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Broadcasting

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what plans he has to reform cross media ownership rules; and if he will make a statement; [141533]

Mr. Chris Smith: The Government's plans for the future framework for and regulation of broadcasting and telecommunications will be considered in a Communications White Paper, which I expect to be published tomorrow.

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British Sports Trust

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the future funding of the British Sports Trust. [141413]

Mr. Chris Smith: The British Sports Trust has made an application for funding to Sport England which is currently under consideration. I understand that discussions between officials of Sport England and the Trust will be taking place soon.

Olympic Games

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the Government's support for a bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, indicating where the opening and closing ceremonies would be held. [141421]

Mr. Chris Smith: The Government are committed to supporting a viable bid for the Olympic Games, but the British Olympic Association has primary responsibility for UK bids and has not yet taken a decision on whether to bid for 2012. The BOA has decided that a London-based bid would have the best chance of success and are due to report their conclusions of extensive studies on the viability of a bid to my Department by the end of the year. The location of opening and closing ceremonies will be a matter for the organising committee of any bid.

National Lottery Licence

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the award of the next licence to run the National Lottery. [141412]

Mr. Chris Smith: The award of the next National Lottery operating licence is a matter for the National Lottery Commission. The commission will make its decision on the criteria set out in section 4 of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 (as amended): ensuring that the National Lottery, and every lottery that forms part of it, is operated with all due propriety; ensuring that the interests of every participant in a lottery that forms part of the National Lottery are protected; and, subject to satisfying those two criteria, maximising the net proceeds of the Lottery for good causes.

I understand that the Commission hopes to announce the outcome of the bidding process for the next licence later this month.

English Heritage

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to enable English Heritage to undertake projects on behalf of overseas clients. [141537]

Mr. Chris Smith: The Government are seeking the earliest suitable legislative opportunity to give English Heritage powers to enable them to undertake projects on behalf of overseas clients. This will enable EH to generate additional income and may well create export opportunities for other suppliers and contractors in the heritage field.

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World Athletics Championships

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on England's bid to host the 2005 World Athletics Championships. [141422]

Mr. Chris Smith: In April this year, the International Amateur Athletics Association (IAAF) announced that the London bid for the 2005 World Athletics Championships had been successful. UK Athletics and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority are working closely with Sport England and the London Borough of Enfield to develop the new National Athletics Stadium in Edmonton, North London, which will be the venue for the 2005 World Championships.

Official Publications

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list his Department's spending on official publications for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01 and the planned expenditure for 2001-02. [141443]

Mr. Chris Smith: The Department's spending on official publications for the period 1996-97 to 2000-01 is as set out. This excludes the cost of publications produced only for internal use. Where the Department makes use of a private sector publisher the publishing and printing costs are generally met by the publisher as part of their acceptance of the risks of publication. Estimates for 2001-02 are not yet available.

Year£
1996-97501,366
1997-98338,761
1998-99288,100
1999-2000448,238
2000-01(4)345,000

(4) Forecast outturn


Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997 and the total cost to the Department of each publication. [141466]

Mr. Chris Smith: The new publications issued by my Department since 1997 are as listed. Information on the cost of each document could be supplied only at disproportionate cost. I have however provided the hon. Member with overall yearly figures in answer to another question he has tabled. These figures show that we have achieved substantial savings over the sums spent in the last year of the previous Government.










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