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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with the Chinese Government during his recent visit to Beijing concerning the position taken by China on the UN Security Council over Sudan and Darfur. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the official residences for which his Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is of running each property; what contribution the current occupants make towards the
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running costs of each; what the total capital and refurbishment expenditure has been on those properties in each of the past five years; how much money was spent in each property on (a) flowers and plants, (b) wine and entertaining, (c) food, (d) telephone bills and (e) electricity and gas in 200304; how many (i)domestic and (ii) maintenance staff are employed at each property, broken down by post; and what the total cost of staff employment at each was in 200304. 
Mr. Timms: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the written answers he received from the Prime Minister on 20 January 2005, Official Report, column 1037W, and the former Financial Secretary (Ruth Kelly) on 19 November 2003, Official Report, column 1097W, and to my answer to the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Prisk) on 16 November 2004, Official Report, column 1267W. I very much regret that my answer inadvertently contained an incorrect figure: the running costs of the Treasury's residential property in 200304 were in fact £127,428 (and not £162,858).
Information relating to expenditure on flowers and plants, wine and entertaining, food, telephone bills and electricity and gas is not available. No maintenance or domestic staff are employed by the Treasury in respect of the flat at 10 Downing Street.
John Healey: HM Treasury and HM Customs and Excise have recently closed a consultation exercise on excepted vehicles entitled to use red diesel. A number of responses have been received, raising a range of issues, and these are currently being analysed. Decisions on whether or not to proceed with changes to the excepted vehicle schedule will be taken once this consideration is complete.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants were penalised for failing to report changes in circumstances which must be reported within three months in the (a) 200304 and (b) 200405 tax year. 
Dawn Primarolo: Families are required to inform Inland Revenue of any change in the adults heading the family within three months of the change. They are also required to inform Inland Revenue within three months if use of qualifying child care ceases or if child care costs fall by £10 a week or more for a period of at least four weeks.
(a) In order to give families time to adjust to the requirements of the system, in 200304 the Inland Revenue did not issue penalties to families who failed to report such changes in the required time period or before their award was finalised.
(b) It is not possible to distinguish how many penalties were issued in respect of current awards for 200405 following a failure to report a required change in circumstances from those issued as a result of a misrepresentation on the original claim. The total number of penalties issued for these reasons is 33.
Tessa Jowell: Over the period 2002 to 2008 the Government are providing £147 million in funding for regional Museums through the Renaissance in the Regions programme devised and delivered by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. I am pleased that the additional £15 million we are providing in 200708 will enable the benefits of Renaissance to be rolled out to all nine English regions.
12. Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has made to football ruling bodies on the impact of players' behaviour on young people; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Caborn: I wrote to all Football Club Chairman at the start of the current season to remind them about the issue of fair play and the responsibility their players have in being positive role models for the game. It is important that the Football authorities take a tough stance on this issue and ensure that match officials have their full support when dealing with poor behaviour during games.
Mr. Caborn: On 7 July last year, we published our Guidance to licensing authorities and this is available in the House Library and also on our website www.culture.gov.uk. Our advice on assessing the local cumulative impact of licensing applications made under the 2003 Act can be found in sections 3.133.28 of the Guidance.
The Government strategy to promote the role of women in sport involves: boosting participation, ensuring continued success for women
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elite athletes and putting women in leadership positions in British sport. The public recognition of the role of women in sport is most evident in the bi-annual Honours Lists. The most recent examples of the recognition of women being the award of Damehoods to Kelly Holmes, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ellen MacArthur.
18. Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what strategy her Department is using to increase the number of women on the decision-making boards and committees of sporting bodies. 
Tessa Jowell: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport carries out targeted search to encourage women and other under-represented groups to put themselves forward for consideration for public appointments in all areas.
Mr. Caborn: The Government believe that the current licensing regime exacerbates binge drinking by encouraging people to drink as much as possible before last ordersour licensing reforms will put an end to this practice. More widely, and in support of the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy, in January we announced further proposals to tackle the culture of binge drinking, including Alcohol Disorder Zones; new penalties for disorder; and closure powers related to underage drinking.
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