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Project Aquatrine: Preferred Bidder

Baroness Nicol asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: NEVIS Water has today been announced as the preferred bidder for the third and final contract for Project Aquatrine which will provide water and wastewater services to MoD sites within Scotland.

Project Aquatrine is one of the Government's leading and most significant public/private partnership (PPP) projects and will transfer the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the department's water and wastewater assets and infrastructure throughout Great Britain to private sector providers. This project will enable the transfer of environmental risk to those in the private sector

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who are best placed to manage it. This 25-year contact will enable the MoD to exit a non-core activity and concentrate its efforts on delivering military capability.

This contract is expected to go live in November 2004 following a pre-commencement period.

This announcement follows the appointment of BREY Utilities for Package A in April 2003, which went live on 1 December 2003 and the appointment of C2C, on 12 November 2003, as preferred bidder for Package C.

Universities: Media Studies Enrolments

Lord Baker of Dorking asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many universities provide courses in media studies, and how many students are taking courses in that subject.[HL139]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The latest available data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), show that 54 universities, and 17 HE institutions provided media studies courses in 2001–02. The number of students on these courses is shown in the table.

Numbers of enrolments(1) on media studies(2) courses by type of institution and level of study
Institutions in the UK: 2001–02

Student Enrolments 2001–02
Institution TypePostgraduateUndergraduateTotal
Other HEIs2633,3643,627
Media Studies as per cent of all enrolments0.4 per cent1.0 per cent0.9 per cent

(1) Based on a census count of students as at 1 December.

(2) Includes courses where the main subject was Media Studies, but excludes courses in other subjects which have subsidiary components or modules in Media Studies.

Higher Education: Student Numbers

Lord Barnett asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the current number of students in universities and colleges of higher education in England and Wales.[HL234]

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The latest available information is shown in the table. Since 1996–97, enrolments in English and Welsh HE institutions have increased by 12 per cent.

HE student enrolments(1) at English and Welsh HE institutions, 2001–02

English InstitutionsWelsh Institutions


Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

(1) Figures cover students from the UK and overseas enrolled on postgraduate or undergraduate level courses.

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Schools: ICT

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What educational research they have conducted into the relationship between pupil achievement and computer use.[HL262]

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The ImpaCT2 research, published in October 2002, indicated that in some subjects ICT can raise standards by the equivalent of half a grade at GCSE or an additional term's progress at key stages 2 and 3.

Analyses of Ofsted data and national examination and test scores suggest that schools with good ICT learning opportunities deliver higher standards, regardless of the socio-economic context of the school.

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What, for the most recent financial year for which figures are available, was the annual budget for information technology in schools as compared with the budget for more traditional learning resources, such as books.[HL263]

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The Department for Education and Skills does not routinely set or collect data on school budgets for traditional learning resources, such as books. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Schools Survey 2003 reports that schools in England recorded a total expenditure of £439 million on ICT in 2002–03.

Olympic Games 2012: London Bid and Transport System

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they are concerned that the current serious difficulties on the London Underground system may damage the bid for London to hold the 2012 summer Olympic Games.[HL213]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey): Transport is critical to a successful Olympic Games and one of the key criteria by which the IOC evaluates bid cities. We are confident that London's transport system—including London Underground—is more than up to the task.

The Olympic Transport Strategy team, based in Transport for London (TfL), is drawing up the transport plan for a London Olympics. This will seek to make the best use of London's transport infrastructure—one of the most extensive networks of urban public transport in the world—to provide safe, secure and reliable transport during the Games. Stratford is particularly well served, with seven rail lines running through the Olympic Zone. This will work in our favour. Moreover, extensive

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improvements are already planned for the London transport system, including the London Underground PPP, which will deliver on average over £1 billion of investment every year for the next 15 years. ra

Capital Modernisation Programme

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish details of the Capital Modernisation Fund Programme; and[HL281]

    Which governing bodies of sport have been selected for the Capital Modernisation Programme; and what were the criteria employed in their selection.[HL283]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The allocation of funds from the Capital Modernisation Fund to support amateur sports clubs was announced by my right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in November 2002. The governing bodies which are included in the resulting Community Club Development Programme were announced in May 2003, as follows: the Rugby Football Union, the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, and the Lawn Tennis Association have been allocated £9.4 million each over the period 2003–04 to 2005–06.

The following governing bodies have been allocated £20 million between them over these three years:

    the Badminton Association of England,

    England Basketball,

    the British Canoe Union,

    British Cycling,

    British Gymnastics,

    the English Hockey Federation,

    the British Judo Association,

    the All England Netball Association,

    the Amateur Rowing Association,

    the Rugby Football League,

    the Amateur Swimming Association, and

    the English Table Tennis Association.

These allocations are subject to the amounts of governing bodies' bids to utilise funds from the programme, and on the acceptance of their bids to do so.

The above governing bodies were selected on the basis of numbers of affiliated clubs, and ability to deliver rapid progress in line with the strategic objectives of the programme.

Of the £60 million allocated to the programme, £20 million (being the allocation for 2003–04) is from the Capital Modernisation Fund. The allocation of £40 million over 2004–05 and 2005–06 will come from other Exchequer sources.

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Crystal Palace Stadium and Sports Centre

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In view of the briefing given by a Sport England client manager to staff at Crystal Palace on 8 December that the decommissioning of the site could start on 23 February 2004, what are the Government's intentions regarding the future of Crystal Palace as a centre of sporting excellence.[HL328]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Sport England's lease for the stadium and sports centre at Crystal Palace ends on 31 March 2004 when it will revert to the London Borough of Bromley. Urgent discussions are taking place between Bromley, the Greater London Authority and Sport England to secure a long-term future for the site and to ensure that in the short term Crystal Palace is able to host Grand Prix athletics.

Sports Boards: Appointments

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What appointments have been made to the Sports Boards in England since their formation.[HL330]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Regional Sport Board Chairs who have been appointed by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport are listed in the table. Lord Warner of Brockley was appointed as chair of the London Regional Sports Board in December 2002 but stepped down in June 2003 on his appointment as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Richard Sumray is the acting chair of the London Regional Sports Board.

Regional Sport Board Chairs

EastSir Robin Miller
East MidlandsLeonard Jackson
South EastMary McAnally
South WestGed Roddy
LondonRichard Sumray (acting)
North EastTim Cantle Jones
North WestAndy Worthington
YorkshirePeter Price
West Midlandsappointment of chair outstanding

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