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Written Answers

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

Written Answers to Questions

Monday 9 October 2006

Culture, Media and Sport

Tote

9. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department is making with the sale of the Tote. (92573)

My Department has been in discussion with a racing consortium regarding the sale of the Tote at full market value.

Unfortunately we have not been able to reach an agreement with the consortium.

We will announce shortly how we intend to meet the intentions of the manifesto—achieving value for money for the taxpayer and recognising racing’s interest in the Tote.

Sport at School

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress is being made towards the two hours per week sport participation target for school children. (92574)

The results of the 2005-06 school sport survey will be published in the near future.

We are confident that we are on track to meet the 2006 PSA target of 75 per cent. of 5 to 16-year-olds who spend at least two hours each week on high quality PE and school sport, within and beyond the curriculum.

The 2004-05 School Sport Survey showed an 11 per cent. increase in the percentage of children in school sport partnerships spending at least two hours in a typical week on school sport.

Digital Television

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of households in Dundee have access to digital television through a roof top aerial. (92576)

Ofcom estimates that over 80 per cent. of households in Dundee currently have access to digital terrestrial television.

Digital TV take-up in Scottish regions is 66 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her most recent assessment is of the digital television coverage in (a) the Forest of Dean area and (b) other areas; and what steps are being taken to improve coverage in the Forest of Dean. (91775)

Ofcom estimates that around two thirds of homes in the Forest of Dean constituency currently receive digital terrestrial services. The majority of homes are able to receive digital TV via satellite, using appropriate equipment.

Three quarters of UK households are able to receive digital terrestrial television. Digital switchover will allow all those who currently receive a good analogue signal to receive digital TV via an aerial, ensuring that the vast majority of people have a choice of digital platform.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that digital services are accessible from new-build housing in the Government’s growth areas. (87820)

We recognise the importance of ensuring that digital services are readily accessible from new-build housing, and my officials are working with others in Government on the production of good practice guidance in this area for house builders.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her assessment is of the level of awareness of the digital switchover in (a) the South West and (b) Forest of Dean constituency. (90172)

According to Digital UK, in Q2 2006, awareness of digital switchover in the ITV regions covering the South West was as follows:

Q2 switchover awareness

ITV region

Percentage

West country

77

West

175

Central

66

1 Small base size, to be viewed as indicative only.

Information is not available by parliamentary constituency.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the (a) number and (b) percentage of households that will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television. (90173)

We estimate that around 7 million UK households will qualify for assistance from the digital switchover help scheme between 2008 and 2012. This represents around 25 per cent. of all UK households by 2012.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how figures for digital television reception are collected and calculated; and whether any new transmitting devices are planned to be built prior to digital switchover. (91774)

Ofcom calculate digital terrestrial television coverage using a computer model dividing the UK into units of 50 metre squares using a database with details of all UK transmitter locations, frequencies, heights and powers. The model also makes assumptions about the height and condition of viewers’ aerials, the effects of incoming interference from distant UK and continental transmitters.

The digital terrestrial television network cannot be extended before digital switchover as additional transmitters would interfere with the existing analogue signals.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the readiness of the residents of Blaenau Gwent to switch to digital television. (92481)

DCMS does not hold specific information for Blaenau Gwent.

Research for Ofcom/Digital UK Switchover Tracker, which measures readiness for switchover in each region, demonstrates Wales has one of the highest levels of switchover awareness (71 per cent.). Wales has the highest take-up of digital television in any UK region. As of March 2006, 80 per cent. of Welsh households already had digital TV (Ofcom, Q1 2006).

Online Gambling

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many online gambling companies have been prosecuted since 1997 for violating the Gaming Act 1968 in advertising their services. (92577)

Since 1997 there have been no prosecutions for violating the advertising provisions of the 1968 Gaming Act.

The joint DCMS/Gambling Commission guidance on remote gambling advertising has led to a dramatic reduction in offensive adverts.

BBC

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the new arrangements for BBC governance. (92580)

The new arrangements for BBC governance take full effect from 1 January. The separation of the Trust from the executive board will strengthen the BBC's independence from Government and its accountability to licence fee payers.

Travelling Circuses

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is her most recent assessment of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on travelling circuses. (92581)

The Government remain committed to evaluating the impact of the new licensing requirements on travelling circuses after their first season of operating under the new regime.

I look forward to meeting the hon. Member shortly to discuss these issues with him.

Olympic Games

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support is being provided for towns wishing to participate in the 2012 Olympic Games. (92582)

A Nations and Regions Group (NRG) has been established to provide leadership and strategic direction in ensuring that the whole of the UK is engaged with and benefits from the 2012 Games. Local authorities are represented on the working groups which, in each nation and region, are developing a delivery plan to ensure that these opportunities are realised.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Department plans to allow people to camp in public parks during the 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement. (89261)

This has been one proposal for widening access to the 2012 Games that has been put forward within the Department in the context of the consultation that was launched on 19 July. We want to encourage the widest possible debate about how we might maximise all our valuable assets, while recognising that all proposals need to fit in with existing infrastructure and plans for the Games. But no decisions have been taken at this stage.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the planned use is of the Olympic Games shooting ranges after the Games end; and if she will make a statement. (89733)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr. Bone) on 26 April 2006, Official Report, columns 1133-34W. Decisions on the future use and location of all of the temporary venues constructed for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will be made on a needs basis, in close consultation with the Home Country Sports Councils and UK Sport, closer to 2012.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are for venues in Wales to be used (a) to host events and (b) for athletes’ training in the 2012 Olympics. (90076)

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host group stages of the football competition in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Wales also has venues that could be used to provide facilities for pre-Games training and for the holding camps that a country’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) and/or National Paralympic Committee (NPC) may choose to set up prior to the Games.

In order to assist NOCs and NPCs, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is putting together a ‘Pre-Games Training Camp Guide’ in which facilities in the UK that have been selected as providing a suitable training environment are listed by location and by sport.

Applications to have a facility listed in the Pre-Games Training Camp Guide can be made on the London 2012 website: www.london2012.com/trainingcamps. They will then be collated at regional level and a proposed list of facilities submitted to LOCOG for final selection. The guide will be distributed to NOCs and NPCs in July 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans (a) she and (b) her Department has to meet Welsh Assembly Government Ministers and officials to discuss maximising benefits to Wales from the 2012 Olympics. (90077)

The information is as follows.

(a) The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport plans to meet periodically with the Secretary of State for Wales to review progress towards maximising the benefits to Wales of the 2012 games. Additionally, as Sports Minister, I have met with Alun Pugh on a number of occasions.

(b) A Nations and Regions Group (NRG), has been established to provide leadership and strategic direction in ensuring that the whole of the UK is engaged and makes the most of the opportunities to benefit from the games in 2012. Each nation and region, including Wales, is represented on the NRG and is developing a delivery plan to ensure that it gains the maximum benefits from the games and its legacy.

The Welsh Steering Group for the London 2012 games has also been established to create a direct link with the work of the London 2012 organising committee, DCMS, and wider organisations in Wales. Officials from the Steering Group represent Welsh interests on the Nations and Regions Group.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the economic effects on (a) inner London, (b) Greater London and (c) the rest of the UK from the 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement. (90163)

We commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to produce an Olympic Games Impact Study (OGIS) to assess the net benefits of hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 in social and economic terms to London and the UK. This study (published in December 2005) shows there are likely to be significant benefits for the UK.

Through the Nations and Regions Group we will work with regional development agencies and other key regional bodies to develop plans and strategies to maximise these opportunities.

