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Written Answers

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

Written Answers to Questions

Monday 6 October 2008

Olympics

Public Expenditure

4. To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the public expenditure on the London 2012 Olympics. (224393)

The estimate of public expenditure on the London 2012 Games remains within the £9.325 billion package that I announced in March 2007.

I provided further details of the budget in my statement of December 2007; and my progress updates of January and July 2008.

Environment

5. To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had on the environmental effects of the London 2012 Olympics. (224394)

The Olympic Board has set out its ambition to make the London 2012 Games the most sustainable in modern times.

Our Sustainability Plan, ‘Towards a One Planet 2012’ details how we intend to achieve this—for example, by cutting carbon emissions in the Olympic Park by 50 per cent. by 2013, by ensuring that 20 per cent. of energy on-site comes from local, renewable energy, and by creating a park that will encourage people to live more healthily and sustainably.

The Board discusses and monitors progress against these commitments and the many others which are contained in the plan.

The first annual update of the plan is due to be published later this year. Progress includes: the ODA exceeding its target to reclaim 90 per cent. of demolition waste for reuse or recycling, new wildlife refuges being created from the timber of demolished buildings, and construction of the new facilities in Weymouth minimising disruption to local wildlife.

Olympic Complex

6. To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent progress has been made in the design and construction of the 2012 Olympic complex in east London. (224395)

Excellent progress continues to be made on both the design and construction of the Olympic Park in East London.

In particular, construction work on the two principle sporting venues—the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre—is well advanced for this stage of the programme, with both remaining ahead of schedule.

Beijing Olympics: Lessons

7. To ask the Minister for the Olympics what lessons learned from the Beijing Olympics will be incorporated into preparations for the London Olympics in 2012. (224396)

8. To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the main lessons learned from the Beijing Olympics are for the London 2012 Olympics. (224397)

Beijing 2008 was a truly fantastic Games which gave the key stakeholders involved in the preparation of London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games the chance to learn valuable lessons to help us stage the best Games possible in London.

Some of the key lessons learned from Beijing include: placing athletes at the heart of the Games; providing a complete spectator experience; the vital role that volunteers play at the Games; an effective ticketing strategy to ensure that the majority of venues are full; and commencing detailed planning now with all key stakeholders for the Paralympic Games.

All stakeholder organisations are pulling together their lessons learned, and the process has been discussed by the Olympic Board. We will be sharing experiences between partners, and the culmination of this process will be a briefing session in London at the end of November by the Beijing Organising Committee (BOCOG) for the UK, and other host and bidding cities, when we will have a greater understanding of the issues involved.

Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what measures are in place in her Office to monitor expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes. (219592)

The Minister for the Olympics' Office is part of the Cabinet Office.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Corby (Phil Hope) on 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1433W.

Departmental Paper

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by her Office was from recycled sources in each of the last two years. (220742)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Corby (Phil Hope) on 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1257W.

Departmental Procurement

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her Office's policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices. (220427)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Corby (Phil Hope) on 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1258W.

Departmental Written Questions

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how long on average her Office took to answer (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions since its inception. (215474)

Information on the average number of days taken to answer parliamentary questions is not readily available in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Olympic Games 2012

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with London boroughs on the route of the 2012 Olympic torch relay. (210280)

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) are responsible for planning a torch relay but have recently been focused on the Beijing Games and the last chance to witness a Summer Games before it is London's turn. LOCOG will begin planning for the 2012 Torch Relay in 2010, and as part of this planning will work with a range of partners including central and local government across London and the UK.

Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much CLM has been paid since its appointment as an Olympic contractor; and how much it is expected to be paid over the duration of the contract. (219260)

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has reported in its accounts for 2007-08 a payment to CLM of £106 million, including VAT, for the period up to 31 March 2008. The final total payment to CLM will depend on the organisation's performance in achieving incentive targets. CLM resources are agreed on a period by period basis and the ODA is currently negotiating the resources for the period 28 July to 31 December 2009. An update on the payments made to CLM will be given each year in the ODA's Annual Report and Accounts.

Olympic Games 2012: Disabled

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what standard of accessible facilities the London Olympic village will have for (a) spectators and (b) participants with profound and multiple learning disabilities; and whether those facilities will include (i) hoists, (ii) benches and (iii) sufficient space for a wheelchair and two carers. (219324)

The London 2012 Games will be the first to fully integrate the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games making no distinction between them in the approach to planning, delivery and standard of service to both participants and spectators.

As part of inclusive and accessible design, the Olympic Village will comply with all relevant legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and its supporting code of practice; and exceed the requirements of the UK's Building Regulations (Part M—Access and facilities for disabled people). Design will incorporate wheelchair space requirements and facilities and aids to ensure accommodation is flexible and appropriate to the comfort and varying requirements of Paralympic athletes.

The ODA's Access and Inclusion Forum has representation from a lead disability organisation within each of the five boroughs, as well as the borough Access Officers and key external stakeholders. It meets on a quarterly basis and advises on areas of inclusive design through the sharing of knowledge and experience.

In addition to the forum, ODA Access Panels provide specialist disability and inclusive design experts to review and advise on design—both at Games time and in legacy—and have final sign-off on ODA build commitments. In support of this, the ODA has appointed two Principal Access Officers—one specialising in the built environment and one specialising in transport accessibility—responsible for the development of inclusive design within the ODA's programme.

Olympic Games 2012: St. Albans

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps the Government plan to take to encourage children and young people in St. Albans to participate in events that are part of the London 2012 Olympics. (222029)

The Government and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) are working hard to ensure that the benefits of 2012 reach across the UK and have established a Nations and Regions Group (NRG) to oversee this work.

The East of England representative is Cllr Stephen Castle, who chairs the Nations and Regions East (NRE) Board. In Hertfordshire, the Ready for Winners Partnership Board (HRFWP), led by Hertfordshire county council has been set up to maximise the benefits from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of their legacy ambitions, they have particularly committed to encouraging children and young people to participate in 2012 related events.

Schools in Hertfordshire have already started using material from LOCOG's UK-wide London 2012 education programme, ‘Get Set', which launches on Thursday 18 September and have registered to be part of LOCOG's Paralympic Handover celebrations on Wednesday 17 September. Additionally, the “Sports in the Park” programme in St. Albans will form part of the region's plans for cultural events taking place over the Handover weekend in August. This will offer up to 2,000 children aged two to 12 the opportunity to be active and have fun over a period of six weeks this summer. Across the St. Albans district, children will design a handover flag that represents their community and what the Games means to them to take to the official 2012 flag raising ceremony on 24 August. Young people from St. Albans and the county will also have the opportunity to be amongst the 70,000 volunteers needed to help run the Games in London.

Local sports facilities for all age groups are also being improved across the county as part of the “Active Hertfordshire strategy”, with new facilities being built in Watford and St Albans. HRFWP is also developing a talented young athlete scheme and has so far channelled £12,000 to support 23 young athletes up to 2012 identified by their governing bodies as having sporting talent and high potential. Each athlete will receive nutritional advice, physiotherapy assessments, individual and group training sessions, performance lifestyle advice and free membership to Hertfordshire Sports village and some other facilities in the county.

Wales

Departmental Air Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether those staff of his Department who are entitled to business class or first class air travel are permitted to (a) travel in a cheaper class to the destination and (b) benefit in monetary terms or kind from the saving. (222160)

Staff within my Department are always encouraged to travel economy but are not entitled to benefit from any savings made.

Departmental Appeals

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions his Department has instructed the Treasury Solicitor to seek leave to appeal to the House of Lords from (a) the Court of Appeal and (b) the House of Lords itself in each of the last 10 years; and on how many occasions the application was rejected. (220828)

We have identified one case since the establishment of the Wales Office in 1999 in which the Department, jointly with the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, sought leave to appeal to the House of Lords. Leave was granted and the appeal was successful.

Departmental Carbon Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 27W, on carbon emissions: Government Departments, how much air mileage incurred through departmental travel was used to calculate the departmental payment to the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund in each year that his Department has participated in the fund, broken down by (a) domestic, (b) short-haul and (c) long-haul flights. (222155)

My Department has offset air miles in the last two financial years through Pure, The Pure Carbon Trust. In 2006-07 we offset 8,888 miles. This was made up of:

2,002 miles domestic

0 miles short-haul

6,886 miles long-haul

In 2007-08 we offset 6,173 miles made up of:

4,556 miles domestic

1,617 miles short-haul

0 miles long-haul

We will be offsetting through the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund in the future.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what types of data have been sold by his Department under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations in the last 12 months. (222161)

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the five most serious disciplinary breaches in his Department were in the last 12 months; and what steps were taken in response to each breach. (223045)

Departmental Official Residences

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the location is of each office occupied by his Department which has been (a) newly occupied and (b) refurbished in the last 24 months; and what the floor area in square metres is of each. (221928)

My Department is located in both London and Cardiff; their floor area in square metres is:

London: 640.96

Cardiff: 531.47.

Neither location is newly occupied; my London office received minor refurbishment in August 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what permanent residential accommodation is provided for use by civil servants in his Department; how many residential dwellings are provided; where they are located; and for what grade of civil servant they are provided. (222159)

Departmental Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will place in the Library the names and addresses of each organisation that supplied goods and services to his Department in 2007-08, based on the purchase order data held in the Department's financial database. (222157)

The Wales Office purchasing is done through the Ministry of Justice financial processes and cannot be desegregated from its figures.

