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Flooding

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many separate incidents of flooding were reported to his Department in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [149085]

Mr. Morley: I have been asked to reply.

There is no requirement for such reports to be made on a systematic basis. Flooding can result from many causes and range in severity from minor to major events. The flooding in Portsmouth in September 2000 resulted from exceptionally heavy rainfall and the breakdown of a sewage pumping station after being flooded. However, the extensive flooding in late 2000 resulted from an inability of watercourses to carry away floodwaters from saturated

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catchments following the wettest autumn on record. A full report on this flooding is being prepared by the Environment Agency.

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Olympic Bid

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place copies of (a) Sport England's report on the feasibility study of Pickett's Lock and (b) the British Olympic Association's report on the feasibility study on London as the centre of an Olympic bid for 2012 and 2016 in the Library. [147083]

Kate Hoey [holding answer 25 January 2001]: Copies of the summary of the Drivas Jones and Ernst and Young technical feasibility study on the Lee Valley stadium were placed in the Library of the House on 6 December 2000.

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The British Olympic Association has asked that its report to Ministers about a possible future bid for an Olympic Games in London be treated in confidence at this stage.

Millennium Dome

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of tickets issued for visits to the Millennium Dome were (a) free and (b) discounted. [147780]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 30 January 2001]: The New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) has advised that it will be publishing full visitor attendance numbers later in the year once the final accounts for the operational year and all the associated data have been audited. The following statistics have been provided at this stage but the right hon. Member will wish to note the caveats which have been set out in the footnotes to the table.

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2000Total free(15)Total discounted(16)Total sponsors from discounted(17)Full price tickets(18)Total attendance(19)
January 10,16450,66914,685305,586366,420
February 73,11556,8689,169439,555569,538
March 103,37260,2094,892392,727556,308
April 68,773112,35212,077398,208579,333
May 102,903157,38513,456241,916502,204
June 135,181165,46114,502239,625540,267
July123,077217,26715,575266,175606,519
August20,148263,52112,958267,547551,216
September109,372209,37413,285144,538463,284
October74,448424,52416,609158,652657,624
November54,446230,31216,28482,358387,117
December145,749371,61417,540219,681737,044

(15) Includes free school visits, carers for disabled people, sponsor ticket allocation, accompanying teachers on paying school visits, coach drivers, Greenwich residents, NMEC guests and VIPs.

(16) This reflects a range of promotions and offers which are normal for the visitor attraction business and which are factored into the company's business strategy. For example, the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) has run a number of offers and promotions with its sponsors for their customers and also ran a special ticket price for entry after 4 pm. Key promotions with M&S, Boots, Tesco and BT have been undertaken. The Tesco half price promotion was redeemed in October, BT was redeemed in November and December.

(17) Sponsor tickets were purchased and allocated per each individual sponsorship contract.

(18) This number is an approximation and as such should be used for review purposes only. There is insufficient accuracy for them to be regarded as audited or validated information.

(19) Total attendance does not take into account non-attendance by ticket purchasers. It represents visitor footfall via the admission system and not total tickets sold.

Note:

NMEC operated two different systems, one for Ticket Sales (Enta) and one for Admissions (ACS). The admissions system recorded total attendance, but did not show details of the attendance ie purchase source of admission or monetary value of admission. Consequently figures for Free and Discounted tickets are derived from the ticketing system, whereas total attendance is derived from the admission system.


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Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money IMG raised for the Millennium Dome project; and how much they were paid for their services to the Dome. [147779]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 30 January 2001]: The role of IMG as originally provided for in the contractual terms with the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) changed as NMEC's in-house Commercial team took on and delivered the task of raising sponsorship. IMG provided significant support to the in-house team but did not itself deliver sponsorship. In December 1998 NMEC and IMG mutually agreed to terminate the contract. NMEC paid IMG £2.8 million taking into account the contribution IMG had made to the sponsorship effort and the actual resource and time input from IMG.

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Mr. Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many donations were made to the Millennium Dome exhibition by mobile phone companies; and what the value of each was. [148526]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 5 February 2001]: The New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) did not receive any donations from mobile phone companies.

New Millennium Experience Company

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the New Millennium Experience Company owes to creditors. [147782]

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Janet Anderson [holding answer 30 January 2001]: As at 31 January 2001 the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) owed its creditors £2.1 million. NMEC is discharging these debts as they become due.

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date all the debts of the New Millennium Experience Company will be discharged. [147783]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 30 January 2001]: Debts are discharged as they become due. All debts will be discharged prior to the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) undergoing solvent liquidation. It is not possible at this stage to give a definitive date on which that will be achieved.

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if contracts worth in excess of £1 million were awarded by the New Millennium Experience Company to (a) Boots, (b) McDonalds, (c) BSkyB, (d) Tesco, (e) BAA, (f) BAE Systems, (g) British Airways, (h) Camelot, (i) Marconi, (j) 3Com, (k) Coca Cola, (l) Compaq, (m) Kodak, (n) Mars, (o) Thames Water, (p) Typhoo and (q) Walls. [148185]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 1 February 2001]: The value of contractual arrangements between the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) and the companies named were each in excess of £1 million. These encompassed cash payments and value-in-kind to NMEC and non-cash benefits, deriving from their sponsorship association with the Millennium Experience at the Dome and its associated National Programme, to the companies concerned.

Digital Broadcasting

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the take-up rate is of (a) terrestrial digital service and (b) satellite digital service in (i) Wales and (ii) England. [148298]

Janet Anderson: From the figures declared by the service providers, we estimate that around 18 per cent. of households in the United Kingdom with a television use a digital satellite service and 4 per cent. use a digital terrestrial television service. We do not have a breakdown of take-up figures by country.

Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the (a) Welsh and (b) English population has access to (i) terrestrial digital service and (ii) satellite digital service. [148299]

Janet Anderson: The Independent Television Commission estimate that core coverage of digital terrestrial television (those households able to receive all six multiplexes) is (a) 42 per cent. in Wales and (b) 55 per cent. in England. The figures are up to 6 per cent. higher for access to BBC services, Channels 3, 4 and 5 and S4C. The latest figures indicate that between 96 per cent. and 98 per cent. of households in the United Kingdom are able to receive digital satellite services. We do not have a breakdown of the figures by country.


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