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What are the most recent market values and running costs incurred for each of the national sports centres at Lilleshall, Bisham and Holme Pierrepoint; and whether they have any plans to sell them. [HL197]
|National Centre||Valuation £ millions||2006-07 Net Running Cost £ millions|
|Freehold land and buildings were subject to a full valuation at 31 March 2006. The appropriate basis of valuation for Bisham Abbey and Lilleshall is the depreciated replacement cost (DCR). The DCR basis required an open market valuation of the land for its existing use and an estimate of the gross current replacement cost of the buildings and other site works from which deductions are then made to allow for age, condition and obsolescence.|
|There is not a valuation for Holme Pierrepont as Sport England does not own the freehold.|
Lord Davies of Oldham: UK Sport does not retain any external consultants to advise on public relations but has on limited occasions contracted on a one-off project basis for specific support or advice. In the current financial year it has contracted one specific project with Vero Communications between July and September 2006 at a total cost of £7,199.
Whether they have authorised the export to the Sudan of mobile helipads, made by Vaughan's of Leicester (Aerosystems) Ltd; if so, why, in view of the use of helicopters to attack civilians in Darfur, this export licence has been granted; and whether sanctions against Sudan have been contravened. [HL371]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Truscott): The goods in question are not covered by the UK military list or controlled otherwise by UK strategic export legislation. An export licence was not, therefore, required in this instance. As the goods are not caught by UK strategic export controls, they do not fall under the Sudan embargo.
On the basis of information made available to the Government by the exporter in question, I am satisfied that the helipads were not supplied to the Government of Sudan and are being used for humanitarian purposes.
What safeguards exist to ensure that international aid contributions and the south of Sudan's share of oil revenues are protected and spent only for proper purposes; whether a World Bank trust fund is in operation for these funds; and, if so, who is responsible for its expenditure. [HL238]
The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): Under the terms of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) is entitled to a 50 per cent share of revenues from oil production in southern Sudan. State governments in both northern and southern Sudan are also entitled to at least 2 per cent of revenues from oil produced in their state. An independent National Petroleum Commission, comprising representatives of the national Government, GOSS and oil-producing state governments, has been set up to monitor oil revenue-sharing arrangements. Oil production and revenue data are also made available to the public on a monthly basis.
Once oil revenues are transferred to GOSS or southern state governments, the funds are spent according to GOSS and state government financial regulations. These are being improved and strengthened with support from the international community. The World Bank manages a trust fund for southern Sudan to which donors (including the UK) have pledged a total of $103.9 million. The fund is in support of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and programming has been developed through consultation with the Government of Southern Sudan and a national needs assessment exercise. As
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Whether they will set up an independent inquiry in accordance with the recommendations by Mr Justice Girvan concerning the intervention by the Northern Ireland Office in the course of judicial review proceedings in Northern Ireland challenging the appointment of Bertha McDougal as Victims Commissioner. [HL227]
so that I may investigate concerns of his that arose during the conduct of judicial review proceedings in respect of the appointment of the interim Victims' Commissioner. I have concluded that that is best done by appointing an independent person to carry out a review and report to me. Mr Peter Scott QC has agreed to carry out the review and will report back to me. He will commence immediately. The terms of reference we have agreed are as follows:
Whether the Environment Agency's decision to remove online access to water abstraction is (a) necessary for national security; and (b) in accordance with the principles of the Aarhus Convention; and for how long it will be necessary to deny online access to this information. [HL393]
Which departments are involved in the consideration of some form of recognition for the conscripted coal miners who served in the mines during the Second World War; and when the report is expected. [HL228]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): To date, consultation on the possibility of some form of further recognition for the conscripted coal miners has involved the Department of Trade and Industry, the Home Office
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Lord Drayson: Discussions with the vice-president of the Bevin Boys Association and research by officials have revealed no register of conscripted coal miners who served in the mines during the Second World War. It is understood that much of the official information on the Bevin boys was destroyed in the 1950s.
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