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Antisocial Behaviour Orders

David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were made in the West Midlands by constituency in the last 12 months. [45131]

Mr. Denham: From 1 June 2000 official statistics on the number of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued are based on quarterly returns from Magistrates' Courts Committees (MCCs) and are not presently designed to give figures below MCC level. The latest available data covers the period to the end of September 2001. In the 12 months ending September 2001, 37 ASBOs were issued within the West Midlands MCC area.

Project Sponsorship

Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal. [48403]

Angela Eagle [holding answer 11 April 2002]: The information available on projects that have received sponsorship since 1997, including details of sponsor, nature and date of the project, total cost and the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal is as follows:

Project—Burglary Taskforce

SponsorSponsorship Value £Total Cost £Date
British Gas30,000*2.25 millionApril 2000
Electricity Association30,000
British Telecom3,000
Water United Kingdom200,000

For further information, provided below are details for non-monetary sponsorships. The value of the sponsorship has been calculated as "added value" to the campaign. It is not cash received by the Home Office.

Chip Pan Safety Campaign

SponsorSponsorship Value £ Total Cost £ Date
B & Q7,560305,000November 1997/
March 1998
Tesco5,693
Moorhouses Brewery6,600

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Smoke Alarm Maintenance/Education/Awareness Campaign

SponsorSponsorship Value £Total Cost £Date
Duracell309,250370,000January 1999
El Electronics26,000
Homebase16,000
Woolworths6,000
B & Q5,000
Focus Do It All30,000
Kidde Safety11,500

National Chip Pan Campaign

SponsorSponsorship Value £ Total Cost Date
First Alert5,0001.33
millionAugust/
September 1999
Morphy Richards10,775
Comet386,600
Curry's (Dixons Group)27,500

Escape Route Campaign

SponsorSponsorship Value £Total Cost £Date
Safestyle UK plc12,500345,000February 2000

National Escape Route

SponsorSponsorship Value £Total Cost £Date
Comet41,1335 millionSeptember 2000
First Alert6,774
BBC Worldwide44,600
GMTV450,000
El Electronics31,390
Homebase9,000
Woolworths124,230
B&Q52,000

Vehicle Crime Reduction Campaign

SponsorSponsorship Value £Total Cost £Date
RAC Auto15.015 millionJuly 2000 To date
Windscreens303,000
RAC180,000
Lycos29,000
Kwik-Fit130,000
Ford150,000
Retainagroup189,500
Tracker38,800
NCP40,000
AA Insurance180,500

Child Protection on the Internet

SponsorSponsorship Value £Total Cost £Date
Bolt.com19,0001.1 millionNovember 2001–March 2002
Yahoo22,000
MSN22,000

Premier Services

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the service agreement aspect of the contract with Premier Services can be placed in the public domain. [53216]

Angela Eagle: Yes. Those parts of the contract with Premier Services that are not commercially confidential or subject to the Official Secrets Acts 1911 and 1989 will

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be made available to the public. The service aspect of the contract will in due course be published on the Home Office website and copies placed in the Library.

Correspondence

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will to reply to the letter to him dated 30 January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Jawad Farooqi. [53953]

Mr. Blunkett: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 26 April 2002.

CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Tourism (National Insurance Contributions)

Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the cost to the tourism industry of the proposed increase in employers' national insurance contributions. [52757]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 29 April 2002]: It is estimated that the changes to employers' national insurance contributions announced in the Budget will increase pay costs on average by 0.7 per cent next year.

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Fraud

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) her Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999–2000 and (ii) 2000–01. [54704]

Dr. Howells: In respect of the DCMS's Vote 1 budget, I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the right hon. and learned Member for North-East Fife on 14 January 2002. In respect of Vote 2, which relates to the BBC licence fee, for which the Department has responsibility to Parliament for balancing the grant voted to the BBC with the receipts received from the licence payers, there were no losses due to fraud or corruption in the years in question.

Digital Television

Mr. Levitt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the population in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) each United Kingdom region and (c) the High Peak constituency is able to receive a digital terrestrial television signal; and if she will make a statement. [54619]

Dr. Howells: The percentage of population predicted to be able to receive a digital terrestrial signal in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is as follows:

Homes covered (per cent)
BBC MultiplexDigital 3 & 4 MultiplexMultiplex AMultiplex BMultiplex CMultiplex DCore
UK (Current)81807879767468
Scotland (Launch)84838281828078
Wales (Launch)62606259555542
Northern Ireland (Launch)72726466725857

Figures provided by the Independent Television Commission (comparable information for the English regions is not available).


I understand from the Independent Television Commission that Digital Terrestrial Television signals from the Winter Hill, Sheffield, Chesterfield, and Emley Moor transmitters are predicted to be available to some areas of the High Peak constituency. Coverage maps are available on the Digital Television Group website: www.dtg.org.uk.

Mr. Levitt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures the Government will take to ensure that the quality of the analogue signal is maintained during digital roll-out; and if she will make a statement. [54618]

Dr. Howells: The Government are committed to ensuring that terrestrial analogue signals will be maintained until everyone who can currently get the main public service broadcasting channels in analogue form can receive them on digital systems. The Independent Television Commission (ITC) require that any changes made by the broadcasters to the digital terrestrial television transmitter network conform with the ITC Code of Practice on Changes to Transmission and Reception Arrangements. This requires the continued reception of analogue services, to an acceptable technical quality, to those viewers affected by digital terrestrial services.


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