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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: We have made it clear on a number of occasions that we will not agree to any EU proposals which would require the UK to introduce a withholding tax or which risked serious damage to EU financial markets. The Government will fulfil its obligations to Parliament through the normal parliamentary scrutiny arrangements.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: As with any company which has a customer database, broadcasters who hold information on subscribers to their services are subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1984. Under the terms of the Act, companies are required to register details of the type of information they are processing with the Data Protection Registrar. The register is a public document and these details can be checked by the subscriber. BSkyB have informed us that the only information obtained through their digital decoders is to provide broadcasters with information for the billing of pay-per-view events.
Whether they will, as a contribution to the Millennium celebrations, arrange for United Christian Broadcasters to be given a licence to broadcast in the United Kingdom at least in the years 2000 and 2001.[HL2364]
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Radio Authority is the public statutory corporation responsible for licensing all independent radio services under the terms of the Broadcasting Acts 1990 and 1996, subject to review by the courts.
The Broadcasting Act 1990 disqualifies groups whose objectives are wholly or mainly of a religious nature from holding a terrestrial national radio licence issued by the Radio Authority. However, this disqualification does not extend to local, satellite and cable radio licences, where the authority is permitted to licence religious bodies subject to compliance with its religious guidelines. It is under these provisions that, for example, United Christian Broadcasters already hold two satellite broadcast licences from the Radio Authority. A religious organisation can hold a digital satellite radio licence but not a terrestrial digital radio multiplex or sound programme service licence under the 1996 Broadcasting Act.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: There are 12 seats for public use in the Students' Room, and during the calendar year 1998, 5,014 visitors used them. The average number of visitors who use the seats per day is 20.
When the Film Action Report, due to be published in April 1999, will be placed in the Library of the House; and [HL2331]
Further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Film, Janet Anderson MP, on 22 February (HC Deb., WA 46-48), when they will make the announcement regarding the Skills Investment Fund; and whether the training made available by the fund will be extended to acting and directing courses; and [HL2332]
Further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Film Janet Anderson MP, on 22 February (HC Deb., WA 46-48), when the Film Education Working Group will publish the report which was due to be published in April 1999; and [HL2333]
Which British facilities and locations have been used directly as a result of the work of the British Film Office in Los Angeles that was established specifically to encourage Hollywood producers to use British facilities and locations.[HL2334]
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The film marketing agency is an industry-led initiative. Discussions are continuing within the relevant trade bodies about how the agency will be constituted and funded. No firm launch date has yet been decided.
The Secretary of State will make an announcement about the Skills Investment Fund on 19 May. Further details about the training the Skills Investment Fund will make available will be announced then and a copy of the press release will be placed in the Library of the House.
Since its establishment, the British Film Office in Los Angeles has provided advice to numerous US productions and assisted them in making use of the studios, facilities, locations, crew and artists available within the UK.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: As part of the Greening Government Initiative, all departments and their agencies are expected to take account of the environmental implications of their policies and activities. I am satisfied that the measures currently implemented by the Royal Parks Agency to protect the fabric of the Royal Parks from detrimental environmental impacts conform with this initiative.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): Our consultation paper, New Measures to Control Prostitutes' Cards in Phone Boxes will be published on Tuesday 18 May. This is a local problem which needs a local approach. The consultation paper will look at options for changing the law to enable those who put cards in telephone boxes to be dealt with more effectively on a local basis. Copies of the consultation paper will also be placed in the Library on Tuesday.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Government are considering all relevant factors. Under the Human Rights Act 1998, the courts are required to take into account the principles applied by the European Court of Human Rights in relation to the award of compensation under Article 41 of the Convention. The level of damages awarded by that Court is generally modest and in some cases the Court considers that a judgment in favour of a victim is a sufficient remedy.