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London Bombings

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to commemorate those who lost their lives in the London bombings on 7 July; and if she will make a statement. [15563]

Tessa Jowell: A national memorial service, to remember the victims of the London Bombings on the 7 July 2005, will be held on 1 November at St Paul's Cathedral. The families and friends of those who died and were injured in the attacks will be joined by senior
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members of the Royal Household and Government, as well as representatives from the emergency and transport services.

Lottery Awards

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Lottery awards have been made in coalfield local authority areas using the classification employed in Fair distribution of Lottery funding to coalfields and other areas for each year since 1997; how much was awarded to such areas in each year; what those figures represent per 10,000 population in each case; and if she will make a statement. [18658]

Mr. Caborn: The information is given in the table. The figures are aggregates for the 11 coalfield local authority areas of Ashfield, Barnsley, Blyth Valley, Bolsover, Doncaster, Kirklees, Rotherham, St Helens, Wakefield, Wansbeck and Wigan.

The information is derived from the Department's Lottery award database. This is searchable at, and uses information supplied by the Lottery distributors.
Number of awardsTotal value of awards (£000 rounded)Value of awards (£000, rounded) per 10,000 population (using 2001 Census figures)

(79)To date.

Scheduled Monument Consent

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will seek to legislate to amend the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 to require public consultation when there is an application for scheduled monument consent. [18504]

Mr. Lammy: The issue of public consultation for scheduled monument consent is being considered as part of the Heritage Protection Review and proposals will be outlined in the proposed White Paper, expected in spring 2006. This will include proposals on the future of listed building consent, scheduled monument consent and marine consents.
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Sport England

Jim Dowd: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have participated in Sport England's World Class Performers initiative; and how many of those are (a) UK nationals and (b) other nationals. [18684]

Mr. Caborn: Around 4,000 athletes have participated in Sport England World Class Programmes since they were introduced in 1997. All athletes were UK nationals, as the programme only supports those athletes eligible to compete for Great Britain.


Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many video-conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department, and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these facilities in each case; and what plans there are to increase this proportion. [17905]

Mr. Lammy: The information is as follows.

There are no plans to increase the quantity of this equipment.


Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many volunteering positions her Department has offered in each of the last five years. [17868]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not employ volunteers to work within the organisation, although many of DCMS's Non Departmental Public Bodies make significant use of volunteers. The Department does, however, actively encourage its staff to participate in voluntary activities. For example, we allow up to five days paid voluntary leave per year and actively promote volunteering opportunities. DCMS staff are currently involved in activities such as prison visiting, counselling and reading in schools.

Watermark Project

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has joined the Watermark project. [17909]

Mr. Lammy: The Department joined the Watermark Project in 2002 in respect of all of its four sites. But it soon became apparent to ADSM plc, who the Watermark Project appointed to advise departments on water usage reductions, that due to the measures that DCMS had already put in place it could not offer help in further reducing the DCMS's water consumption. ADSM plc therefore advised DCMS that it would not benefit from continuing membership of the project.