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Sport: National Sports Centres

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The current valuations are:

National CentreValuation £ millions2006-07 Net Running Cost £ millions




Bisham Abbey



Holme Pierrepont



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.

Sport: Public Relations

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

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Sudan: Mobile Helipad Exports

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Sudan: Oil Revenues

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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manager of the fund, the World Bank carries the responsibility for ensuring that donor contributions are safeguarded. All projects approved for funding are subject to World Bank fiduciary regulations and procedures and it is our view that these are applied rigorously.

Victims' Commissioner

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Attorney-General (Lord Goldsmith): Mr Justice Girvan referred certain matters to me, as Attorney-General for Northern Ireland and as,

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:

Further to the referral of papers to the Attorney-General by Girvan J and in the light of his judgments of 9 November and 20 November 2006:

to examine the concerns raised by the judge;to examine in particular the way in which the Government carried out their obligation of candour in the judicial review proceedings relating to the appointment of an interim Commissioner for Victims and Survivors; andto report to the Attorney-General with recommendations to prevent a recurrence of any shortcomings identified.

Water Supply: Abstraction

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): I refer the noble Baroness to the answer given on 27 November 2006, Official Report col. WA34.

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World War II: Conscripted Coal Miners

Lord Mason of Barnsley asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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and the Cabinet Office. We will make an announcement on the outcome of these deliberations in due course.

Lord Mason of Barnsley asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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