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Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

Richard Ottaway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the criteria for appointment to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment are; and what guidelines have been drawn up to prevent conflicts of interest. [206081]

Mr. Caborn: The criteria for each appointment to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) depend on the particular role specification for each vacancy. To ensure that CABE is a credible organisation, it needs to include representatives in a number of fields including design, landscape architecture, architecture and property. Vacancies on the Board of CABE are publicised, as a minimum, on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) website and the Cabinet Office website. The application pack includes a copy of the role and person specification for the post and DCMS's guidance 'Probity and Conflicts of Interest—a guide for candidates'.

Following an independent audit of CABE and DCMS's own review of public appointments processes earlier this year, procedures for identifying, declaring and disposing of or managing interests so that actual or perceived conflicts are avoided were strengthened.

All shortlisted candidates are asked about potential conflicts of interest during the interview. Prior to appointment, detailed discussions with the successful candidate take place and an exchange of letters, documents, any agreed arrangements. Before re-appointment, the register of interests is reviewed and updated.

In the case of serving Commissioners, advisers and staff, CABE has its own guidance note on 'Managing Conflicts of Interest'.

Departmental Credit Cards

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by her Department. [206444]

Mr. Caborn: My Department holds 43 credit cards to be used for official expenditure.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence. [206480]


 
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Mr. Caborn: The following table shows departmental expenditure by Ministers and civil servants on UK travel and subsistence. An analysis by type of expenditure is not recorded on the Department's accounting system and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

All official travel complied with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers and the Civil Service Management Code, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.
Financial yearUK T&S (£)
2004–05(5507180007)368,139.99
2003–04596,563.42
2002–03633,040.59
2001–02582,966.53
2000–01536,366.30
1999–2000502,258.11
1998–99429,482.14
1997–98373,363.70


(5507180007) To 16 December 2004.


Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Department spent on first-class travel in each year since 1997. [206565]

Mr. Caborn: An analysis of expenditure on first class travel is not recorded on the Department's accounting system and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

All official travel complied with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers and the Civil Service Management Code, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.

Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis. Information for the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2004 is available in the Library of the House. Information for the financial year 2004–05 will be published as soon as possible at the end of the current financial year.

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sporthow many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by her Department in each year since 1997; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b) internal travel, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence were of each trip. [206649]

Mr. Caborn: The following table shows departmental expenditure by Ministers and civil servants on overseas travel and subsistence. An analysis by type of expenditure is not recorded on the Department's accounting system and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

All official travel complied with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers and the Civil Service Management Code, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.

Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis. Information for the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2004 is available in the Library of the House. Information for the financial year 2004–05 will be published as soon as possible at the end of the current financial year.
 
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Financial yearOverseas (£)
2004–05(5507180008)220,177.12
2003–04337,094.77
2002–03243,596.37
2001–02167,626.85
2000–01275,649.23
1999–2000253,171.21
1998–99213,801.36
1997–98209,200.71


(5507180008) To 16 December 2004


Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the running costs of the Department were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) electricity, (b) water, (c) gas, (d) telephones, (e) mobile telephones and (f) televisions. [206668]

Mr. Caborn: Details of expenditure are not held at that level for the years prior to 2000. The periods recorded are financial years.
Running Costs
£000

ElectricityWaterGasTelephones(5507180009)Televisions
2000283,9313,10658,532357,000No Record
2001273,7503,06158,784260,00014,981
2002276,0193,10059,503302,00015,684
2003253,6162,69652,015236,00015,872


(5507180009) included in the cost of telephones


Departmental Properties

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many properties are held by the Department; what total floor space these properties provide; how many properties are vacant; and how much floor space vacant properties comprise. [206497]

Mr. Caborn: Four properties with a total net internal floor space of 10,557.94 sqare metres are held on leases. There are no vacant properties and no vacant floor space.

Documents

Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the past 12 months. [206749]

Mr. Caborn: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport's records management policy ensures that records are stored securely and held no longer than necessary as required by the Public Records Act. Where information is no longer required and is to be destroyed, shredders are used for the disposal of confidential material. There has been no change to this policy in the last 12 months.

Drug Taking in Sport

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the effect of Court of First Instance case T-313/02, as detailed in OJ C300 volume 47 of 4 December, on European Union measures against drug taking in sport. [207145]


 
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Mr. Caborn: Primary responsibility for anti-doping policy currently rests with sport and Governments at member state level. The Government welcomes the judgment of the Court of First Instance that the International Olympic Committee anti-doping measures do not pursue any economic objective and are intended to preserve the spirit of fair play as well as the health of the athletes. This judgment reinforces the capacity of sport and national Governments to pursue an effective anti-doping policy.


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