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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tenders were let by her Department to external suppliers in financial year 200304; and what the value was. 
Mr. Caborn: 69 contracts were let by competitive tender during the period 200304 with a value of £6,073,646. A number of these contracts were call-off contracts still extant so the final value of those is not yet known.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she has had with the British Horseracing Board on the recent relevant European Court of Justice ruling; and what the outcome of the discussions was; 
(2) what representations she has received on extending the life of the Levy Board. 
Mr. Caborn [holding answer 17 January 2005]: I have received a number of representations from within the racing industry that the abolition of the Levy Board should be deferred and have met representatives of the British Horseracing Board (BHB) on several occasions since the European Court of Justice ruling was announced.
In response to the ruling the British Horseracing Board has commissioned an independent review into the future funding of racing. I welcome this review and look forward to seeing its conclusions and the views of the BHB, the Levy Board and the Association of British Bookmakers.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will amend the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 to allow flood-lit all-weather horse racing. 
The Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 includes no prohibition on flood-lit all-weather horse racing. However, it does prohibit the late-night opening of Licensed Betting Offices (LBOs) during the winter season.
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The Gambling Bill will repeal the 1963 Act and will not seek to replicate any provisions relating to LBO opening hours, which will in future be determined by the local licensing authority following guidance from the Gambling Commission.
Mr. Etherington: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the contribution the Lottery has made to combating (a) social exclusion and (b) financial exclusion in Sunderland; and if she will make a statement. 
Estelle Morris: Lottery distributors are required to take into account the need to reduce economic and social deprivation in making awards. It can be difficult to determine precisely the extent of their contribution to reducing social and financial exclusion but a significant number of Lottery-funded projects have helped to regenerate inner cities, create employment and strengthen communities. Since the Lottery began there have been 240 awards made in the constituency of Sunderland north totalling £24.1 million. In the local authority area of Sunderland, there have been 721 projects totalling £69 million.
Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of National Lottery Funding for sport paid through Sport England is available for open bidding in 200405; and what estimate she has made of the cash value of National Lottery Sports funding made available through Sport England that will be available for open bidding in 200506. 
Mr. Caborn [holding answer 17 January 2005]: Sport England budgeted to make award commitments of £148.4 million in 200405. Of this £71.1 millionequivalent to 48 per cent.was budgeted to be available through open application. Sport England's current estimated awards budget for 200506 includes £42.5 million which would be available through open application. The budget for 200506 has not yet been finalised.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by her Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year. 
Mr. Caborn: I am arranging for copies of a document listing the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in each year since 1997 to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
How much the Department spent on each title in each year can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The Department's total spend on (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals (excluding yearbooks and directories and including magazines) in each financial year since 199798 is shown in the table.
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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting her Department. 
Mr. Caborn: The Department has four premises in London and provides a total of 10 car parking spaces, five of which are for Ministers and Permanent Secretary and two for registered disabled employees. The remaining three spaces are available to visitors and contractors and, exceptionally, staff. Two other spaces were converted to bicycle racking during 200405.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £750 million for school sport announced by the Prime Minister in 2000 has been (a) pledged and (b) spent. 
Mr. Caborn [holding answer 17 January 2005]: £598.6 million of New Opportunities for PE and Sport (NOPES) funding has been committed to date for over 2,000 facilities, with £59 million drawn down by local education authorities.
80 per cent. of NOPES funding has now been committed, well ahead of schedule and we anticipate that the great majority of new facilities will be in use by spring 2006, in line with the original timetable.
Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the people working within her Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and (b) the policy responsibilities they have been given. 
Mr. Caborn: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not currently have any people working on secondment from the private sector.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003. 
The Department's expenditure on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 200203 was £59,922 and (b) 200304 was £51,349.
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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the population works in the tourism industry. 
Mr. Caborn: As at June 2003 there were 2.2 million people working in the tourism-related industries in Great Britain. 1 This represents nearly 8 per cent. of the total working population.
1 Tourism employment estimates are regularly published in the National Statistics series 'Labour Market Trends'.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue tourism earned in 2004. 
Mr. Caborn: Figures for tourism revenue in 2004 are not yet available.
The table shows the components of tourism revenue in the United Kingdom each year up to 2003.
|Inbound tourists while in UK(4)||12.8||11.3||11.7||11.9|
|Fares to UK carriers by inbound tourists(5)||3.3||3.1||3.1||3.2|
|Domestic trips with overnight stay(6)||26.1||26.1||26.7||26.5|
|Leisure Day Visits(7)||31.8||31.5||31.3||31.8|
|Imputed rent for second home ownership(8)||0.90||0.91||0.92||0.94|
|Tourism consumption on UK trips||74.9||72.9||73.7||74.2|
|Outbound tripsexpenditure in the UK(8)||14.7||15.4||16.4||17.6|
|Total tourism consumption||89.6||88.3||90.1||91.8|
Provisional figures for expenditure by overseas tourists will be released on 9 February. Figures for domestic tourism expenditure are scheduled for release in May.
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