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National Lottery

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the level of ticket sales of the National Lottery. [97514R]

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Mr. Caborn: The National Lottery Commission have stated that ticket sales, since the start of the lottery to 9 February 2003, are £40.8 billion.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of National Lottery charitable contributions have been spent on cancer-related groups. [97513]

Mr. Caborn: The Community Fund has made 188 grants to the value of £13,516,037 to organisations directly involved in work relating to cancer. The Fund has awarded a further £23,651,116 to hospices whose client group will include people with cancer.

In total, therefore, £37,167,153 or 1.51 per cent. of total Community Fund grants (£2,458 million) has been awarded to projects relating to the care of those with some form of cancer.

In addition, £84 million is available from the New Opportunities Fund for projects that provide effective palliative care and support and information services for

children and adults suffering from cancer and other life threatening conditions.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the operation of the National Lottery franchise. [97515]

Mr. Caborn: Since the launch of the National Lottery, £13.9 billion has been raised for the good causes. Camelot was awarded the second licence as operator of the National Lottery in January 2002. The National Lottery Commission continues to have the duty to ensure that the National Lottery is properly run and that players are protected, while maximising the money raised for the good causes. We published a consultation document last year about the way in which the Lottery might be run and regulated in future; and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State intends to announce our conclusions in due course.


Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated marketing budget of the British Tourist Board is for the promotion of tourism in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England. [97908]

Dr. Howells: The British Tourist Authority is a cross-border body whose purpose is to market Britain overseas as an attractive tourist destination. It does not hypothecate funds for particular nations or regions of Britain, but promotes Britain as a whole in a way which maximises the impact of its campaigns in individual markets overseas.

Union Anniversary

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the union of England and Scotland in 2007. [94269]

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Dr. Howells: The UK Government have no plans at present to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Union of Scotland and England.


Child Care

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children living in poverty live outside the 20 per cent. most disadvantaged wards; and how many of them have access to child care places. [87967]

Maria Eagle: In 1999, 34 per cent. of children aged 0–4 living in households in receipt of means tested benefits lived in wards other than the most disadvantaged 20 per cent. We do not collect data on access to child care places specifically for this group of children. Local authorities' 2002–03 early years development and child care plans showed that, in April 2001, 12.3 places were available per hundred children aged 0–14 (or 0–16 with special educational needs) in wards other than the 20 per cent. most disadvantaged wards, higher than the 7.6 places per hundred children in the 20 per cent. most disadvantaged wards. Each early years development and child care plan includes targets to increase by March 2004 the number of child care places available both outside and within the 20 per cent. most disadvantaged wards.

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received from child care organisations regarding the provision of child care to lone parents. [91061]

Maria Eagle [holding answer 16 January 2003]: We receive representations from time to time on issues relating to child care and its role in enabling parents—particularly lone parents—to work, learn and study; and we discuss these matters as part of our ongoing partnership with child care organisations.

As part of the recent interdepartmental review of child care, chaired by my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State responsible for Sure Start there was wide-ranging consultation with organisations with an interest in the issue.

In addition, the National Council for One Parent Families is a member of the Sure Start Voluntary Sector Forum chaired by my noble Friend.

Child Minders

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time child minders there were in England in each year since 1997. [89311]

Maria Eagle: The available figures on the number of registered child minders are as follows.

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Number of child minders for children under eight—England—1997–2001

As at 31 MarchTotal


These figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

These figures were published in Statistical Bulletin 08/01 "Children's Day Care Facilities at 31 March 2001", a copy of which is available from the Library. An electronic copy of the bulletin is available on the Department's website

During the period 1997 to 2001 total child care places have increased. The returns from local authorities have shown year on year increases in the numbers of day nurseries, out of school clubs and holiday schemes. However, the numbers of playgroups and child minders have been declining. Many playgroups are converting to full day care and this means that they are re-classified as day nurseries rather than playgroups. The Department is encouraging this conversion by offering assistance to playgroups to extend their services to full day care in order to meet more parents' needs.

Higher Education Funding

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of funding to higher education institutions comes from (a) student contributions, (b) LEA funding and (c) foreign student fees across (i) all higher education institutions and (ii) each individual university in England. [83937]

Margaret Hodge: The information is in tables, copies of which have been placed in the Library. Fee income from local authorities and individual students cannot be separately identified but are included in the "Student Loans Company/Local Education Authority/Student Awards Agency for Scotland/Department for Education Learning Northern Ireland" and "Other" categories respectively. As well as individual student tuition fee contributions, the "Other" category will include fee income from Research Councils, other Government Departments, overseas organisations, and UK industry and commerce.


Air Quality

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) which local authorities in Scotland have completed ambient air quality (a) assessment and (b) plans; [96460]

Mrs. Liddell: Both local government and air quality are devolved matters, and are the responsibility of the Scottish Executive.

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Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what annual emission of (a) NOx, (b) SOx and (c) CO2 was recorded for each Scottish airport in the last available year, classified by (i) aviation emissions, (ii) volume for each category of ground vehicle, (iii) type of power unit and (iv) type of fuel; [96465]

Mrs. Liddell: The management of BAA's vehicle fleet is an operational matter for the company. I understand that BAA has an air quality strategy which includes a commitment to assessing cleaner alternative fuels such as ULSD and LPG. The Government and the devolved administrations have in place a wide range of policies and programmes aimed at reducing gaseous emissions from vehicle fleets but there are no policies and programmes targeted specifically at airport operators.

There is no official data collected on emissions of the specified substances from aircraft and ground vehicles at airports.

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