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Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will issue guidance to clarify whether an objector making oral representations at a licensing committee is able to raise new issues which she has not previously raised in written representations on the same application. 
James Purnell [holding answer 12 December 2005]: Under the Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005 (SI No. 44), interpretation of the regulations regarding the governance of hearings is a matter for the licensing committee hearing the individual case, and ultimately for the courts if any decision is challenged.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has issued on local authority officers informing elected councillors of licensing applications in their wards. 
Mr. Pelling: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what legal entity will own the land acquired by the London Development Agency for the 2012 Olympics (a) prior to and (b) after 2012. 
Mr. Caborn: The ownership of the land will depend on the decision taken by the Secretary of State about whether to confirm the London Development Agency's Lower Lea, Olympic and Legacy Compulsory Purchase Order (expected in 2006).
Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the UK tourist industry about the safety of British tourists travelling to the Maldives. 
James Purnell: My Department has not held discussions with the UK tourist industry about dangers to British tourists travelling to the Maldives. My Department's responsibilities are focused on inbound and domestic tourism.
I am aware that the FCO provides travel advice notices on its website for over 200 countries based on the most accurate and up-to-date information available to that Department. This is designed to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad.
Mr. Lammy: The Government are committed to supporting music in all its forms. We are achieving this through increased investmentfunding for music through Arts Council England has more than doubled since 1997 to over £100 million this year.
My Department continues to work very closely with the Department for Education and Skills on the Music Manifesto, which celebrated its first anniversary in July. This sets out a series of shared aims for music education over the next three to five years, and has the support of over 420 signatories from across the education, cultural and music sectors.
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Mr. Caborn: The Department is committed to driving up participation in sport by providing facilities and services that meet local needs. Sport England is delivering a number of projects which target inner city areas, including StreetGames networks that specialise in providing organised sporting activities for young people in deprived inner city neighbourhoods and which promote the development of local leaders and coaches.
James Purnell: We use the same definition as everyone else. In terms of regulation, we consider the harm that any type of material (whether pornography, violence, portrayal of drugs use, etc.) is likely to cause to the vulnerable, particularly children.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the (a) role, (b) accountability of the Press Complaints Commission and (c) its work in relation to sexist material. 
James Purnell: The Press Complaints Commission is entirely independent of Government. It is accountable to the Press Standards Board of Finance. The Editors' Code of Practice contains a clause on discrimination which forbids pejorative reference to an individual's gender, but it does not cover matters of taste and decency.
Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on steps the Government are taking to encourage people with disabilities to participate in sailing activities. 
Mr. Caborn: Through Sport England and the English Federation for Disability Sport, we are working with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and RYA Sailability to encourage more disabled people to take up sailing.
UK Sport funding is being provided to support elite disabled sailors in their preparations for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. £304,000 has been provided so far with the prospect of more being provided in 2006. In addition to this, one sailor is currently being supported through a TASS 2012 Scholarship.
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Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been provided for sport in Manchester in the last 12 months, broken down by source of funding; and how much of this went to (a) activities and (b) organisations in the Gorton constituency. 
Mr. Caborn: The following amounts of funding for sport have been made available in the north west region from December 2004 to December 2005: £24,118,150 lottery funding and £1,462,642 Exchequer funding. Financial information isn't available at constituency level and cannot be split between activities and organisations. However, table 1 gives some examples of projects in the Gorton constituency during this period.
|Funding source||Recipient||Project||Sector||Award amount (£)|
|Exchequer||Greater Sport||PE and School Sport Links||Sport participation and capacity building||34,700|
|Exchequer||Greater Sport||Towards an Excellent Service||Sport participation and capacity building||15,000|
|Lottery||Greater Sport||Women and Girls Equity Post||Skateboarding||40,000|
|Lottery||North West Awards for All||North West Boccia Development Association||Other sporting activity||4,400|
|Lottery||North West Awards for All||Passport 2 SportMulti-Sports Club Central||Mix of sporting activities||4,956|
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department on taxi travel in the 200506 financial year; and what proportion of such travel was undertaken in each nation and region of the UK, including London. 
Mr. Lammy: My Department's expenditure on taxi travel to November in 200506 is £12,161.27. It represents expenditure on taxis provided by the Department's contracted agent, black cabs and taxis in London and elsewhere.
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