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Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: There are no plans to hand over the Millennium Dome to a preferred bidder before 31 December 2000.

Baroness Anelay of St. Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The terms of a contract of sale would not require a preferred bidder to pay a sum to the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) in advance of 31 December 2000.

Baroness Anelay of St. Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: On 17 March 1999, my right honourable friend the Prime Minister, announced in another place that the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) were making 1 million free tickets available to schoolchildren. The decision was taken by the Board of NMEC and it was for them to incorporate the costs of that decision into their business plan.

Baroness Anelay of St. Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The New Millennium Experience Company was trading solvently on Monday 17 July.

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Government Annual Report

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

    To what extent and from which companies, if any, commercial sponsorship has been used to defray the costs of preparation, publication and distribution of the Government's Annual Report.[HL3402]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton : No commercial sponsorship has been used to defray the costs of preparation of the Government's Annual Report. The report was published and distributed by The Stationery Office, which is a private sector company.

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

    To what extent the Strategic Communications Unit was involved in the preparation of the Government's Annual Report; and whether they consider that involvement, in so far as it exists, to be satisfactory; and[HL3401]

    Further to the observation of the Leader of the House that the Annual Report was written by civil servants and is "a wholly official document" (H.L. Deb., 12 July, col. 395), from which government departments the civil servants who prepared the document were drawn.[HL3403]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: All three of the Government's Annual Reports have been based on contributions and standard briefing provided by departments. They have been edited by a civil servant, from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, who is now based in the Strategic Communications Unit of the Prime Minister's Office. Other civil servants in the unit assisted with the preparation of the report in addition to their other duties. The Government are fully satisfied with the role of the unit in the preparation of the Report.

Millennium Dome: Sale

Lord Tomlinson asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they plan to announce the winning bid for the future use of the Millennium Dome at Greenwich. [HL3493]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Dome Europe has won the competition to take over the Dome when the Millennium Experience ends on 31 December. We believe their proposals will deliver a high quality, innovative and economically sustainable long-term future for the Dome, of which the people of Greenwich and the United Kingdom can be proud.

The proposals will build on the remarkable achievements in constructing the Dome and delivering the Millennium Experience this year. Provision of a world-class visitor attraction will continue, and will benefit from Dome Europe's investment of around £400 million in the core Dome site over the next five years.

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In supporting the Dome's transition from the current Millennium Experience to another major visitor destination, Dome Europe is proposing to create an urban entertainment resort, through a combination of uses inside the Dome and on adjacent land. The latter will include hotels, a convention centre, commercial leisure, restaurants, residential units, offices, retail and community facilities. Whilst the proposals are all subject to the granting of planning permission, and much work remains to be done to complete the sale of the site, we are confident that Dome Europe's proposals will deliver an exciting contribution to the continued regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula.

We have further decided that, of the overall consideration for the sale of the Millennium Dome (details of which must remain commercially confidential at this stage), some £53 million should be paid to the New Millennium Experience Company from total expected early payments from the competition of £105 million. There is also provision for additional payment for land value in certain circumstances and a share of profits if and when the business changes hands. The remainder of this total amount, after meeting third party commitments, will go to English Partnerships. In reaching this view, we took account of the benefits to the Greenwich Peninsula and the Thames Gateway in terms of continuity of jobs and assured future private investment in the site, building on the substantial public investment already made--more than £1 billion--towards major environmental, transport and other improvements on the Peninsula.

Intervention Board: Annual Report and Accounts

Lord Sewel asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the Intervention Board will publish its 1999-2000 Annual Report and Accounts. [HL3690]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): The Intervention Board's 1999-2000 Annual Report and Accounts were laid before Parliament today. Copies are available in the Library of the House. Under separate arrangements, copies will also be made available in the libraries of the devolved legislatures.

BSE

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish in the Official Report an updated table showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed in Great Britain during each week of 2000 to date, together with the moving total of cases reported for each 52-week period. [HL3460]

Baroness Hayman: The following table shows the number of cases of BSE confirmed in Great Britain during each week of 2000 to date, together with the

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moving annual total of cases reported for each 52-week period.

Week NumberNumber confirmed each week52 Week Total Reported
1332,957
2602,906
3132,874
4252,846
5132,818
6632,789
7562,754
8322,726
9332,688
10462,634
1172,632
12762,599
13412,578
14262,566
15252,537
16252,501
17262,487
18292,460
19302,431
20382,426
21262,408
22172,373
23222,338
24652,313
25262,290
26322,276
27212,262
28222,229

Note: Week 1 is the week ending Friday 7 January.

It should be noted that the rate of confirmation may not closely reflect the progress of the epidemic. This is because there may be a variable and sometimes long delay between slaughter and confirmation as a result of delays in laboratory diagnosis and administrative procedures. The delay between slaughter and confirmation is an average six to eight weeks, but may on occasion be considerably longer.


GM Crops: Exclusion from Food Chain

Lord Swinfen asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 3 July (WA 123), what monitoring will be undertaken and what enforcement action will be put in hand to ensure that crops produced from the unauthorised sowing of genetically modified seed will not enter the food chain. [HL3219]

Baroness Hayman: The Government has written to all farmers who may have sown the affected seed varieties giving details of the relevant arrangements which have been made under the EU Arable Area Payments Scheme and warning them that it would be an offence to market crops grown from the affected seed lots. Government inspectors are auditing the arrangements put in place by Advanta Seeds (UK) Ltd to identify the affected farmers and compensate them for the losses associated with crop destruction. We have also alerted processors of oilseed rape to the need to ensure that the affected crops are not marketed and do not enter the food chain.

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