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Coleraine Police Station

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with the building of the new police station in Coleraine; when he estimates the remaining contracts will be let; and when the new station will be completed. [157893]

Mr. Ingram: All remaining contracts and tenders relating to the new Royal Ulster Constabulary station at Coleraine have now been awarded. Building works are expected to start by early May 2001 with a contract period of 27 months.

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the RUC contract for accommodation at the Ministry of Defence buildings at Laurel Hill, Coleraine expires; and what steps have been taken to extend that contract until the new police station in Coleraine is ready for occupation. [157883]

Mr. Ingram: The Royal Ulster Constabulary operational and support personnel located at Laurel Hill MOD base are currently being relocated back to Coleraine Royal Ulster Constabulary station and this is expected to be completed by the end of April 2001 at which time the leasing arrangements with the MOD will be terminated.

Foot and Mouth (Police Patrols)

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many extra police officers, in each rank and in total, have been deployed to control the traffic at the disinfection points of vehicles entering and leaving Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic, since the outbreak of foot and mouth disease began. [157884]

Mr. Ingram: No police officers have been specifically deployed to control traffic at disinfection points. However, the Royal Ulster Constabulary liaises daily with and responds to requests from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and other Government officials to attend where required. Attendance has varied as has been deemed necessary.

Fixed and rolling vehicle checkpoints have been set up throughout the province and, as part of normal duties, police patrols have been operating vehicle checkpoints with instructions to stop/check any persons or vehicles appearing to be involved with the transport of animals or animal products.

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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2001, Official Report, column 135W, on terrorism, what his estimate is of (a) the cost of creating statistics on numbers of individuals who have been notified they are at risk as a result of personal files or information discovered in the possession of paramilitaries and (b) the cost of counting the files maintained at RUC headquarters. [154638]

Mr. Ingram: The manual records used by the Royal Ulster Constabulary are held on an individual basis so as to ensure that appropriate action is taken in respect of each person who comes under threat. To date there has not been a statistical need to collate this information in a single database. The information requested is therefore not readily available and to undertake a specific scoping study to evaluate the need and cost of setting up such a database would incur a disproportionate cost.

Ministerial Meetings

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many ministerial meetings with hon. Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1 January. [155242]

Dr. Reid: Two meetings between NIO Ministers and hon. Members have been cancelled since 1 January, these meetings were rescheduled and have subsequently taken place.


Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Minister for Enterprise in the Northern Ireland Assembly about the number of (a) business start ups and (b) amount of inward investment in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland since the signing of the Belfast Agreement; and if he will make a statement. [151046]

Dr. Reid: Since taking up office as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland I have had a number of discussions with Sir Reg Empey about economic matters. Those discussions covered a number of issues, including how the Government can assist companies in Northern Ireland

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and how we can work together to develop the Northern Ireland economy. I expect to have further discussions with Sir Reg Empey in the coming months.


Departmental Policies (Don Valley)

Caroline Flint: 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 Don Valley constituency, the effects on Doncaster of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [153519]

Mr. Chris Smith: Since May 1997 my Department has introduced and developed a variety of initiatives which will impact on my hon. Friend's constituency and which promote our objectives of access, excellence, education, and creativity and employment. We have published our strategies to take this forward in "Tomorrow's Tourism" and "A Sporting Future for All", which was recently followed up by the Government's Plan for Sport. We have tackled the issue of social inclusion taking forward the recommendations of Policy Action Team 10 on Arts and Sport and developing social inclusion policies across all our areas which is recognised within the most recent progress report "Building on PAT10".

We have given more support to the cultural and sporting infrastructure. The Spending Review 2000 secured a doubling of the budget for sport and the largest ever increase for the arts: an increase of 80 per cent. from £186 million in 1997-98 to £336 million in 2003-04. In taking forward our aim to develop the educational potential of culture and sport £40 million has been allocated to developing Creative Partnerships; we have established through lottery funding the £30 million National Foundation for Youth Music; and secured an additional £130 million for primary schools sports and arts facilities through the Space for Sport and the Arts programme. With £120 million of central Government and lottery funding we will be providing a school sports co-ordinator in one in four secondary schools to work with local primary and special schools to improve sporting provision and physical education for children in the most deprived areas. We have delivered free access to national museums for children and the over 60s and additional money will be provided to allow this to be extended to everyone in December 2001. We have commissioned a task force which is currently considering the issues facing non-national museums in the regions.

We have made improvements in the way the lottery is spent to ensure a fairer distribution. The introduction of the New Opportunities Fund for spending on health, education and the environment has made a real difference to communities everywhere. For instance it has invested £120 million to support the People's Network, which will enable all 4,300 public libraries to offer free public internet access through UK online learning centres; and a further £50 million to stimulate development of content to support the Network.

We have set up a Regional Cultural Consortium in each of the English regions outside London to champion culture and creativity, including heritage, sport and tourism, and to draw up regional cultural strategies identifying regional objectives and priorities.

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We have published a Green Paper, "Culture and Creativity: The Next Ten Years", setting out how individual creative talent can be given the support it needs from childhood to flourish; how artists and cultural institutions can be freed from bureaucratic controls; and how the freedom to explore and enjoy creativity and culture can be made available to all.

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 secure 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 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 introduced free television licences for people aged 75 or over from 1 November last year.

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 Don Valley.

In delivering these initiatives we aim to make culture and sport inclusive activities, boosting participation and improving the quality of life for all.

Don Valley

According to the information supplied to us by the distributing bodies for the national lottery awards database, there have been 66 national lottery awards to Don Valley totalling £741,678.

Seventeen Millennium Award winners have been identified from Don Valley and between them they have received grants totalling £29,306.

Doncaster is part of the South Yorkshire Sports Partnership and, additionally, sits within the South Yorkshire Coalfield Sports Action Zone (SAZ). South Yorkshire Sports Partnership has a Partnership Manager, SAZ Manager and Active Sports Manager.

Grants offered by English Heritage (EH) in the Doncaster area

Information on the number of beneficiaries of free television licences by constituency is not available, but estimates based on the 1991 Census indicate that there were approximately 4,600 people aged 75 or over living in the Don Valley constituency.

There are of course other initiatives in the wider context of the area which may have an effect on the Don Valley constituency. These are:

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In addition, the Millennium Commission has contributed £34 million to date towards the development and running costs of the Earth Centre.

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