The OGIS report can be accessed on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website at: www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/publications/archive_2005/ogis

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the Olympic Delivery Authority includes social rented housing in its legacy. (91527)

The Olympic Park legacy will include affordable housing, including a mix of social rented and intermediate housing (like shared ownership), as set out in local and regional planning policy documents. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) will make a new planning application for elements of the Olympic Village located outside of Stratford City, at Clays Lane in January, and they will work with the Olympic Village development partner to determine the level and type of affordable housing.

There will also be legacy applications for housing on other areas of the Park, and the content of these will be discussed between relevant parties, including the ODA, London Development Agency, London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and others. My Department will continue to work with Government colleagues to ensure that affordable housing of all kinds is included within this legacy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what examples there are of good practice by local authorities in the preparation and planning for the build up to the 2012 Olympics. (91597)

We have established a Nations and Regions Group which draws together key players from each of the English regions and the devolved Administrations to ensure the whole of the UK is involved in and can maximise the opportunities of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Each region has established a working group as a focal point for planning for the Games. These working groups bring together key regional bodies such as Regional Development Agencies, Regional Sports Boards, Regional Cultural Consortia and local authorities to ensure effective joint working on preparations for the 2012 Games, including the recent ‘Be Part of 2012’ Roadshow which toured the UK during July, engaging local communities and businesses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) assessments and (b) reports her Department holds on file of incidents of contamination on the proposed site of the London 2012 site at Stratford. (92245)

The London Development Agency (LDA), in consultation with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), is responsible for the assembly and remediation of the land for the Olympic Park site in Stratford.

Initial site investigation and desk-top research work, undertaken by the LDA in support of the Olympic and Legacy Planning Applications, identified some contamination within the footprint of the Olympic Park area. Site investigations are currently being carried out, in accordance with industry best practice, to identify the exact type and concentrations of contamination. The investigations are following principles set out in the Intrusive Investigation Method Statement approved by the London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, the Environment Agency and British Waterways, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.

The process of characterising the nature of ground conditions within the Olympic Park is ongoing and is not due for completion for many months. Although the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will be working closely with the LDA and ODA throughout the exercise, the reports will be commissioned by those bodies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what changes have been made to the initial Olympic Park plans to meet security requirements. (87827)

Security considerations have been written into design work at every stage of the plans and remain of the utmost importance. Though security was not a primary driver for the recent changes to the plans, all alterations that were made by the Olympic Delivery Authority were done so in consultation with the relevant Government agencies, including the Home Office, which leads on security issues in relation to the Games.

TV Licences

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the concessionary schemes for television licences. (92579)

The Government have introduced free licences for people aged 75 or over and increased the discount for registered blind people to 50 per cent. of the licence fee, as well as retaining the accommodation for residential care scheme for retired people aged 60 or over and disabled people. We reviewed the concessionary arrangements as part of BBC Charter Review but, for the reasons set out in the White Paper published in March this year, we have no plans for any changes to the existing concessions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the eligibility for a free television licence for the over-75s applies to (a) second homes, (b) those permanently in care homes and (c) those in care homes for a short-term period. (90499)

The BBC, as television licensing authority, is responsible for interpreting the television licensing regulations and for determining licensing requirements in specific circumstances. However, the general position is that free television licences are not available for second addresses, whether permanent or short-term. A person aged 75 or over who is ordinarily resident in a care home that qualifies for the communal Accommodation for Residential Care (ARC) concessionary licence does not need a separate television licence and the standard fee of £5 per unit of accommodation is waived for their accommodation. An over-75 living in a care home that does not qualify for the ARC concession would be entitled to their own free television licence.

Ticket Touting

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to prevent ticket touting at sporting events; and if she will make a statement. (92583)

In the last few months we have brought together a wide range of interested parties including from sports and from the primary and secondary ticketing industry as well as internet auction sites to discuss how to clamp down on ticket touting and provide ticket selling arrangements in the best interest of fans and the wider public. The Secretary of State has chaired three meetings and a further one is planned for December. In support of this my Department is undertaking research into consumer and other stakeholder opinions and is liaising closely with the Department of Trade and Industry and other public agencies to ensure that relevant legislation and other measures provide as good a regime as possible for the elimination of touting and the encouragement of good ticketing practice.

I will be reporting the outcome of this work as soon as possible next year.

Freeview

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the availability of Freeview in Wirral. (92584)

Ofcom estimates that over 80 per cent. of households in Wirral currently have access to digital terrestrial television.

Digital TV take-up in the Granada region is 74 per cent.

Agency Staff

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what average hourly rate her Department paid to employment agencies for agency staff in each year since 1999, broken down by agency. (89544)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport use the Sammons Group and Adecco employment agencies to provide temporary staff. Average hourly rates in the year to 31 March 2006 were £14.50 for Sammons and £13.96 for Adecco. Information for earlier years is not available without disproportionate cost to the Department and its employment agencies.

Authorised Version

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version of the Scriptures. (89234)

There are no plans in place to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorised Version of the Scriptures in 2011.

Casinos

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on which occasions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have discussed with the Deputy Prime Minister (i) the Government's policy on regional casinos, (ii) planning issues connected to regional casinos, (iii) the post-sale use of the Millennium Dome and (iv) gambling policy. (84706)

[holding answer 12 July 2006]: DCMS Ministers have regular meetings and discussions with ministerial colleagues and others on a wide range of subjects. Information relating to internal meetings, discussion and advice is not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations have been received by the Department from Manchester residents in opposition to a regional casino. (92357)

The Department has not received any representations from Manchester residents opposed to a regional casino in Manchester. All representations relating to bids by local authorities for the right to issue the one regional casino premises licence permitted by the Gambling Act 2005 have been made to the Casino Advisory Panel, which is operating independently of the Department.

A summary of representations received by the panel both for and against a regional casino in Manchester is available on the Casino Advisory Panel's website (www.culture.gov.uk/cap<http://www.culture.gov.uk/cap>).

Child Protection in Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money was given to the Child Protection in Sport Unit in 2005-06. (91534)

Over 2005-06, the Child Protection in Sport Unit received £227,000 of Exchequer funding from Sport England.

Connections Through Culture

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the likely impact of the Connections through Culture project on Chinese recognition of British culture. (91825)

China-UK: Connections through Culture is a joint initiative between the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the British Council with support from the Scottish Executive. A study has been completed to consider how best to develop further cultural co-operation between the UK and China, including diplomatic and trade ties.

Criminal Injuries Compensation

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 4 July 2006, Official Report, columns 915-16W, on criminal injuries compensation, when she will be making an announcement of further details on the operation of the charitable fund; what estimate has been made of the cost of extending the Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme to cover British victims of terrorism abroad; and if she will make a statement. (92631)

As indicated in the previous answer, the Government will make an announcement on this subject in the near future.

Criminal Offences

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many criminal offences her Department has created by Orders in Council in each year since 1997. (88476)

At 27 July 2006 no new criminal offences have been created by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport by Order in Council since 1997. Existing criminal offences have been extended to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man by the following Orders in Council:

Broadcasting (Guernsey) Order 2003 (SI 2003/3192)

The offences in section 13(1) and section 97(1) of the Broadcasting Act 1990 were extended to Guernsey.

Broadcasting (Isle of Man) Order 2003 (SI 2003/3193)

The offence in section 13(1) of the Broadcasting Act 1990 was extended to the Isle of Man.

