Ann Keen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the results of the additional funds allocated as core funding to theatre in 2001 are built upon. 
Dr. Howells: This is a matter for the Arts Council of England. Once the new funds announced last year are fully on stream in 200304 a full and proper assessment can be made of whether they have delivered the achievements envisaged in its Theatre Review.
Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by tourists in each (a) Government Office region and (b) local authority in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Dr. Howells: Statistics on expenditure by tourists are not available by Government Office region nor at local authority level. They are however produced according to regional Tourist Board areas. The latest data are shown in the table.
|Tourist board region/ country
|with overnight stay
|Heart of England
|East of England
|South East England
(17) Inbound figures are provisional.
(18) Figures may not sum due to small proportions of spending that have not been attributable to regions/countries. Typically this arises when a person being interviewed is unable or unwilling to give complete information.
(19) Comparable data not available.
International Passenger Survey
UK Tourism Survey and Leisure Day Visit Survey
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Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library the studies of licensing regulations in European and US cities made by her Department and the Home Office, in the course of preparing the White Paper 'Time for Reform', and since. 
Dr. Howells [holding answer 16 July 2002]: I will place a report on the studies carried out by officials in the Libraries of both Houses and will inform my right hon. Friend when I have done so. This material focuses on the licensing systems of countries rather than cities and on Europe rather than the United States. Published material on non-European countries was also considered in the development of the proposals set out in 'Time for Reform'.
Mr. Caborn: Sport, particularly at local club level, would be unable to flourish without 1.5 million volunteers, who include administrators, mentors and officials, as well as coaches. The Government's Plan for Sport recognised the critical importance of volunteers and the need to invest in maintaining numbers through training. The Step into Sport project aims to meet this need by investing £7 million over two years in training 60,000 young people and 8,000 adults to volunteer in sport, and by assisting the national governing bodies of sport to produce volunteer support strategies. A further initiative, Come into Coaching, will aim to attract volunteer coaches and administrators from March 2003.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the EU Committee for the Implementation of the Training Programme for Professionals in the European Audiovisual Programme Industry and of the Programme to Encourage the Development, Distribution and Promotion of European Audiovisual Works (MEDIA III) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement. 
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Dr. Howells: The Management Committee for the Media Plus programme last met on 12 July and is next due to meet on 16 October. No members of the Scottish Executive have been or are members of the committee.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the EU Contact Committee for the implementation of the television without frontiers directive is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: The Contact Committee established under Article 23a of the 1997 revision of the "television without frontiers" directive last met in Brussels on 11 and 12 July 2002. There is no fixed date for the next meeting of the committee which may be convened at the request of any of the delegations; this is likely to be in the autumn. No members of the Scottish Executive have been or are members of the committee.
Dr. Howells: My Department selects software on the basis of value for money and how well it meets our business needs. Open source software will be reviewed against the same criteria and in line with the forthcoming Government policy on open source software due for publication this summer. At present, my Department does not use any open source software, though such software has been used in the past.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) her Department and (b) executive agencies in each of the past five years. 
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by her Department from (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999, (c) May 1999 to April 2000, (d) May 2000 to April 2001 and (e) May 2001 to the latest date, indicating in each case the values of the contracts and the companies with which the contracts were placed. 
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Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with her Department (a) won new contracts at the culmination of the existing contracts and (b) won new contracts after a period of inactivity with her Department in each of the past five years. 
Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 28 February 2002]: The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. Since that date no contracts have been awarded to organisations which previously held contracts with my Department.
Mrs. Liddell: The Scotland Office policy on payment of relocation expenses to staff follows the principles detailed in Section 8 of the Civil Service Management Code, which sets out the conditions under which Departments may reimburse relocation expenses to staff.