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Dr. Howells: I have been kept closely in touch by all sides involved in the ITV Digital negotiations. However the decisions taken by ITV Digital are commercial decisions for them, and them alone, to take.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she has received (a) Patrick Carter's report into the National Football Stadium and (b) the other information from the Football Association, WNSL, Sport England and other Government Departments to enable her to make an assessment of Wembley's National Stadium bid in accordance with her statement to the House on 19 December 2001. 
Tessa Jowell: I refer my hon. Friend to the statement I made yesterday, Official Report, column 2122. Further to that statement, I have now received Sport England's athletics study, a copy of which I have placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report Rural Proofing in 200102. 
Dr. Howells: The Department is actively committed to improving policy outcomes through the rural proofing process. The Department's current public service agreement includes a number of targets which will bring
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real benefits to rural areas, including ensuring all public libraries have internet access by the end of 2002 and introducing at least 12 Creative Partnerships by March 2004.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 200102. 
Dr. Howells: The Department has taken a number of steps to raise awareness of rural issues among staff and its non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs). The rural proofing checklist has been widely disseminated throughout the Department and to NDPBs and rural proofing has been incorporated into the Department's policy makers' checklist. A central contact point to promote rural proofing has been identified within the Department and officials have worked closely with the Countryside Agency on a number of key policy areas.
Mr. Levitt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms the Government will implement to ensure that (a) consumers on low incomes, (b) consumers who live in rural areas and (c) other consumers who live in areas which cannot presently receive digital terrestrial television will continue to have access to television services after analogue switch-off. 
switching to digital must be an affordable option, within the reach of people on low and fixed incomes. As a key measure of affordability, 95 per cent. of consumers must have access to digital equipment before switchover is completed.
Dr. Howells: Ministers and officials in my Department hold regular meetings with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) to discuss progress. A funding agreement between my Department and CABE also sets out a range of performance-related targets that CABE is expected to meet.
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Dr. Howells: This year (200203) the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) will receive £3.53 million in grant-in-aid from my Department. CABE also receives some funding from the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of whether the target for the reduction of running costs as a proportion of the departmental expenditure limit between 19992000 and 200102 will be met on time. 
Dr. Howells [holding answer 10 April 2002]: Latest estimates suggest that departmental running costs in 200102 represented 2.291 per cent. of the departmental expenditure limit, compared with 2.526 per cent. in 19992000. This means we will have exceeded the target to reduce running costs as a proportion of DEL by 4.5 per cent. These figures exclude transfers to the Department following machinery of Government changes in the wake of the general election on 7 June 2001.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the newspapers subscribed to (a) Monday to Saturday and (b) on Sunday by her Department, stating for each subscription (i) the number of copies taken, and (ii) the annual cost. 
Dr. Howells [holding answer 26 April 2002]: The total annual cost of newspaper subscriptions in 200202 was £13,248. The table specifies each title taken, the cost per copy, and the total annual cost per title.
|Title||Number of copies||Cost per copy (£)||Total annual cost (£)|
|Independent on Sunday||1||49.76||49.76|
|International Herald Tribune(36)||1||272.31||272.31|
|Mail on Sunday||2||45.24||90.48|
|News of the World||2||27.14||54.28|
|The Publican newspaper||2||43.85||87.70|
|Total annual cost||13,168.45|
(29) Monday to Friday
(32) City edition
(33) News Extra edition
(34) West End final
(36) Monday to Saturday
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