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Written Answers

Volume 447: debated on Monday 6 February 1984

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Written Answers

Sponsorship Costs: Tax Deductibility

asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the estimated annual cost to the Exchequer of the commercial sponsorship of cultural, sporting and other events, which is claimed as expense tax-deductible from profits.

I regret that this information is not available.

Telecommunications Bill: Cable Installation

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they are satisfied that under the Telecommunications Bill, as now drafted, it will be possible for cable to be laid in publicly-owned sewers and water mains.

Clause 85 of the Telecommunications Bill enables a water authority to install or authorise another person to install telecommunication apparatus inside a public sewer or a water main. To avoid doubt in cases where there are third party rights in public sewers, the Government propose to bring forward amendments to the Bill which will ensure that the authorisation of any works inside a public sewer will not constitute a contravention of any obligation imposed on a water authority.

Svalbard Archipelago: Nato Commitment

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether it is within the remit of NATO to protect, if necessary by force of arms, the demilitarised status of the Svalbard archipelago, which is part of the sovereign territory of Norway, a member of NATO.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are committed, under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty, to consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened.

Submersible Craft: Legal Status

a) domestic, and ( b) international law of small submersibles (naval, commercial, or research), which may be either remotely controlled or manned, and may or may not be in permanent contact with the seabed, operating within United Kingdom internal or territorial waters, or on or over the United Kingdom continental shelf.

Any manned mobile submersible apparatus which is operated within United Kingdom waters or from a British-registered ship is required to be registered with the Department of Transport. Such craft and supporting apparatus are prohibited from operating without a valid safety certificate issued by my right honourable friend after satisfactory survey. Further regulations relating to their safe operation are being prepared. Legislation regulating offshore installations and activities on the United Kingdom continental shelf affects the use of submersibles in certain respects. Naval submersibles are not covered by merchant shipping legislation.There are no international conventions relating specifically to submersibles, but such craft are subject to the provisions of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 1973/78) and the 1958 Convention on the Territorial Sea.