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Industrial Diseases

Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will recognise emphysema and chronic bronchitis as industrial diseases. [161106]

Mr. Hain: In January 1998 my Department assumed responsibility for the former British Coal's health liabilities, which include both emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and since then we have paid out over £146 million in compensation.

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Radio Licences

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when applications for the last remaining digital radio licence in London will be determined; and if religious organisations will have equal consideration to other applicants. [159273]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 27 April 2001]: I regret that it has not been possible to provide an answer before Dissolution. I shall therefore write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my reply in the Libraries of both Houses.

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Mr. Leigh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether applications for the last digital radio licence available for London will be determined prior to a change in the law; [161128]

Janet Anderson: I regret that it has not been possible to provide an answer before Dissolution. I shall therefore write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my reply in the Libraries of both Houses.

Export Licences

Mr. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the standard time is for turning round export licence applications made to his Department. [160791]

Mr. Alan Howarth: My Department's export licensing unit has a code of practice under which the unit aims to issue export licences within five working days of receiving the application. Unfortunately, they cannot do so if any information is missing from the application or if it needs to be referred to an expert adviser in a museum or gallery. Expert advisers will normally be consulted within five working days and they are asked to respond to the unit within 15 working days.

If there is a particular urgency with an application, the unit will try to issue a licence by the deadline requested.

Manpower

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings Ministers attended with Manpower to discuss the Millennium Dome. [160657]

Janet Anderson [holding answer 9 May 2001]: According to my Department's records, neither I nor my Ministers have attended meetings with Manpower to discuss the millennium dome. My right hon. Friend the Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson), the Minister without Portfolio, held one meeting with Manpower in April 1998. His successor as shareholder, Lord Falconer, met Manpower in June 1999 and January 2000. It was normal practice for the shareholder to be kept informed of progress on issues surrounding the Millennium Experience, including progress on the zones in which the sponsors had an interest.

Working Time Directive

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of senior grade civil servants in his Department have signed waivers to work voluntarily more than 48 hours a week; and if he will make a statement. [160891]

Mr. Chris Smith: No senior civil servants in this Department have signed waivers to work voluntarily more than 48 hours a week. Hours being worked by all staff are monitored through an annual survey.

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Departmental Policies (Glasgow, Pollok)

Mr. Davidson: 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 Glasgow, Pollok constituency, the effects on Glasgow, Pollok of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [160832]

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 secure funding base for the BBC, 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 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 5,200 people aged 75 or over living in the Glasgow, Pollok constituency.

According to the information supplied to us by the distributing bodies for the national lottery awards database, there have been 76 national lottery awards to Glasgow, Pollok, totalling £2,268,974, since 2 May 1997. 38 millennium award winners have been identified from Glasgow, Pollok and between them they have received grants totalling £107,947. There have been no specific awards to Glasgow, Pollok from the millennium festival, however, Glasgow as a whole did receive grants totalling £546,000 for the New Year's Eve celebrations.

Other functions which were the responsibility of my Department have been devolved in Scotland to the Scottish Executive.

Walsall (Funding)

Mr. Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding has been made available to the borough of Walsall by his Department since June 1997. [160998]

Mr. Chris Smith: Most of the Department's funding is allocated through its non-departmental public bodies such as the Arts Council of England, Sport England and English Heritage. Information about what they fund can be obtained from those bodies.

My Department has given more support to the cultural and sporting infrastructure, doubling the budget for sport and the largest ever increase for arts. This includes the following schemes:

Space for Sport and Arts Scheme

Under the Space for Sport and Arts (SSA) scheme, a £130 million capital programme made up of £75 million from the Capital Modernisation Fund and £55 million from Sport England, the Arts Council of England and the third round of the New Opportunities Fund, Walsall local education authority has been allocated up to £1.25 million towards providing improved facilities for sport and arts

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in primary schools which can also be used by the wider community. Of the three schemes proposed in Walsall, one is in Walsall, South and the other two in Walsall, North.

Creative Partnerships

In taking forward our aim to develop the educational potential of culture and sport, £40 million has been allocated to developing creative partnerships. On 21 February, I announced the 16 areas in which it is hoped creative partnership pilots will be developed. The Black Country is one of these areas, including Walsall. The Arts Council of England, which is delivering the initiative, will be consulting schools and creative organisations in each location over the next few months to establish which bodies and schools will be involved. Details on how schools and cultural organisations can take part in creative partnerships will be available from the Arts Council shortly. Funding for the initiative will come on stream in April 2002.

School Sports Co-ordinators

School Sport Co-ordinators will be based in families of schools, in areas of greatest need, linked wherever possible through local education authorities to specialist sports colleges. They will provide opportunities for young people to compete regularly for their school and take part in a wide range of sports. By 2004, there will be about 250 families established with 1,000 secondary schools and up to 6,000 primary schools benefiting directly from this programme. Walsall has been awarded £407,542 in the second round of awards. There are six school sport co-ordinators in Aldridge-Brownhills, 30 primary teachers and one partnership development manager.

DCMS/Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge Fund

The borough of Walsall received awards of £82,000 in 1997-98, £2,000 in 1999-2000 and £149,645 in 2000-01.

Social Inclusion

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the funding programmes for social inclusion for which his Department is responsible that can be accessed by (a) national sports bodies and (b) local clubs and communities. [161003]

Kate Hoey: I regret that it has not been possible to provide an answer before Dissolution. I shall therefore write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my reply in the Libraries of both Houses.

Premiere

Mr. Leigh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Government's policy is on granting an automatic renewal of Premiere's analogue licence. [160937]

Janet Anderson: I regret that it has not been possible to provide an answer before Dissolution. I shall therefore write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my reply in the Libraries of both Houses.


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