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Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will issue guidance to departmental procurement officers indicating the Government's preference for using not-in-kind refrigerants where they are safe and do not entail excessive costs. [41181]

Mr. Meacher: My officials recently reminded Departments of the Government's preference for using refrigerants with the lowest global warming potential. This guidance is currently available in publications such as the "Green Guide for Buyers" which is on the Greening

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Government website. The advice is to avoid procuring products containing or manufactured with gaseous and non-gaseous substances that contribute to climate change by specifying more environmentally acceptable alternatives where it is safe, cost-effective and technically feasible to do so.

Community Service Fund

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many applications have been made for assistance from the Community Service Fund, broken down by county, for the provision of (a) village shops and (b) pubs; [41445]

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Alun Michael: This information is not currently available in the detail requested at county level. I understand that the information should be available through the Countryside Agency's website at the end of March.

The table gives the information immediately available on the number of applications, payments and projects by region.

Community services grant information

RegionNumber of applicationsNumber of projectsNumber of payments£
North East22132066,981,77
North West3191080,815.6
Yorkshire and The Humber35182582,758.54
East Midlands542526103,241.63
West Midlands554275276,073.05
East of England624955258,508.91
South East and London653837169,159,96
South West763951189,291.01

Combined Heat and Power

Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what has been the change in combined heat and power output since the introduction of the new electricity trading arrangement. [42530]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 12 March 2002]: NETA is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. However, the report by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, Report to DTI on the Review of the Initial Impact of NETA on Smaller Generators, issued in August, indicated that the export of power from CHP has reduced by around 60% compared with a year previously. The Government have consulted on their response to Ofgem's report and will publish their response shortly.

Litter and Graffiti

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statistics are collated to quantify the amount of (a) litter and (b) graffiti by local authority area. [42241]

Mr. Meacher: The Department does not collate statistics quantifying the amount of (a) litter and (b) graffiti by local authority area.

Drinking Water

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been undertaken in respect of access throughout the working day to drinking water. [42678]

Dr. Whitehead: I have been asked to reply.

The Health and Safety Executive has not undertaken research in respect to the provision and access of drinking water throughout the day in the workplace.



Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated cost to the tourist industry is of (a) the events of 11 September and (b) foot and mouth; and if she will make a statement. [38835]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 28 February 2002]: It is estimated that foot and mouth disease caused direct losses to the tourism industry during the months of March–August 2001 of between £2.7 billion and £3.2 billion in terms of value added.

Visitor expenditure from overseas residents fell by £1.8 billion in 2001, compared to 2000. This downturn is mainly attributable to the impact of foot and mouth disease, the events of 11 September and current global economic conditions.

The impact across the country has been mixed and there are signs that we are now in the early stages of a recovery.

English Heritage Sites

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what her estimate is of the annual cost to English Heritage of allowing free access to English Heritage sites for (a) under 16s and students, (b) pensioners and (c) all visitors; [39698]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 4 March 2002]: Some 70 per cent. of English Heritage sites are already free to all visitors. In addition, over half a million children, students and teachers enjoy free admission to English Heritage sites on education visits. English Heritage

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estimate that extending free admission to all groups of young people would cost them £650,000 a year. Following the publication of The Historic Environment: A Force for Our Future, we are considering, together with all relevant bodies, how the principle of free access for children might be extended to the historic environment sector. There are no plans at this stage to extend this to other groups of visitors.

Film Production

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Government are doing to encourage film production companies in the north-east. [40631]

Dr. Howells: The Film Council has undertaken a major initiative to increase the level of film activity in England under its England-wide Strategy. The most significant development within the north-east in response has been the creation of Northern Film and Media (NFM), which has developed a strategy for film in the region for the first time. Whilst NFM is responsible for activity right across the spectrum of film—exhibition and education as well as production—it is already dedicating substantial effort to supporting production companies and film making within the region. NFM also acts as a conduit between film makers in the north-east and Film Council-run film production funds and is expected to increase the take-up of these funds by north-east companies and individuals. In the next financial year NFM will directly invest over £1.1 million in the development of people, companies and projects in the north-east.

External Contracts

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many contracts were let by her Department, and agencies for which she is responsible, with external companies and organisations in the calendar years (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002 to the latest date for which figures are available, indicating the (i) names of the companies and organisations involved and (ii) remuneration made in each case. [40824]

Dr. Howells: The details listed relate to contracts arranged by the Department's procurement team. Details of contract value are not currently held on the team's database and this information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Contracts of amounts below £5,000 are usually handled by individual divisions and there is no central record kept of these contracts.

1997North London Universith
HeriotWatt University
Francis Carnwath
AEA Consultants
Tourism Research Group
North London University (CELTS)
Civil Service College
Gartner Group
Hornagold and Hills
Barclay Simpson
Stephanie Greenwood
A. A. Barnes
Alliance Paper Group
Euro Log Limited
J. Walter Thompson
Coopers and Lybrand
Mary Bustin
Anthony Pender
Merrell Holberton
Chessington CC
1998Pay and Personnel Agy
JFM Moving Services
Courtauld Institute
Portman Travel
Richard Girling
Dr. P. Johnson
Kroll Associates
British Library RIC
Hurst Interior Ctts
Institute of Public Finance
Saxton Bampfylde
Dudley Stationery Ltd.
Roy Tutty Associates
Angela Jackson
Belmont Press
Yale Press Ltd.
Ancient House Press
Colibri Press Ltd.
Taylor Bloxham
BSC Print Ltd.
SRU Ltd.
Neil Watson
Goddard Kay Rogers
North London University-CELTS
Paul Passemard
EC Harris
EC Harris
Sykes and Sons Ltd.
Geoff Broom Assoc
T/A Quest
Sara John
Sky Photo Services
Rebecca Hawkins
John Myerscough
Policy Studies Institute
Institute of Public Finance
Bill Wilkinson
City Despatch Service
Nightspeed Services
Key Training Ltd.
Key Training Ltd.
Inde Theatre Council
Jane Leighton
Chessington CS
Lloyds Bank Ltd.
London Economics
IPF Ltd.
NB Selection Ltd.
Leisure Futures Ltd.
Rebecca Hawkins
1999Chessington CS
nmc & kay
Computer Cab
Durham University
Deloitte and Touche
John Stephens
Watts and Partners
Josephine Sammons
Sheffield Hallam Uni
Durham University
Sara John
British Screen Advisory Council
Jura Consultants
Neil Jackson
Sheffield Hallam
Brann Interactive
Bridge Media
Birkbeck College
The Industrial Soc.
The Development Partnership
A. J. Kearney
Felicity Woolf
Keith Spencer
Lloyds TSB
Children's Play Policy Forum
Children's Play Council
National Children's Bureau
2000Right Management
Brian Farrington
Arts Metier
Royal Bank of Scotland
Cubitt Theobald
ORC International
Xerox (UK) Limited
Pannel Kerr Forster
David Beeton
City University
Domino Consultants
The Learning Laboratory
2001University of North London
Durham University
Charles Leadbeater
Stewart Signs
DTZ Pieda
Karolyn Cooper
SRU Limited
Tim Mason
Business Strategies
ORC International
R. Whish
SRU Limited
D. Farr
2002Royal Mint
University of Limerick
Nottingham Trent University
Robert Palmer
Kingshurst Consulting Group

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