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Better Public Buildings Initiative
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will name the projects the departmental Design Champion has sponsored as part of the better public buildings initiative; and if she will make a statement on the extent of her personal input in respect of each. 
The DCMS design champion, my right hon. and Noble Friend the Minister for the Arts (Baroness Blackstone) has personally sponsored three projects; a DCMS conference, "Taking the Lead: Good Design in Public Buildings" at which she delivered a keynote address; Stonehenge, one of the UK World Heritage sites where DCMS led by my right hon. and Noble Friend is driving work forward to protect the site and improve the visitor experience; and the BBC project to redevelop Broadcasting House and the surrounding area. My right hon. and noble Friend met Richard MacCormac, the architect for the project on Monday 29 July 2002.
Public Buildings Action Plans
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Departments have produced better public buildings action plans. 
The following departments have produced action plans:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Work and Pensions
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Department for Trade and Industry
Lord Chancellor's Department
Ministry of Defence
Department of Health
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The former Department for Transport and Local Regions was preparing an action plan for publication on 5 July. Due to the recent departmental changes, new action plans will now need to be prepared for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Transport. The Department for Education and Skills plan to publish an Action Plan later this autumn.
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Portable Antiquities Scheme
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action she intends to take to ensure that the Portable Antiquities Scheme is continued and that her Department will provide long term financial support for the scheme. 
In March this year, my right hon. and noble Friend, the Minister of State for the Arts, announced at the Standing Conference on Portable Antiquities that DCMS would be funding the Scheme's pilot posts for the following financial year, and promised that the longer term funding of the Scheme would be considered in the light of the outcome of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Spending Review.
My right hon. Friend's Review has delivered additional resources for DCMS, over the three year period of the review, which will provide real-term growth at an average of 3.5 per cent. a year. Decisions on the allocation of these additional resources will be taken over the coming months
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department expects to receive the Office of Fair Trading's report on the BBC's UK programme quotas; and if she will make a statement. 
[holding answer 24 July 2002]: I understand that the Office of Fair Trading is preparing its report and that it will be available shortly.
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tourists visited (a) Somerset and (b) Taunton Deane in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2000. 
South West Tourism reports that in 2000 Somerset received a total of 12.09 million visits, including day visits, of which 2.18 million were made to Taunton Deane.
Detailed visit data are not yet available for 2001. However, United Kingdom Tourism Survey data show that 3.32 million visits involving stays of one or more nights were made to Somerset in 2001.
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many jobs under the remit of her Department in (a) the core department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and (d) independent statutory bodies, organisations and bodies financially sponsored by her Department, the BBC and other such organisations, are located in (i) Scotland, (ii) England, excluding Greater London, (iii) Greater London, (iv) Wales, (v) Northern Ireland and (vi) overseas, broken down by (A) whole time equivalent jobs and (B) the percentage per individual department, body or organisation. 
[holding answer 24 July 2002]: The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
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Sports and Recreation
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what plans she has to assess the national provision of sports and recreation facilities; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) what plans she has to assess the national provision of open space available for informal sport and recreation; and if she will make a statement. 
My Department has announced our intention to establish an England-wide database of sports facilities. Information on sports facilities in England is currently held by a variety of organisations and a single database will enable more strategic Government investment in those areas and facilities which are most important. My Department is currently assessing the scope, content and cost of the proposed database and how the project will be taken forward.
Sport Action Zones
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will announce the next round of sport action zones; and if she will make a statement. 
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 21 May 2002, Official Report, column 252W. The position has not changed since then.
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the expected increase in expenditure on sport as a result of the Spending Review is; and if she will make a statement. 
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 24 July by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, West (Mr Thomas), Official Report, columns 11641165W.
Ministerial Design Champions
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the projects the Ministerial design champions for each Government Department are sponsoring. 
Department for Culture, Media and Sport:
Taking the Lead: Good Design in Public Buildings conference at the Imperial War Museum held in October 2001
Stonehenge visitor reception building
BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place
Home Office: HQ Building Marsham Street
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Old Rectory Farm, Surrey
Drayton Farm, Warwickshire
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Treasury: Arrangements for sponsorship of the ongoing GOGGS project by a Treasury Minister will be finalised in the autumn
Ministry of Defence: MOD Main Building PFI
Tidworth Primary Health Care Centre Functional Prime Contract
Department for Work and Pensions: Hartshead Square, Sheffield
DWP will also announce another project this autumn
Lord Chancellor's Department: Exeter Combined Courts
Manchester Civil Justice Centre
East Anglia PPP
Department of Health: University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust
Leicester City West Primary Care Trust
Manchester Children's University Hospital NHS Trust
Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: New British embassy and ambassador's residence Warsaw
The Department for Trade and Industry and the Department for Education and Skills will announce projects in the autumn.
The new design champions for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Transport have not yet confirmed which projects they will be sponsoring.
TRADE AND INDUSTRY
Mr. Alan Campbell:
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with fireworks retailers regarding the period in which fireworks can be sold. 
Discussions are to take place shortly with fireworks retailers regarding the voluntary period of sale.
Mr. Alan Campbell:
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with fireworks manufacturers regarding the banning of aerial bangers. 
The Department has had discussions with representatives of fireworks manufacturers who have put in place a voluntary ban on the supply of air bombs to the consumer.
Mr. Alan Campbell:
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has had from animal welfare organisations regarding the sale and use of fireworks. 
The Department has received representations from animal welfare organisations regarding the sale and use of fireworks, but this is essentially a matter for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) under the Protection of Animals Act 1919.
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