Departmental Public Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information's Public Relations Framework in each of the last 36 months. (222158)

EDF Energy

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what contracts his Department has with EDF; and how much his Department paid to EDF in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the purpose of the payment. (221849)

EU Law

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials in his Department are wholly or mainly tasked with the negotiation, implementation or administration of EU legislation and consequent policies. (222274)

Fires: Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consideration has been given to the (a) regionalisation and (b) rationalisation of fire control rooms in Wales. (224484)

The Welsh Assembly Government was given an opportunity in 2004 to join FiReControl, the project to rationalise the 46 control rooms in England to nine regional control centres. The proposal was to reduce Wales' three control rooms to one regional control centre.

Welsh Assembly Government Ministers took a decision not to opt into the FiReControl project as a rationalisation of the eight Fire Authorities and their control rooms in Wales had already taken place in 1996.

Olympic Games 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether any full-time equivalent members of his Department's staff are working on policy relating to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (221877)

As part of their duties a number of my officials (together with colleagues from Welsh Assembly Government) have and continue to work toward maximising Wales’ contribution to a successful London 2012.

Stress

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what arrangements his Department has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace. (222184)

The Wales Office is committed to the well-being of its employees. It has a number of procedures in place to reduce stress at work. A stress management framework, based on the Health and Safety Executive's management standards, is available to all employees and gives easy to use advice on the successful prevention, recognition and management of stress at work.

Taxis

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on taxis in the last financial year for which figures are available. (223042)

Public Accounts Commission

National Audit Office

To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission whether National Audit Office staff who are entitled to business class or first class air travel are permitted to (a) travel in a cheaper class to the destination and (b) benefit in monetary terms or kind from the saving. (221922)

The National Audit Office informs me that National Audit Office staff are not entitled to first class air travel, and the normal class of air travel is economy. Business class or premium economy air travel may be permitted in some circumstances, taking into account the duration and timing of travel. All staff must seek prior authorisation for their travel plans from a director or manager.

NAO staff are required to book all air tickets and rail tickets in excess of £20 through contracted travel providers. The companies invoice the National Audit Office for the tickets booked. So staff cannot claim for any fare or travel in a cheaper class than the booked ticket, nor benefit in monetary terms from any difference in cost.

To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission what the budget of the National Audit Office is for 2008-09; and what savings it expects to make within that budget. (222456)

The NAO's budget for 2008-09, approved by the Public Accounts Commission on 4 March 2008, is a net amount of £107.7 million: £74.8 million for audit and assurance services, £24.2 million for the repair and refurbishment of the NAO's headquarters building, and the remaining £8.7 million for the provision of temporary office accommodation for London staff for the duration of the refurbishment work.

The NAO also has a capital budget in 2008-09 of £15.7 million: £1.5 million for its ongoing audit and assurance work, and the remaining £14.2 million for the refurbishment project.

Within its budget, the NAO is committed to efficiency savings of 3 per cent. across its corporate services, 2 per cent. in its value for money work and 1 per cent. on financial audit work.

Administration Committee

Department of Facilities: Fats

To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee how much hydrogenated fat the Department of Facilities and its predecessor bought for cooking use in the last year for which figures are available. (224489)

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Chairman of the Administration Committee.

The House of Commons catering service does not purchase hydrogenated fat or hydrogenated vegetable oils for cooking use. Furthermore, as part of its commitment to promoting healthy eating in the workplace, the catering service is working towards removing hydrogenated fats wherever possible from its supply chain.

A review of the dry and ambient ingredients purchased by the catering and retail service is approximately 70 per cent. complete and to date has identified only nine products containing hydrogenated fats or oils. The review should be complete by the end of the year, after which a review of other processed foods purchased by the department will be carried out.

Work is in hand to identify suitable alternatives for those products found to contain hydrogenated fats or oils.

Church Commissioners

Church of England: Land

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what mechanisms are in place to ensure that disposal of glebeland (a) complies with legal requirements and (b) respects the terms of covenants. (223723)

Under the provisions of the Endowments and Glebe Measure 1976, a Diocesan Board of Finance has to manage its glebe property for the benefit of the Diocesan Stipends Fund of the diocese. The legal requirements before a sale is proposed are set out in the Measure and in advice published by the Commissioners.

The Commissioners’ consent to a sale is needed where the proposed transaction does not meet standard charitable criteria or where there are objections to the proposal. The policing of covenants after a sale is a matter for the Diocesan Board of Finance.

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what procedures exist for members of the public to object to a sale of glebeland. (223724)

Notice of the proposed sale of qualifying glebe needs to be served on the parish priest and the Parochial Church Council. If there are objections, these are considered by the Church Commissioners’ Pastoral Committee. Objectors to and proponents of the proposed transaction may attend the Committee’s meetings and make oral presentations of their cases. The Commissioners’ decision on such cases is final.

Economic and Monetary Union

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners whether the Church Commissioners have produced a euro changeover plan. (222344)

The Church Commissioners have not produced a euro changeover plan and currently have no plans to do so.

Scotland

Departmental Air Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether those staff of his Department who are entitled to business class or first class air travel are permitted to (a) travel in a cheaper class to the destination and (b) benefit in monetary terms or kind from the saving. (222164)

All official travel is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code.

Departmental Carbon Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 27W, on carbon emissions: Government departments, how much air mileage incurred through departmental travel was used to calculate the departmental payment to the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund in each year that his Department has participated in the fund, broken down by (a) domestic, (b) short-haul and (c) long-haul flights. (222149)

The Scotland Office is part of the Ministry of Justice for these purposes. Data concerning air miles and carbon emissions in each of the three categories will be submitted to the Ministry of Justice for inclusion in its 2008-09 annual return.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what types of data have been sold by his Department under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations in the last 12 months. (222165)

Core information produced by the Scotland Office can be reused free of charge under the terms of the PSI Click-Use Licence which is administered by the Office of Public Sector Information in accordance with the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the five most serious disciplinary breaches in his Department were in the last 12 months; and what steps were taken in response to each breach. (223049)

There have been no disciplinary breaches by staff in the Scotland Office in the last 12 months.

Departmental Official Residences

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the location is of each office occupied by his Department which has been (a) newly occupied and (b) refurbished in the last 24 months; and what the floor area in square metres is of each. (222152)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what permanent residential accommodation is provided for use by civil servants in his Department; how many residential dwellings are provided; where they are located; and for what grade of civil servant they are provided. (222163)

Departmental Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library the names and addresses of each organisation that supplied goods and services to his Department in 2007-08, based on the purchase order data held in the Department's financial database. (222151)

A list of the suppliers to the Scotland Office in 2007-08 has been placed in the House Library.

Departmental Public Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information's Public Relations Framework in each of the last 36 months. (222162)

The Scotland Office has incurred no expenditure on external public relations in the last 36 months.

EDF Energy

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what contracts his Department has with EDF; and how much his Department paid to EDF in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the purpose of the payment. (221848)

The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999; since that date, the Office has had no contracts with EDF.

EU Law

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many officials in his Department are wholly or mainly tasked with the negotiation, implementation or administration of EU legislation and consequent policies. (222273)

This Government are firmly committed to the importance of the EU in delivering on 21st century challenges. The EU is of central importance to the work of HM Government across all Departments. It is relevant to a wide range of policy areas, and to the work of many Government officials. No Scotland Office officials are either wholly or mainly tasked with the negotiation, implementation or administration of EU legislation and consequent policies.

Olympic Games 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many full-time equivalent members of his Department's staff are working on policy relating to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (221875)

There are no members of staff in the Scotland Office working on policy related to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games. However, in line with the office's key role of representing Scotland's interests in Westminster, and as the Games will benefit the whole of the UK, one member of staff has this issue within her portfolio and will advise colleagues, answer correspondence and brief as required.

Stress

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what arrangements his Department has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace. (222185)

The Scotland Office is committed to the well-being of its staff. It has a number of procedures in place to reduce stress at work. A stress management framework, based on the Health and Safety Executive's management standards, is available to all staff and gives easy to use advice on the successful prevention, recognition and management of stress at work.

Taxis

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on taxis in the last financial year for which figures are available. (223041)

House of Commons Commission

Palace of Westminster: Furniture

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will take steps to stop the placing of tables and chairs on the staircase between the lower waiting hall and the Committee corridor; and if he will make an assessment of any (a) damage to the pavement by the Barry Statue and (b) health and safety implications of any emergency evacuations required in the area. (222374)

It has been the practice for many years to use the landing adjacent to the lower waiting hall to store furniture from the Members’ and Strangers’ dining rooms when they are both in use at the same time for functions sponsored by Members. These can take place between 4-6 pm each weekday, on Thursday evenings, and at times when the House is not sitting. The furniture has to be kept close to the dining rooms because there are only 30 minutes available to reset them for the evening service to Members.

A study during the recess has concluded that the issue could be overcome either by accepting bookings for functions in only one of the dining rooms at any one time or by taking out of use temporarily one of the adjacent rooms used by Members. The possibilities and their implications will be reported to the Administration Committee this month.

The conservation architect has advised that there has been some minor damage to the stonework on the landing.

The fire safety manager has advised that storing furniture on the landing does present a risk to effective building evacuation; how great that is would depend on the number of people in the Palace at the time, particularly in the Committee Rooms. He advised that it would be good practice to discontinue using the landing for storage. Until the Administration Committee has had an opportunity to consider the matter, arrangements are being made to advise the fire safety manager when both rooms are being used for functions.

