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Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the most recent statistics are that his Department has collated on the level of subtitling of all programmes broadcast on (a) BBC1, (b) BBC2, (c) ITV, (d) Channel 4 and (e) Channel 5. 
Janet Anderson: From the most recent information available from the BBC, over 70 per cent. of BBC1 and over 65 per cent. of BBC2 is subtitled. From the latest figures available from the ITC, published in the Commission's Annual Report 1999, the level of subtitling of programmes in that year was 66 per cent. on ITV; 50 per cent. on GMTV; 60 per cent. on Channel 4; and 32 per cent. on Channel 5.
Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to compel United Kingdom manufacturers of television sets to include a tuner that can receive digital signals in every new television set. 
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Janet Anderson: The Government have no such plans, which could be contrary to our international commitments unless it is part of a European agreement. However, the proposal for the Directive on universal service and users rights relating to electronic communications networks and services stipulates in its annexe VI that all the television sets sold in Europe should have at least one open interface socket permitting the connection of a digital receiver.
Mr. Chris Smith: This is a matter for the Millennium Commission. I will write to the hon. Member in my capacity as Chairman of the Commission, and place copies of my reply in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the applications for National Lottery grants and the amounts refused by each (a) parliamentary constituency in Scotland and (b) Lottery board for each of the last five years. 
Kate Hoey: We have contacted the National Lottery distributing bodies to request such information as they hold, and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available, placing copies of my letter in the Libraries of both Houses.
Ms Quin: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is managed by the Board of Trustees established by the National Heritage Act 1983 and has the status of an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body. I am today announcing the Quinquennial Review of this body which will evaluate its performance and status. The Review also meets a commitment under the Government's Better Quality Services initiative which requires Departments to review their services and activities over a five-year period to decide how best to improve quality and value for money.
as part of the evaluation, to pay particular attention to the effectiveness of postgraduate horticultural training and the quality of public education activities; and to take account of the conclusions of the Science Audit being carried out in March 2001;
to consider in the light of this evaluation and the views of customers and other stakeholders whether NDPB status remains the most cost-effective way of achieving its own and Departmental aims, as well as Government-wide aims such as those relating to science policy and Modernising Government;
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Interested parties are invited to submit their views to the Review Team by Monday 9 April 2001. Details of how to contact them are contained in the MAFF press notice issued today or on our website http://www.maff.gov.uk.
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made by the European Commission on legislative provisions concerning the adventitious presence of genetically modified seeds in seed of conventional plant varieties. 
Mr. Nick Brown: The Commission has recently published a working paper on the presence of GM seeds in seeds of conventional varieties. The draft proposals include provisions on GM threshold levels, previous cropping requirements, isolation distances and labelling. Copies of the working paper have been placed in the Library of the House.
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responsive to consumer demand;
an integral part of the rural economy.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the comments made by Professor Harriet Kimbell at a departmental news conference concerning SEAC's meeting on 28 November 2000. 
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will indicate, in respect of each component item of the farm aid package announced on 30 March 2000, (a) if it has been accounted for as DEL or AME expenditure and (b) what proportion has been paid to (i) farmers and (ii) other intended recipients to date. 
Mr. Nick Brown [holding answer 8 January 2001]: The Action Plan for Farming, launched at the Farming Summit on 30 March was supported by £203.5 million. The components of this, how they have been accounted for, and the proportion paid to farmers and other intended recipients to date are as listed.