Broadcasting (Jersey) Order 2003

The offences in section 13(1) and section 97(1) of the Broadcasting Act 1990 were extended to Jersey.

Wireless Telegraphy (Jersey) Order 2003

The offences in sections 168 to 173 of the Broadcasting Act 1990 were extended to Jersey.

Broadcasting and Communications (Jersey) Order 2004

The offences in section 363(2) and 366(8) of the Communications Act 2003 were extended to Jersey.

Members should consult the texts of the Acts for full details of the offences.

Departmental Child care Facilities

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what child care (a) provision and (b) assistance is available to her Department's staff; (89545)

(2) whether there are waiting lists for places at child care facilities which her Department provides for its employees;

(3) which of her Department's main premises have child care facilities on site.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport provides a range of support for people with child care needs.

The Department participates in the Westminster holiday play scheme which is run at four central London sites. This scheme costs £25 per day per child, of which the Department subsidises half. There is not a set number of allocated places to the Department and places are offered on a first come, first served basis. Waiting lists for these places occur if a date and site become over-subscribed. The Department does not have on-site child care facilities at any of its own premises.

The Department also offers child care vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme to provide parents with maximum flexibility in choosing the child care most suited to their needs. DCMS meets the cost of administration which is 5.5 per cent of the value of vouchers taken by staff. Currently there are nine members of staff who take advantage of this scheme.

The Department has also introduced the Family Life Solutions service for all staff (a free and confidential telephone helpline service offering support to people with caring responsibilities and information on a range of issues, including child care). The cost of this for the Department is approximately £1,500 per year for 520 staff.

Departmental Publications

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) title is of each publication her Department has issued since 1 July 2005. (89543)

The publications produced by the Department since 1 July 2005 are listed in the table:

Title

Cost (£)

Amount

Gambling Act 2005: What it means for Licensing Authorities

769.31

3,000 copies

Listing Criteria—Public Consultation

2,346.44

1,000 copies

Ecclesiastical Exemption

581.62

n/a pdf only

About Us (Amendments and reprint)

1,375

2,500 copies

Hague Convention Consultation

5,549.34

1,000 copies

Marine Consultation—Analysis of responses

581.62

n/a pdf only

Treasure Annual Report

28,581.71

3,000 copies

Museums Acquisitions

2,976.80

1,000 copies

Human Remains Code of Practice

3,984.31

500 copies

Open House Leaflet

368.00

2,500 copies

Total Reward Leaflet

2,209.00

600 copies

Gambling Act: Transitional Arrangements Consultation

1,233.7

n/a pdf only

Spoliation Advisory Panel—Ashmolean Report

3,164.00

180 copies

Sustainable Development Plan

2,955.50

800 copies

DCMS Annual Report (TSO)

46,229.30

1,500 copies

Laying the Foundations

12,992.00

3,000 copies

Abolition of Slavery leaflet

1,861.47

3,000 copies

Lottery Good Causes Consultation

1,143.25

4,000 copies

Nurturing Creativity in Young People

1,4310

1000 copies

Digital Housing Project (reprint)

1,350

5000 copies

Communicating with the over 65 years: Desk Research document

1,010.50

n/a online

Government Response to Select Committee Report about Digital Switchover

1,634

100 copies

Digital Expert Group report document

503

n/a online

Digital Expert Group report (July 2006) document

457.50

n/a online

Gambling Act: Fees document

1,545

n/a online

The role of higher and further education in the Creative Industries full document

4,180

700 copies

The role of higher and further education in the Creative Industries A4 summary

1,138

500 copies

The role of higher and further education in the Creative Industries flyer

920

1,500 copies

Market for Art: Government reply to 6th report CMS committee—type setting and printing

1,580.00

100 copies

Report on Theatre: Government response to CMS committee typesetting + printing

1,690.00

120 copies

Public Libraries: Government response to CMS select Committee, typesetting + printing

1,910.00

200 copies

DCMS Resource Accounts

4,619.49

200 copies

Export of objects of cultural interest

12,243

700 copies

National Lottery Dist fund typesetting/printing

2,326.00

500 copies

Government response to committee report on charter review—type setting and printing

1,544.00

100 copies

Spoliation Advisory Panel report

3,164.00

180 copies

BBC White Paper

15,311.90

3,000 copies

Broadcasting Cricket document typeset and print

3,164.00

200 copies

Spoliation Advisory Panel/4 drawings

1,740.00

100 copies

Government response to Lords Select Committee on charter Review

1,544.00

150 copies

DCMS Business Plan reprint 1,000 copies

1,350.00

1,000 copies

Dynamic Action Plan

1,540.00

5,000 copies

Dance Link brochure: Design, Artwork + print

11,912.00

20,000 copies

DCMS Business Plan 2006-07

3,503

2,000 copies

BBC Charter White Paper

17,765

2,000 copies

BBC Draft Royal Charter and Framework Agreement

2,760

120 copies

BBC Revised Draft Royal Charter & BBC Revised Draft Framework Agreement

2,227

100 copies

BBC Further Revised Draft Royal Charter

330

175 copies

Sustainable Development Action Plan

2,812

800 copies

Working Together: local authorities and DCMS

8,043

25,000 copies

Tourism Consultation document

8,500

5,000 copies

Departmental Staff

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed since April 2005 in (i) her Department and (ii) each of the agencies for which she has responsibility is recorded as disabled. (92185)

The proportion of staff employed in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport recorded as disabled is 3 per cent. and in the Royal Parks Agency 1.5 per cent. The Department and its Agency collect disability data on the basis of voluntary self-classification. Recruitment since April 2005 has been limited and data on the number of disabled staff employed cannot be released as numbers less than five are suppressed to protect confidentiality.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many disabled people were hired by her Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what percentage of the overall workforce these figures represented in each year; and how many disabled people left employment in her Department over the same period. (92470)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport collects disability data on the basis of voluntary self-classification. Data on the number of disabled staff hired, the percentage of the overall workforce and leavers in each of the last five years since April 2006 cannot be released as numbers less than five are suppressed to protect confidentiality.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what tax-efficient schemes for the purchase of bicycles her Department makes available to its employees; how many and what percentage of her Department’s staff purchased bicycles through such schemes in 2005-06; whether the schemes are available through a range of suppliers; and whether arrangements are made to enable staff with disabilities to purchase adapted bicycles from a specialist supplier. (90067)

The Department does not provide tax-efficient schemes for the purchase of bicycles for staff. We provide interest-free loans for the purchase of bicycles.

We have recently upgraded our on-site facilities for cyclists including provision of additional bicycle racks and upgraded shower facilities. We provide parking spaces for disabled staff.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of her Department’s employees have been (a) dismissed, (b) suspended and (c) subject to disciplinary action for criminal activity in each year since 1997. (88458)

At 25 July 2006 no employee of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport had been dismissed, suspended or subject to disciplinary action for criminal activity since 1997.

Digital Television (Unsolicited Messages)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what systems, regulations and guidelines are in place governing the unsolicited messages that are displayed on digital television screens. (92193)

The matters raised are the responsibility of the Office of Communications as independent regulator. Officials have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to respond directly. Copies of the Chief Executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Gambling

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many code of practice provisions relating to social responsibility the Gambling Commission is proposing for (a) licensed bingo clubs, (b) licensed betting offices and (c) licensed casinos. (89724)

The Gambling Commission is still considering responses to its consultation document Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice, (published in March 2006), so the number of provisions to be included in the Commission’s social responsibility codes for each type of licensed operator is still to be finalised. The Commission is aiming to publish its response to the consultation document and the final codes of practice and conditions on social responsibility by the end of October 2006.