Women and Equality

Departmental Consultants

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many consultants were hired by the offices now comprising the Government's Equalities Office in 2006-07, broken down by (a) age, (b) gender, (c) sexual orientation, (d) race, (e) disability and (f) religion or belief. (219632)

[holding answer 15 July 2008]: The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007. Since that date it has taken over responsibility for equality issues from a number of different teams and Departments, including: the Disability Rights Commission Sponsorship team, based in 2006-07 in the Department for Work and Pensions; the Commission for Racial Equality Sponsorship Team, based in the Home Office in the first part of 2006-07, then transferred to Communities and Local Government; the Women and Equality Unit, based in the Department of Trade and Industry until May 2006, then in Communities and Local Government; and lawyers from DTI and HO, who transferred to CLG in May 2006. Because of the wide disposal of records in a number of different Departments and locations, the cost of answering this question would be disproportionate.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the five most serious disciplinary breaches in the Government Equalities Office were in the last 12 months; and what steps were taken in response to each breach. (223044)

The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007. There have been no serious disciplinary breaches since then.

Departmental Home Working

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2008, Official Report, column 438W, how many Government Equalities Office staff have worked from home since the establishment of the Office. (222471)

The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007 and all of its current 92 staff can work from home subject to line management approval, operational need and the availability of its 16 laptops. GEO acquired 16 laptops in early June 2008. In total 32 staff have security keys which allow them to use these laptops.

Departmental Procurement

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the Government Equalities Office's policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices. (220420)

Since the Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007 it has been based in Communities and Local Government buildings and used accounting systems and policies provided by that Department. CLG's primary policy in procurement is to achieve value for money and it uses a range of measures to achieve this, including attaining discounts from suppliers in return for prompter payment of invoices.

Departmental Property

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from the Government Equalities Office since its inception; and what the commercial value of the discount was in each case. (221595)

Since its establishment on 12 October 2007, the Government Equalities Office has rented accommodation in premises owned by the Department for Communities and Local Government and consequently does not enter into any of the arrangements mentioned in the question.

Departmental Public Relations

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information's Public Relations Framework since its establishment. (222347)

The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007. The following table shows its spending on external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information public relations framework since 12 October 2007.

Public relations and marketing companies

£

SHAHRP

Media relations support for launch of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Women’s Taskforce.

3,800

Trimedia

Media relations support for GEO Press Office in the run up to Equality Bill announcements.

20,000

Cohn and Wolfe

Campaign to raise awareness of the rights of parents and carers to request flexible working, and to provide employers with guidance on dealing with such requests.

61,085

Departmental Publications

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will place in the Library a copy of any materials the Government Equalities Office has distributed to schools since its inception. (222552)

The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007. Since then it has not distributed any materials to schools.

Departmental Sick Leave

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many and what percentage of staff in the Government Equalities Office have had more than two periods of sickness absence of less than five days since its inception. (218698)

According to the available data, six staff in the Government Equalities Office have had more than two periods of sickness of less than five days since its inception. Staffing levels have varied over this period, but this would represent 7.7 per cent. of GEO's current staff.

Disabled: Candidates

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government has taken to encourage more disabled people to (a) apply for and (b) present themselves as candidates for election for public office. (215843)

The Government aim to have fair representation of disabled people at every level of our democracy.

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995, as amended and strengthened by this Government, protects disabled people from disability discrimination and ensures that reasonable adjustments will be made to enable them to become public office holders and members of locally-elected bodies.

The Government also recently announced plans to improve the diversity of public appointments, including new targets to increase the proportion of disabled people serving on the boards of public bodies.

EDF Energy

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what contracts the Government's Equalities Office has with EDF; and how much the Office paid to EDF in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the purpose of the payment. (221852)

The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007. It has not entered into any contracts with EDF.

Equal Opportunities: Legislation

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she plans to publish an Equality Bill; and if she will make a statement. (223164)

[holding answer 10 September 2008]: As my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister for Women and Equality announced in Parliament on 25 June 2008, the Government remain committed to introducing an Equality Bill during this Parliament.

The content of the Bill has been subject to collective consideration by Ministers in the normal way and the Government's response to the consultation, which was published on 21 July, made the intended content of the Bill clear.

Human Trafficking

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the standards of treatment of victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation after they have been rescued. (222457)

The Poppy Project, which provides refuge and comprehensive support for women trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation, was initially piloted and then formally evaluated in 2005. The grant for Eaves Housing for Women was extended following a successful procurement exercise to commission a service that offered a high standard and ensured value for money.

The Government's progress on tackling human trafficking, including victim care is subject to regular review by the Inter-departmental Ministerial Group. On 2 July we published the Update to the UK Action Plan that highlights progress against the actions in the original plan (published in March 2007) and identifies new measures.

Rape: Victim Support Schemes

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what proportion of the £1 million emergency fund for rape crisis centres, announced in March, has been distributed; which organisations have received such funding; how much each organisation has received; and what plans the Government has to maintain the funding for the year starting April 2009. (224210)

I will let the right hon. Member have such information as is available as soon as possible.

Substantive answer from Barbara Follett to Theresa May:

Eight rape crisis centres identified at imminent risk of closure have received payments totalling £175,364 (17.5 per cent.) from the £1 million emergency fund announced in March. Beneficiaries of the fund to date, and the payments they have received, are shown in the following table:

Rape crisis centre

Amount awarded (£)

Eva

42,500

Merseyside Rape and Sexual Abuse

23,244.07

Peterborough

11,867.99

West Cumbria

37,204

Wycombe

46,048

Cambridge

5,000

Chester

5,000

Watford

5,000

Total

175,864.06

Further awards will be made in October. This one-off fund was established as an emergency measure to enable rape crisis centres to address the sustainability issues they face. It is in addition to £1.4 million of support for victims of sexual crimes, the majority of which comes from the Ministry of Justice's Victims Fund. Spending plans for 2009-10 are being finalised.

Taxis

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office spent on taxis since its creation. (223039)

The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 of October 2007. Since then and up to the end of July 2008 it has spent £1,792.69 on taxis.

Women: Violence

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the Government's policy on violence against women. (223003)

I have regular discussions with the Minister for Women and Equalities as well as other ministerial colleagues about the Government's policies on violence against women.

Culture, Media and Sport

Sport: Children

9. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals he has to increase the participation of children in sport in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics. (224380)

We will capitalise on the London 2012 Olympics to inspire young people to play sport throughout their lives.

Over the next three years, we will spend at least £780 million on developing sporting opportunities for young people through our PE and Sport Strategy for Young People. This will mean more coaches, competition, and young people playing sport in a wide range of community as well as school settings.

Grassroots Sport

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps his Department has taken to support grassroots sport; and if he will make a statement. (224381)

In June this year Sport England published their new strategy for sport. The new strategy for 2008-11 focuses on three key areas of grassroots sport: growing sporting participation, sustaining sporting participation, and ensuring that talented people from all backgrounds have the chance to excel. I am confident that this new framework will enable us to deliver a world leading community sports system for the country.

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has allocated to support grassroots sport in 2008-09. (224386)

My Department has allocated £133.163 million of Exchequer funding to Sport England in 2008-09. In addition, they will receive a projected £125 million of lottery money.

Sport England's new strategy, published in June, focuses on three key areas of grassroots sport: growing sporting participation, sustaining sporting participation and ensuring talented people from all backgrounds have the chance to excel. I am confident that this new strategy will deliver a world leading community sports system.

Digital Switchover: Scotland

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will review the number of channels available to people served by relay transmitters in the south of Scotland after digital switchover takes place in November 2008. (224382)

After switchover all terrestrial viewers in Scotland will be able to receive around 20 channels via the public service multiplexes. An estimated 88 per cent. of homes in Scotland will also be able to receive a further range of commercial channels. However, coverage of these services is a commercial matter for the operators concerned.

ITV: Network Programming Quota

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom on ITV's compliance with its quota on network programming originating outside the M25. (224383)

Ofcom's chief executive officer briefed me on ITV's breach of its out-of London quota at a meeting in June. The matter is the subject of consideration by Ofcom with a view to regulatory action.

Football Clubs

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the regulation of governance and ownership of football clubs. (224384)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier today to my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Goole (Mr. Cawsey).

Digital Media Sector

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on developing skills in the digital media sector; and if he will make a statement. (224385)

The Minister with responsibility for Culture, my right hon. Friend the member for Barking (Margaret Hodge), and I have had a number of conversations with colleagues across Government regarding the development of skills in the creative industries including the digital media sector. In particular, we have met the Secretary of State for Universities, Innovation and Skills and the Minister with responsibility for Skills, my hon. friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr. Lammy), to look at how we can meet our aim for employers to create 5,000 new apprenticeship places in the creative industries by 2013.

My Department is also working with employers, sector skills councils, trade associations, the Learning and Skills Council and other Government Departments to establish high quality innovative new places of learning, such as the planned National Skills Academy for the creative sectors in Thurrock.

Free Swimming

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received from local authorities on the budgetary implications of implementing free swimming schemes for the under-16s. (224388)

British Residents: Holidays

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has taken steps to encourage British residents to take their main annual holidays in the UK. (224376)

VisitBritain's ‘England Marketing Department’ spend over £14 million a year in Britain on promoting England as a destination for the British.

