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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): The initial cost of setting up the Prison Service website is commercial in confidence. The contract was subjected to a rigorous tendering process, and the successful company was chosen on the basis of price, technical competence and previous experience in establishing government websites.
The site is maintained in-house by the Prison Service's media relations unit. Currently there is one permanent website manager, who is assisted by one other member of staff. In order to ensure that the content is as accurate as possible, updates are undertaken only once individual prison establishments and groups and units from prison service headquarters who provide the information have agreed the contents.
|Hardware costs:||£3,000 (server rent costs)|
Forthcoming content improvements over the next 12 months include publication of all non-restricted Prison Service Orders, more detailed information on each individual prison establishment, increasing the number of prison service reports and other publications which will be available on-line, details on the Prison Service's Management Board, and an on-line version of the service's in-house magazine Prison Service News. In addition, there will be increased hyperlinks, both internal and external.
Lord Bassam of Brighton : Immigration detainees are the responsibility of the Immigration Service, rather than the Prison Service. The Home Office's Research Development and Statistics Directorate is responsible for the production of this information, and it is available from their website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/publf.htm.
Lord Bassam of Brighton : The Prison Services's website continues to be developed and details of all establishments are added once accurate information is obtained from and agreed with establishments. The Prison Service hopes shortly to add details of the prisons mentioned.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Prison Service website's section on establishments is illustrated by a picture designed to show a generic prison. As good quality photographs become available for each establishment, they will be used to illustrate their respective prisons.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: The Board of Visitors is independent of the Prison Service and, therefore, does not appear on the Service's website. Annual reports for Boards of Visitors as an organisation are available from the Home Office's website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/bov/news.htm
The National Advisory Council for Boards of Visitors is currently in the process of considering whether to post published Board of Visitors' annual reports on prisons on the Board of Visitors website. Until recently, technical and resource limitations prevented this from being done. These now appear to have been overcome, and, provided boards themselves are in agreement, this may be possible.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The South Staffordshire Health Authority's project has provided useful data which will aid discussion on the provision of smoke-free areas in public places.
The Minister for Science, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Salisbury of Turville): It is the responsibility of a dam's designers to assess seismic risks and design the dam accordingly. We understand that the designers of the Ilisu dam (a UK led consortium of consultants) have taken full cognisance of seismic risk. We also expect the issues to be addressed in the Environmental Risk Assessment Report.
The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): I refer the noble Lord to the Answers given by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 7 February 2000 (HL742) (WA 60) and 22 February 2000 (HL949) (WA 13).
What rules govern the granting of press accreditation by the Prime Minister's office to journalists who wish to report on Prime Ministerial tours.[HL1069]
Lord Falconer of Thoroton: All media organisations who requested accreditation were granted it. Press passes were formally distributed during the visit itself. In order to gain access to country lanes, the press bus was smaller than would normally be expected. Places were extremely restricted and were reserved for Lobby journalists, and thereafter on a first-come, first-served basis. For security reasons, details of the Prime Minister's itinerary are never given out in advance.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Millennium Commission has approved an additional grant of up to £60 million to assist the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) with its cashflow. The precise amount of additional grant payable up to that maximum will have to be demonstrated, to the Millennium Commission's satisfaction, by NMEC on the basis of need--so far, £32 million has been released by the Commission. As with the original grant of £449 million (gross), this additional grant is repayable from any operating or disposal surplus. My right honourable friend the Secretary of State, in his capacity as Chairman of the Millennium Commission, has written about this issue to the noble Lord and has placed a copy of his letter in the Libraries of the House.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: None. I understand that the RAC and AA have always used one method of assessing accommodation throughout Great Britain. They decide what will be of most service to their members, so we are pleased that they have also worked so constructively with the English Tourism Council to agree on a single quality standard for England, in accordance with the national tourism strategy.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: There is presently no recognised concept of a "national heritage park" and no formal approach has been made to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for support of this project. Legislation, following extensive public consultation, would be required to create "national heritage parks" and to then apply the designation to the Goodwin Sands. It may be that the concept could be explored in the Government's review of policies relating to the historic environment currently being undertaken by English Heritage.
The Government are aware that proposals are being developed locally for the designation as a maritime heritage park of an area of the Goodwin Sands where four shipwrecks designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 are located.
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