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National Lottery

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether lottery monies may be used to fund community sports and leisure centres. [33149]

Mr. Caborn: Yes, lottery monies may be used to fund community sports and leisure centres.

Sick Leave

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of her Department's employees who are within one year of the official retirement age are on extended sick leave. [32604]

Mr. Lammy: There are no employees in the Department on extended sick leave who are within one year of the official retirement age.

Sport England

Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding Sport England has committed to projects for 2005–06; and how much funding has been allocated by her Department for those projects in that year. [32209]

Mr. Caborn: As at month six (September), a total of £188,650 million has been committed to projects for 2005–06. This is broken down as £35,370 million Exchequer, and £152,650 million lottery funding.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is only responsible for the allocation of Exchequer funding to Sport England which, for 2005–06 awards, is £58,469 million.

Television Access Services (Ofcom Code)

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the use of sanctions by Ofcom on broadcasters which do not meet their targets under the Ofcom Code on Television Access Services; and what discussions she has had with the chief executive of Ofcom on such sanctions. [31962]

James Purnell: Ofcom has powers to impose sanctions if it believes that a broadcaster has breached licence obligations, including those relating to compliance with the Code on Television Access Services. Compliance with licence requirements is a statutory obligation.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had no recent discussions with the chief executive of Ofcom on the use of such sanctions.
 
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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the broadcasters that are covered by the Ofcom Code on Television Access Services are on track to meet their targets for television access services in 2005. [31963]

James Purnell: The matter raised is the responsibility of Ofcom, as independent regulator. Accordingly, officials have asked the Chief Executive to respond directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Television Licences

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in Houghton and Washington, East are in receipt of free television licences. [32872]

James Purnell: TV Licensing, who administer free television licences for people aged 75 or over as agents for the BBC, are not able to provide geographical breakdowns of the number of free licences issued. However, the number of households with at least one person aged 75 or over claiming the winter fuel payment in the Houghton and Washington, East constituency in 2004–05 was 4,490, according to Department for Work and Pensions records.

Tennis Courts

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has issued to local authorities on making their tennis courts available free of charge to young people. [31330]

Mr. Caborn: I have issued no such guidance.

Leisure services are a discretionary area of local authority provision and as such it is up to individual local authorities to make a service free of charge if they so wish, taking into account the needs of their local communities.

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Article 133 Committee Meetings

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will make the outcomes of the Article 133 committee meetings it has chaired during its EU presidency available on the presidency website. [29455]

Ian Pearson: No. However, the Council Secretariat publishes outcomes from the Article 133 Committee in accordance with Council Regulation 1049/2001 (Regulation of the European Parliament and Council regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents). These documents can be accessed through the Council's website: http://ue.eu.int.
 
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Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list for each member state the (a) full and (b) deputy representative of the Article 133 Committee of the Council of Ministers. [29460]

Ian Pearson: Details of those attending meetings of the Article 133 Committee are not published; and information relating to the identity of individuals is an issue for the respective member states. It is therefore not appropriate for the UK to publish a list of representatives from other member states.

The UK's full member of the Article 133 Committee is Edmund Hosker, Director of World Trade, DTI. The UK's deputy member of the Article 133 Committee is Ray Symons, Head of the EU Trade Negotiations Unit, DTI.

Bio-fuels Industry

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants will be available for those producers who wish to build new plant to supply the British bio-fuels industry. [32284]

Malcolm Wicks: There are no grants available from the Department of Trade and Industry towards the capital cost of building new plants to supply the transport bio-fuels industry. There may however be support available through Regional Selective Assistance. Support for research and development into transport biofuels may also be available under the Department's Technology Programme.

Transport biofuels benefit from a duty reduction of 20pence per litre, and the Department of Transport hasrecently announced its intention to bring forward a Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation to further stimulate the market for transport biofuels.

Carbon Dioxide Capture/Emissions

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has evaluated on turning captured carbon dioxide back into calcium carbonate. [30925]

Malcolm Wicks: DTI has noted work carried out by the IEA, IPCC and EPSRC which all concluded that the mineralization of carbon dioxide into solids such as calcium carbonate had scale-up problems, but may be regarded as a long-term option for carbon dioxide sequestration.

Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate the Government have made of the carbon dioxide emissions of the building, maintenance and decommissioning of new (a) onshore wind farms and (b) offshore wind farms over (i) 10, (ii) 20 and (iii) 50 years; and if he will make a statement. [25666]

Malcolm Wicks: The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's Fourth Report on Renewable Energy Practicalities included an estimate of the energy payback from wind farms and other technologies.
 
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Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely impact on the timetable for reducing carbon dioxide emissions of commencing building work on new nuclear power stations in the 2005–06 year. [31500]

Malcolm Wicks: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has said that the Government will be publishing proposals on energy policy next year. In developing these proposals, we will be looking at the impact of new nuclear build on helping us to meet our energy White Paper goals, including reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The review will be examining a wide range of options for helping us meet these goals.

Carbon Trust Survey

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2005, question reference 23735, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Carbon Trust's survey findings on energy efficiency. [28769]

Alan Johnson: DTI have made arrangements for the Carbon Trust report to be placed in the Libraries of the House.


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