ABL Consulting

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has a contract with ABL Consulting. (221905)

Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what options are available to licensing authorities regarding applications for Temporary Event Notices where the premises concerned has previously been found to have breached licensing conditions. (222997)

In cases where the police object to a temporary event notice, licensing authorities are responsible for holding a hearing to decide whether to issue a counter notice to prevent the event from going ahead.

Police may object to a temporary event notice if they believe the use of premises for an event risks undermining crime prevention objectives. While this decision is a matter for the police, they may take into account previous offences committed, including breaches of licensing conditions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment he has made of the level of enforcement of the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of (a) the display of premises licences in licensed premises and (b) the display of the correct name of the designated premises supervisor in premises licences; (224061)

(2) how many (a) companies and (b) individuals have been prosecuted for breaches of the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of failure to display in licensed premises (i) premises licences and (ii) up to date details of the designated premises supervisor for those premises; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 17 September 2008]: Information relating to prosecutions or other enforcement actions on these subjects is held centrally by the Ministry of Justice. The Licensing Act 2003 did not come fully into force until 24 November 2005. The only full year for which figures are currently available is 2006.

The number of (a) companies and (b) individuals who have been proceeded against at magistrates courts under section 57 of the Licensing Act 2003 in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 2006 can be viewed in the following table. Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

Number of defendants who were proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under the Licensing Act section 571 in England and Wales, 20062

2006

Number proceeded against

Persons

3

Companies

0

1 Includes the following statute(s) and corresponding offence description Licensing Act 2003 s.57. Failure to produce a premises licence or copy when required to do so.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform, Evidence and Analysis Unit—Ministry of Justice Our ref: IOS 476-08 (Table) Contributions for PQ 224062

These data relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

However, this type of breach may have been dealt with informally through writing or licence review. We are confident that the range of compliance and enforcement options available to the relevant authorities are adequate to allow the enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with the legislation.

Art Works: Exports

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what items have been recommended by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest as warranting a temporary export bar in each of the last five years. (223569)

[holding answer 15 September 2008]: In 2006-07, 22 items were found by the Committee as warranting an export bar; in 2005-06 there were 18 items; in 2004-05 27 items; in 2003-04 13 items; and in 2002-03 23 items. Details of these items are set out in the following tables.

2006-07

Case 1

A painting by Francesco Solimena ‘Joseph and Potiphar's Wife’

Case 2

A painting by Michiel Van Musscher ‘Portrait of an artist in his studio’

Case 4

A watercolour painting by J M W Turner, ‘The Dark Rigi, Lake of Lucerne’, 1842

Case 5

The archive of Reverend William Gunn

Case 6

A watercolour painting by J M W Turner, ‘Lake of Lucerne, from the Landing Place at Fluelen, looking towards Bauen and Tell's Chapel, Switzerland’ c. 1815

Case 7

An Anglo-Saxon gilded mount with interlace decoration

Case 8

An Anglo-Saxon great square-headed brooch

Case 10

A watercolour painting by J M W Turner, ‘The Blue Rigi, Lake of Lucerne, Sunrise’, 1842

Case 11

A painting by Alonso Sanchez Coello, ‘The Infante Don Diego’

Case 12

A collection of manuscript and printed maps cut as jigsaws and housed in a mahogany cabinet

Case 13

An eighteenth-century mantua and petticoat

Case 16

A felt appliqué and patch-worked album coverlet made by Ann West in 1820

Case 17

Diaries, correspondence and manuscript volumes of Mary Hamilton

Case 18

A painting by John Constable, ‘Flatford Lock from the Mill House’

Case 21

A painting by Karel van Manderthe Elder, ‘The Crucifixion’

Case 22

A bronze statuette of ‘Marsayas’ after Pierre Legros the Younger

Case 23

An eighteenth century embroidered man's banyan and waistcoat

Case 24

A ‘jadeite’ Neolithic axe-head from Sturminster Marshall, Dorset

Case 25

The guild roll of the Guild of St. Mary, Nottingham, 1371

Case 26

An Anglo-Saxon silver-gilt zoomorphic mount

Case 27

A fifteenth-century illuminated manuscript of the Hours of the Passion

Case 28

An eighteenth-century Union flag

2005-06

Case 1

A painting by Pietro di Francesco degli Orioli (1458-96), ‘Adoration of the Shepherds’, also known as ‘The Nativity’

Case 2

An Anglo-Saxon gold coin of King Coenwulf of Mercia

Case 3

Seven Viking silver pieces (six off-cuts from silver ingots and a stamped arm-ring fragment)

Case 6

A medieval bronze jug

Case 7

The Codex Stosch

Case 10

A pair of paintings entitled ‘View of the Grand Walk, Vauxhall Gardens’ and ‘The Rotunda, Ranelagh’ by Giovanni Antonio Canal, Il Canaletto (1697-1768)

Case 11

An English breech-loading, magazine primed, flintlock fowling piece, 1718

Case 12

A silver cup and cover by Solomon Hougham presented to Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke, HMS Shannon

Case 13

The Naval Gold Medal awarded to Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke, HMS Shannon

Case 14

A medieval figure of a bronze equestrian knight

Case 15

A pair of brocaded ivory silk satin wall hangings, ‘Verdures du Vatican’, designed by Jean Demosthene Dugourc for King Carlos IV of Spain and woven to order by Camille Pernon in Lyon around 1799

Case 16

A painting by Luca Carlevarijs, ‘View of the Molo, Venice, looking west’

Case 17

A Roman millefiori disc

Case 18

A painting by Naddo Ceccarelli, the ‘Madonna and Child’

Case 19

A silver presentation trophy plateau by Solomon Hougham presented to Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke, HMS Shannon

Case 20

A portrait of Louis XVI by Antoine-Francois Callet in a frame by Francois-Charles Buteux

Case 21

A George II Gothic painted cabinet attributed to William Hallett c. 1752

Case 22

A painting by Luca Carlevarijs, ‘View of the Molo, Venice, looking west’

2004-05

Case 1

A Mantuan parcel-gilt and silvered bronze roundel

Case 2

A rare embroidered linen doublet c. 1650

Case 3

A rare silver Iron Age coin

Case 4

A painting by Jan Steen, ‘The Burgher of Delft and his daughter’

Case 5

A painting by Francis Bacon, ‘Study after Velasquez’

Case 6

A draft Royal Warrant for a patent for Robert Hooke's ‘Watches with Springs’

Case 8

A painting by Hans Memling, ‘Portrait of a Man in a Black Cap’

Case 10

A Mughal ceremonial dagger

Case 11

A Mughal flywhisk handle

Case 12

A Mughal silver huqqa set

Case 13

A Mughal flask

Case 14

A George II silver eperne by Paul Crespin, London 1748-49

Case 15

An illuminated medieval manuscript, the ‘Macclesfield Psalter’

Case 16

An album of watercolours, ‘Views of Calcutta’, by James Baillie Fraser

Case 17

A Cartier bandeau

Case 18

A silk and wool gentleman's doublet c. 1600

Case 19

A marble sculpture by Benedetto Pistrucci

Case 20

A Charles II silver dish

Case 21

An oak coffer by William Beckford and H E Goodridge

Case 22

A gold, silver-gilt, lapis-lazuli and enamel clock by Gustave Baugrand, Paris, 1867

Case 23

A pink satin and black bugle beaded bodice c. 1640-50

Case 25

A painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, ‘The Archers’

Case 27

The Melchett Cast-Iron Fire Basket by Charles Sargeant Jagger c. 1930

Case 28

An Anglo-Saxon gold coin from the reign of King Coenwulf of Mercia

Case 29

A set of nineteen watercolours, ‘Blair's Grave’, by William Blake

Case 31

A Meissen armorial baluster vase and cover

Case 32

A pencil and black and red chalk drawing of Mary Hamilton by Sir Thomas Lawrence

2003-04

Case 2

The papers of Sir James Watt and his family

Case 3

A portrait of Sir James Watt by William Beechey

Case 5

A Regency carved mahogany centre table designed by Thomas Hope for his house in Duchess Street

Case 6

A pair of paintings by Claude-Joseph Vernet, ‘Calme: A Landscape at Sunset with Fishermen Returning their Catch’ and ‘Tempete: A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas’

Case 7

A painting by Annibale Carracci, ‘The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist’ (‘The Montalto Madonna’)

Case 9

A draft royal warrant for a patent for Robert Hooke's ‘watches with springs’

Case 11

A painting the ‘Virgin in Mourning’ attributed to the Master of Moulins

Case 12

A Siena marble table made for William Beckford

Case 13

Four silver wine coolers: one pair by Robert-Joseph Auguste of Paris and one pair by Parker and Wakelin of London

Case 14

The archive of G King and Son

Case 15

A collection of manuscripts and printed maps mounted and cut as jigsaws, housed in a mahogany cabinet

Case 17

A painting by Richard Parkes Bonnington, ‘French Coast with Fishermen’

Case 18

The archive of General Sir Eyre Coote

2002-03

Case 1

A full suit of armour c. 1495

Case 2

A pair of George IV ormolu and mother of pearl inlaid black and gilt-japanned papier-mâché vases, c.1830, the vases by Jennens and Bettridge, the mounts attributed to Edward Holmes Baldock

Case 4

A sallet by Lorenz Helmschmied, c. 1480

Case 5

Meissen figure of a vixen

Case 7

Meissen figure of a crouching king vulture

Case 8

Meissen figure of a turkey cock

Case 9

Queen Charlotte's emerald and diamond cross (licence refused—seller refused to accept V and A's matching offer)

