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Written Answers

Friday 19 June 2009

Broadcasting: Digitalisation

Question

Asked by Lord Dykes

The Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting (Lord Carter of Barnes): We do not consider that incentives are necessary to accelerate switchover at present. Almost 90 per cent of UK households' primary TV sets are already digital. The analogue switch-off programme is progressing according to a detailed engineering plan, the duration of which is determined by technical and engineering considerations. Additional multiplexes could be created as spectrum is released by digital switchover, but this would be a commercial matter for anyone wishing to operate multiplexes.

EU: Accounts

Question

Asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has regularly given a positive statement of assurance on the reliability of the EC accounts. The UK Government are pleased that, for the first time, the ECA's report on the 2007 EC Budget gives an unqualified positive statement of assurance on these accounts.

It is disappointing that for the 14th year in succession the ECA was unable to give a positive opinion on the legality and regularity of the underlying transactions for the majority of EC Budget expenditure. Nevertheless, it is encouraging that the percentage of Budget expenditure that has been given a positive opinion has been increasing, currently 40 per cent, up from 35 per cent in 2005 and only 6 per cent in 2003.

Under the treaty the Commission proposes draft legislation for the single market in financial services which applies to the City and financial institutions across Europe.



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Sport: Swimming

Questions

Asked by Baroness Northover

The Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting (Lord Carter of Barnes): The ASA has recently revised the criteria for capital funding, contained in its publication referred to in the Question, and no longer includes this requirement.

Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Carter of Barnes: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has not made an assessment of the competitiveness and value-for-money of the swimming qualification market.

Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Carter of Barnes: All national governing bodies are required to govern their affairs properly as a condition of Sport England funding.

If it is evident that a national governing body has breached the conditions of Sport England's funding agreement, then depending on the nature and the severity of the breach, Sport England has the ability to suspend, terminate and/or clawback the whole or a proportion of the 09-13 funding award in accordance with the terms of its agreement with the NGB.

Earlier this year, Sport England provided guidance to national governing bodies on managing their capital funding, based on best practice developed over five years delivering the Community Club Development Programme.

Taxation: Income Tax

Question

Asked by Lord Laird



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The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given to him on 11 June (Official Report, House of Lords, col. WA 164).

Treasury: Payments

Question

Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The Treasury made the following payments in 2008-09.



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Organisation£'000Purpose

Clifford Chance

1

Custody of documents

Freshfields

41

Financial services issues related

Slaughter and May

22,150

Financial stability related

Allen & Overy

713

Financial stability related

Linklaters

225

Financial stability and other financial services related issues

The figures are provisional as they form part of the Treasury's Resource Account, which is subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General. The major part of the amount paid relates to advice given to the Treasury on financial stability. Under a number of agreements with financial institutions, certain fees are recoverable and the relevant sums listed do not therefore represent a net cost to the Treasury.


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