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Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to implement the recommendation of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch on the role of fatigue and minimum manning in ship groundings and collisions. [190636]

Mr. Jamieson: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has instigated a survey, to run from November 2004 to March 2005, into safe manning levels across Europe. The
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survey will examine the manning levels required by different European administrations according to vessel size and types. It will also study accident investigations where levels of manning or fatigue have contributed to the cause. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency will present the findings to the International Maritime Organization and also to the European Commission. The findings will inform efforts to improve manning levels on merchant ships through international legislation.

Guidance on the use of lookouts on the bridge will be detailed in a new Marine Guidance Note (MGN) on safe watch keeping which is soon to go out to consultation.

Speed Limits

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local authorities have introduced 20mph zones on roads around schools where this is practicable. [191329]

Mr. Jamieson: The installation of 20mph zones is a matter for individual local highway authorities. As such this information is not held centrally.


Armed Services Pay

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the pay scales of each armed service. [191735]

Mr. Caplin: With the exception of Chief of the Defence Staff and Medical and Dental Officers in the Volunteer Reserve Forces, all armed forces personnel are on tri-Service incremental pay scales. All Medical and Dental Officers in the reserve forces are due to move onto a new tri-Service incremental pay system from 1 April 2005. The pay of all members of the armed forces is revised annually on the basis of independent recommendations that the Government receive from the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) and the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB). Copies of the 2004 Reports of the SSRB and AFPRB can be found in the Libraries of both Houses.

Flight ZD576

Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether, in reviewing the decision of the Board of Inquiry in relation to the crash of Flight ZD576, the reviewing air marshals consulted any third party before coming to their conclusions. [191633]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 15 October 2004]: Legal advice was provided for the benefit of the reviewing officers. In giving evidence to the House of Lords' Select Committee on 27 September 2001, Sir John Day referred to this advice [House of Lords Session 2000–2001, Select Committee on Chinook ZD576, HL Paper 25(i), page 120 para 282 A].

Medical Discharges

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been medically discharged from each of the three Services since 2002; and if he will make a statement. [183345]

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Mr. Caplin: The numbers of medical discharges from the armed forces (both trained and untrained UK regular personnel) are given in the following tables (all figures have been rounded to the nearest 10):
Naval Service

Financial Year


Financial Year


Financial Year

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he will answer the question, reference 146166, tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South on 29 December 2003, on accommodation for junior ranks of the Services; [160911]

(2) when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South, reference 160911, tabled on 9 March 2004; [173351]

(3) when he expects to reply to (a) question 146166, tabled on 29 December 2003 and (b) the pursuant questions (i) 160911, tabled on 10 March and (ii) 173351 tabled on 11 May; and what the reasons are for the delay in replying. [182346]

Mr. Caplin: I replied to the hon. Member on 22 July 2004, Official Report, column 524W. The delay in responding was due to difficulties in confirming figures.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will answer the question of 5 May 2004, from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South, on ship-borne surface-to-surface missiles, ref 171863. [187046]

Mr. Ingram: I replied to the hon. Member on 8 September 2004, Official Report, column 1302W.



Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment was made, as part of the Government's recent efforts to promote boxing as a
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sport among young people, of the cumulative health effects of repeated blows to the head suffered by boxers; and what her Department's policy is on reducing injuries and deaths among boxers. [190752]

Mr. Caborn: Boxing's governing bodies, under the guidance of Sport England, are required continuously to research and implement new safety measures. In amateur boxing, such measures have included the reduction in the duration of rounds of boxing from 3 to 2 minutes, a reduction in the weight categories from 3 kgs to 2 kgs for Junior Competition (Under 15) and an increase in the size of competition gloves from 8oz to 10oz. Amateur Boxing is also the only sport which requires and provides a comprehensive and updated medical history card for every participant which is completed by a doctor every time a competitor participates.

The introduction of these safety factors throughout the UK has seen a marked reduction in the number of bouts stopped by a referee. Evidence of this can be gained from the recent Olympic Games in Athens where out of 276 bouts contested, only one was stopped and this involved Great Britain's Amir Khan.

The Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAofE) recommended the introduction of the "Kid Gloves" programme (a non-contact form of boxing). The programme offers a disciplined and controlled environment where young people can learn to box in a drug and alcohol free environment.

British Museum

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds her Department made available to the British Museum in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04. [192347]

Estelle Morris: In 1996–97, grant in aid allocated by DCMS to the British Museum was £33,196,000. In 2003–04 the allocation was £37,669,000.