Case 10

A miniature photograph album by Mary Dillwyn (1816-1906)

Case 11

A sketch of a horse and landscape by Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)

Case 12

A portrait of ‘The Lieutenant General’, the Hon. Robert Monckton, by Benjamin West, 1764

Case 13

A Roman well-head, the Guilford puteal, c. 100BC

Case 14

An armchair designed by Marcel Breuer, 1936

Case 15

A dressing table designed by Marcel Breuer, 1936

Case 16

A drawing, ‘Study of a Mourning Woman’, by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)

Case 17

‘A Portrait of Omai’ by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1775-76

Case 18

‘The Madonna of the Pinks’ (‘Madonna dei Garofani’) by Raphael (1483-1520)

Case 19

A portrait of Richard Arkwright junior with his wife Mary and daughter Anne by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1790

Case 20

A pair of silver wall sconces with the mark of Thomas Corbett, 1701

Case 21

A marble statue of Sir George Cooke (1645-1740) by Sir Henry Cheere (1703-81)

Case 22

Letters and diaries of Claudius James Rich (1787-1821)

Case 23

A miniature of the Nativity, attributed to Jean Bourdichon, c. 1510

Case 24

A bronze incense burner attributed to Desiderio da Firenze, c. 1540

Case 25

A Roman marble statue of Venus, known as the ‘Jenkins’ or ‘Barberini’ Venus, 1st-2na century AD

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items that have been subject to a temporary export bar have been purchased before the expiration of the bar. (223570)

[holding answer 15 September 2008]: The information requested is set out in the following table.

Items available for acquisition

Items acquired

2006-07

19

12

2005-06

17

9

2004-05

25

9

2003-04

9

7

2002-03

23

11

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many temporary export bars his Department has placed on items in each of the last five years; and what items have been covered by such bars. (223571)

[holding answer 15 September 2008]: Of the 22 items recommended by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art to warrant an export bar in 2006-07, one item (Case 1) had its export licence application withdrawn following the Committee meeting. One item (Case 26) had its export licence application refused before a decision was taken on the application because the owner was unwilling to accept a matching offer. Therefore 20 items had a temporary export bar placed on them, including one item for which a licence was issued (Case 23) as evidence was supplied, during the first deferral period, that it had entered the UK within the last 50 years.

Details of the 20 items on which temporary export bars were placed in 2006-07 are set out in the following table.

2006-07

Item

Case 2

A painting by Michiel Van Musscher “Portrait of an artist in his studio”

Case 4

A watercolour painting by J M W Turner, “The Dark Rigi, Lake of Lucerne”, 1842

Case 5

The archive of Reverend William Gunn

Case 6

A watercolour painting by J M W Turner, “Lake of Lucerne, from the Landing Place at Fluelen, looking towards Bauen and Tell’s Chapel, Switzerland” c. 1815

Case 7

An Anglo-Saxon gilded mount with interlace decoration

Case 8

An Anglo-Saxon great square-headed brooch

Case 10

A watercolour painting by J M W Turner, “The Blue Rigi, Lake of Lucerne, Sunrise”, 1842

Case 11

A painting by Alonso Sanchez Coello, “The Infante Don Diego”

Case 12

A collection of manuscript and printed maps cut as jigsaws and housed in a mahogany cabinet

Case 13

An 18th century mantua and petticoat

Case 16

A felt appliqué and patch-worked album coverlet made by Ann West in 1820

Case 17

Diaries, correspondence and manuscript volumes of Mary Hamilton

Case 18

A painting by John Constable, “Flatford Lock from the Mill House”

Case 21

A painting by Karel van Mander the Elder, “The Crucifixion”

Case 22

A bronze statuette of “Marsayas” after Pierre Legros the Younger

Case 23

An 18th century embroidered man’s banyan and waistcoat

Case 24

A ‘jadeite’ Neolithic axe-head from Sturminster Marshall, Dorset

Case 25

The guild roll of the Guild of St. Mary, Nottingham, 1371

Case 27

A 15th century illuminated manuscript of the Hours of the Passion

Case 28

An 18th century Union flag

Of the 18 items recommended by the Committee to warrant an export bar in 2005-06, one item (Case 16) had its export licence application withdrawn following the Committee meeting. Therefore 17 items had a temporary export bar placed on them.

Details of the 17 items on which temporary export bars were placed in 2005-06 are set out in the following table.

2005-06

Item

Case l

A painting by Pietro di Francesco degli Orioli (1458-96), “Adoration of the Shepherds”, also known as “The Nativity”

Case 2

An Anglo-Saxon gold coin of King Coenwulf of Mercia

Case 3

Seven Viking silver pieces (six off-cuts from silver ingots and a stamped arm-ring fragment)

Case 6

A medieval bronze jug

Case 7

The Codex Stosch

Case 10

A pair of paintings entitled “View of the Grand Walk, Vauxhall Gardens” and “The Rotunda, Ranelagh” by Giovanni Antonio Canal, il Canaletto (1697-1768)

Case 11

An English breech-loading, magazine primed, flintlock fowling piece, 1718

Case 12

A silver cup and cover by Solomon Hougham presented to Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke, HMS Shannon

Case 13

The Naval Gold Medal awarded to Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke, HMS Shannon

Case 14

A medieval figure of a bronze equestrian knight

Case 15

A pair of brocaded ivory silk satin wall hangings, “Verdures du Vatican”, designed by Jean Demosthene Dugourc for King Carlos IV of Spain and woven to order by Camille Pemon in Lyon around 1799

Case 17

A Roman millefiori disc

Case 18

A painting by Naddo Ceccarelli, the “Madonna and Child”

Case 19

A silver presentation trophy plateau by Solomon Hougham presented to Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke, HMS Shannon

Case 20

A portrait of Louis XVI by Antoine-Francois Callet in a frame by Francois-Charles Buteux

Case 21

A George II Gothic painted cabinet attributed to William Hallett c. 1752

Case 22

A painting by Luca Carlevarijs, “View of the Molo, Venice, looking west”

Of the 27 items recommended by the Committee to warrant an export bar in 2004-05, two items (Cases 14 and 28) had their export licence applications refused before a decision was taken on the application because the owner was unwilling to accept a matching offer. Therefore 25 items had a temporary export bar placed on them.

Details of the 25 items on which a temporary export bar was placed in 2004-05 are set out in the following table.

2004-05

Item

Case 1

A Mantuan parcel-gilt and silvered bronze roundel

Case 2

A rare embroidered linen doublet c. 1650

Case 3

A rare silver Iron Age coin

Case 4

A painting by Jan Steen, “The Burgher of Delft and his daughter”

Case 5

A painting by Francis Bacon, “Study after Velasquez”

Case 6

A draft Royal Warrant for a patent for Robert Hooke’s ‘Watches with Springs’

Case 8

A painting by Hans Memling, “Portrait of a Man in a Black Cap”

Case 10

A Mughal ceremonial dagger

Case 11

A Mughal flywhisk handle

Case 12

A Mughal silver huqqa set

Case 13

A Mughal flask

Case 15

An illuminated medieval manuscript, the “Macclesfield Psalter”

Case 16

An album of watercolours. “Views of Calcutta”, by James Baillie Fraser

Case 17

A Cartier bandeau

Case 18

A silk and wool gentleman’s doublet c. 1600

Case 19

A marble sculpture by Benedetto Pistrucci

Case 20

A Charles II silver dish

Case 21

An oak coffer by William Beckford and HE Goodridge

Case 22

A gold, silver-gilt, lapis-lazuli and enamel clock by Gustave Baugrand, Paris, 1867

Case 23

A pink satin and black bugle beaded bodice c. 1640-50

Case 25

A painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, “The Archers”

Case 27

The Melchett Cast-Iron Fire Basket by Charles Sargeant Jagger c. 1930

Case 29

A set of 19 watercolours, “Blair’s Grave”, by William Blake

Case 31

A Meissen armorial baluster vase and cover

Case 32

A pencil and black and red chalk drawing of Mary Hamilton by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Of the 13 items recommended by the Committee to warrant an export bar in 2003-04, three items (Cases 2, 3 and 15) had their export licence applications withdrawn before a decision was taken on the application. One application was refused (Case 9). Therefore nine items had a temporary export bar placed on them.

Details of the nine items on which a temporary export bar was placed in 2003-04 are set out in the following table.

2003-04

Item

Case 5

A Regency carved mahogany centre table designed by Thomas Hope for his house in Duchess Street'

Case 6

A pair of paintings by Claude-Joseph Vernet, “Calme: A Landscape at Sunset with Fishermen Returning their Catch” and “Tempete: A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas”

Case 7

A painting by Annibale Carracci, The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist (‘The Montalto Madonna’)

Case 11

A painting the ‘Virgin in Mourning’ attributed to the Master of Moulins

Case 12

A Siena marble table made for William Beckford

Case 13

Four silver wine coolers: one pair by Robert-Joseph Auguste of Paris and one pair by Parker and Wakelin of London

Case 14

The archive of G King and Son

Case 17

A painting by Richard Parkes Bonnington, “French Coast with Fishermen”

Case 18

The archive of General Sir Eyre Coote

Of the 23 items recommended by the Committee to warrant an export bar in 2002-03, no items had their export licence applications withdrawn following the Committee meeting. Therefore 23 items had a temporary export bar placed on them.

Details of the 23 items on which a temporary export bar was placed in 2002-03 are set out in the following table.

