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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the gender pay gap among staff in her Department. 
Mr. Caborn: DCMS completed an equal pay review in 2002 and has since taken action to narrow the gaps in pay between men and women. As a result of our equal pay action the percentage difference in salaries between men and women has reduced in all grades, except grade D where the average salary is higher for women than that for men.
Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) projected cost at the time of tender and (b) actual cost at the time of completion was for each IT contract commissioned by her Department over the last five years. 
Mr. Caborn: The Department has let four IT contracts in the past five years. The costs of the first are set out as follows. The remainder are for ongoing services so it is not possible to give a completion cost, however the costs of operation have been as per the original estimates.
NCC for IT security testingprojected cost £26,500, actual costs £26,500.
Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when Patrick Carter's report on the Government's proposed National Sports Foundation will be published. 
Mr. Caborn: Paragraph 6.50 of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's pre-Budget report presented to Parliament on 2 December sets out the provisional interim findings of Lord Carter's Review of funding for sport and states that his report will be published in spring 2005.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of Great British Olympians and Paralympians (a) medal winners and (b) squad members were educated at secondary level within the state system; and what the figures were for the previous Olympics. 
Mr. Caborn: This information is not held by Sport England or UK Sport.
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her most recent estimate is of the number of sports clubs that will face an increase in their licensing fees as a result of the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003; and what estimate she has made of
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the average percentage increase in the size of the licensing fees to be paid by sports clubs following the implementation of the Act. 
Mr. Caborn [holding answer 6 December 2004]: We have looked at the position for registered members' clubs (sports and others) of which there are 20,000. The cost of a premises licence or club premises certificate represents a saving for most sports clubs over a period of 10 years depending on the scope and regularity of the club's activities. The fee of £16 currently paid for registered members' clubs is only one of the fees that they currently pay. If they have music and dancing after normal opening hours they require certificates of suitability (ranging from £50 to £500); special hours certificates (£25); and special orders of exemption (£10 a time). Each of these is charged individually and some are required on multiple occasions in a year. Under the Licensing Act 2003 they would all be included in the fee for a single club premises certificate. Any percentage increase or decrease in fees for a club will therefore depend on the range of certificates currently held. The Government's policy is that licensing fees must be set at a level that allows full recovery of the administration, inspection and enforcement costs falling on licensing authorities. It would be wholly wrong for central or local taxation to subsidise the consumption of alcohol, and it would be difficult to argue that the best way to promote sport is through Government subsidising sports club bars.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Minister for Children will acknowledge the letter sent to her by the Lowe Syndrome Trust. 
Margaret Hodge: I received a letter from the Lowe Syndrome Trust on 19 October. I have since made contact with the Trust and am due to meet with representatives of the organisation in the new year.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last two years. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The total of costs classified as purchased accountancy services in the accounts of the Department in 200203 and 200304 respectively is £69,584.00 and £190,990.28.
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) average primary formula spending share per pupil and (b) average secondary formula spending share per pupil is in each local education authority in 200506, listed in descending order of secondary formula allocations. 
Mr. Miliband: In England, the formula for the primary and secondary sub-blocks comprises a basic entitlement for each pupil, which is the same across the country, plus a top-up for each pupil with additional educational needs, which is again the same across the country, plus top-ups for areas where it costs more to recruit and retain teachers. Local education authorities with a greater proportion of pupils with additional educational needs or higher average earnings will receive a higher level of funding per pupil. The following table shows the average School Formula Spending Share for primary and secondary pupils, as announced on 2 December 2004 in the provisional Local Government Settlement for 200506. The figures are set out in descending order.
|City of London||3,991|
|Isles of Scilly||3,804|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||3,528|
|Kensington and Chelsea||3,377|
|Barking and Dagenham||2,836|
|Kingston upon Thames||2,747|
|Richmond upon Thames||2,663|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||2,638|
|Isle of Wight Council||2,611|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||2,594|
|City of Kingston-upon-Hull||2,582|
|City of Bristol||2,576|
|Stoke on Trent||2,555|
|Redcar and Cleveland||2,518|
|North East Lincolnshire||2,495|
|Brighton and Hove||2,469|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||2,441|
|Bath and North East Somerset||2,409|
|City of London||4,860|
|Isles of Scilly||4,452|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||4,446|
|Kensington and Chelsea||4,216|
|Barking and Dagenham||3,619|
|Kingston upon Thames||3,510|
|Richmond upon Thames||3,479|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||3,389|
|City of Bristol||3,320|
|City of Kingston-upon-Hull||3,285|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||3,273|
|Stoke on Trent||3,256|
|Isle of Wight Council||3,256|
|Brighton and Hove||3,190|
|Redcar and Cleveland||3,183|
|North East Lincolnshire||3,170|
|Bath and North East Somerset||3,103|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||3,001|
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