Funds are also available to DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries through specific project funding streams. In 2003–04 the British Museum was allocated three such awards: £400,000 from the DCMS/Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund; £115,000 of strategic commissioning funding to promote partnerships with regional museums; and £50,000 towards the Africa Project (the first part of a three year programme of funding for this project).


Mr. Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the contracts awarded by her Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of the consulting company, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the purpose for which the contract was awarded; and if she will make a statement. [191741]

Mr. Caborn: Details of consultancy contracts from 1999 onwards are as follows.
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Start date
Value of contract (£)
Industry Adviser to Design PartnersChristine Losecaat200320,000
Fitness For Purpose ConsultantHealth Food and Safety Solutions200316,000
Capital of Culture—Final SiftKingshurst Consulting Group200316,875
Capital of Culture—Destination Marketing ConsultantTom Buncle20036,000
Assessment of Costs and Benefits—London Olympic Bid 2012PricewaterhouseCoopers200338,000
Review of Heritage Protection LegislationGillian Ashmore200350,000
Project to Professionalise DCMS's Process for Making Public AppointmentsOdgers, Ray and Berndtson200320,000
Legal Work—Sale of the Horserace Totalisator BoardLinklaters2003150,000
Consultancy Services—Tourist Data ProjectDenis Allnutt200315,750
Remembrance Day ServicesInterserve FM200337,448
Consultancy Services—IPR in the Digital EnvironmentAnthony Lilley20035,000
Independent Review of BBC OnlinePhilip Graf200380,000
Museum Partnership ProgrammeResearch Centre for Museums and Galleries2003155,136
360 Degree FeedbackAsk Europe PLC2003130,070
Consultancy Services—Organisation of Reform and Modernisation SeminarShared Intelligence20046,565
Role and Contribution of Culture to Regeneration in UKLondon Metropolitan University200419,000
Tourism Satellite AccountWelsh Economy Research Unit, Cardiff Business School200463,850
Tourism Productivity StudyUniversity of Nottingham200445,547
Independent Review of BBC Online: Economic AdviserEurope Economics200418,000
Independent Review of BBC Online: Media AdviserSpectrum Strategy Consultants2004205,000
Scoping Survey of Culture and Sport in the UKBMRB200443,267
S4C Review—Translation Servicesprysg Translation Services20045,000
Children—Museums Education StrategyMorris Hargreaves Mclntyre200412,000
BBC Charter Review: Independent AdviserTerry Burns200418,000
Capital of Culture consultantsKingshurst Consulting Group200230,480
Independent Review of BBC News 24Richard Lambert200230,000
Adviser—European Capital of CultureRobert Palmer200230,000
E-Commerce Impact Study on TourismPricewaterhouseCoopers200243,750
Industry Export Groups: Industry AdviserTim Gardom Associates20028,700
Review of BBC News 24 Opinion SurveyMarket and Opinion Research International (MORI)200214,700
Come into CoachingSue Burgess Consultancy20029,000
Touchstone Change Management ConsultantStanton Marris200285,000
Financial Advisor—Apethorpe HallAtkins Management Consultants200217,290
Cultural Facilities RegisterExperian Bus Strategies/BOP200242,400
Lottery Grants Pilot StudyDTZ Pieda200115.345
COL—Digital ServicesSRU Limited200120,000
Protecting the future of DCMS/CITF sectors of the economyBusiness Strategies Ltd.200118,000
Staff SurveyORC International200112,000
BBC Fair tradingR Whish20016,345
COL Digital services Phase IISRU Limited200117,500
QUEST Research ProgrammeMORI200164,500
Listed Places of Worship (LPW)Liberata20011 ,300,000
Internal Audit resourcesAHL Limited200170,000
Commonwealth Games reviewPricewaterhouseCoopers200158,500
COL formation legal advisersWithers20017,500
Consultancy support to horse race levy schemeOrganisation Consulting Partnership200140,000
Consultancy support to a staff attitude surveyORC International200013,130
Transparency of BBC's financial reportingPannel Kerr Forster200027,300
Efficiency Review of Government Sponsored Museums and GalleriesDeloitte and Touche199927,500
Consultancy: Advice on Risk Management Systems for DCMSKPMG199911,836
Attitude Survey Research in Support of the BBC Funding ReviewMori199915,660
Consultancy to study the BBC's financial projections and expenditure plans.PKF199918,000
Royal Armouries ConsultancyPricewaterhouseCoopers199921,500
Consultancy Service to Investigate E-Commerce Best Practice in the Cultural SectorsSpectrum199926,790
Quest—Business Risk Management Strategies—ConsultancyPWC199924,220

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