Independent European Football Review

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made with the Independent European Football Review; and what the deadline is for its final report. (89289)

My officials continue to consult with the football authorities, the Central Council of Physical Recreation, other Departments and the devolved Administrations.

We anticipate that discussions about the review will continue at a number of levels for the foreseeable future, including at the Sports Ministers Conference during the Finnish presidency in November.

Intellectual Property

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with the Gowers intellectual property review team with regard to (a) football fixture lists, (b) sports specific rights and (c) proposals from the Independent European Football review. (89845)

Libraries

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance her Department has issued to library authorities in the last 12 months on improving library services. (89165)

In 2003 the Department published Framework for the Future, its national strategy for public libraries over the next 10 years. Since then the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has devised and led on an action plan to take forward its recommendations. Over the last 12 months the MLA has undertaken a considerable number of activities to help individual library authorities improve their services. These have included publishing several reports such as on improved stock procurement by libraries, and on how libraries might engage more fully with their local communities together with a toolkit to help them do so. Programmes of leadership training and peer reviews of individual library authorities have continued and a review of the Public Library Service Standards has been instituted.

A full list of its activities is contained in the latest quarterly monitoring report (to June 2006) to be found on the MLA website at http://www.mla.gov.uk/website/programmes/framework/background/background A new action plan setting out the MLA’s proposed activities over the period 2006 to 2008 may also be found there.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on refurbishing public libraries in each year since 1997. (89167)

The Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Expenditure (CIPFA) estimates that the following sums of capital expenditure were spent on public library refurbishments between 1997-98 and 2004-05.

£

1997-98

7,248,043

1998-99

8,378,576

1999-2000

8,628,365

2000-01

10,328,347

2001-02

20,091,390

2002-03

21,050,013

2003-04

16,675,414

2004-05

26,357,075

These figures show that capital expenditure has increased from £7.2 million (over £8.5 million in 2004-05 prices) to over £26 million. This represents a three fold uplift across the period in real terms.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department is taking to improve the quality of book stocks in public libraries. (90093)

In 2001 my Department introduced the Public Library standards, to help to define local authorities' statutory duty. Two of these standards have regard to the lending stock held by libraries, setting targets for items added to the collections through purchase per 1,000 population, and time taken to replenish the stock. Since 2001 there has been significant improvement in these areas primed by these standards, which both aim to encourage the quantity, freshness and condition of the stock that library users find when they visit.

Reader development organisation Opening the Book has been joint funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), Arts Council England and the Audit Commission to deliver a stock quality health check of public libraries. This looks in detail at the range and depth of adult fiction and poetry stock in public libraries, and the findings are made available online (www.stockquality.org/stockquality/). This tool continues to enable them to compare themselves with other authorities—105 of the 149 English authorities did so last year—and to understand how their existing book selection systems might align their purchasing more closely with the varying needs of local communities.

The MLA has also developed a national book purchasing model for public libraries. This was published in August this year under the title Better Stock, Better Libraries. The report outlines how up to 20 million of savings can be made for local authorities through joint selection and purchasing, and creates a significant opportunity for authorities to reinvest those savings in improving library services to customers, including their book stock levels. The next stage of the project will develop the proposals in detail and test them fully—including the costs, risks and benefits—before they are implemented.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to ensure that public libraries do not charge users for access to the internet as part of the People's Network. (90094)

The People's Network was introduced from 2002 onwards, connecting all public libraries in England to the internet through publicly accessible computers.

At the time of the Network's introduction, the intention was that it should be free universally at point of use. The majority of the 149 library authorities do not charge for public access to it. However, the decision whether or not to charge for this access rests with the individual authorities. All authorities that do charge offer concessions for particular types of user and some offer free access each day for a limited period.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Government intend to publish their libraries’ buildings audit. (92100)

The Library Buildings Survey, funded by DCMS and commissioned by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, was published on 18 September 2006.

The Survey results can be found at:

www.mla.gov.uk/website/news/press_releases/Library_Buildings_Survey_Published2

Licensing Act

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date the Government expect to publish revised guidance to local authorities on the Licensing Act 2003; and whether the Government plan to consult on the revised guidance. (90500)

The Secretary of State expects to consult on draft revised guidance to licensing authorities on the discharge of their functions under the Licensing Act 2003 shortly. The public consultation exercise will last for 12 weeks. Following consideration of responses to the consultation, we expect to issue finalised revised guidance early in 2007.

Listed Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many properties are listed at each grade of listed building. (91546)

The number of properties listed at each grade is as follows:

Number

Grade I

9,120

Grade II

20,955

Grade II

341,708

There are also a number of churches that are still graded under the old ABC system. These are as follows:

Number

Grade A

36

Grade B

400

Grade C

278

National Lottery

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much superdraws have contributed to the funds raised by the national lottery for good causes since they were introduced; and if she will make a statement. (90150)

There have been 72 national lottery guaranteed jackpots, or superdraws, since they were first introduced in 1995. In total, they have contributed £776,966,865 to the good causes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the source is of the money paid out on national lottery superdraws; and how many draws there have been since they were first introduced. (90151)

There have been 72 national lottery guaranteed jackpots, or superdraws, since they were introduced on 7 January 1995. Of these, 52 took place under the first and interim licence periods, with a further 20 taking place under the second (current) licence period.

Under the first and interim licence periods, funding for superdraws was taken from the prize target shortfall. The shortfall was the difference between the amount of revenue that Camelot’s 1994 bid anticipated paying in prizes and the actual amount paid. Following the funding of the superdraw, the balance of the shortfall, together with the interest generated on it, passed in full to the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDF).

Under the 2002-09 licence, which took effect on 27 January 2002, there has been a change in the way that superdraws are funded. The increased prize payout for a superdraw is now funded jointly by the NLDF and the operator (Camelot) in the proportion that they benefit from incremental sales. Since superdraws use funds which would otherwise be destined for the good causes, individual superdraw events have to be approved by the National Lottery Commission.

Portchester Castle

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2006, Official Report, columns 963-64W, on Portchester Castle, if she will place in the Library a copy of the regulations made in 1974; and if she will make a statement. (90130)

I have arranged for copies of the 1974 Portchester Castle Regulations to be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.

Questionnaires

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) questionnaires, (b) statistical inquiries and (c) investigations have been carried out wholly or partly at public expense on behalf of or by her Department or public bodies for which she is responsible in each year since 1997; and what the (i) nature, (ii) purpose and (iii) cost was of each. (83191)

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the following information is readily available:

Questionnaires and statistical inquiries

Taking Part Survey—a continuous survey of individuals in private households collecting information on how people choose to spend their time and their views on the leisure activities and facilities available to them. Results are used to provide a robust evidence base for policy-making and to monitor participation and attendance in DCMS sectors by priority groups, reflecting our PSA3 target for 2005-08.

Total Cost: £1.47 million (2005-06), £2.7 million (2006-07)—funded by DCMS, Arts Council England, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Sport England and English Heritage

General Household Survey—prior to the launch of the Taking Part survey, the Department made an annual contribution to this major ONS survey. Additionally, in 2002-03, Sport England and Arts Council England jointly funded a module on the survey to collect information on individuals' participation and attendance in sporting and cultural activities.