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|Measure||Value||Accounted for as DEL or AME||Proportion paid to farmers/other intended recipients to date|
|Introduced a scheme to encourage the restructuring of the pig industry in order to improve its long-term viability. (UK wide)||£26 million (in 2000-01)||DEL||--|
|Pay to dairy farmers all the agrimonetary aid that EU rules permit this year only. (UK wide)||£22 million (in 2000-01)||AME||99.9 per cent. (£21.9 million)|
|Pay agrimonetary compensation to beef farmers of £22 million this year only. Payments will be made in connection with Beef Special Premium, Suckler Cow Premium and Extensification Payments for the 2000 scheme year. (UK wide)||£22 million (in 2000-01 and 2001-02)||AME||39 per cent. (£8.6 million)|
|Agrimonetary compensation to sheep farmers of £22 million this year in respect of 1999 scheme year claims. (UK wide)||£22 million (in 2000-01 and 2001-02)||AME||100 per cent. (£22 million)|
|Increase support for hill farmers beyond the level specified in the Rural Development Plans submitted to the Commission. (UK wide)||£60 million (in 2000-01)||DEL||--|
|Seek from the Commission an increase in the maximum weight per animal on which compensation is payable under the over-30-months scheme. (UK wide)||£20 million (estimate) (in 2000-01)(3)||DEL||49 per cent. (£12.3 million estimated expenditure)|
|Remove charges for dairy hygiene inspections in England as soon as the necessary legislation can be put in place||£1 million (in 2000-01)||DEL||Value represents an estimated annual saving to industry|
|Hold the increase in meat inspection charges for 2000-01 to the rate of inflation. (GB wide)||£4.5 million (in 2000-01)||DEL||Value represents an estimated annual saving to industry|
|Increase the rate of grant under MAFF's Farm Waste Grant Scheme from 25 per cent. of eligible expenditure (under which uptake has been low) to 40 per cent. (England only)||£3.5 million (in 2001-02)||DEL||--|
|The Government will double the Regional Development Agencies' Redundant Building Grant Programmes, which operates in Rural Priority Areas, to £8 million in 2000-01. (England only)||£4 million (in 2000-01)||DEL||0.7 per cent. (£28K) (Quarter 1 figures)|
|The Government will allocate £2.3 million to create in England a European Centre for organic fruit and nursery stock.||£2.261 million (over two years: £0.3 million in 2000-01 and £1.961 in 2001-02)||DEL||12 per cent. (£273K)|
|A single charge for authorisation to dispose of used sheep dip, equivalent to the current application charge of £85, should cover the full four-year period of the initial authorisation. This means that the current annual charge of £107 will not be payable during the first four-year period. (England and Wales)||£4.7 million over four years(4)||DEL||56 per cent. (£2.65 million)-- (estimated cash benefit in 2000-01)|
|Business Restructuring in England:|
|The Government will pump-prime the drive to improve the competitiveness of farmers by providing funding for business improvement, on a challenge basis, following the model of the Agriculture Development Scheme 1999||£1 million (in 2000-01)||DEL||45 per cent. (£450K)|
|The Government will provide funding of £1.2 million to Lantra (National Training Organisation for the Landbased Sector) to promote the economic benefits of training and to analyse the training needs of farm business||£1.2 million (in 2000-01)(5)||DEL||52 per cent. (£935K)|
|The Government will help farmers develop better business practices through tailored business advice. As farmers increasingly diversify their businesses, they will be able to draw on the wider expertise and services of the Small Business Service||£6.5 million (in 2000-01)(6)||DEL||10 per cent. (£851K)|
|The Government will continue to support the Rural Stress Information Network by extending for at least a further year the secondment of a MAFF official to that organisation. MAFF will also increase the provision of free advice to those farmers referred to it by certain organisations. The Government will increase its support to voluntary bodies dealing with rural stress on the basis of an action plan drawn up with them. The final payments, 25 per cent. (£125K), are due to be made by 1 March 2001.||£0.5 million (in 2000-01)||DEL||75 per cent. (350K)|
|Launch an electronic portal for farming||£0.4 million (in 2000-01)||DEL||40 per cent. (160K)|
|Business restructuring aid for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland||£2 million (in 2000-01)||DEL||DARD--NAWAD--SERAD 100 per cent. (£1.046 million)(7)|
(3) Revised estimate now £25 million
(4) Estimated saving to industry
(5) Allocation now £1.8 million--includes element of hill support funding
(6) Allocation now £8.5 million--includes element of hill support funding
(7) In the course of 2000-01 the Scottish Executive has incurred additional costs of some £4 million towards advancing its electronic data transfer and service delivery systems, both of which offer significant improvements to farm business management in Scotland. The cost of these measures is greatly in excess of the £1.046 million provided for under the Action Plan for Farming
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