15,670 50,000 90,000 300 964 720 1,536 August 253,190
September 2001Highland Highland South Ayrshire Argyll and Bute Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust Ballantrae Rural Initiative Care in the Community Gigha Land Steering Community GroupTechnical Assistance Development Acquisition Technical Assistance3,375 20,310 26,690 2.974 September 53,349
October 2001Highland Highland Argyll and Bute HighlandIsle of Eigg Heritage Trust Kells Croft Steering Group Gigha Land Steering Community Group Fernaig Community TrustDevelopment Acquisition Acquisition Acquisition62,519 12,475 3,525,000 11,873 October 3,611,867
November 2001Highland Renfrewshire Argyll and Bute Aberdeenshire Aberdeenshire Stirling Highland Renfrewshire HighlandAcharacle Community Company Howwood Community Woodland Group Iomairt Chille-Choman Mid Deeside Limited Mid Deeside Limited Trossachs Community Trust North Sutherland Community Woodland Trust Howwood Community Woodland Group Strathnairn Community Woodland ProjectAcquisition Acquisition Acquisition Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Acquisition Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Technical Assistance96,420 13,870 30,358 3,665 4,350 20,000 1,491 485 1,151 November 171,790
January 2002Inverness & Nairn Tayside Grampian Borders Orkney Argyll & the IslandsDistillery Wood Association Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust Strichen Community Park Gordon Community Woodland Association North Ronaldsay Trust Isle of Gigha Heritage TrustTechnical Assistance Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Acquisition Acquisition Development940 2,910 176 69,971 50,835 90,000 January 214,832

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Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been made available (a) from her Department and (b) from the National Lottery, for assisting in capital building projects for (i) football stadiums and (ii) rugby league stadiums in (A) 1999, (B) 2000 and (C) 2001. [37188]

Mr. Caborn: The information is as follows:

SportYearNational LotteryFootball Foundation
Rugby League1999

1 All of this funding is for the English National Stadium.

2 This funding is for the Commonwealth Games Venue at Manchester SportCity which will eventually become the home ground for Manchester City FC.

Targeted Lottery Initiative

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will give details of the English areas which will benefit from the targeted Lottery initiative she announced on 27 June 2001; and if she will indicate how these areas were chosen. [39862]

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Tessa Jowell: The Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund have selected 51 areas in England to benefit from the initiative. These are Ashfield, Barking & Dagenham, Barnsley, Basildon, Blackpool, Blyth Valley, Bolsover, Bolton, Bournemouth, Brent, Burnley, Darlington, Derby, Doncaster, Dudley, Ellesmere Port and Neston, Enfield, Great Yarmouth, Hyndburn, Kingston upon Hull, Kirklees, Knowsley, Luton, North East Lincolnshire, North Somerset, Oldham, Pendle, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Rotherham, Salford, Sandwell, Sefton, Solihull, St. Helens, Stockton-on-Tees, Swindon, Tameside, Telford and Wrekin, Tendring, Thanet, Trafford, Wakefield, Walsall, Waltham Forest, Wansbeck, Waveney, West Lancashire, Wigan and Wirral.

The criteria I announced for the scheme were that areas should be both deprived and have received less lottery funding than other parts of the country. To select the English Fair Share areas, the two distributors have analysed which of the 100 most deprived local authority districts have received less than average funding from the Community Fund and which have received less than average funding from the other Lottery distributors collectively. Areas that have received less than average funding from either the Community Fund or from the other Distributors collectively will receive direct support from Fair Share.

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The Fair Share initiative is one of several targeted initiatives operated by the Lottery distributors. Government will continue to encourage distributors to ensure that parts of the country benefit from Lottery funding.

Art Exports

Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the 2000–01 Annual report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art will be published. [40172]

Dr. Howells: The Reviewing Committee's Annual Report for 2000–01 has been published today and copies have been laid before Parliament.



Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings (a) she and (b) her senior departmental officials have had with Enron and its subsidiaries in the last two years. [32436]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Ministers and civil servants meet many people as part of the process of policy development and analysis. All such contacts are conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code, the Civil Service Code and Guidance for Civil Servants: Contact with Lobbyists. Some of these discussions take place on a confidential basis, and in order to preserve confidentiality, it is not the normal practice of Governments to release details of specific meetings with private individuals or companies.

Theft and Fraud

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 28 January 2002, Official Report, column 102W, on theft and fraud, if she will make a statement on the circumstances of the incident of direct contractor fraud; and what assessment she has made of reasons for the increasing trend of theft and fraud in her Department between 1997-98 and 2000-01. [34281]

Estelle Morris: I reported in my answer of 28 January 2002, Official Report, column 101W, that there had been 44 instances of direct contractor fraud since 1997–98.

They relate to instances of suspected fraud/irregularity referred to the Department's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) for investigation and cover the European Social Fund, Schools, Training and Enterprise Councils, Teacher Pensions and miscellaneous Programme Budgets.

The nature of the problems identified relate primarily to claims for services not properly provided or for inflated costs.

Within my Department we have, over the last few years, run a Fraud and Control Awareness campaign to raise staff awareness as to their responsibilities for reporting and handling suspicions/allegations etc. We

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are satisfied that those reporting systems now work well, and that, as a result, all concerns are properly reported and investigated.

My Department recognises the importance of having sound control systems in place to combat the threat of fraud. In fact 30 per cent. of the cases investigated were identified as a result of the operation of normal control procedures.

We regularly review the contract management arrangements in place to ensure effective control over public funds and take steps, where necessary, to enhance procedures. For example, since April 2000, in agreement with the European Commission, the Department, through its Government Offices, has introduced new financial monitoring and inspection arrangements with regard to ESF, some of which has resulted in cases being referred to SIU.

In my earlier response, the estimated cost to the Department for 2000–01 is shown as 17.3 metre, which, when shown against the earlier years' figures, suggests a substantial increase. However this figure includes some exceptional items to the value of 14.9 metre.

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