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Citygate Public Affairs Ltd.

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings the Department has held with Citygate Public Affairs Ltd. since July. [36755]

Mr. Lammy: The Department does not maintain a central list of such contacts. Ministers and civil servants, including special advisers meet many people as part of the process of policy development and business delivery. All such contacts are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Civil Service Code, Code of Conduct for Special Advisers and Guidance for civil servants on contacts with lobbyists and people outside Government
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Compulsory Purchase Orders

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the use of compulsory purchase orders in cases involving historic buildings. [38976]

Mr. Lammy: The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 allows the Secretary of State to confirm a compulsory purchase order (CPO) served by a local authority where reasonable steps are not being taken by an owner to properly preserve a listed building. The Act also allows the Secretary of State to compulsorily acquire a listed building herself though such powers are only exercised in exceptional circumstances. The Act requires the Secretary of State to consult English Heritage before she exercises the powers to confirm or make a CPO.


Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter of 4 October from the hon. Member for Manchester, Blackley, to her concerning the Licensing Act 2003. [30469]

James Purnell [holding answer 21 November 2005]: Ireplied to the letter of 4 October from my hon. Friend today.

Departmental Research

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research projects commissioned by her Department are being undertaken; and what the publication arrangements are in each case. [32994]

Mr. Caborn: The DCMS currently has commissioned 13 research projects which are in the process of being completed, or have been completed and are scheduled for publication.

A brief summary of each piece of research, including publication plans, is given as follows.

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Elite Athletes (Funding)

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what process the transfer of responsibility for elite sport from Sport England to UK Sport will be effected; how much of the budget will be transferred; and how much of that money will pass straight to (a) the British Olympic Association and (b) Olympic Sport national governing bodies. [38360]

Mr. Caborn [holding answer 19 December 2005]: UK Sport and Sport England are working together to ensure that responsibility for the English Institute of Sport, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (including 2012 scholarships) and performance pathway programmes
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for Olympic and Paralympic sports (for which Sport England is currently responsible), will transfer to UK Sport by 1 April 2006. Furthermore a service level agreement is being drawn up to govern UK Sport's performance advisory role to Sport England for the performance elements of their funded English sports. A project team has been set up to manage the process.

UK Sport and Sport England are working closely to identify the required budgetary transfer in respect of these areas which will—as now—be directed at Governing Body and Institute delivery of services to World Class athletes.

We expect that the National Governing Bodies will benefit from an enhanced relationship with UK Sport. Money will not be passed to the British Olympic Association, as it is not an investment vehicle for World Class funding.

English Heritage

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1619W, on English Heritage, which sites owned and run by English Heritage she has visited in her official capacity as Secretary of State in the last 12 months. [37816]

Mr. Lammy: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, has not been able to visit an English Heritage historic site in the last 12 months in her official capacity. However, since May I have visited in my official capacity Stonehenge, Eltham Palace and Kenilworth Castle and English Heritage's offices in Swindon. I have also visited a number of historic properties owned or managed by other organisations or individuals.

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