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Written Answers to Questions

Friday 14 March 2003

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

National Lottery

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many lottery awards there were to organisations in the City of York constituency in each year since 1997; and what the average number of awards per constituency was in each year. [102648]

Mr. Caborn: According to the National Lottery Awards Database, which is based upon the information provided by the Lottery distributers, the total number of Lottery awards made to the City of York, and the average number of awards per constituency made each year since 1997 is set out in the table:

Calendar yearCity of York constituencyAverage number of awards per constituency
19972721.3
19981613
19993130.5
20003736.8
20014830.2
20023237.1

Regional Cultural Consortiums

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the administrative costs of each regional cultural consortium were in each year since 1999–2000. [102682]

Mr. Caborn: The information required is in the table.

Regionalculturalconsortium1999–2000(1) 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03(2)
Eastern38826,35831,62137,884
East Midlands85734,36615,92718,063
North East1,35541,85532,41536,614
North West23021,99542,89036,503
South East96820,22936,92940,915
South West4,82333,60922,04334,061
West Midlands1,61331,0896,09729,457
Yorkshire82929,80017,32638,344

(1) The Regional Cultural Consortiums were established in October 1999

(2) Expenditure calculated to 31 December 2002


The Consortiums have also received support from staff based within the Government Offices in the regions.

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The Regional Development Agencies and the various regional cultural agencies have all been encouraged to help with funding and other means of support.

The Consortiums use their resources to promote joint working by regional partners and to implement the Regional Cultural Strategies so that cultural and sporting interests make a significant contribution to economic development, regeneration and social inclusion in each region.

Sporting Events

Mr. Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy that adoption of a code of practice on ethical trading on the lines of that developed for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games should be a necessary pre-condition for Government endorsements of any bid to stage a major sporting event; and if she will make a statement. [101918]

Mr. Caborn: The Government will make a clear assessment of the costs and benefits of hosting the biggest (mega) events such as the Olympic Games and Football's World cup prior to bidding.

It is not policy to adopt a code of practice for ethical trading as a precondition to bid to stage a mega event. However any organisation set up to bid for or stage a mega event will be expected to follow the good practice learned from previous events such as the staging of the Commonwealth Games 2002.

DEFENCE

Aircraft Carriers

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the savings will be made in the Ministry of Defence's budget to fund the new aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement. [102613]

Mr. Ingram: The new aircraft carriers have been an integral part of the Ministry of Defence's future spending plans since the Strategic Defence Review. There is thus no requirement to find any savings to accommodate this longstanding key capability.

Cluster Bombs

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cluster bombs are stockpiled by the Ministry of Defence, broken down by type. [102358]

Mr. Ingram: Stockholdings of cluster bombs are held at an authorised war reserve stock figure. Details of the precise numbers of weapons could provide a potential adversary with information that could undermine our defence capabilities. I am therefore withholding this information in accordance with Exemption 1 (Defence, Security and International Relations) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which types of cluster munitions the UK armed forces possess. [102359]

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Mr. Ingram: The United Kingdom armed forces possess the following types of cluster munitions; the multiple lunch rocket system (MLRS), Shell 155 mm HE L20A1 extended range bomblet shell (ERBS), Shell 155 mm HE M483A1 and the BL755.

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the use by the RAF of cluster munitions. [102360]

Mr. Ingram: Cluster bombs are one of a range of weapons systems available to the RAF, and are a legal weapon that fulfils a legitimate military role that cannot be performed by other means. Where the RAF has used cluster bombs, it has done so in a manner that is fully consistent with our obligations under international law.

Crisis Management

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what medium-term plans there are to give the EU military staff a planning capability for crisis-management operations; and if he will make a statement. [102677]

Mr. Hoon: European Union member states agreed at Nice in 2000 that the EU Military staff would carry out strategic planning tasks, including


More detailed operational planning is not in the terms of reference of the EU Military staff. It was agreed at Nice that NATO's planning bodies will carry out operational planning for EU-led operations with recourse to NATO assets and capabilities. Operational planning for other operations would be carried out in existing European national and multinational headquarters, such as our own Permanent Joint Headquarters.

There are no plans to change these arrangements.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether geographic limits will be set to politico-military action by the EU for crisis-management purposes; and if he will make a statement. [102788]

Mr. Hoon: Currently there are no geographical limits set for crisis management operations which the European Union might conduct as part of the European Security and Defence Policy, although in practice distance would be one of a large number of factors which would determine whether or not an operation could be undertaken. I do not expect this to change.

Cruise Missiles

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what authority the UK Government have given the US Government to load cruise missiles on to B-52 bombers at RAF Gloucestershire; and for what purpose. [102419]

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Mr. Hoon: The use by United States Visiting Forces of United Kingdom bases is a matter for joint decision by HM Government and the US Government at the appropriate time. The deployment of the B-52s to RAF Fairford was part of our continuing contingency preparations and did not represent a decision to take military action.

I am withholding the information requested in accordance with Exemption 1 (Defence, security and international relations) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Defence Equipment

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list, by company, the outstanding value of offset obligations imposed and accepted in respect of defence equipment supplied from overseas to the UK. [102077]

Mr. Ingram: I am withholding details of Industrial Participation (offset) obligations by company in accordance with Exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. The total value of extant IP obligations is £5.4 billion of which £2.3 billion remains to be completed.

Defence Export Services Organisation

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the benefits of privatising the Defence Export Services Organisation; and if he will make a statement. [102579]

Mr. Ingram: The future of the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) was considered as part of the Strategic Defence Review in 1998. At that time a number of options were assessed, including privatisation, but it was concluded that the value of DESO support for defence exports stem from its being an integrated part of MOD and, hence, Government.


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