2002-03

Item

Case 1

A full suit of armour c. 1495

Case 2

A pair of George IV ormolu and mother of pearl inlaid black and gilt-japanned papier-mâché vases, c. 1830, the vases by Jennens and Bettridge, the mounts attributed to Edward Holmes Baldock

Case 4

A sallet by Lorenz Helmschmied, c. 1480

Case 5

Meissen figure of a vixen

Case 7

Meissen figure of a crouching king vulture

Case 8

Meissen figure of a turkey cock

Case 9

Queen Charlotte’s emerald and diamond cross (licence refused—seller refused to accept V and A’s matching offer)

Case 10

A miniature photograph album by Mary Dillwyn (1816-1906)

Case 11

A sketch of a horse and landscape by Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)

Case 12

A portrait of The Lieutenant General, the Hon. Robert Monckton, by Benjamin West, 1764

Case 13

A Roman well-head, the Guilford puteal, c. 100BC

Case 14

An armchair designed by Marcel Breuer, 1936

Case.15

A dressing table designed by Marcel Breuer, 1936

Case 16

A drawing, Study of a Mourning Woman, by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)

Case 17

A Portrait of Omai by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1775-76

Case 18

The Madonna of the Pinks (Madonna dei Garofani) by Raphael (1483-1520)

Case 19

A portrait of Richard Arkwright junior with his wife Mary and daughter Anne by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1790

Case 20

A pair of silver wall sconces with the mark of Thomas Corbett, 1701

Case 21

A marble statue of Sir George Cooke (1645-1740) by Sir Henry Cheere (1703-81)

Case 22

Letters and diaries of Claudius James Rich (1787-1821)

Case 23

A miniature of the Nativity, attributed to Jean Bourdichon, c. 1510

Case 24

A bronze incense burner attributed to Desiderio da Firenze, c. 1540

Case 25

A Roman marble statue of Venus, known as the ‘Jenkins’ or ‘Barberini’ Venus, 1st–2nd century AD

Art Works: Theft

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals for de-acquisitioning works of art and artefacts held in UK institutions found to be the fruit of spoliation; what the outcomes were of the consultations held on the restitution of spoliated objects with reference to the answers of (a) 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 102W and (b) 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 103W, on art theft; and if he will make a statement. (221668)

[holding answer 22 July 2008]: Having considered the views expressed in response to the 2006 consultation paper, the Government are committed to introducing legislation as soon as possible to allow national museums, that are currently prevented from doing so, to return works of art spoliated during the Nazi era. A summary of the responses received to the consultation and the Government’s conclusions are available on my Department’s website. The Government are actively seeking a legislative opportunity to bring forward these changes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many items (a) have been identified and (b) await determination as spoliated by the Nazis by the Spoliation Advisory Panel since it was established; how many confirmed spoliated items have (i) been returned to the original owners and (ii) have been the subject of compensation; in how many cases where compensation was recommended the original owner made representations for restitution; what the (A) names, (B) descriptions and (C) holding institutions are of each item (1) returned and (2) compensated for; and if he will make a statement; (221596)

(2) which UK institutions have returned artworks or artefacts found to be the fruit of spoliation during the Second World War to their rightful owners; what items have been so returned; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 22 July 2008]: The Spoliation Advisory Panel has advised on eight claims since it was established in 2000 and is currently considering a ninth claim. The information sought on the claims determined is set out in the table.

Institution and date

Item claimed

Outcome

Tate (2001)

“View of Hampton Court Palace” by Jan Griffier the Elder

Claim upheld. The claimant sought and received an ‘ex-gratia’ payment.

Burrell Collection, Glasgow (2004)

“Still Life”, formerly attributed to Chardin

Claim upheld. The claimant sought either the return of the painting or an ‘ex-gratia’ payment. The Panel recommended the return of the painting. The Burrell Collection decided they could not return the painting and made an ‘ex-gratia’ payment to the claimant instead.

British Library (2005)

“The Beneventan Missal”

Claim upheld. The claimant sought the return of the “Missal” and the British Library are trying to arrange a long-term loan to Italy.

Ashmolean Museum (2006)

“Portrait of a Young Girl in a Bow Window”, attributed to Nikolaus Alexander Mair von Landshut

Claim rejected. The claimant did not specify whether they were seeking the return of the painting or an ‘ex-gratia’ payment.

British Museum (2006)

“The Holy Family” by Niccolo dell’Abbate; “An Allegory on Poetic Inspiration with Mercury and Apollo”, by Nicholas Blakey; “Virgin and Infant Christ, adored by St Elizabeth and the Infant St John”, by Martin Johann Schmidt; and “St Dorothy with the Christ Child” by School of Martin Schöngauer

Claim upheld. The claimant sought and received an ‘ex-gratia’ payment.

Courtauld Institute (2007)

“A lion”, attributed to Carl Ruthart; “A dog lying down”, attributed to Frans Van Mieris the elder; and “An architectural capriccio”, attributed to Giuseppe Bibiena

Claim upheld. The claimant sought the return of and received the drawings.

Courtauld Institute (2007)

“St. Gregory the Great with Ss. Maurus and Papianus and St. Domitilla with Ss. Nereus and Achilleus”; “The Conversion of St. Paul”; and “The Bounty of James / Triumphing Over Avarice” by Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Claim rejected. The claimant sought the return of the paintings.

British Museum and Fitzwilliam Museum (2008)

“Porcelain dish” at the British Museum and “Monteith” (or glass cooler) at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Claims upheld. The one claimant sought and received an ‘ex-gratia’ payment for the “Porcelian dish”, which the British Museum is unable to deaccession and the restitution of the “Monteith”, which the Fitzwilliam Museum was able to deaccession.

The Government are only aware of the outcome of claims that have been referred to the Spoliation Advisory Panel.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) is taking to publicise the procedure for making claims to the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of artworks and artefacts allegedly looted or spoliated during the Nazi regime; what consideration he has given to the recommendations of the Spoliation Advisory Panel for legislation to enable the return of spoliated items for UK collections; and if he will make a statement. (221670)

[holding answer 22 July 2008]: The Cultural Property Advice website (www.culturalpropertyadvice.gov.uk), launched by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in 2007 with support from my Department, provides advice and information to those searching for objects with an uncertain history lost or stolen during World War II and the Holocaust Era. The website includes a database of objects with uncertain provenance between 1933-45. Both this website and the department's own website provide information on the work of the Spoliation Advisory Panel.

The Government intend to introduce legislation to allow national museums, that are currently prevented from doing so, to return works of art spoliated during the Nazi era, as recommended by the panel in 2005. We continue to look for an early legislative opportunity to do so.

Arts: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in respect of what projects (a) the Arts Council, (b) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (c) Sport England and (d) English Heritage received ring-fenced funding in each of the last three years; what the cost of each such project was in each year; which projects he expects to receive such funding in each of the next three years; and what estimate he has made of each such project in each of the next three years. (204160)

[holding answer 8 May 2008]: The non-departmental public bodies in question have provided the information in the following table. The table indicates those projects that have received ring-fenced funding in each of the last three years, and those scheduled to receive it in the next three years.

NDPB

Financial year

Project

Cost (£)

Arts Council England

2005-06

Creative Partnerships

31,444,000.00

Young Peoples Arts Awards

294,000.00

Youth Theatre

27,000.00

Cultural Hubs

1,115,000.00

Cultural Leadership Fund

83,329.00

European Capital of Culture

0

South Bank Centre

2,000,000.00

North West—Capital Allocation

3,000,000.00

Cultural Offer

0

Research—Taking Part Survey

300,000.00

2006-07

Creative Partnerships

34,000,000.00

Young Peoples Arts Awards

458,000.00

Youth Theatre

306,000.00

Cultural Hubs

1,350,000.00

Cultural Leadership Fund

4,266,000.00

European Capital of Culture

1,250,000.00

South Bank Centre

2,000,000.00

North West—Capital Allocation

2,000,000.00

Cultural Offer

0

Research—Taking Part Survey

400,000.00

2007-08

Creative Partnerships

34,800,000.00

Young Peoples Arts Awards

700,000.00

Youth Theatre

500,000.00

Cultural Hubs

145,000.00

Cultural Leadership Fund

4,600,000.00

European Capital of Culture

250,000.00

South Bank Centre

0

North West—Capital Allocation

0

Cultural Offer

0

Research—Taking Part Survey

400,000.00

2008-09

Creative Partnerships

35,739,000.00

Young Peoples Arts Awards

700,000.00

Youth Theatre

500,000.00

Cultural Hubs

145,000.00

Cultural Leadership Fund

4,600,000.00

European Capital of Culture

250,000.00

South Bank Centre

0

North West—Capital Allocation

0

Cultural Offer

0

Research—Taking Part Survey

500,000.00

2009-10

Creative Partnerships

36,704,000.00

Young Peoples Arts Awards

1

Youth Theatre

0

Cultural Hubs

0

Cultural Leadership Fund

3,500,000.00

European Capital of Culture

0

South Bank Centre

0

North West—Capital Allocation

0

Cultural Offer

3,000,000.00

Research—Taking Part Survey

500,000.00

2010-11

Creative Partnerships

37,695,000.00

Young Peoples Arts Awards

1

Youth Theatre

0

Cultural Hubs

0

Cultural Leadership Fund

3,500,000.00

European Capital of Culture

0

South Bank Centre

0

North West—Capital Allocation

0

Cultural Offer

3,000,000.00

Research—Taking Part Survey

500,000.00

MLA Council

2005-06 (actual)

