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Doctors

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many doctors have been (a) suspended, (b) required to retrain and (c) had their contracts terminated by Sema in each of its three contract areas in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [153576]

Mr. Bayley: The information is in the table.

1-9-1998 to 31-8-19991-9-1999 to 31-8-20001-9-2000 to 28-2-2001
North
Suspended236
Retrained22214
Terminated17114
South East
Suspended002
Retrained555
Terminated640
South West
Suspended004
Retrained15176
Terminated894

CABINET OFFICE

Departmental Policies

Ms Perham: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what initiatives embarked upon since May 1997 have benefited Ilford, North; and if she will make a statement. [152033]

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of her Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [146931]

Mr. Stringer: The policy recommendations in Cabinet Office reports relate to England as a whole and it is therefore not possible to say what their specific impact is on a particular constituency. Additionally any policy changes arising from Cabinet Office units, such as the Social Exclusion Unit and the United Kingdom Anti- Drugs Co-ordination Unit, reports are implemented by the appropriate Government Department, rather than by the unit itself.

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CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Creative Industries

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will estimate the distribution of employment in the creative industries in the regions and

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nations of the UK, indicating the number employed in these industries (a) as a percentage of the total employed in the UK and (b) as a percentage of the total employed in each region and nation of the UK. [154810]

Mr. Chris Smith: Estimates of the distribution of employment in the creative industries in the regions and nations of the UK are shown in the table.

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Employees and self-employed people working in creative industries

As percentage of total employed in all industries in UKAs percentage of total employed in all industries in the region and nationAs percentage of total employed in all creative industries in UK
United Kingdom4.84.8100.0
Great Britain4.74.998.8
England4.35.190.2
North East0.12.92.4
North West0.44.09.3
Yorkshire and Humberside0.33.35.8
East Midlands0.23.45.2
West Midlands0.33.36.1
East of England0.44.69.3
London1.310.326.3
South East0.96.118.7
South West0.34.07.1
Wales0.13.12.9
Scotland0.33.25.7
Northern Ireland0.12.31.2

Source:

Labour Force Survey (average autumn 1999 to summer 2000; not seasonally adjusted), Office for National Statistics, and Creative Industries Mapping Document 2001, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


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Hinduja Brothers

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice was given by NMEC to the Hinduja brothers in respect of matters relating to the applicability of VAT to their donation to the faith zone of the millennium dome. [153735]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 14 March 2001]: In seeking to recognise the charitable status of the Hinduja Foundation, the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) sought the advice of its tax consultants, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). NMEC passed on to Mr. S. P. Hinduja's office advice it received from PwC in December 1998 on the normal basis in such circumstances that neither NMEC nor PwC were liable or responsible for any reliance the Hindujas placed on that advice. In essence the advice indicated that if the terms of the Hinduja Foundation's contribution mirrored that of the sponsorship agreements drawn-up for commercial sponsors of the Dome then VAT would apply. In early February 1999 NMEC submitted to the Hinduja Foundation a donor agreement that mirrored agreements drawn-up for the other charitable trusts contributing to the faith zone. At that time the donation was not liable for VAT.

Departmental Policies (Clwyd, South)

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd, South constituency, the effects on Clwyd, South of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [151911]

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Mr. Chris Smith: Through their commitment to public service broadcasting, the Government have helped to foster an environment in which a creative, commercially successful broadcasting industry provides a wide range of UK-made, high-quality, original programmes catering for all viewers and listeners. We have ensured a secured funding base for the BBC and S4C, while giving them the freedom to develop commercial operations which complement and support their public service remit. We have made it clear in the Communications White Paper that public service broadcasting will continue to have a key role to play in the digital future.

The Government have also introduced free television licences for people aged 75 or over from 1 November last year. Information on the number of beneficiaries by constituency is not available, but estimates based on the 1991 census indicate that there were approximately 4,800 people aged 75 or over living in the Clwyd, South constituency.

My Department sponsors the British Tourist Authority (BTA), which continues to promote Britain effectively as an attractive tourist destination for overseas visitors. The BTA's successful marketing activities are aimed at bringing benefits to all parts of the UK, including Clwyd, South.

According to the information supplied to us by the distributing bodies for the national lottery awards database, there have been 112 national lottery awards to Clwyd, South, totalling £2,021,757 since 2 May 1997. Twenty five Millennium Award Winners have been identified from Clwyd, South and between them they have received grants totalling £75,188.

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LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Asylum Appeals

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many adjudicators are available to her Department to deal with asylum appeals; and how many she plans to have available by 1 April (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004. [154846]

Jane Kennedy: There are currently 76 full-time and 226 part-time adjudicators available to hear asylum appeals. It is planned to have the following number of adjudicators available to hear asylum appeals by:



There are currently no plans to extend recruitment beyond the 2002 level. The number of adjudicators is, however, under constant review to ensure that sufficient are available to meet incoming appeals. The Immigration Appellate Authority is working closely with the Home Office to ensure that any changes in workloads are identified at an early stage.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the average (a) cost and (b) duration is of training someone to serve as an adjudicator for immigration and asylum appeals. [154843]

Jane Kennedy: The average cost to the Immigration Appellate Authority of training an adjudicator to serve on both immigration and asylum appeals, excluding travel costs, is currently £2,248 per adjudicator. The average time taken by the authority to train an adjudicator is currently five and a half days.

This answer excludes any subsequent training offered to adjudicators by the Judicial Studies Board.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what qualifications are required of a person recruited to serve as an adjudicator for asylum and immigration appeals. [154844]

Mr. Lock: Immigration adjudicators may be appointed by the Lord Chancellor on a full or part-time basis.

Schedule 3(2) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, stipulates that an adjudicator must hold a seven-year general qualification within the meaning of section 71 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (i.e. a right of audience qualification in relation to all proceedings in any part of the Supreme Court or all proceedings in the county or magistrates courts); or be an advocate or solicitor in Scotland, or a barrister or solicitor in Northern Ireland, of at least seven years' standing; or have such legal and other experience as appears to the Lord Chancellor to make him or her suited for appointment as an adjudicator.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the average unit cost to her Department is of an asylum appeal. [154845]

Jane Kennedy: The average cost of an asylum appeal to the Lord Chancellor's Department at the end of February 2001, including accommodation and overheads, was £1,289.

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