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PFI/PPPs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the (a) private finance initiative and (b) public private partnership projects which have been delayed. [44881]

Dr. Howells: None.

Sports Days

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the ability of schools to hold an annual sports day. [45110]

Tessa Jowell: The Government have so far designated 506 school sport co-ordinators, to be placed within secondary schools across the country, who will have specific responsibility for planning and organising inter and intra-school competitive sport, including sports days. We have set a target of 1,000 co-ordinators in place by 2004, and it is expected that secondary schools—and through them, primary schools—in every LEA will have access to their expertise and support by that date. In addition, guidance is available from Sport England on holding school sports days.

Secondments

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff were employed by her Department on secondment from non-governmental organisations in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001. [45234]

Dr. Howells: The information in respect of DCMS is contained in the following table.

Secondments
1999–20002
2000–015
2001 to date7

Secondments are defined as all continuous interchange activity of three months or more.


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Access to Information

Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the administrative manuals and internal guidance which her Department has made public as required by Part 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information; and which of these were first made available after May 1997. [45339]

Dr. Howells: My Department's interface with the public is conducted largely through our 66 NDPBs. Information about our commitment to the Code of Practice and Modernising Government is on our website, under the Open Government heading. Reference is made there to our procedure guidelines on implementing an 'open' policy.

Internal guidance is currently on our internal communications system and e-mail network and will form part of our forthcoming Publication Scheme, as required under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Unpaid Advisers

Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the names of the unpaid advisers appointed by her and her predecessor since June 1997, stating in each case (a) the date of their appointment, (b) the duration of their appointment and (c) the project or projects on which they have been engaged. [43388]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 25 March 2002]: There have been no unpaid advisers appointed, in line with the requirements of paragraph 51 of the Ministerial Code, by me or my predecessor since June 1997

For details of unpaid appointments made by this Department to task forces, review groups and other ad hoc advisory groups, I would refer the right hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office on 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 958W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda (Mr. Bryant).

Challenge Fund

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £15 million Challenge Fund established to fund investment in the designated museums has been spent. [46096]

Dr. Howells: To date a total of £12,254,735 has been claimed from the Designated Challenge Fund. All the funds (£15 million) have been committed to projects and final claims are expected to be made shortly.

Public Service Agreements

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress towards meeting the PSA target to achieve a £23 million

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saving through a new strategic body for museums, libraries and archives. [46094]

Dr. Howells: The PSA target covers the savings to be realised as a result of restructuring in most of the Department's sectors. An annual saving of £7 million has already been made through the restructuring of the arts, tourism and heritage sectors, and this money has been redirected into front-line services. Further administration savings of £8 to £10 million are forecast from the imminent merger of the Arts Council of England and the Regional Arts Boards. The Department is continuing to work with its non-departmental public bodies, particularly through Quinquennial Reviews, to find further efficiency savings.

National Stadium

Peter Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, (1) pursuant to her answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, columns 709–10W, what advice she has received from the (a) National Audit Office and (b) other authoritative sources about the concerns raised by the David James/Berwin Leighton report about the relationship between Wembley National Stadium Ltd and Multiplex; and if these concerns have been satisfactorily addressed; [45712]

Tessa Jowell: [holding answer 25 March 2002]: As I made clear to the House on 19 December, (Official Report, column 292), as soon as I received a copy of the David James/Berwin Leighton Paisner Report on procurement processes relating to the National Stadium project I asked the Football Association and Wembley National Stadium Ltd. to make a copy available to the National Audit Office who received it on 18 December. While the National Audit Office has no role in the decision making process, it gave initial advice to my Department on the report that same day. Subsequently the NAO has also given my officials advice more generally on corporate governance and value for money methodologies and criteria.

As I explained to the House on 19 December, it was because of the concerns raised in the David James/Berwin Leighton Paisner Report that I asked the Football Association and Wembley National Stadium Ltd. to commission an independent value-for-money assessment of the proposed contracts and to ensure that corporate governance and procurement arrangements from now on represent best practice. Cyril Sweett Ltd. are carrying out that study and a copy of their terms of reference were placed in the House Library on 12 March. The Government will determine whether or not the Cyril Sweett Ltd. Report and the Football Association and Wembley National Stadium Ltd's work on corporate

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governance, procurement and other issues satisfies the conditions I set out on 19 December in the light of advice received from Sport England, Patrick Carter's review team and from within Government.

Peter Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her statement of 19 December 2001, Official Report, columns 291–93, if she will publish the terms of reference for the final report by Patrick Carter into the review of an English national football stadium; and whether they include an assessment as to the achievement of Government value for money and procurement standards and associated accounting issues. [46254]

Tessa Jowell: The terms of reference for Patrick Carter's remain those which I set out in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for West Lancashire (Mr. Pickthall) on 25 June 2001, Official Report, column 37W namely:


I published the Review Team's interim report on 19 December and I intend to publish the Review Team's final report when it is completed in due course.

Rob Marris: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her oral statement of 19 December 2001, Official Report, columns 291–93, on the National Stadium, what assessment she has made of (a) the corporate governance changes made to the WNSL Board and (b) whether the present management arrangements can deliver the project on time and within a procedure acceptable to the public sector. [46343]

Tessa Jowell: As I set out on 19 December the Government's conditions for support of the Football Association's National Stadium project includes the requirement for changes to corporate governance to produce a management structure capable of delivering a complex project within procedures acceptable to the public sector. The Football Association and Wembley National Stadium Ltd. are working to meet the Government's conditions. I expect the FA's work to be completed in April. The Government will determine whether or not that work satisfies the conditions I set out on 19 December in the light of advice received from Sport England, Patrick Carter's review team and from within Government.

Mr. Dennis Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her statement of 19 December 2001, Official Report, columns 291–94, if she plans to publish the Carter report into the

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English National Stadium and her final decision on whether to support the National Stadium at Wembley on 30 April. [46188]

Tessa Jowell: The Football Association and Wembley National Stadium Ltd are working with a lead bank on financing the National Stadium project and undertaking the necessary work to fulfil the Government's conditions. I expect the FA's work to be completed in April. The Government will determine whether or not that work satisfies the conditions I set out on 19 December in the light of advice received from Sport England, Patrick Carter's review team and from within Government. It is my intention that Patrick Carter's final report be published. However, in line with the convention on announcements during local elections, I will not be making any statement until after 2 May 2002.

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