Framework for the Future

1,950,000.00

Renaissance

29,482,000.00

Strategic Commissioning

1,990,000.00

Find Your Talent

0

Taking Part

100,000.00

Joint research

0

IDeA improvements Fund

80,000.00

GIS claims fund

0

2006-07 (actual)

Framework for the Future

1,890,000.00

Renaissance

32,000,000.00

Strategic Commissioning

2,338,000.00

Find Your Talent

0

Taking Part

80,000.00

Joint research

0

IDeA improvements Fund

80,000.00

GIS claims fund

36,000.00

2007-08 (actual)

Framework for the Future

2,000,000.00

Renaissance

45,000,000.00

Strategic Commissioning

2,000,000.00

Find Your Talent

0

Taking Part

80,000.00

Joint research

0

IDeA improvements Fund

120,000.00

GIS claims fund

23,000.00

2008-09 (planned)

Framework for the Future

0

Renaissance

46,215,000.00

Strategic Commissioning

2,240,000.00

Find Your Talent

0

Taking Part

87,000.00

Joint research

60,000.00

IDeA improvements Fund

78,000.00

GIS claims fund

150,000.00

2009-10 (planned)

Framework for the Future

0

Renaissance

46,463,000.00

Strategic Commissioning

2

Find Your Talent

2,000,000.00

Taking Part

87,000.00

Joint research

60,000.00

IDeA improvements Fund

78,000.00

GIS claims fund

150,000.00

2010-11 (planned)

Framework for the Future

0

Renaissance

47,744,000.00

Strategic Commissioning

2

Find Your Talent

2,000,000.00

Taking Part

87,000.00

Joint research

65,000.00

IDeA improvements Fund

78,000.00

GIS claims fund

150,000.00

2008-09

Cultural Leadership Programme

150,000.00

2009-10

Cultural Leadership Programme

2

2010-11

Cultural Leadership Programme

2

Sport England

2005-06

Community Club Development

20,000,000.00

Sportsmatch

3,675,000.00

Coaching

14,195,000.00

School Club Links

4,500,000.00

Step into Sport

4,000,000.00

Competition Managers

100,000.00

National Sports Foundation

0

Football Foundation

0

5 hour offer

0

English Institute of Sport

0

2006-07

Community Club Development

20,000,000.00

Sportsmatch

3,675,000.00

Coaching

14,370,000.00

School Club Links

4,336,000.00

Step into Sport

4,000,000.00

Competition Managers

100,000.00

National Sports Foundation

14,500,000.00

Football Foundation

21,000,000.00

5 hour offer

0

English Institute of Sport

0

2007-08

Community Club Development

17,000,000.00

Sportsmatch

3,675,000.00

Coaching

14,370,000.00

School Club Links

4,336,000.00

Step into Sport

4,00,000.00

Competition Managers

100,000.00

National Sports Foundation

19,300,000.00

Football Foundation

16,000,000.00

5 hour offer

0

English Institute of Sport

0

2008-09

Community Club Development

0

Sportsmatch

0

Coaching

0

School Club Links

0

Step into Sport

0

Competition Managers

0

National Sports Foundation

0

Football Foundation

0

5 hour offer

14,500,000.00

English Institute of Sport

2,700,000.00

2009-10

Community Club Development

0

Sportsmatch

0

Coaching

0

School Club Links

0

Step into Sport

0

Competition Managers

0

National Sports Foundation

0

Football Foundation

0

5 hour offer

13,500,000.00

English Institute of Sport

700,000.00

2010-11

Community Club Development

0

Sportsmatch

0

Coaching

0

School Club Links

0

Step into Sport

0

Competition Managers

0

National Sports Foundation

0

Football Foundation

0

5 hour offer

11,500,000.00

English Institute of Sport

700,000.00

English Heritage

2005-06

Apethorpe Hall3

1,000,000.00

2006-07

Apethorpe Hall4

3,300,000.00

2007-08

Apethorpe Hall3

1,300,000.00

2006-07

Apethorpe Hall

2,000,000.00

2007-08

Apethorpe Hall

2,000,000.00

1 To be decided

2 To be announced

3 The cost of the Apethorpe Hall repair project

4 Includes £1.3 million purchase following the Compulsory Purchase Order

BBC: Internet

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that the BBC’s proposals to launch ultra-local web services do not distort local media markets. (223589)

[holding answer 15 September 2008]: This is a matter for the BBC Trust. As part of the Public Value Test considering the proposal, Ofcom will conduct a market impact assessment.

British Grand Prix

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the minutes of his meeting with Bernie Ecclestone on 18 March 2008 on the British Grand Prix. (222690)

My meeting with Bernie Ecclestone of 18 March on the British Grand Prix was informal and as such no minutes were taken.

Creative Partnerships: Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed by Arts Council England (a) nationally and (b) regionally on Creative Partnerships. (224166)

The information requested has been provided by Arts Council England and is set out in the table.

Organisation

2007-08

Arts Council—National Office

29

East

8

East Midlands

15

London

13

North East

11

North West

14

South East

22

South West

10

West Midlands

10

Yorkshire

10

Grand Total

142

Cultural Leadership Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff are employed by the Cultural Leadership Programme; and how much the programme spent on staffing in each of the last three years. (221047)

[holding answer 22 July 2008]: Five members of staff are currently employed by the Cultural Leadership Programme: a director; acting assistant director; project manager; project co-ordinator; and administrator.

The Cultural Leadership Programme has provided the following figures for the amount spent on staffing in each of the last three years:

£

2005-06

83,329

2006-07

127,550

2007-08

278,000

The increase in staffing costs reflects the development of the programme from a call for ideas and early scoping phase, through development of provision through partners, to offering a full programme of learning to leaders in the cultural and creative industries at all levels. Core staffing and administration costs represent only 4 per cent. of the total budget.

Departmental Air Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether those staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies who are entitled to business class or first class air travel are permitted to (i) travel in a cheaper class to the destination and (ii) benefit in monetary terms or kind from the saving. (221959)

Those staff in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and our agency, the Royal Parks who are entitled to business or first air travel are (i) encouraged to travel in a cheaper class to the destination but (ii) they would not be able to benefit in monetary terms or kind from the saving.

Departmental Appeals

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions his Department has instructed the Treasury Solicitor to seek leave to appeal to the House of Lords from (a) the Court of Appeal and (b) the House of Lords itself in each of the last 10 years; and on how many occasions the application was rejected. (220819)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not hold the requested information centrally and it could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has been heard in two appeals before Appellate Committees of the House of Lords in the last 10 years. In 2001, in Regina v. Independent Television Commission, Ex Parte TV Danmark 1 Limited [2001] UKHL 42, the Secretary of State intervened to support a successful appeal brought by the Independent Television Commission. In 2007, in Regina (on the application of Animal Defenders International) v. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport [2008] UKHL 15, the Secretary of State successfully defended an appeal brought by Animal Defenders International.

Departmental Buildings

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department’s policy is on improving the energy efficiency of the buildings which it (a) rents and (b) owns; what changes there have been in the energy efficiency of such buildings in the last (i) five and (ii) 10 years; and whether his Department has adopted targets on energy efficiency improvements in the buildings it occupies over the next (A) five and (B) 10 years. (221094)

The Department is committed to improving its energy efficiency and to deliver on the targets set down in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate. These are to: increase energy efficiency by 15 per cent. by 2010 relative to 1999-2000 levels; and to increase energy efficiency per square metre by 30 per cent. by 2020, relative to 1999-2000 levels.

To deliver on these targets, the Department has developed a detailed energy action plan which has identified areas where energy efficiency improvements can be made. To date, significant improvements have been gained in the installation of energy efficient light fittings, new main capital plant and the replacement of gas boilers. Automatic meter readers have been installed in DCMS buildings to enable us to monitor consumption half hourly.

The Department is accredited to the Carbon Trust’s Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what account his Department takes of the level of energy efficiency of buildings before entering into agreements to (a) rent and (b) purchase those buildings. (221110)

The Department has not entered into any new agreements to rent or purchase buildings since 1999.

If the Department does enter into new agreements to rent or purchase buildings in future it will ensure this is undertaken with full reference to the Office of Government Commerce’s Common Minimum Standards for the Built Environment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the location is of each office occupied by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies which has been (i) newly occupied and (ii) refurbished in the last 24 months; and what the floor area in square metres is of each. (222027)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) In the last 24 months the Department has refurbished its office at 2-4 Cockspur Street, London. Floor area: 6,157 square metres.

(b) In the last 24 months The Royal Parks has refurbished The Magazine in Kensington Gardens. Floor area: 300 square metres.

No offices have been newly occupied in the last 24 months.

Departmental Databases

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what use (a) his Department and (b) its agencies make of (i) MOSAIC data and (ii) ACORN data. (221957)

Since its launch in 2005, the Department's Taking Part survey has included ACORN codes. These data have been used to examine variations in sporting and cultural participation.

This month the Department purchased the additional Financial ACORN and Health ACORN codes as well as MOSAIC codes. These have been merged with the Taking Part survey data and results will be published later this year.

In 2006 the Royal Parks agency used ACORN codes to examine variations in the profile of park users against the profile of residents living in close proximity to the park.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the five most serious disciplinary breaches in his Department were in the last 12 months; and what steps were taken in response to each breach. (223055)

There were no formal disciplinary breaches in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the last 12 months.

