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Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has held on a successor scheme to the Heritage Economic Regeneration scheme; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: We have asked English Heritage to work with the Heritage Lottery Fund and other regeneration agencies to explore the scope to rationalise the funding they provide for heritage-led regeneration projects. The aim is to make grants more easily accessible and to ensure best value for money. English Heritage support will continue until any revised arrangement is put in place.
Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the impact of the Heritage Economic Regeneration scheme with particular reference to (a) retention and enhancement of older commercial buildings and (b) other commercial improvements; and if she will make a statement. 
English Heritage published its impact assessments of the Heritage Economic Regeneration scheme in Heritage Dividend. The most recent report found that, on average every £10,000 of heritage investment levered in £45,000 match funding from the private and public sector, and led to 55 square metres of improved commercial floor space, one improved
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building, one new job and two safeguarded jobs. The reports do not break down funding by type or age of buildings involved.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government's policy regarding support for United Kingdom teams participating in international sports competitions is predicated on the condition that there is no gender discrimination regarding spectators' and supporters' access; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Caborn [holding answer 16 June 2005]: No. The Government's policy regarding support for UK teams participating in international sports competitions is not predicated on the condition that there is no gender discrimination regarding spectators' and supporters' access.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of licensed premises she estimates will seek a variation in their current licence provisions under the new agreements under the Licensing Act 2003. 
James Purnell: My Department estimates that 65 per cent. of licensed premises will apply for variations in their current licence provisions. This proportion was published in my Department's Regulatory Impact Assessment on 21 January 2005.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on delaying the requirement for a new alcohol licence for licensed premises under the Licensing Act 2003. 
James Purnell: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has received a number of representations on this subject, from Members of the House, local authorities and others. However, extending the period for converting existing licences to premises licences or club premises certificates would delay the benefits that will derive from the full implementation of the Act. The second appointed day, when the new licences come into effect, will be November 24.
Information on fines collected for television licence evasion is not available. The total fines imposed for offences under the Wireless Telegraphy
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Acts of 1949 to 1967, most though not all of which involve television licence evasion, in the Greater London area in each year since 1997 were:
|Fines imposed for offences under the Wireless Telegraphy Acts (£)|
James Purnell: The data collected by the Home Office relates to all offences under the Wireless Telegraphy Acts of 1949 to 1967, most though not all of which involve television licence evasion. The number of people proceeded against in the Greater London area in each of the last five years for which information is available was:
|Proceeded against (4)|
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, columns 33132W to the hon. Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (Mr. Moore), on absence without leave, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the numbers of service personnel going absent without leave since 2000. 
Mr. Touhig: The numbers of those going absent without leave are small when compared with the overall size of the armed forces. There are however no centralized records held to explain the increase in absences.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it remains the Government's policy that two new aircraft carriers will enter service in 2012 and 2015 respectively; and what (a) minimum and (b) maximum complement of fixed-wing aircraft each will carry. 
[holding answer 23 June 2005]: As set out in the strategic defence review, and confirmed in subsequent policy reviews, it remains our policy to procure two larger, more capable, aircraft carriers to replace the current Invincible-class carriers.
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This project (CVF) is in its assessment phase and as such the design parameters for the ships, including the number of aircraft carried, continue to evolve to meet our capability requirements. In-service dates and design parameters will be confirmed when we take the main investment decision.
Mr. Ingram: No firm dates have been set, however a revised procurement strategy being worked up by the Defence Procurement Agency, as announced on 15 June, will inform our plans to deliver the capability and take advantage of emerging technology and best practice as it develops in the commercial training areas.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his (a) EU and (b) NATO counterparts on assisting the implementation of a no-fly zone over the Darfur region. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of military dental practitioners in each of the services; what their role is in performing preventative check-ups; how often service personnel are required to attend dental check-ups; how many service personnel use private dental practitioners; and whether the costs of private dental check-ups can be reclaimed from military budget lines. 
Mr. Touhig: The role of military dental practitioners is to deliver effective military dentistry that contributes to force generation and enhances operational capability. The aim is to maximise the number of personnel fit for task and to minimise the risk of an episode of dental morbidity.
The number of regular Service personnel attending private dental practitioners is not recorded but anecdotally is a very small percentage. The cost of private check-ups and treatment may not be reclaimed from military budget lines.
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Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) dental practitioners and (b) dental support staff are employed by each of the services; what their establishment is; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Touhig: The number of dental practitioners and dental support staff employed by each of the services and their establishment are as follows (please note that the trained requirement for the Army (and total 'all services') is sourced from the Defence Dental Service establishment for that service):
|Dental practitioners2,3,4,5,6||Dental support staff(11)|
|Royal Air Force||80||210|
|Dental practitioners(12)||Dental support staff|
|Royal Air Force||70||200|
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