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Voluntary Sports Clubs: Licensing Fees

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government estimate that the fees for a premises licence or club premises certificate under the Licensing Act 2002 will be between £100 and £500 as a one-off application fee, and that an annual fee of between £50 and £150 would be payable thereafter. These fees have been estimated on the basis of the actual costs of the licensing authority. Current fees are not based on full cost recovery by the magistrates' courts. We do not consider it appropriate for the taxpayer to subsidise the consumption of alcohol in clubs or any other premises.

Illegal Meat Imports: Convictions

Lord Rotherwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: None of Customs' seizures of illegal meat since 11 April 2003 have resulted in convictions being recorded on its central database.

Customs and Excise: Detection of Meat Smuggling

Lord Rotherwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: I refer the noble Lord to the answer I gave to his Question on 10 June (HL 3103) (Official Report, col. WA 26). Since then

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two of the new teams have begun operations. Customs continues to redeploy existing teams until the remaining appointments have been made. The additional dog teams commence training in November and will be operational early in 2004.

EU: Lisbon Economic Reform Agenda

Lord Inglewood asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether further reforms will need to be made to the provisions of Titles VIII and "I of Part Three of the Treaty of Rome on the coming intergovernmental conference to ensure that the European economies respond sufficiently to the measures taken under the Lisbon agenda and that the European Union meets the objective of becoming the world's most competitive economy; and, if so, what those reforms should be.[HL4422]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government's White Paper A Constitutional Treaty for the EU published on 9 September sets out the Government's approach to the forthcoming intergovernmental conference. In the IGC, the Government will work to ensure outcomes that will bolster stability, promote flexibility and enhance the ability of European countries to raise productivity and employment levels in line with the Lisbon economic reform agenda. The White Paper also notes the Government's strong support for a full-time Chair of the European Council. This will bring coherence and consistency to the EU's actions, and thereby give the member states through the Council much greater capacity to give direction and momentum to the EU's agenda, for example on the Lisbon process.

The Government outlined proposals on economic reform in their Progress Report on Economic Reform in Europe, published in February.

Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the EDAW and HOK Sport's master plan for the London 2012 Olympic bid proposes to include Crossrail.[HL4472]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Crossrail is not required for the delivery of a robust transport plan for the Olympics.

The Government have always said that Crossrail would not be completed before 2012 and that it could not therefore form part of the Olympics transport solution. Crossrail will therefore not be included in the master plan for the London 2012 Olympic Bid.

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, and if so when, they intend to amend Barbara Cassani's contract as leader of London's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games from part-time to full-time.[HL4475]

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: There are no plans to amend Barbara Cassani's contract as leader of the London's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.

On 26 September, London 2012 Ltd announced the appointment of a full time chief executive, Keith Mills, to take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the bid.

Paralympic Games 2012

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will provide details of their proposals to hold the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.[HL4474]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government have always made it clear that the bid is to stage not only the Olympic Games but also the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

By agreement between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee, the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be hosted by the same city with one organising committee for both games. Detailed proposals for staging the Paralympic Games in London will be provided as one of the themes for the candidature file due to the IOC in November 2004.

Mike Brace, chairman of the British Paralympic Association, has recently been appointed as a member of the board of the bid company London 2012.

Heritage Railways: Lottery Grants

Lord Fearn asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many "tourist" railways receive lottery grants.[HL4514]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Since the Heritage Lottery Fund started awarding grants in 1995, it has made 93 awards to heritage railways, which includes grants that pay for the restoration of associated equipment and structures (for example, engines and stations).

The lottery awards database, which contains information held by distributors, shows that the Millennium Commission has supported two railways and that a number of other grants have involved railways in some way.

Piers: Lottery Grants

Lord Fearn asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many piers in England and Wales have received lottery funding in the past 10 years.[HL4516]

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Since the Heritage Lottery Fund started awarding grants in 1995, it has awarded grants to five piers and three harbour/pier combinations in England and Wales.

As part of the "Thames 2000 Initiative", the Millennium Commission has awarded lottery funding to five piers in London.

In addition, some other grants have been linked in some way with piers. However, in these cases the pier itself has not been the primary purpose of the award.

Canals in the North West

Lord Fearn asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What tourist use is being made of canals in the North West.[HL4517]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: North-west Canals are generating more than £105 million visitor spend. The canals are attracting a variety of tourist activities including: boating holidays, walks, educational visits, cycling trips and angling, while towpaths are being used to get to marinas, pubs and eateries.

British Waterways and its partners have gained an international reputation for delivering sustainable tourism through waterway regeneration. Successful restoration projects such as the Millennium Ribble Link, Huddersfield Narrow and Rochdale Canal are attracting strong tourist interest, as well.

Gross Value Added

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What were the average percentage increases between 1997 and 2001 in gross value added per head for:


    (a) the combined East of England, London and south east England regions; and


    (b) the rest of the United Kingdom; and[HL4527]

    What were the ratios in:


    (a) 1997; and


    (b) 2001 of the average gross value added per head in the combined East of England, London and south-east regions to the rest of the United Kingdom (in total).[HL4528]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from the National Statistician, Len Cook, to Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, dated 30 September 2003.

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your two questions on Gross Value Added (GVA) per head for the combined East of England, London and the South East and the rest of the United Kingdom (HL4527 & HL4528).

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The estimates in tables A and B are based on the regional GVA estimates published in August 2003. These are available on the National Statistics website at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=7359

Table A Percentage increase in GVA(4) per head compared to the previous year

YearEast of England, London and the South East combinedUnited Kingdom excluding the East of England, London and the South East
19987%5%
19995%3%
20005%4%
2001(5)5%4%
Average(6)5%4%

>Table B
GVA1 per head, indexed to UK=100.0

YearEast of England, London and the South East combinedUnited Kingdom excluding the East of England, London and the South East
1997118.590.3
2001(4)122.587.9

(5) GVA at current basic prices, excluding Extra-Regio. Extra Regio is that part of the UK's economic territory which cannot be allocated to any specific region. The contribution to UK GVA of UK embassies abroad and UK forces stationed overseas is included in Extra-Regio, along with the element of GVA relating to activities taking place on the continental shelf.

(6) Excluding statistical discrepancy for 2001. Regional figures for the latest year do not sum to the UK total due to the statistical discrepancy in the National Accounts. For years up to 2000, figures are based on fully reconciled national estimates of income and expenditure. At the time of the publication of the estimates the 2001 data had not been completely reconciled and a statistical discrepancy exists, which is not broken down by region.

(7) Compound annual percentage increase between 1997 and 2001.



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