DCMS Contribution: £16,300 (2000-01), £16,700 (2001-02), £17,200 (2002-03), £17,600 (2003-04), £18,000 (2004-05)

UK Time Use Survey—along with several other Departments, DCMS made contributions over five years relating to this large one-off survey in 2000, with surplus finances used to fund a follow-up exercise in 2005. The survey combined diary and questionnaire elements to illustrate how people in the UK spend their time.

DCMS Contribution: £30,000 (in each year 1998-99 to 2002-03)

International Passenger Survey—the Department makes an annual contribution to this survey run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Information is gathered on tourism to and from the UK and is used to meet our statutory requirement to provide tourism statistics to Eurostat.

DCMS Contribution: £1,600 (2000-01), £18,300 (2001-02), £18,900 (2002-03), £1,800 (2003-04), £20,300 (2004-05), £21,100 (2005-06)

Other Tourism Surveys—As part of a consortium, DCMS funded the last GB Day Visits Survey in 2002-03 to capture information on the volume and value of this important element of the tourism industry. Alongside results from other tourism surveys, this allows estimation of the size of the industry and monitoring of progress towards industry growth targets.

DCMS Contribution: £45,000 (2001-02)

Although DCMS does not contribute directly to their funding, two other major tourism surveys are carried out by the National Tourist Boards partly on the Department’s behalf. The UK Tourism Survey collects information on domestic overnight trips and the UK Occupancy Survey collects information on levels of occupancy in different types of accommodation. The results of both these surveys are used by the Department to meet our statutory requirement to provide tourism statistics to Eurostat.

Broadcasting Surveys—As part of its work on the BBC Charter Review and Digital Switchover, DCMS has undertaken a number of surveys of individuals.

Cost: £35,000 (2001-02), £120,000 (2004-05), £32,500 (2005-06)

Licensing Surveys—Prior to the recent change in the Licensing Act, a Liquor Licensing statistical bulletin was published by DCMS in 2004, and this is scheduled to be updated in 2007 (though reflecting changes in laws). The Department has also undertaken several small-scale ad-hoc surveys in relation to the implementation of the new Act. A survey of betting licences was also carried out in 2003.

Costs: Not separately identified.

Investigations: other departmental research projects

The Department has undertaken a number of research projects over the last few years to provide evidence to support policy. The projects since 2003-04 have been undertaken at a cost of over £1 million and include:

Project

Budget (£000)

Gambling prevalence

175

Arts and crime / Arts and health

95

Productivity in the music industry

100

Public libraries position statements

179

Local authority performance framework

50

Royal Parks Agency

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the capital grants from her Department to the Royal Parks Agency will be over the next three years. (89869)

The Royal Parks Agency has been allocated capital grants of £900,000 in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Funding for 2008-09 is subject to the outcome of the 2007 Spending Review.

Security Passes

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in her Department by year since February 2004. (88559)

Since 1 January 2006 a total of (a) 35 passes have been reported as lost, and (b) none stolen. Details of passes reported lost or stolen prior to 1 January 2006 are not available.

Shanghai Expo

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provision her Department has made to fund the British pavilion at the 2010 Better City Better Life Expo in Shanghai. (91828)

DCMS has no current provision to fund the British pavilion at the 2010 Better City Better Life Expo in Shanghai.

South Kensington Museums

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure that improvements are made to the tunnel link between South Kensington underground station and the museums on Cromwell Road and to the streetscape in the Exhibition Road area. (91826)

The tunnel link from South Kensington underground station is owned and managed by Transport for London, and the streetscape in the Exhibition Road area is the responsibility of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the City of Westminster, and Transport for London. Improvements to the subway, a Grade II listed structure, form an integral part of the proposed Exhibition Road project, which seeks to enhance the physical setting and connecting public spaces of the Exhibition Road area.

My Department welcomes the project, led by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with the City of Westminster and Transport for London. I understand a bid is to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help fund the redevelopment of the tunnel link. Officials from the Department chair and provide the secretariat for the Exhibition Road Cultural Consortium, an alliance of all the cultural institutions in the Exhibition Road area associated with the project. The next meeting of the consortium is scheduled for 23 October.

Sport in the Community

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the provision of sport in the community. (92127)

The Department is committed to the provision of sport in the community, assessed through our public service agreement target of increasing levels of participation in sport by priority groups by 3 per cent. by 2008. We are implementing a range of measures to achieve this target, which will be measured through our Taking Part survey. First year results will be available by the end of this year.

By this year, the Government and the national lottery will have committed over £1 billion to develop new or refurbished public sports facilities. Sports facilities programmes such as Active England, the New Opportunities for PE and Sport initiative and the Community Club Development Programme are supporting the development of over 4,000 new or refurbished sports facilities.

Government investment in the coaching strategy between 2004 and 2008 will total £60 million with the bulk being spent on establishing a network of around 3,000 Community Sports Coaches. We are also investing £100 million in England from 2005-08 in the Community Club Development Programme assisting National Governing Bodies to develop community sports clubs to increase participation and widen access.

We have also committed £34.5 million over the next two years to the National Sports Foundation to fund a range of projects to benefit grassroots sport, and we will be encouraging the private sector to match this funding.

Sports Betting

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will bring forward similar legislative proposals on sports betting to those introduced in Victoria, Australia; and if she will make a statement. (91345)

The Government have no plans to introduce similar proposals to those outlined in the Victoria state discussion document.

The Government understand that the Victoria Department for Justice published a paper in March 2006 discussing how the Australian sports betting industry could be better regulated. It was designed to initiate discussions on allowing sports to determine if betting can take place on their events; protecting the integrity of sports on which betting takes place; and returning a percentage of all betting on sports to the benefit of those sports.

The Independent European Sport Review Report 2006 addresses a number of related issues, particularly with regard to football. The Government are considering the report and will publish its response in due course.

Sports Funding

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has invested in sport in each of the last five years; and how much of that funding was targeted towards children and young people. (89541)

DCMS funding for sport is primarily channelled through Sport England and UK Sport. The following table shows the funding for these bodies over the last five years.

£

UK Sport

Sport England

Exchequer

Lottery

Exchequer

Lottery

2001-02

16,381,000

25,442,000

43,162,000

237,583,000

2002-03

15,513,000

21,463,000

80,324,000

223,742,000

2003-04

23,018,000

20,041,000

44,572,000

202,531,000

2004-05

23,089,000

21,055,000

74,455,000

189,899,000

2005-06

29,305,000

19,000,000

78,963,000

175,000,000

Total 2001-06

107,306,000

107,001,000

321,476,000

1,028,755,000

UK Sport is the Government’s lead agency for high performance sport. It is charged with leading British sport to world-class success. Its investments are primarily directed at sports and their high performance performers who compete or have the potential to compete in international sporting competitions. In addition to running the World Class Pathway Programme, UK Sport is responsible for the Talented Athletes Sponsorship Scheme (TASS), which is targeting £17 million over 2004-08 in young talent, primarily between the ages of 16 and 25. TASS 2012, a strand of TASS launched in 2005, targets funding at talented 12 to 18-year-olds with potential to win a medal in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

DCMS has contributed £193 million over 2002-06 to the £459 million Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links (PESSCL) Strategy run jointly with DfES. Some £113 million of the £193 million has been channelled through Sport England and £80 million has been allocated to School Sport Partnerships directly. This funding is targeted directly at children and young people. See the following table.

DCMS PESSCL funding

£

2001-02

0

2002-03

43,000,000

2003-04

67,000,000

2004-05

38,000,000

2005-06

45,000,000

Significant lottery funding is also spent on DCMS priorities for sport and physical activity through the New Opportunities for PE and Sport (NOPES), the Active England Programme, and School Sports Co-ordinators. NOPES and School Sports Co-ordinators primarily benefit children and young people, whereas Active England benefits the whole community. The following table sets out the funding allocated through each of these programmes over the last five years.

