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Mr. Redwood: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many pages of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation his Department put through Parliament in 2002–03. [141126]

Mr. Alexander: My Department did not sponsor any primary legislation during the 2002–03 session.

In the case of secondary legislation my Department was responsible for the making of two General Statutory Instruments which would have been considered by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments. These instruments made a total of six pages.


Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the hon. Member for Swansea West received a reply on 20 November to his parliamentary question tabled on 11 September. [140791]

Mr. Hoon: The delay was caused by the need to consult other Government Departments.

Satellite Tracking Station

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will announce his decision on whether the Satellite Tracking Station at Defford will remain a strategic asset. [140461]

Mr. Ingram: We expect to notify QinetiQ, the Defford site operators, of our decision early in the Near Year.

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National Lottery

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Lottery funding per capita has been awarded to organisations in Haltemprice and Howden in each of the past three years. [140558]

Estelle Morris: The total value of Lottery awards made per capita to the constituency of Haltemprice and Howden in the past three years has been:

Per capita Lottery funding (£)

Calendar year
January 2003 to date4.95

This is derived from the Department's Awards Database, which is based on information supplied by the distributing bodies.


Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to arrange celebrations for the victorious England Rugby World Cup team and squad. [140592]

Tessa Jowell: The Rugby Football Union (RFU) have always, quite rightly, been in the lead on the nature and the timing of the World Cup victory celebrations, and the RFU picked the date of Monday 8 December for the parade and receptions. Both the Government and the Royal Household have been happy to be guided by the RFU on these matters. The RFU did not want to pick a weekend date because the rugby players have professional obligations to play for their clubs.

The RFU is also planning a series of celebratory occasions around the country, so that people can see the Webb Ellis Cup and meet members of the winning England team rather than the whole country having to come to London on December 8.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many rugby matches (a) the Secretary of State and (b) the Minister for Sport attended in an official capacity since their respective appointments. [141068]

Mr. Caborn: My right hon Friend the Secretary of State has attended two matches: England v Wales at Twickenham in March 2002, and Australia v England in Sydney, November 2003. I have attended eight matches: Bradford v Wigan at Old Trafford in October 2001, Great Britain v Australia at Huddersfield in November 2001, Sheffield Eagles Tag Rugby Festival in Sheffield, December 2001, St. Helens v Wigan at Murrayfield, April 2002, New Zealand v Fiji in Manchester, August 2002, Australia v New Zealand and England v France in Sydney, November 2003 and Great Britain v Australia at Wigan, November 2003, along with a number of local rugby union matches involving Sheffield Club and Rotherham.

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St. Giles Church, Imber

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for St. Giles Church at Imber in Wiltshire. [141040]

Mr. Caborn: It is expected that a meeting involving Ministers from my Department and the Ministry of Defence, as well as the Third Church Commissioner, will be held in the near future to discuss possible options for this redundant grade I listed church.

Television Licence

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid in television licence fees by residents in East Sussex in the last year for which figures are available. [140962]

Estelle Morris: The information requested is not available, since TV Licensing, who administer the television licensing system for the BBC, do not maintain statistics of television licence sales and revenues by local authority area.


European Constitution

Mr. Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will make it a red line issue to ensure that (a) qualified majority voting is not extended to the area of own resources under Article 53(4) of the Draft European Constitution, (b) the UK budget rebate is retained and (c) the Stability and Growth Pact in its application to the UK is repealed. [140698]

Mr. MacShane: As the White Paper makes clear, the Government believes that unanimity must be retained for the system of own resources (Article 1–53), including the terms and conditions for the UK abatement. On economic governance, the Government will work to ensure outcomes that will bolster stability, promote flexibility and enhance the ability of European countries to raise productivity and employment levels.

Mr. Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will make it a red line issue to ensure that Protocol 17 concerning Article 141 of the EC Treaty is retained in the draft European Constitution. [140699]

Mr. MacShane : The Government supports the retention of this Protocol. There has not been any suggestion that this Protocol should be deleted, and it is included, with the appropriate technical amendments, in the revised set of Protocols issued by the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Conference (which can be found on page 157 of document CIG 50/03 ADD 1 of 25 November). This can be accessed in the IGC Documents section of the Italian Presidency website:

Union Law

Mr. Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the opinion of the Head of the Council of

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Ministers Legal Service on the question of the formulation of Articles 1–10 concerning the primacy of Union Law (CIG 37–03, p3). [140697]

Mr. MacShane: There is no formal Council Legal Service Opinion on this subject. The Presidency proposal on this subject, found in CIG 52/03, proposes that the Intergovernmental Conference note that this Article reflects existing European Court of Justice case-law. We understand this is in line with the views of the Council Legal Service.

Copies of document CIG 52/03 will be placed in the Library of the House.


Juvenile Self-Harm

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce instances of suicide and deliberate self-harm in young people; and if he will make a statement; [140637]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England recognises that people who self-harm are at a greater risk of taking their own life; and sets out specific action to reduce the number of suicides in the year following deliberate self harm:

In addition, NIMHE published an audit toolkit in October 2003 to help services measure the extent to which they are addressing the recommendations outlined in the National Confidential Inquiry Report into suicide and homicide by people with a mental illness—Safer Services; two of which relate specifically to self-harm.

NIMHE continues to raise awareness about mental health issues, including suicide and self-harm through its programme of work to implement the suicide prevention strategy. In addition, the mind out for mental health campaign which combats stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health specifically targets young people in the provision of accurate information on mental health issues. In February 2003

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the campaign launched Read the Signs—educating young people aged 14–21 about the signs of mental health problems so that they are better informed and can look out for themselves and their friends. This campaign includes an interactive website which provides information on suicide and deliberate self-harm and signposts individuals to further information or support and advice.

The Department and NIMHE also continue to work with and support other organisations to promote information and advice on the incidence of suicide and self-harm among young people.

The suicide prevention strategy also specifically identified young men as being at particular risk of suicide. NIMHE is establishing a small number of sites in England which will develop a package of mental health promotion measures to successfully engage with young men. We hope to announce the location of the successful pilot sites early in the New Year. In addition, the "Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)" campaign and helpline continues to provide a safety net for young men by breaking down the barriers and reducing the stigma attached to depression and mental illness. CALM is currently operational in four areas: Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria and Bedfordshire.

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