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Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is in relation to the storage and deletion of e-mails; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the past 12 months. 
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport's electronic information management policy ensures that information deemed to be a record (under the Public Records Act) is captured and stored, this includes e-mails. The policy further provides that e-mails older than 12 months are to be deleted from electronic e-mail folders unless they are deemed to be a record and are to be stored. This policy was introduced in June 2004.
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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on entertainment by her Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d) accommodation. 
Mr. Caborn: All expenditure on official entertainment is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting.
The following table shows expenditure on entertainment, including working breakfasts or lunches, refreshment at meetings and official entertainment, by the Department since 199798. In 200203 changes were made in the way entertainment expenditure was captured to include associated staff costs following the contracting out of the hospitality service. The Department's accounting system does not record information by the categories requested and it can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
|200405 (to December 2004)||61,270.90|
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) the England and Wales Cricket Board, (b) the MCC, (c) UK Sport, (d) Sport England and (e) the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the location of the ICC headquarters; and what the outcome was in each case. 
I am not aware that my Department has had any discussions on this subject with the MCC or Sport England. However, a DCMS official accompanied representatives of UK Sport to a meeting with the ICC on 27 July, where the issue of the ICC's possible relocation was discussed.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list her Department's IT projects in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) amount spent, (b) purpose, (c) cost of over-run and (d) time of over-run. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has issued to local authorities on the membership of local authority licensing committees, sub-committees and panels established under the Licensing Act 2003; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Caborn: In July 2004 we issued guidance to licensing authorities under s 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. Chapter 3 included advice on administration, exercise and delegation of functions. In addition, we have recently completed a public consultation on regulations and an order under the 2003 Act, including those relating to hearings procedures. We do not currently intend to prescribe any further regulations beyond these. Therefore, in all other respects licensing committees may regulate their own procedures and that of their sub-committees by following standard local authority committee procedures.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was received from distributors for expenditure on (a) the arts, (b) National Heritage and (c) sport in each year from 1997 to 2004; and if she will make a statement. 
Estelle Morris: Individual lottery awards are matters for decision by each distributing body acting independently of the Government. The Department would, however, expect distributors to make awards that are not only legitimate but which support good quality, value for money projects that further the purposes and objectives of the body distributing lottery funds.
Each lottery distributing body is required under its financial directions, or where appropriate under other financial control documents, to have controls in place to detect and deter fraud. Where actual cases of fraud are detected, distributing bodies are required to inform the Department, to investigate thoroughly and to take appropriate action to recover public funds. The Department would expect distributors to examine the lessons learned from any such cases and to make the improvements to controls and systems necessary to prevent a recurrence.
Estelle Morris: I can confirm that we are being kept closely informed by the Big Lottery Fund about a fraud investigation, and that the police and National Audit Office were informed. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will make a full statement as soon as it is appropriate to do so. In the meantime, I can assure the hon. Member that all necessary action is being taken to identify the scale and nature of the suspected fraud, and to identify any improvements to controls which may be necessary.
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