£

NOPES

Active England1

School Sports Coordinators

2001-02

10,596,800

2002-03

72,921,857

5,556,286

2003-04

131,359,522

8,193,277

2004-05

262,961,886

57,095,000

7,475,404

2005-06

42,143,693

17,340,289

15,664,862

1 Sport England has also allocated £31.5 million to Active England.

Sports Stadiums

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of UK sports stadia certified by the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme for their environmental management; and if she will make a statement. (89213)

UK sports stadiums are owned by a range of organisations including clubs, local authorities and trusts. Therefore, this information is not held centrally.

Television Reception (Leicester)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2006, Official Report, column 1764W, on Televisions, Leicester, what proportion of Leicester residents live in areas where only the Sutton Coldfield BBC transmitter provides adequate signals; and how many households this represents. (89932)

Precise figures for the Sutton Coldfield BBC transmitter are not recorded.

Precise figures for Leicester residents receiving television signals from Sutton Coldfield BBC transmitter are not recorded.

Television Without Frontiers Directive

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the costs to UK businesses arising from the implementation of the new rules contained in the EU television without frontiers directive. (91306)

The Department's partial regulatory impact assessment on the European Commission's proposal for the revision of the television without frontiers directive raised the question of costs to UK businesses. The Department's consultation on the proposal invited businesses to provide an estimate of costs. The consultation period has recently closed and we are considering the information provided. Our analysis will also take full account of the report by Rand Europe “Assessing Indirect Impacts of the EC Proposals for Video Regulation”.

Tourism

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tourists visited England in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. (89064)

The following tables set out the number of visits to England from (i) overseas and (ii) the UK where this included an overnight stay.

Inbound visits to England by year

million

Visits (all)

1997

19.6

1998

19.9

1999

21.5

2000

21.5

2001

19.3

2002

20.5

2003

21.2

2004

23.6

2005

25.3

Source:

International Passenger Survey (ONS)

Domestic overnight trips in England by year

million

Visits (all)

1997

125.6

1998

115.4

1999

137.7

2000

140.4

2001

131.9

2002

134.9

2003

121.3

2004

101.4

2005

111.2

Source:

UK Tourism Survey (National Tourist Boards).

The methodology for the UKTS changed in 2005 meaning that comparisons with previous years should be treated with caution. This change occurred due to concerns with the quality of 2004 data, which is thought to be an under-representation of the true position.

In addition, a substantial number of day visits are made to, or within, England. The last leisure day visits survey in 2002-03 recorded a total of over 900 million tourism day visits to destinations in England.

TV Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether TV Licensing shares information with any Government Departments or agencies. (91793)

TV Licensing holds television licensing data as an agent for the BBC. The corporation has indicated TV Licensing does not share such information with any Government Department or agency. However there is discretion to release information in response to specific requests. Such information is released only if TV Licensing are satisfied that all relevant legal pre-conditions are met, including the requirements of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998 and general administrative law principles.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether there is a legal requirement for a person to inform TV Licensing that they are changing address. (91794)

There is no legal requirement for a person to inform TV Licensing of a change of address. However, a television licence covers the address specified in the licence. It is in the interests of the licence holder to inform TV Licensing of any change of address ensuring the television remains correctly licensed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what process TV Licensing uses to trace people who have moved and not informed TV Licensing. (91795)

The BBC has statutory responsibility for the administration of the television licensing system and TV Licensing carries out the day-to-day administration under contract to the corporation. I have referred the question to the BBC’s head of revenue management and asked him to reply directly. Copies of the reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

TV Local News

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had about the future of local news programmes on ITV following the changeover from analogue to digital television. (92578)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not had any recent discussions on this issue. However, the Government are committed to retaining a strong regional dimension to public service broadcasting, and we welcome the conclusion of Ofcom's review to maintain ITV1’s regional news obligations.

UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will allocate funds to the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust for the purpose of preserving (a) Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds and (b) Scott’s hut at Cape Evans in Antarctica. (92090)

In 2002, the Government, through the Government of the British Antarctic Territory, donated £70,000 to support the proposed Ross Sea heritage restoration project, developed by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, to secure the long- term future of the historic huts of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton on Ross island, Antartica. There are, however, many domestic demands for protecting our heritage and insufficient funds to meet them. There is currently no further capacity to assist with overseas projects but we are continuing to explore with others what private funds might be available from British sources.

UK Film Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by the UK Film Council in (a) south-east England, (b) Brighton and Hove and (c) West Sussex in each of the last five years; and which projects have been supported. (88041)

The UK Film Council disperses a combination of Lottery and Grant In Aid (GIA) funding to each of the English regions through nine Regional Screen Agencies. Screen South is the agency tasked with supporting film activity in the south east of England. In each of the last five years the UK Film Council has invested in Screen South as follows:

£

GIA

Lottery

Total

2001-02

35,632

67,733

103,365

2002-03

432,000

447,267

879,267

2003-04

432,000

405,000

837,000

2004-05

432,000

305,000

737,000

2005-06

432,000

305,000

737,000

In each of the last five years Screen South has made lottery awards of:

Lottery awards (£)

2001-02

n/a

2002-03

256,671.65

2003-04

260,836.00

2004-05

244,025.11

2005-06

242,440.00

Note:

Between 2001-02, the regional investment fund for England was being set up, hence the reason why we do not have any figures available for this period of time.

In addition, the difference between the lottery awarded to Screen South by UK Film Council and that given out by them can be accounted for by the time lag between funds being given by the UK Film Council and eventually drawn down by successful applicants to Screen South. It can also be attributed to the overheads of the organisation. The UK Film Council’s lottery awards to Screen South provide the core funding for the organisation and enable it to attract and administer funds from a wide range of sources.

Specifically, Screen South has invested in West Sussex as follows:

£

GIA

Lottery

Total

2001-02

n/a

n/a

n/a

2002-03

10,500

10,500

2003-04

8,447

8,447

2004-05

18,200

18,200

2005-06

20,125

20,125

And in Brighton and Hove as follows:

£

GIA

Lottery

Total

2001-02

n/a

n/a

n/a

2002-03

90,000

63,720

153,720

2003-04

73,000

47,030

120,030

2004-05

58,000

58,106

116,106

2005-06

58,000

74,850

132,850

A detailed breakdown of the projects supported by Screen East in the south-east region and in Brighton and Hove and West Sussex is included with this response. It is important to note that Brighton and Hove is a cultural hub of the region, and that the density of awards made in this area reflects the concentration of film-making activity and film makers submitting applications. A short note is also included outlining the two projects receiving direct grant in aid investment.

The UK Film Council has also made lottery awards, both directly and through its delegates Skillset and First Light, to organisations and film makers based in the South East. In each of the last five years these amounted to:

In Brighton:

£

Lottery awards

2001-02

407,266.00

2002-03

389,642.00

2003-04

1,004,589.00

2004-05

1,908,038.00

Beyond detailing the two projects in Brighton, which were individual and specific to the area, it has not been possible within the time or cost limit to analyse the regional impact of grant in aid funds. This is because such funds are invested in schemes and activities which take place across the region, or in the case of the British Film Institute, the whole of the UK.

I am arranging for a detailed breakdown of the projects supported by this funding to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

VisitBritain

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in filling the position of chair at VisitBritain. (91477)

A shortlist of high calibre has been agreed for interview later this month. Our aim is to make the appointment during the autumn.