Departmental Homeworking

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Upper Bann of 28 February 2008, Official Report, column 1830W, on departmental home working, if he will make it his policy to collate and maintain central records of home working by his Department's staff. (222538)

The Department is currently reviewing its flexible working policies and as part of that HR has set up a central database to record staff working patterns, including home working.

Departmental Information

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what types of data have been sold by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations in the last 12 months. (221960)

Neither the Department for Culture Media and Sport nor its agency (the Royal Parks) has sold any data under the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations in the last 12 months.

Departmental Official Residences

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what permanent residential accommodation is provided for use by civil servants in his Department; how many residential dwellings are provided; where they are located; and for what grade of civil servant they are provided. (221958)

The Department does not provide any permanent residential accommodation for use by civil servants.

Departmental Overtime

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of overtime payments paid to staff in his Department was in each of the last 12 months, broken down by pay grade. (221297)

The cost of overtime paid to staff in each month between July 2007 and June 2008 by grade is shown in the table.

£

Grade A(U)

Grade A

Grade B

Grade C

Grade D

Total

2007

July

2,005

8,370

11,978

8,049

4,063

34,465

August

864

7,749

14,084

4,870

2,835

30,402

September

1,106

2,359

4,816

2,140

236

10,657

October

7,667

8,104

8,401

2,047

26,220

November

28

7,531

11,553

7,469

2,447

29,028

December

279

12,647

7,228

6,214

1,865

28,232

2008

January

6,366

4,562

4,476

1,101

16,506

February

8,142

7,617

6,680

2,575

25,014

March

13,108

5,059

5,640

1,869

25,677

April

9,730

6,889

4,966

2,304

23,889

May

12,546

5,590

7,222

1,337

26,695

June

12,829

5,625

9,902

2,890

31,247

Departmental Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department and its agencies in each of the last three financial years. (221182)

All expenses are reimbursed in accordance with guidance set out in the Department’s staff guide and the civil service code.

The reimbursable expenses claimed by press officers in the Department and its executive agency, the Royal Parks, in each of the last three years are set out in the table.

£

Amounts claimed by press officers

Financial year

Department

Royal Parks

2005-06

16,259.86

88.20

2006-07

6,774.75

233.25

2007-08

2,568.72

31.06

1 Excludes claims made through petty cash claims. These can be identified only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of the names and addresses of each organisation that supplied goods and services to his Department in 2007-08, based on the purchase order data held in the Department’s financial database. (221955)

I am providing a listing of trade suppliers who raised invoices for goods and services to DCMS in 2007-08 based on the purchase ledger history.

I am arranging for this information to be deposited in the House Library.

Departmental Public Participation

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) reviews and (b) public consultations have been initiated by his Department since 27 June 2007. (221371)

Information on all public reviews and consultations initiated by my Department is available via the DCMS website (www.culture.gov.uk). The following list provides details of departmental public reviews and consultations since 27 June 2007:

DCMS public reviews and consultations

(i) Public reviews

McMaster Review—Assessing excellence in the arts 1 November 2007.

The consultation period was 1 to 30 November 2007.

(ii) Public consultations (in reverse date order)

Gambling Act 2005 (Variation of Monetary Limits) Order 2008 16 July 2008.

The consultation period will run from 17 July to 9 October 2008.

Proposed Gambling Act 2005 (Gaming Machines in Bingo Premises) Order 2008 25 June 2008.

The consultation period will run from Thursday 26 June 2008 to Friday 26 September 2008.

Consultation on Community Radio 31 March 2008.

The consultation period was 31 March 2008 to 6 June 2008.

Consultation on Television Multiplex Services (Reservation of Digital Capacity) Order 2008 18 April 2008.

The consultation period was 18 April 2008 to 9 May 2008.

Gambling Act 2005—Proposals for Gambling Commission Fees from 1 August 2008 10 March 2008.

The consultation period was 10 March 2008 to 2 June 2008.

Consultation on proposal to introduce a simplified process for minor variations to premises licences and club premises certificates 28 November 2007.

The consultation period was 28 November 2007 to 20 February 2008.

Consultation on draft regulations for museums on the publication of information about cultural objects on loan under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 21 September 2007.

The consultation period was 21 September to 21 December 2007.

Regulatory Reform Order: Proposal to Remove the Requirement for the Designated Premises Supervisor for Community Premises 8 August 2007.

The consultation period was 8 August to 31 October 2007.

The Governance of Britain, Flag Flying 24 July 2007.

The consultation period was 27 July to 7 November 2007.

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on a European agenda for culture in a globalizing world 29 June 2007.

The consultation period was 29 June to 10 September 2007.

The Gambling Act (Small Society Lotteries) (Registration of Non-Commercial Societies) Regulations 2007 12 June 2007.

The consultation period was 12 June to 30 July 2007.

Gambling Act 2005: Consultation on Temporary Use Notices 31 May 2007.

The consultation period was 31 May to 23 August 2007.

DCMS Equality Scheme 2007-2010 Consultation 27 April 2007.

The consultation period was 27 April to 23 July 2007.

Gambling Act 2005: Consultation on the Review of Premises Licence Regulations 26 April 2007.

The consultation period was 26 April to 17 July 2007.

Departmental Retirement

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 881W, on departmental retirement, how many requests to work beyond the mandatory retirement age were received by his Department in each of the last five years. (222436)

In the last five years three requests to work beyond the mandatory retirement age have been received by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport—one in 2005 and two in 2008.

Departmental Surveillance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to (i) undertake directed surveillance, (ii) use covert human intelligence sources, (iii) acquire communications data and (iv) undertake intrusive surveillance in the last 24 months. (222026)

The Department and its agency the Royal Parks have not made any applications under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in the last 24 months.

Dorneywood

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official hospitality, what use his Department has made of Dorneywood for official engagements in the last 12 months. (221953)

EDF Energy

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agency has with EDF; and how much (i) his Department and (ii) its agency paid to EDF in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the purpose of the payment. (221850)

The information is as follows:

(a) The Department buys its electricity from EDF through the OGC Buying Solutions and is invoiced directly for this service. It does not have a direct contract with EDF.

(b) Our agency, the Royal Parks has one current contract for the supply of electricity with EDF.

(i) Payments over the past 10 years have been for electricity supply only. The Department only holds partial figures as prior to 2004-05, the payment for electricity on Cockspur street was being made directly by our previous facilities management contractors. The figures are broken down as follows:

£

1998-99

63,378

1999-2000

46,427

2000-01

43,244

2001-02

47,232

2002-03

36,016

2003-04

52,745

2004-05

188,092

2005-06

253,620

2006-07

308,205

2007-08

276,742

(ii) Payments over the last 10 years for the Royal Parks are as follows:

£

1999-2000

110,929

2000-01

101,533

2001-02

90,341

2002-03

111,098

2003-04

100,713

2004-05

105,763

2005-06

131,032

2006-07

141,196

2007-08

55,554

2008-09 (to date)

21,000

English Sports Council: Grants

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the maintenance regime of a sports facility which has received a capital award from Sport England is monitored; what guidance and advice other than on the terms and conditions included in grant offer letters is given to successful grant applicants at the (a) pre- and (b) post-application stages; and what information on sports turf maintenance is issued by his Department and Sport England to applicants. (223468)

[holding answer 15 September 2008]: Monitoring arrangements vary from project to project, dependent on the size and type of grant. Sport England requires applicants to ensure that adequate funds are made available over the life time of the grant award, to ensure that the facility is maintained properly.

Sport England has advised that pre-application advice is supplied to applicants through both online support and one-to-one meetings. A sample of capital projects are monitored post completion. In addition, Sport England’s regional offices are in contact with projects in their region on an ad hoc basis.

Technical Guidance on Natural Turf can be found on Sport England’s website as a free download of the Natural Turf technical publication;

www.sportengland.org/se_facilities_naturalturf.pdf.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a revenue tail to fund maintenance staff is a requirement for applicants for capital awards from Sport England; what discussions he has had with Sport England on such a requirement; and if he will make a statement. (223469)

[holding answer 15 September 2008]: Arrangements for the award and management of grants are primarily matters for Sport England. Sport England has advised that it does not require, as condition of grant, a revenue tail to fund maintenance staff. It does, however, require the applicant to ensure that adequate funds are made available over the life time of the grant award, to ensure that the facility is maintained properly. Sport England has advised that where it is known that replacement of elements of the capital facility will be required within the lifetime of the award, such as a synthetic turf surface, they will seek assurance that a replacement budget is established by the awardee to ensure the replacement is made.

Equality: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding the Big Lottery Fund has provided to each regional equality and diversity partnership in the last 12 months; and on what date each such payment was made. (222999)

The Big Lottery Fund has advised that they have not received any applications for funding from regional equality and diversity partnerships.

EU Law

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many officials in his Department are wholly or mainly tasked with the negotiation, implementation or administration of EU legislation and consequent policies. (222266)

This Government are firmly committed to the importance of the EU in delivering on 21st-century challenges. The EU is of central importance to the work of HM Government across all Departments. It is relevant to a wide range of policy areas, and to the work of many Government officials; currently my Department employs five officials on such work.

Gambling: USA

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with (a) his EU counterparts and (b) European Commissioners on the conclusion of negotiations between the EC and the US on the US withdrawal of its gambling commitments from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the consequent compensatory adjustments offered by the US in the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services. (220665)