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Race Relations (Amendment) Act

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, broken down by (a) ethnicity and (b) grade. [3555]

Hilary Benn: DFID's central training team covers the Race Relations (RR(Amendment) Act 2000 through its Corporate Induction Courses, Diversity Awareness training, Management Development Courses, and its Reporting Officer Training for Line Managers. All of these courses are mandatory and the vast majority of staff will have attended at least one of them in the last few years.

In 2003 and 2004, for example, 1,659 spaces were filled on these courses. With a total staff compliment of 2,884, this suggests that up to 57 per cent. of DFID staff may have received training through one of these routes in this period. However, there will be some double counting as individuals might have attended more than one of these courses. Our current systems do not permit this level of analysis.

Other training that covers the Act may be delivered across DFID and overseas. DFID departments do not necessarily report on all training and development activities centrally, so there may be under reporting on the above figures.

Where we have identified functions that are relevant to the RR(A)AOO, we have trained staff working in these areas on both the general provisions of the Act and their duties under it. For example, our Procurement Department staff receive specific training on the
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RR(A)AOO, and we have included a reference to our obligations under the RR(A)AOO in our departmental guidance. We are unable to provide precise details of the numbers of staff who have received this training or a breakdown of attendance by ethnicity and grade. However, DFID is fully aware of its obligations under the RR(A)AOO and we are currently in the process of developing a Learning Management System that will enable us to monitor both applicants for, and recipients of, all training courses by ethnicity, grade and other personal characteristics. We aim to have the learning management system in place by the end of 2006 at the latest.

However, as an interim measure, we completed a manual data collection exercise of actual training delivered, which was then analysed by ethnicity, for a 10 per cent. sample of randomly selected staff in the organisation. There was no evidence of disparities in attendance rates between ethnic groups.



Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for casinos licences have been received by the Gaming Board in each month since October 2004; how many were successful; and if she will make a statement. [5758]

Mr. Caborn: The Gaming Board considers applications for Certificates of Consent for casinos. Once a Certificate of Consent is issued, operators can then apply to the Licensing Justices for a Gaming Licence. The table sets out the number of applications for Certificates of Consent in respect of new casinos that the Gaming Board has received since October 2004, and the current position on these applications. The Board also considers applications for Certificates of Consent in respect of existing casinos, where there are significant changes to the ownership or fabric of the casino. This information has not been included in the table.
October 20042101
November 20043102
December 20044(8)400
January 20052(8)200
February 20051100
March 20054121
April 20051001
May 20056006
June 2005 (as at 17 June 2005)130013

(8) One application approved by the Gaming Board is not being progressed to licensing stage by the applicants.

Club Licences

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate has been made of the number of sports and community clubs whose existing licence expires after 6 August. [5243]

Mr. Caborn [holding answer 20 June 2005]: All sports and community clubs currently selling or supplying alcohol require authorisation under the Licensing Act
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1964. Most of these operate as registered members clubs and do not sell alcohol to the general public. Such clubs hold club registration certificates, whilst those selling to the general public hold full justices' on-licences.

We do not have figures for the numbers of sports and community clubs in particular that hold licences or certificates. However, at 30 June 2004 there were 19,913 registered clubs in England and Wales. This number also includes political, ex-services, working men's and other clubs as well as Miners' Welfare Institutes.

DCMS deposited the source publication for these figures "Statistical Bulletin Liquor Licensing (England and Wales, July 2003-June 2004)" on 27 October 2004 in the House Libraries. This document is available on the DCMS website at:

All such certificates and licences would cease to have effect when the new licensing regime comes into force on 24 November. It is not known centrally how many club registration certificates may expire between 6 August and 24 November. Until 24 November, it remains open to any club to apply to the magistrates courts to renew its certificate pending the coming into force of the 2003 Act.

Disabled Civil Servants (Bursary Scheme)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many civil servants in her Department participate in the Bursary Scheme for civil servants with disabilities. [4824]

Mr. Caborn [holding answer 20 June 2005]: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport currently has one person participating in the Bursary Scheme for civil servants with disabilities.

National Lottery

Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much each local authority area received in Lottery awards in the last year for which figures are available; and what her estimate is of the total spend on National Lottery products in each area over the same period. [6047]

Mr. Caborn: I have arranged for a table, showing a breakdown of the value of Lottery awards during the financial year 2004–05 in each local authority area, to be placed in the Libraries of both houses. The table is derived from the Department's Lottery award database, searchable at, which uses information supplied by the Lottery distributors. Awards which a distributor has not identified as specific to a particular location are not included in the table.

The National Lottery operator, Camelot, does not collect ticket sales data on a local authority basis. I would, however, refer my hon. Friend to an updated table of sales by postcode since the Lottery began, placed in the Libraries of both houses on 6 December 2004 in response to a written question from my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) on 6 December 2004, Official Report, column 333. Data is not routinely collected on this basis by Camelot.
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National Sports Foundation

Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the planned timetable for the establishment of the (a) National Sports Foundation and (b) National Investment Foundation. [6294]

Mr. Caborn: Discussions on both the National Sports Foundation and National Infrastructure Foundation are at an early stage and decisions will be taken in due course.

New Opportunities Fund

Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of funding from the New Opportunities Fund Round 3 has been spent. [6299]

Mr. Caborn: Round 3 programmes include some funding from other rounds. Of the £1,834,569,000 available for distribution, 92 per cent. of this funding has been committed and 46 per cent. has been spent.

School Sport

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £750 million announced by the Prime Minister for school sport at the 2000 Labour Party Conference has been (a) committed and (b) spent. [5241]

Mr. Caborn [holding answer 20 June 2005]: £670.5 million of New Opportunities for PE and Sport (NOPES) funding has been committed to date for over 2,000 facilities, with £106 million drawn down by local education authorities.

Almost 90 per cent. of NOPES funding has now been committed. We anticipate that the remaining funding will be committed by December 2005 with the great majority of new facilities in use by spring 2006, in line with the original timetable.

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