Wembley National Stadium

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects Wembley National Stadium Limited next to make a profit. (91602)

Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL) is a private sector organisation. Issues relating to WNSL's financial status are matters for that organisation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated cost to (a) the Brent economy and (b) Wembley National Stadium Limited is of events cancelled due to the delayed opening of Wembley stadium. (91603)

Even before opening, the stadium development has been a catalyst for investment in the wider regeneration of Wembley. An improved transport system is now in place and, new shops, new leisure and community facilities and 8,500 new homes will also help to bring a major boost to the Brent economy.

Once opened, around 7,500 permanent job opportunities will be created by economic activity directly related to the stadium. The stadium will attract around 2.5 million visitors a year, bringing an estimated annual visitor spend of £229 million to Wembley and the surrounding area.

The estimated cost to Wembley National Stadium Ltd because of cancelled events is a matter for that organisation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many events planned to take place at Wembley stadium have been cancelled due to its delayed construction. (91604)

The cancellation of events at Wembley stadium due to construction delays is a matter for Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL).

In March 2006, WNSL announced publicly that no major events would be held at Wembley stadium in 2006. Details of the alternative arrangements made for scheduled events at Wembley in 2006 can be found on the WNSL website at www.wembleystadium.com/pressbox/pressreleases.htm.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial penalties have been imposed on Multiplex due to the delayed construction of Wembley stadium. (91605)

Issues relating to the contractual arrangements between Multiplex and Wembley National Stadium Ltd in respect of the construction of Wembley stadium are matters for those organisations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what safety criteria tests Wembley stadium will be required to meet after its construction before it can receive a licence to stage major sporting events. (91606)

Wembley stadium needs to hold a sports ground safety certificate. The sports ground safety certificate for Wembley stadium will include conditions designed to ensure spectator safety at that ground.

Conditions for the issue of a sports ground safety certificate are determined by the relevant certifying local authority following consultation with a number of expert organisations including local police and fire authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met representatives from (a) Multiplex, (b) Wembley National Stadium Limited and (c) the Football Association to discuss the construction of Wembley stadium. (91607)

Wembley stadium is a Football Association project and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State therefore does not meet directly with Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL), the Football Association (FA) or Multiplex to discuss construction progress.

As a stakeholder in the project she receives regular reports on construction progress and DCMS officials attend monthly progress meetings with WNSL, the FA, Sport England and the London Development Agency.

Church Commissioners

Pastoral Reorganisation

28. To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will make a statement on pastoral reorganisation and the promotion of outreach work. (92609)

The commissioners administer the legal framework for pastoral reorganisation which enables effective deployment of the Church's resources. As part of our guidance on possibilities for pastoral provision we recently began a series of seminars to promote the Church's mission agenda and reach out with the gospel to a new generation.

Church Upkeep

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions the commissioners have had with Ministers on the upkeep of churches and other places of worship. [92604]

We are frequently emphasising the importance of additional funds for the upkeep of places of worship, not only as important heritage buildings but also to support and enhance their substantial contribution to the life of our communities.

Equality

27. To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the commissioners plan to take to ensure there is no discrimination in the provision of their goods and services. (92608)

Like other Church bodies, the commissioners will be reviewing their activities and making necessary modifications to ensure that they comply with the new requirements to be introduced by the Equality Act 2006.

Electoral Commission Committee

Electoral Register

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance the Electoral Commission has produced on whether political parties may use the full version of the electoral register for (a) party political fundraising purposes and (b) survey canvassing. (89802)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it has not produced any guidance on whether political parties may use the full version of the electoral register for party political fundraising purposes or for survey canvassing.

Policy Development Grant

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what plans the Electoral Commission has to review the allocation of policy development grant following the 2005 general election results; and what the payment was to each eligible party in 2006-07. (89803)

Policy development grant (PDG) is payable by the Electoral Commission, in accordance with a scheme made by order of the Secretary of State following the submission of recommendations by the Commission, to registered parties which have at least two Members of the House of Commons who have taken the Oath and are not disqualified from sitting or voting in the House.

The Commission is required to keep the terms of the scheme under review, and to make recommendations to the Secretary of State for any variation it considers appropriate. Following the 2005 general election, the Ulster Unionist party ceased to be eligible for PDG with effect from 1 April 2006 as it no longer had the requisite qualifying number of Members in the House. The Electoral Commission recommended a revised scheme to the Secretary of State which came into effect on 1 April 2006. Under the new scheme, the same overall sum as under the previous scheme is distributed between the seven remaining eligible parties.

PDG is paid in arrears against claims submitted by eligible parties in respect of qualifying expenditure. The 2006-07 allocations and payments to date are:

£

Party

2006-07 allocation

Total payments to date

Balance remaining

Conservative and Unionist Party

457,997

223,934

234,063

Democratic Unionist Party

155,786

64,666

91,120

Labour Party

457,997

0

457,997

Liberal Democrats

457,997

149,775

308,222

Plaid Cymru

151,894

54,985

96,909

Scottish National Party

162,542

117,774

44,769

Social Democratic and Labour Party

155,786

0

155,786

Total

1,999,999

611,135

1,388,864

Note:

All figures rounded to the nearest pound.

Deputy Prime Minister

Admiralty House

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to public funds of his official residence in Admiralty house was in 2004-05. (83225)

The operation of Admiralty house is covered by a single facilities management contract. It is not possible to separately identify the actual costs of my flat from those of the building as a whole. However, for internal accounting purposes, costs are apportioned on the basis of the floor area of my flat as a proportion of the whole (at 20.7 per cent.). Figures for 2004-05 are already in the public domain.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his flat in Admiralty house has ancillary staff paid for from public funds; and what the (a) notional monthly market rent and (b) estimated capital value of the flat is. (89785)

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) on 19 June 2006, Official Report, column 1615W, and the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) on 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1636W.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what Government-owned works of art are located in his flat in Admiralty house. (89786)

A number of works of art from the Government art collection are on display in Ministers’ official residences.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the floor area is of his flat in Admiralty house; (89800)

(2) what minor works took place on his flat in Admiralty house in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) on 25 October 2005, Official Report, column 326W.

Casinos

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when (a) he and (b) his officials have held meetings in the last 12 months with casino operators interested in securing licences under the Gambling Act 2005; where each meeting took place; and what was discussed. (83819)

I have not had any such meetings with casino operators, and neither have officials in my Office. For information relating to officials’ meetings prior to Friday 5 May 2006, I refer the hon. Member to the answer which will be given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings he has had with casino operators and their associates since January 2003; and who the attendees were in each case. (84191)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 11 July 2006, Official Report, column 1794W, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman).

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings he has had with (a) Ministers and (b) officials to discuss with his colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (i) the Government’s policy on regional casinos, (ii) planning issues connected to regional casinos, (iii) the post-sale use of the millennium dome and (iv) gambling policy. (84705)

[holding answer 12 July 2006]: I have regular meetings and discussions with ministerial colleagues and others on a wide range of subjects. Information relating to internal meetings, discussion and advice is not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

Council Tax

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has responsibilities for co-ordination of Government policy on council tax. (86002)

[holding answer 17 July 2006]: Responsibility for policy relating to council tax rests with the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The hon. Member may be aware that I chair the Cabinet Committee on Local and Regional Government. The Chair of a Cabinet Committee must act in a neutral way if the system is to work effectively. Departments’ views are represented by their own Ministers who attend the meetings.

