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Cinema and Theatre Seat Sizes

Lord Lamont of Lerwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: No.

Tourism and the Euro

Lord Harrison asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: It is notoriously difficult to predict trends in visitor numbers and expenditure by tourists one year ahead, and we would be unwise to try to do so for the next decade. We are not able to forecast the possible effects of exchange rates on the tourism industry in or out of the euro zone in this way.

We are working hard, however, to ensure that tourism businesses in the UK are fully informed about the euro and the introduction of euro currency. My department chairs a working group which seeks to raise awareness of the impact of the euro on tourism businesses and to disseminate information to the industry.

DCMS Projects: Evaluation Criteria

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The principal criteria against which a project's success will be judged will be its impact on one or more of the following social exclusion risk factors: employability, vulnerability to crime (as victim or perpetrator), educational achievement, and health. The methodology of

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evaluation and monitoring will be developed by a researcher whom DCMS expects to appoint next month. DCMS will have initial findings from a sample of projects after 12 months and will also undertake some longer-term research. The research programme will continue to be discussed with an advisory group, and conclusions reached following the research programme will be published, including on the DCMS website, and shared with DCMS sponsored bodies, other departments, local authorities and the voluntary and private sectors.

Spoliation Advisory Panel

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which organisations they consulted regarding the establishment of the Spoliation Advisory Panel with regard both to its remit and to its composition.[HL1356]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Consultation on the membership of the panel is taking place in accordance with government appointments procedures. The views of a range of organisations are being taken into account both on membership and on preparation of the draft Terms of Reference. To date, these include:

    DCMS Public Appointments Unit

    Northern Ireland Office

    The Scottish Executive

    The Welsh Office

    H M Treasury

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    The Lord Chancellor's Department

    The Board of Deputies of British Jews

    The Holocaust Educational Trust

    The Institute for Jewish Policy Research

    The Commission on Looted Art in Europe

    The Museums and Galleries Commission

    The National Museums Directors' Conference (NMDC)

    The NMDC Spoliation Advisory Committee

    The Enemy Property Compensation Advisory Panel

The draft terms of reference were published on 17 February, with a general invitation to all interested parties to comment within one month.

Museums: National Lottery Applications

Lord Freyberg asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which national museums are applying, or are proposing to apply, for National Lottery grants and how much is being applied for in each case.[HL1011]

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey:

Museums applying for lottery grants (since December 1999) Amount applied for
National Museum of Science and Industry£4.57 million
Royal Air Force Museum£4.56 million
Museums proposing to apply for lottery grants
Imperial War Museum£8 million
Natural History Museum£371,000

Museums: VAT on National Lottery Grants

Lord Freyberg asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which national museums have reclaimed VAT on moneys received from the National Lottery, and in each case how much VAT has been reclaimed; and how much VAT those national museums with projects currently under way will be entitled to reclaim; and[HL1010]

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    How much money non-charging national museums have received from the National Lottery; and, if they had been able to reclaim the VAT from their respective Lottery grants, how much each non-charging museum would have been entitled to receive, and how much VAT they would have been entitled to reclaim from current ongoing projects.[HL1012]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: It is not possible to give figures for VAT recoverable on moneys received from the National Lottery, but only on the total project costs. In certain cases, this can only be an estimate, because VAT is subject to negotiation. The Heritage Lottery Fund can only grant 75 per cent. of the total project costs and the VAT may be included in the grant request

Non-charging national museums are entitled to reclaim VAT in respect of some of the costs incurred on capital and revenue projects. The table below gives the amount of VAT national museums and galleries have so far reclaimed and expect to reclaim on capital projects.

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Table 1: Charging National Museums and Galleries

Grants for projects1VAT recovered to date from project costsEstimate of future VAT recovery from project costs
National Museum of Science and Industry£31,069,000£4,011,370£1,619,415
Natural History Museum£6,000,000£1,050,000£0
Victoria and Albert Museum£16,000,000£1,225,000£3,744,000
Imperial War Museum£19,124,000£4,000,000£5,000,000
National Maritime Museum£12,500,000£2,187,500£0
National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside£24,000,000£1,300,000£4,294,000

Table 2: Non-charging National Museums and Galleries

Grants for projects1VAT recovered to date from project costsEstimate of future VAT recovery from project costs
British Museum£45,700,000£8,700,000
National Gallery2£0£0£0
National Portrait Gallery£11,900,000£308,424unknown

1 Acquisitions and revenue grants (for example the Museum and Galleries Access Fund) are not included.

2 National Gallery has received £21,418,000 from the lottery for acquisitions and touring exhibitions. No VAT was recoverable on the acquisition, but £15,000 is recoverable on touring exhibitions.

3 The Tate has lottery awards from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Millennium Fund for capital projects to Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool.

Since, in the case of non-charging national Museums and Galleries, final VAT recovery on projects is not yet settled, the difference between that figure and notional full recovery cannot be estimated at present.

The National Army Museum has not received any money from the National Lottery. The Royal Air Force Museum has, but the information is not kept in the form requested.

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Vehicles Used for Crime: Forfeiture

Lord Hardy of Wath asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they consider that, where use of a motor vehicle has been necessary in order to assist or

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    enable a crime to be committed, the courts should be able and encouraged to order that such a vehicle should be confiscated.[HL1561]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): Under Section 43 of the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 1973, courts are empowered to make an order of forfeiture of property (including a motor vehicle). This power is available where the court is satisfied that the property has been used for committing or facilitating the commission of an offence or that it was intended to be so used. Exercise of this power is entirely at the discretion of the court in the light of the circumstances of the offence and the offender.

The power is available for certain motoring offences (broadly those which are punishable by

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imprisonment). These include dangerous driving, driving or attempting to drive when unfit to drive through drink or drugs, driving whilst disqualified and the "causing death" offences.

The Home Office is conducting a review of penalties for road traffic offences, in conjunction with the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions. This will include consideration of when the power of forfeiture should be available to the courts in road traffic offences.

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