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Sir Walter Raleigh

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for the relocation of the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh from Raleigh Green, Whitehall. [5950]

Dr. Howells: My right hon. Friend the Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) announced on 15 November 2000 that the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh, which is currently sited in Whitehall, should be moved to a new home at the Royal Naval college, Greenwich. English Heritage, who are the statue's guardians, are managing the relocation with the intention of completing the re-siting by the autumn.

The Arts

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value of (i) Government assistance and (ii) lottery assistance since 1997 has been in cash and real terms to (a) opera companies, (b) ballet companies, (c) classical orchestras and (d) popular music groups; and if he will make a statement. [6307]

Dr. Howells: We have asked the Arts Council of England for the information requested, and my right hon. and noble Friend the Minister for the Arts will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available, placing copies of her letter in the Libraries of both Houses.

Music Industry

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what specific assistance she has given to the promotion and development of popular music initiatives; what specific schemes she has put in place to promote entry into the music industry for young artists; and if she will make a statement. [6308]

Dr. Howells: My Department's aim is to ensure a successful and thriving music industry in the UK, working in partnership with the industry and other Government Departments. The industry relies on the creativity of our

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young artists for its future success, and I want to see this young talent protected, nurtured and promoted, regardless of musical genre. My Department has no specific initiatives in relation to popular music, but supports the activities of a wide range of industry bodies in this area. In relation to the entry of young artists into the music industry, I naturally fully support the Government's new deal for musicians programme.

Sporting Events (Government Assistance)

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value of assistance provided by the Government to the (a) English FA bid for the 1996 European Championships, (b) UK bids for the Olympic games since 1997, (c) UK bids for the Commonwealth games since 1997, (d) English FA bid for the World Cup since 1997 and (e) Scottish FA bid for the 2008 European Championships is in (i) cash and (ii) real terms; and if she will make a statement. [6309]

Mr. Caborn: Financial assistance provided by the Government to these bids was as follows:






Administrative costs were incurred by the Department of National Heritage, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and by other Departments involved in providing non-financial support for the English Football Association's bids for the 1996 European Football Championships before 1996, and the 2006 World Cup between 1997 and 2000. These cannot be quantified.

Foot and Mouth

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effects of the foot and mouth outbreak on tourism in Henley; and if she will make a statement. [6097]

Dr. Howells: Our best estimate to date is that the loss of revenue in 2001–02 by the English tourist industry is likely to be around £120 million per week averaged over the eight-month tourism season. We have not attempted to apportion this overall estimate to individual regional tourist boards or individual tourism destinations, such as Henley, since the available data do not enable this to be

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done with a sufficient degree of reliability. We are currently updating this estimate in the light of the latest available data.

Independent Football Commission

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the appointment of the Chairman of the Independent Football Commission will be made. [6448]

Tessa Jowell: The Government have agreed to the request from the football authorities to appoint the first chairman of the Independent Football Commission—the new self-regulatory body which they are establishing. The process of appointing the chairman is being conducted in the open and transparent manner that applies to public appointments. An independent public appointments advisory panel was convened to consider the applications which had been received by the Department for this post. The panel has made its recommendations to me. I am currently considering them. I therefore hope to make an announcement on the appointment shortly. I shall place a copy of any announcement I make on this issue in the Libraries of both Houses.

Royal Parks Agency

Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will respond to the recommendations in the report on the five-year review of the Royal Parks Agency; and if she will make a statement. [6513]

Tessa Jowell: The report's main conclusion and recommendation was that responsibility for the royal parks should remain with central Government and that the Royal Parks Agency (RPA) should continue to manage them although the Department should work towards establishing the royal parks as a non-departmental public body (NDPB). The Government accept this recommendation and would like to see early progress to the change of status to NDPB. It is our intention, therefore, to establish the royal parks as an NDPB from 1 April 2002. I shall retain responsibility for the management of the royal parks but will be seeking Parliament's approval of an order under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 to delegate my day-to-day responsibilities to the new body. The Government have accepted all the recommendations in the report for improving the efficiency of the Royal Parks Agency. The chief executive has already achieved much in implementing these. This work will continue as part of the preparations for NDPB status. The Government accept the recommendation that the royal parks should be policed by a uniformed force. My Department and the Home Office are discussing the future relationship between the royal park constabulary and the Metropolitan police service so as to ensure the most efficient and cost-effective policing of the royal parks.

The Government believe that NDPB status, with the management of the royal parks guided by an expert and experienced board, will provide the royal parks with greater freedom and focus to continue to build on the high standard of presentation of the royal parks which has improved even further in recent years.

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New Millennium Experience Company

Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish the annual report and financial statements of the New Millennium Experience Company for the period ending 31 December 2000. [6514]

Dr. Howells: I have today placed copies of the New Millennium Experience Company's annual report and financial statements for the period ending 31 December 2000 in the Libraries of both Houses.

Sport England

Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the review of Sport England. [6515]

Mr. Caborn: As part of this Department's programme of quinquennial reviews of its public bodies, I am today announcing the conclusion of the first stage of the Sport England quinquennial review.

Sport England is responsible for developing and maintaining the infrastructure of sport in England, for distributing national lottery funds for sport in England and for five national sports centres. The first stage of the review concludes that the development of sport is important to both the Government's wider objectives and the public, and that Sport England should continue its unique role in the development of sport in England on behalf of the Government but at arm's length from it.

The first stage of the review has made a series of recommendations for consideration in the second stage of the review to enable Sport England to further become a responsive and high quality organisation responsible for the development of sport in England and play its part in implementing the proposals set out in the Government's plan for sport published earlier this year.

We aim to complete the second stage of the review in the autumn. Copies of the first stage report have been placed in the Libraries of the both Houses.


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