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Television Licences (Northern Ireland)

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many current television licence fees have been paid in each postcode area in Northern Ireland. [3510]

James Purnell: The BBC has responsibility for the administration of the television licensing system and the maintenance of television licence records. I have therefore asked the BBC's Head of Revenue Management to consider the question raised by the hon. Member and to write to her direct, placing a copy of the reply in the Library of the House.

Tourism Statistics

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent collating statistical information relating specifically to tourism in each year since 2000, broken down by region. [3894]

James Purnell: Five main surveys are used to assess the volume, value and nature of tourism for the UK, its countries and the regions of England.

The contract costs for these surveys since 2000 are shown in the table along with the expenditure on the UK Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) First Steps Project and English Regions TSA report.

Survey expenditure
International Passenger Survey(1)3,3903,5903,6103,5804,080(2)4,100
UK Tourism Survey625625630650665810
Leisure Day Visits450
UK Occupancy Survey200200215215220205
Survey of Visits to Visitor Attractions656565454545
Tourism Satellite Account expenditure
UK TSA First Steps Project80
English Regions TSA Project45

(1)Data from the IPS also provide key statistics for areas other than tourism—such as migration and balance of payments
(2)Estimated expenditure

The surveys all provide data at both national and regional levels, so results are to the equal benefit of all English regions.

Only survey contract costs have been provided, so human resource and other data collection costs have been excluded. For example, other data are collected by regional authorities in support of their tourism promotion objectives, though the amount spent is not held centrally.

All expenditure has been rounded to the nearest £5,000.
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Mr. Pope: To ask the Leader of the House how many officials currently in his Office received honours in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List; and at what rank of honour. [5115]

Mr. Hoon: None.

Race Relations (Amendment) Act

Keith Vaz: To ask the Leader of the House how many and what percentage of staff in his Office have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, broken down by (a) ethnicity and (b) grade. [3551]

Nigel Griffiths: The Office of the Leader comes within the administrative responsibility of the Privy Council Office. No specific training has taken place on the duties of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 but in line with the Privy Council Office Race Equality Scheme the need to eliminate discrimination and promote equality is built into PCO recruitment, training and performance management processes.

The Privy Council Office is committed to equality of access to development opportunities and its Management Board have signed a Statement of Principle to that effect. The Privy Council Office also includes questions on harassment and discrimination in its staff attitude survey and will be launching a programme of awareness sessions for staff later this year.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Leader of the House what arrangements are in place to ensure that bodies within the responsibility of his Office comply with the requirements of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. [3552]

Nigel Griffiths: The Office of the Leader is not responsible for any bodies or organisations.


Acts of Parliament (Internet Access)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to make all Acts of Parliament published before 1988 for which his Department is responsible available online. [3723]

Ms Buck: The Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) within the Cabinet Office is the Queen's Printer of Acts of Parliament, and responsible for the publication of Acts of Parliament. HMSO have considered the publication of Acts prior to 1988, which is the earliest date when these were available electronically, but have decided not to do so as many have been heavily amended and to publish them in their original form would be misleading for many users. The Government are, however, taking forward development of a Statute Law Database which will contain the fully revised and updated text of all legislation from 1275. It is expected that this will be made available to the general public during 2006.
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The DFT Publication Scheme, published in November 2002, specifies the categories of information that the Department and its agencies publish at the moment and will publish in the future and explains how to obtain that information (which may be available directly through the DFT or elsewhere). Acts of Parliament and explanatory notes are not published on the DFT site.

Air Transport (Pollution)

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to reduce aircraft stacking times over London; [4564]

(2) what the average daily composite time spent by planes destined for (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick held in stacking over London is; and what daily level of greenhouse gas emissions he estimates are attributable to this practice. [4565]

Ms Buck [holding answer 14 June 2005]: The operation of air traffic control stacking procedures is a matter for National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the air navigation services provider. NATS' service performance, including reductions in delays, is incentivised by independent economic regulation by the Civil Aviation Authority, subject always to overriding safety considerations.

Aircraft are held in stacks when demand dictates, or when they are affected by weather or other factors, and their rate of arrival would otherwise exceed the capacity of the airport to receive them.

The Future of Air Transport White Paper noted that future growth would require a structured programme for the redesign of UK airspace, taking into account safety and environmental considerations. As part of that, we look to NATS to operate and develop air traffic control efficiently, consistently with their overall objectives, and in particular to seek to minimise stack holding as far as possible, to reduce fuel burn and emissions.

Estimates of daily levels of greenhouse gas emissions attributable to stack-holding are not available.


Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much private sector investment is expected to be made in Crossrail. [3966]

Derek Twigg: The Government are working with Transport for London on the options for funding Crossrail. It will bring forward funding proposals, including on the level of investment expected from the private sector, during the passage of the Bill.

Heathrow Airport

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when London Heathrow terminal five is expected to be operational; and if he will make a statement. [4615]

Ms Buck: BAA have announced that they expect phase one of Heathrow terminal five to be operational in March 2008, with phase two due to open in spring 2011.
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Hydrocarbons Consumption (International Aviation)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of forecast consumption of hydrocarbons by international aviation for (a) 2005, (b) 2010, (c) 2015, (d) 2020, (e) 2025 and (f) 2030; and how much carbon will be emitted as a result in each case. [5027]

Ms Buck: The table gives the Government's estimates for the forecasted amounts of emissions due to international civil aviation in the UK. More detail on the assumptions underpinning these estimates is available from Aviation and Global Warming, published by the Department for Transport in January 2004.

The following figures relate to international aviation estimates for each decade (i.e. 2010, 2020, 2030) with interpolated figures being provided in brackets for the years that fall between the published figures. The values for fuel and CO 2 have been reckoned assuming that one tonne of carbon corresponds to 3.67 tonnes of CO 2 and that one tonne of fuel is equivalent to 3.15 tonnes of CO 2 .
Carbon emitted (Mt)CO 2 emitted (Mt)Fuel (Mt)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the consumption of hydrocarbons
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within the air transport sector in England was in each five year period since 1990. [5028]

Ms Buck: The information is not available in the form requested. The following table sets out the amount of aviation turbine fuel and aviation spirit uplifted in the UK. This covers domestic and international airlines, aircraft industry own use, private and business flying and armed services.
Fuel used (million tonnes)

(3)Four years only—2004 available in July.

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