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18. Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last met the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to discuss the implications for diversity in the Scottish media industry of the Government's legislative programme. 
Mrs. Liddell: I meet my right hon. Friend regularly for discussion on a wide range of issues, including the Government's proposals for broadcasting and print media, now reflected in the Communications Bill published last week.
22. Rosemary McKenna: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps she is taking to promote Scotland's creative industries. 
Mrs. Liddell: The creative industries are a dynamic and fast growing sector of the Scottish economy. I am therefore pleased to be able to co-host an event tomorrow with Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, Chairman of NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), which will provide an opportunity to highlight the wealth of Scottish talent in this sector.
23. Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps she is taking to ensure that Scotland's interests are represented within Government in respect of the Communications Bill. 
Mrs. Liddell: My Department has worked closely with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the DTI, and I am confident that the new regulator, Ofcom, has the capacity to take full account of the consumers and the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors in Scotland. Ofcom will have an overarching duty to take account of the needs of the nations and regions in all its activities. The Communications Bill makes statutory provision for specific Scottish representation on the Content Board and Consumer Panel to be established by Ofcom. Ofcom will also be required to establish an office in Scotland.
24. Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultation she has initiated about the impact of applying NETA in Scotland. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Government are committed to developing a single wholesale electricity market for Great Britain to ensure a long-term diverse and secure supply of energy for Britain.
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The Department of Trade and Industry is continuing consultations with this Department, the Scottish Executive, Ofgem, industry and stakeholders in developing appropriate arrangements for the GB electricity market.
25. Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action she is taking to consult Scottish business and trade union interests on economic issues. 
Mrs. Liddell : Macro-economic policy makes an essential contribution to achieving a healthy and successful Scottish economy. As part of my on-going programme of meetings to discuss these issues with key stakeholders, I shall be meeting representatives of business organisations in Scotland and with the STUC General Council on 2 December following the release of the Pre-Budget Report to hear their views on Government macro-economic policy.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his policy is on the extension of postal voting for elections to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies. 
Mrs. Liddell: I am responsible for the conduct of elections to the Scottish Parliament. Responsibility for the conduct of elections to the National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly lies with the Secretaries of State for Wales and Northern Ireland respectively. The extension of postal voting for elections to the Scottish Parliament was provided for in the Scottish Parliament (Elections etc) (Amendment) Order 2001; for elections to the National Assembly for Wales by the National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) (Amendment) Order 2002; and for elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) Order 2001.
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many ex-servicemen's welfare organisations in West Sussex applied for National Lottery funding last year. 
Mr. Caborn [holding answer Monday 25 November 2002]: One ex-servicemen's welfare organisation in West Sussex applied for National Lottery Funding last year through the Awards for All scheme: The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association Forces HelpCrawley and East Grinstead Division was awarded £4,928 on 16 May 2001.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the (a) Regional Arts Council members and (b) National Council members of the Arts Council of England are (i) from ethnic minorities, (ii) disabled, (iii) male, (iv) female, (v) under the age of thirty and (vi) over the age of sixty, and if she will make a statement. 
|Question||Regional Arts Council members||National Arts Council members|
|Percentage ethnic minorities||16.5||13.3|
|Percentage under 30 years old||0.9||0|
|Percentage over 60 years old||13.7||6.6|
All appointments are made on merit.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) school sports co-ordinators and (b) school sports co-ordinator partnerships there are in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) Tyne and Wear and (iv) UK. 
Mr. Caborn: The position in September 2002 is laid out in the following table. No School Sport Co-ordinator partnerships have gone live since that date.
|School Sport Co-ordinator posts||School Sport Coordinator Partnerships|
|Jarrow Constituency||1. At Hedworthfield Comprehensive, part of the King George V partnership.||Partnerships align with LEA, not constituency, boundaries.|
|South Tyneside MBC||4||1. Centred on King George V School, comprising 4 secondary schools (including Hedworthfield) and 22 primary schools (9 of which are in Jarrow).|
|Tyne and Wear(12)||19||5. One in each LEA.|
(12) Gateshead Metropolitan Borough; Newcastle City Council; North Tyneside Metropolitan Council; South Tyneside MBC; Sunderland City Council.
(13) The School Sports Co-ordinator programme is being rolled out only in England.
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Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what annual rental charges are paid to the Crown Estate for seabed rentals for ferry piers, ports and harbours operated by (a) Caledonian MacBrayne, (b) Shetland Islands Council, (c) Orkney Islands Council, (d) Lerwick Port Authority, (e) Scrabster Harbour Trust, (f) Ullapool Harbour Trustees, (g) Stornoway Pier and Harbour Commission, (h) Argyll and Bute Council, (i) Mallaig Harbour Authority, (j) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (k) Clydeport and (l) Aberdeen Harbour Board. 
Ruth Kelly: [Holding answer 19 November 2002]: The Crown Estate cannot release figures relating to commercial leases without the prior consent of the Lessee. Consent is being sought and I will write to the hon. Member.
Tony Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money has been spent in Workington from the Sports Action Zone covering Allerdale, Copeland and Barrow; and on what projects. 
Mr. Caborn: Projects in the West Cumbria and Barrow Sport Action Zone from which Workington benefits are as follows:
|Sport Action Zone investment||Total project cost|
|Salterbeck Sports Coordinator||54,000||110,000|
|Allerdale Baton Relay||2,500||6,000|
|Grassroots Sport SOS(14)||10,000||31,600|
|Allerdale Community Chest||21,000||21,000|
|Sport for Health Manager||30,000||70,000|
|Monitoring the impact of sport social wellbeing of communities||7,320||14,640|
|Adults Other than Teachers Programme||7,500||24,800|
(14) Three year project
In addition the following projects are currently being developed which impact on Workington:
Three year dance project in partnership with Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils and Keswick Theatre by the Lake (Sport Action Zone £9,000);
'Engaging in Football'A five year programme in partnership with NACRO in West Cumbria. Workington target wards are Salterbeck, St. Michael's; Northside (Sport Action Zone £28,000);
Three year enhancement of passport in the Zone, in partnership with Cumbria Outdoors and Cumbria Sport. Workington target being the Leisure Centre (Sport Action Zone £9,000);
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Two year pilot programme: Bridging the Gap through Sport in the Zone. Two year pilot programme with rugby union, rugby league and tennis. Aims to link the social inclusion agenda and National Governing Bodies of Sport (Sport Action Zone £36,000);
SAZ Newsletter to raise awareness of the Zone's progress (Sport Action Zone £2,000);
Education through Sport in the Zone. A three year programme aiming to develop five programmes linking education and sport agendas, to increase numbers of coaches; develop Top Tots; training community sports coaches; create opportunities for adult volunteers and increase community exercise instructors (Sport Action Zone £40,000).
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