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Redundancy Regulations

Mr. Woolas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration he has given under the provisions of the Redundancy Payments Regulations 1965 to advice from the Government Actuaries Department in the case of Robert Fletchers (Greenfield) v. Peter Blakeman. [118892]

Mr. Alan Johnson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has considered whether or not the Melton Medes (Fletchers) Fund meets the requirements of Regulation 3 of the Redundancy Payments Pensions Regulations 1965 and, having had regard to advice from the Government Actuary's Department, is satisfied that it does.

Export Credit Guarantees (Zimbabwe)

Mrs. Browning: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the ECGD funding for contracts relating to Zimbabwe since May 1997. [118750]

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Mr. Byers [holding answer 11 April 2000]: ECGD provides unconditional repayment guarantees for the provision of export finance made available by commercial banks. Since May 1997, ECGD has guaranteed the following contracts:

£ million
ContractsValue
Mobile Phone System15
Refurbishment of Bulawayo Power Station6
Sawmill3
Land Rovers24
Mobile telecommunications equipment6

Prototype Fast Reactor Fuels

Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Wigan (Mr. Turner) of 6 April 2000, Official Report, column 534W, on PFR fuels, if he will publish a list of those whom he considers to have an interest and are being consulted. [118809]

Mrs. Liddell: The groups of organisations and individuals listed have already been sent copies of the consultation paper on options for managing the fuels from Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (issued 6 April). As the list shows, we recognise that a wide range of people will have an interest in this consultation, particularly in the Dounreay areas. We are interested in all informed responses on the issue; the consultation paper is available on the DTI's web site at: www.dti.gov.uk/energy/pfrfuel and further paper copies can be obtained from the Department of Trade and Industry, Bay 114, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET











Mr. Maclennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Wigan (Mr. Turner) of 6 April 2000, Official Report, column 534W, on PFR fuels, what criteria are applied to determine who has an interest in the options for managing the prototype fast reactor fuels at Dounreay. [118808]

Mrs. Liddell: We recognise that a wide range of people will have an interest in this issue--particularly, but not exclusively, those in the Dounreay area--and the consultation on the options for managing Dounreay's PFR fuels is open to all. A wide range of people have already been sent the consultation paper; the documents are presented on the DTI's website and further paper copies are available from the Department. We are also seeking the views of all relevant advisory bodies on this issue.

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CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Digital Broadcasting

Mr. Livsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of repeater stations will be digitalised; and where they will be located. [118615]

Janet Anderson: The current digital terrestrial television (DTT) transmission plan comprises 81 transmitter sites of which 30 are relay stations. Details of these stations have already been placed on CD-ROM in the Libraries of both Houses. No decisions have been taken as to the number or location of any additional relays to be incorporated into the DTT transmission plan.

Mr. Livsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provisions will be made for television viewers in the non-digitalised catchment areas when the analogue system is phased out. [118616]

Janet Anderson: Before analogue switch-over takes place, all viewers who currently receive the main free to air channels must be able to receive these channels digitally. We will be looking carefully at all the options for delivering digital services to the home to ensure that this condition is met.

Mr. Livsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the analogue switch-off will be permitted. [118617]

Janet Anderson: The analogue signal will be fully switched to digital when the three tests which the Government have set--relating to availability, affordability and take-up--have been met. Under the availability test, all viewers who can receive analogue television now (99.4 per cent.) must be able to receive the main free-to-air channels digitally; under the take-up test, 95 per cent. of consumers must have a digital receiver in the home; and under the affordability test the switch to digital must be within reach of people on low or fixed incomes. The Government expect the tests to be met between 2006 and 2010.

National Athletics Stadium

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost of developing an athletics facility to host the 2005 World Athletics Championships at Picketts Lock, Enfield. [118116]

Kate Hoey [holding answer 10 April 2000]: My Department has made no estimate of such costs. UK Athletics and Sport England have submitted a range of costs for differing proposals for constructing a stadium and are now discussing the optimum solution for the Picketts Lock site.

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what proportion of the estimated cost of the development of the national athletics stadium at Picketts Lock he expects to come from public funds; [118417]

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Kate Hoey [holding answer 10 April 2000]: The extent of public funding or support for any stadium at Picketts Lock has yet to be determined as UK Athletics have yet to develop a detailed proposal for the site.

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if it is his policy that all seats at the national athletics stadium at Picketts Lock should have a minimum width of 500 mm and a minimum seating row depth of 760 mm; and if he will make a statement; [118423]

Kate Hoey [holding answer 10 April 2000]: UK Athletics is to be congratulated on securing the 2005 World Athletics Championships for London following its selection of Picketts Lock as its preferred stadium site. UK Athletics is now starting the process of drawing up detailed proposals for developing the site. The design of the stadium, its cost, funding and long term usage are matters for UK Athletics to determine in consultation, as necessary, with Sport England.

Trafalgar Square

Mr. Fearn: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will make the decision on a permanent work for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. [118035]

Mr. Chris Smith: The advisory panel set up under the Chairmanship of Sir John Mortimer to consider the future of the vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square is due to inform me of its recommendations in May, and I intend to publish their report as soon as possible after I have received it.

Mr. Fearn: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Sir John Mortimer and his Committee on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. [118034]

Mr. Chris Smith: I joined Sir John Mortimer and some members of his advisory group at their inaugural meeting in June 1999. I have had no further discussions with the group about the fourth plinth. I recently met Sir John Mortimer informally on 7 April to discuss progress and I expect to be informed of the group's recommendations in May.


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