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The UK Government take the issue of piracy extremely seriously and have published on the Department's website a counter-piracy strategy which sets out the actions that it has committed to taking to tackle the menace of piracy. However, neither the Department for Transport nor the Department for Trade and Industry have commissioned research into the cost to British trade of piracy in international waters.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the implications of the use of discarded cathode-ray tubes for vitrification of high-level nuclear waste; and whether he has discussed this with the Committee for Radioactive Waste Management. 
I am advised by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority that obsolete cathode-ray tubes have been considered for vitrified glass, but were found to be unsuitable as they did not produce a product that met the high quality control specification for the vitrified glass waste form.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the market value is of 1MW/hr of power under the renewables obligation certificate scheme; and what that value was in each year since the introduction of the scheme. 
Malcolm Wicks: This is no single market value for renewables obligation certificates (ROCs). The renewables obligation is a market-based mechanism, and so the value of individual ROCs varies according to a number of different factors including volume, liquidity, supply and demand.
However, the Non Fossil Purchasing Agency operates, on behalf of its clients, a biannual ROC auction. The average price for a ROC in the last auction, which was completed on 20 October 2005, was £39.17.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total traded value in (a) financial terms and (b) MW/hr of the renewables obligation certificate scheme has been since its introduction. 
The Government do not hold information on the market value or number of renewables obligation certificates (ROCs) traded since the introduction of the renewables obligation in 2002.
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The renewables obligation is a market-based mechanism, and so the value of individual ROCs varies according to a number of different factors including supply and demand. In addition, not all ROCs issued by Ofgem will necessarily be traded. For example, electricity suppliers who are also renewables generators will have less need to trade ROCs than some other market participants.
Barry Gardiner: As with other public limited companies, Royal Mail directors' remuneration is required to be published in its annual report and accounts. The latest accounts (200405) were published in May last year and a copy is available in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what commitments the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games has given to the International Olympic Committee with regard to enabling them to monitor and regulate betting on the Olympic Games. 
The International Olympic Committee did not request any guarantees of this sort from London 2012 during the bidding phase on betting and as such none were given. The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is aware of its obligations under the Host City Contract and has discussed these with Government. LOCOG is also aware of the existing legal position relating to betting in the UK, where the onus remains on governing bodies and the organisers of sporting events to protect the integrity of their own events. The Gambling Act 2005 makes it a key objective of the Gambling Commission to
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keep gambling crime free. The Gambling Commission will work closely with sporting and Olympic authorities to minimise potential threats to the integrity of Olympic events.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department plans to provide to disabled athletes to enable them to compete in the 2012 Paralympics; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Caborn: Financial support to our very best disabled athletes to enable them to compete at the highest level is provided through UK Sport's World Class Performance Programme. The investment for Paralympic Sport in the build up to the Beijing 2008 Paralympics is £22.4 million, including £2 million for the British Paralympic Association. In addition, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and 2012 Scholarships provide financial assistance to talented athletes, including disabled athletes, who are committed to combining their sport and education to help fulfil their sporting potential. £17 million is being provided to support these schemes over the period 200408. The level of financial support to our very best athletes, including disabled athletes, beyond 2009 in the build up to Games in 2012 has yet to be determined.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which functions of her core Department are carried out in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Wales; and what administration costs were associated with these functions for each area in the last year. 
Mr. Lammy: Although DCMS retains policy and legislative responsibility for a number of functions in Wales and Northern Ireland none of these functions are carried out in the devolved countries themselves and therefore no administration costs are incurred directly by the Department.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to meet its target for increasing the take up of arts and sports opportunities by people with disabilities; and if she will make a statement. 
In Sport, through Sport England, the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) receives £1.05 million funding each year. The EFDS is an umbrella organisation which brings together five disability sport bodies and disburses grants to other disability sport organisations and programmes.
There is also Lottery support for disability sport. The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI), has received an initial £1 million in lottery money to make health and fitness facilities accessible to disabled people.
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In November 2004, the Equality Standard was launched as a framework for assisting sports organisations to widen access and reduce inequalities in sport and physical activity from under-represented individuals, groups and communities. This includes people with disabilities.
In the Arts, several of the Arts Council's Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) produce work specifically with or for disabled peoplethe Shape network, the Disability Arts Forum network, Vocal Eyes, Theatre Resource and StageText. RFOs also provide training and participatory sessions aimed specifically at disabled people.
In February 2004, the Arts Council allocated capital investment totalling £4.3 million to six disability-led organisations from the Grants for the Arts Capital programme. This represents 7 per cent. of the total allocation through the programme.
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