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Employees (Over-50s)

Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people employed in her Department are aged over 50. [81687]

Dr. Howells: There are 72 staff aged over 50 currently employed within DCMS.

Greek Culture Minister

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her recent discussions with the Greek Culture Minister, Evangelos Venizelos. [80492]

Tessa Jowell: Mr. Venizelos outlined his plans for Greece's Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2003 and explained the preparations that are being made for the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Mr. Venizelos also mentioned a proposal put forward by the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Simitos, to the Prime Minister about reuniting the Parthenon sculptures in the planned new Acropolis Museum on a long-term loan basis with reciprocal loans to the British Museum. I explained that it is a matter for the Trustees of the British Museum to decide on any loans or reciprocal exchanges.

IT Security

Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002. [80766]

Dr. Howells: My Department takes IT security very seriously. Along with our work to ensure BS799 compliance we have carried out a number of reviews of IT security using independent external reviewers. We continue to keep this area under review.

We have no evidence of any digital attacks on the Department's systems to date during 2002.

Kensington Palace

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what rent is received from Prince Michael of Kent in respect of his apartment at Kensington Palace; and what the estimated open market rent of this property would be. [80877]

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Dr. Howells: Prince and Princess Michael of Kent pay #69.00 per week for their apartment at Kensington Palace. The open market rent for this property is not relevant because it is situated within the security cordon and cannot be offered on the open market.

Media Ownership

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of how much of the media is owned by (a) Continental European and (b) USA investors. [80727]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 18 November 2002]: The Government have not made an estimate of how much of the UK media is owned by Continental European or USA investors.

Regional Museums

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department intends to start providing government funding for regional museums; if she will list the museums in Yorkshire and the Humber which will receive support in the first year of the new scheme; and how much funding each of those museums will receive. [81482]

Dr. Howells: We will be providing #70 million for regional museums from this year until 2005–06. Extra funding will also be made available to the national museums to enable them to work in partnership with regional museums. Additionally there will be funds from the Department for Education and Skills to support museums' education.

Funding will be allocated by Resource to 'regional hubs' led by major regional museums. Resource will announce the configuration of the Hubs before the end of this year and the funding allocation in the new year.

Sports Budget

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list lottery funded sports projects where there have been (a) extensions to the timeframe and (b) alterations to conditions of funding. [80962]

Mr. Caborn: The standard terms and conditions of awards made by Sport England from the lottery sports fund do not include any requirements in respect of the timing of the completion of the project. Sport England does not collect statistical information on cases which involve variations to case-specific funding conditions. However, within the parameters of public accountability and their financial directions, Sport England operates flexibly in partnership with the applicant to enable the project to fulfil its objectives and achieve the outcomes upon which the award decision was based. It works with the applicant to help them to build the best scheme possible in a realistic timeframe.

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) UK Sport's and (b) Sport England's Exchequer budget for sport and related projects was in each of the last three years; how much budgetary underspend there was; and what funding was carried over under end-year flexibility arrangements. [80964]

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Mr. Caborn: Sport England's Grant-in-Aid from the Department for the last three years was as follows:

# million


Sport England carried over #350,000 from 1999–2000 to 2000–01 under the end-year flexibility arrangements.

UK Sport's Grant-in-Aid for the last three years was:

# million


UK Sport carried over #827,000 from 2001–02 to 2002–03 under the end-year flexibility arrangements.

TV Licence Evasion

Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for TV licence evasion there were in each of the last 20 years. [80441]

Dr. Howells: The available information relates to all offences under the Wireless Telegraphy Acts of 1949 and 1967, though the great majority of these involve licence fee evasion. Information is not recorded on the circumstances of individual offenders. The numbers of defendants proceeded against in the magistrates' courts and found guilty in all courts in England and Wales, for the years 1981 to 2000, were:

YearProceeded againstFound guilty

(22) In 1995 there was a shortfall in the data for offenders found guilty for Wireless Telegraphic Act offences (57,400).

(23) Staffordshire Police Force were only able to supply a sample of data for magistrates' courts proceedings covering one full week in each quarter for 2000. Estimates based on this sample are included in the figures, as they are considered sufficiently robust at this high level of analysis.

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Bicycle Allowance

Norman Baker: To ask the President of the Council how many Members claimed a bicycle allowance in the last year for which figures are available. [80878]

Mr. Robin Cook: Four Members claimed a bicycle allowance in the financial year 2001–02.



Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths arose from (a) road and (b) rail accidents in each year since 1972 to date, expressed (i) in absolute terms and (ii) per person mile travelled. [81577]

Mr. Jamieson: The table provides the number of deaths that arose in Great Britain from road and rail accidents expressed in absolute terms and per billion passenger miles travelled.

Deaths in road accidents relate to those occurring on the public highway (including footways) in which at least one road vehicle or a vehicle in collision with a pedestrian is involved.

Rail deaths include passenger deaths in train accidents and accidents occurring through the movement of railway vehicles. Staff deaths, trespassers, suicides and deaths occurring at railway premises that do not involve the movement of trains (for example, falling down steps) are excluded.

Deaths in road and rail accidents

DeathsDeaths per billion passenger miles travelledDeathsDeaths per billion passenger miles travelled

(24)From 1991, rail figures changed to financial years (there were eight deaths between January and March 1991).

(25)Figures for road passenger miles travelled in 2000 and 2001 have been produced on a new basis. The effect on the estimated rate of deaths per billion passenger miles travelled is negligible.

(26)Provisional figures.

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