Departmental Expenditure

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list for 2001-02 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by his Office in respect of hotel and other similar privately provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (a) himself, (b) staff and (c) other persons. (91909)

For information relating to the financial years 2001-02 to 2005-06, I refer the hon. Member to answer which will be given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the amount spent by his Office on food and alcohol for its staff working out of office for 2001-02 and each subsequent financial year. (91910)

For information relating to the financial years 2001-02 to 2005-06, I refer the hon. Member to answer which will be given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Donated Assets Reserve

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the gifts he has received in an official capacity that he (a) has and (b) has not retained since the last register of his Department's donated asset reserve. (90534)

The Government publishes an annual list of gifts received by Ministers valued at more than £140, including details of which gifts were retained by Ministers personally. Information relating to 2005-06 was published on Monday 24 July and copies are available in the Library for the reference of Members.

Government Art Collection

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what art work he has selected from the Government art collection to decorate his office. (87582)

The Government art collection holds over 13,000 works of art in a broad range of media, with displays in several hundred major Government buildings in the UK and abroad.

A 2001 painting by George Robson entitled “Marching Out” is on display in my office at 26 Whitehall.

Ministerial Meetings

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) US Government officials and (b) industry representatives he met during his recent visit to Texas and the USA. (87623)

[holding answer 24 July 2006]: As is usual during an official visit abroad, I met and was introduced to a number of US Government officials and industry representatives while in the USA in 2005. These included Senator Mel Martinez, Secretary Alphonso Jackson, Assistant Secretary Buddy Garcia, Secretary of State Roger Williams, Speaker Andrew Romanoff, Mr. Michael Dell, Mr. Charles Carpenter, Dr. Henry Cisneros, Mayors Will Wynn, Phil Hardberger, John Hickenlooper and Antonio Villaraigosa.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what telephone conversations he has had since 1997 with (a) casino operators, (b) Anschutz Entertainment Group, (c) Mr. Anschutz and (d) companies with interests in a casino licence in the UK; and what topics were discussed in each case. (87831)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he has held meetings with representatives of companies or consortia on the shortlist for the contract as the Olympic Delivery Authority deliver partner; which companies or consortia partners he has met; what the location was of each meeting; what was discussed at each meeting; and if he will make a statement. (88229)

[holding answer 24 July 2006]: I have not had any such meetings.

Ministerial Office and Staff

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Coventry South (Mr. Cunningham) of 21 June 2006, Official Report, column 1875W, on departmental staff, how many of the staff enumerated in the answer provide support or assistance to him. (82942)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood (Mr. Pickles) of 21 June 2006, Official Report, column 1867W, on his private office, which Government Department funds his private office; (83227)

(2) whether the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is a Government Department.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether the new Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is a Government Department in its own right; (90312)

(2) in which Cabinet Office building or buildings the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is located;

(3) how many full-time equivalent staff work in his Office;

(4) which other Government Departments are providing administrative and policy support to his new office; and how many full-time equivalent civil servants are providing such support;

(5) how many full-time equivalent staff provide support to his special advisers.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many full-time equivalent staff there are in his (a) private office and (b) secretariat. (86854)

I have been given a role by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister overseeing and co-ordinating Government policy across the full range of domestic policy areas through the Cabinet Committee system, and deputising for him at home and abroad, particularly in relation to China. To support me I have an office which will be called the Deputy Prime Minister's Office. It will be established as a separate Government Department and funded by a parliamentary vote for which my Office will apply shortly. My principal private secretary will be the accounting officer for the vote. At present, my Office employs 18 staff, including two special advisers. I also receive support and briefing from other Government Departments as necessary according to the issue I am dealing with at the time. Most of the staff employed by my Office are seconded from the Department for Communities and Local Government and their salary costs are met by my Office. My office continues to be based in 26 Whitehall.

Ministerial Visits

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of his airfare for his recent visit to Finland was; with which airline he flew; how many officials accompanied him; and what the total cost to public funds was of the visitors (a) including and (b) excluding staff costs. (89671)

I visited Finland on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the “Ministerial Code” and “Travel by Ministers”, copies of which are available in the Library for the reference of Members. Since 1999, the Government have published on an annual basis a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 and the total cost of ministerial overseas travel. Copies of the lists are available in the Library for the reference of Members.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether public funds were used to provide him with transport during his recent visit to an American ranch; which public officials accompanied him; whether he was covered by insurance at public cost; whether he was briefed by officials; and if he will make a statement. (90530)

I refer the hon. Member to my letter to the hon. Member for East Devon (Mr. Swire) of Tuesday 4 July, which is appended to the Memorandum from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to the Standards and Privileges Committee. The memorandum is available in the thirteenth report of the Standards and Privileges Committee which is available in the Library for the reference of Members.

All travel is undertaken in accordance with the ‘Ministerial Code’ and ‘Travel by Ministers’. Since 1999, the Government have published on an annual basis a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 as well as the total cost of ministerial overseas travel. Information relating to 2005-06 was published on Monday 24 July and is available in the Library for the reference of Members.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to public funds was of his visit to the Mipim Property Development Conference in Cannes in 2005; and which hotel he stayed in. (90736)

[holding answer 11 September 2006]: All travel is undertaken in accordance with the “Ministerial Code” and “Travel by Ministers”, copies of which are available in the Library. Since 1999, the Government have published on an annual basis a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 and the total cost of ministerial overseas travel. Copies of the lists are available in the Library for the reference of Members.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) hospitality and (b) gifts he received in relation to his visit to the Mipim property development conference in Cannes in 2005. (92284)

Hospitality received by Ministers is declared in the Register of Members' Interests as appropriate. The Government publishes an annual list of gifts received by Ministers valued at more than £140, including details of which gifts were retained by Ministers personally. Information relating to 2005-06 was published on Monday 24 July and copies are available in the Library for the reference of Members.

Official Duties

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what official duties he undertook during the Prime Minister's recent absence abroad; and what official events he attended between 26 May and 2 June in his capacity as Deputy Prime Minister. (78225)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether there is a written protocol governing the transfer of responsibilities to him when the Prime Minister is absent due to illness or holiday. (86355)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to deputise for the Prime Minister; and if he will make a statement. (89658)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what his function and powers will be during the period for which he will assume the Prime Minister's responsibilities; (90543)

(2) what access he will have to nuclear strike command powers during the period for which he will assume the Prime Minister's responsibilities; what the procedure is for the release of the codes thereof; and what the chain of command will be.

I refer the hon. Members to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron) at Prime Minister's Questions on 12 July 2006, Official Report, columns 1384-85.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to visit foreign countries in the next 12 months. (89659)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Southend, West (Mr. Amess) on 13 July 2006, Official Report, column 1994W.

Overseas Dignitaries (Gifts)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what gifts he has given to overseas dignitaries at public cost since becoming Deputy Prime Minister; and what the value of each was. (90285)

Ministers give gifts to foreign dignitaries as appropriate and in accordance with the Ministerial Code.

Constitutional Affairs

Adoption and Children Act

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she will implement section 122 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. (90115)

I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statements of 11 January 2006, Official Report, column 10WS, http://www.publications.parliament.uk /pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm060111/wmstext/60111m01 .htm and 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 27WS, http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld199900/ldhansrd/pdvn/lds06/text/60232-41_head1 The date for implementation of rules under section 122, subsections 1(b) and 2, has not been decided but work is under way in this regard. In the meantime, existing provisions for the representation of children remain in force.