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Sports Funding

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was made available for high performance sports from (a) lottery funding and (b) central Government to (i) UK Sport, (ii) Sport England and (iii) the Northern Ireland Sports Council in (A) 2004–05 and (B) 2005–06. [58289]

Mr. Caborn: Lottery and exchequer funding made available for high performance sport during the period 2004–05 and 2005–06 was as follows:
2004–052005–06
UK Sport Lottery14,295,79716,203,884
UK Sport Exchequer16,149,39515,421,611
Sport England Lottery44,125,08935,900,000
Sport England Exchequer3,000,0004,000,000

For UK Sport, lottery funding was primarily distributed to high performance sports through the World Class Performance Programme. Exchequer funding was allocated to the World Class Operations Programme and Elite Coaching.

For Sport England, Exchequer funding was allocated to the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. Lottery funding was allocated to the English Institute of Sport and to the high performance element of the National Governing Bodies' Whole Sport and one Stop Plans. In addition to the above figures, UK Sport has distributed Exchequer funds of £2,028,010 in 2004–05 and £726,500 in 2005–06 to help modernise National Governing Bodies.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has no responsibility for distributing funds to the Sports Council for Northern Ireland. Exchequer funding for the Sports Council for Northern Ireland is allocated by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and it also receives 2.6 per cent. of sport's share of the national lottery.

Television Licence

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to change the arrangement whereby parliamentary and Government offices do not need a television licence for each set used in office and estate buildings. [57196]


 
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James Purnell: The television licensing legislation makes no specific provision in relation to parliamentary or Government offices, but it is a principle of constitutional law that an Act of Parliament does not bind the Crown unless and to the extent specified in the Act. I understand that the BBC as licensing authority takes the view that the installation and use of television sets by servants or agents of the Crown for official purposes does not require a television licence. The Government have no plans for any legislation to change this.

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many instances of (a) physical assault and (b) criminal damage were carried out on personnel investigating television licence fee evasion in Northern Ireland in 2005. [58066]

James Purnell: The BBC has statutory responsibility for the administration of the television licensing system and TV Licensing carries out the day to day administration under contract to the Corporation. I have therefore asked the BBC's head of revenue management to consider the questions raised by the hon. Member and to write to him direct. Copies of the reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been collected in television licence fees in 2005–06 from Coventry, South. [57268]

James Purnell: TV Licensing, who administer the television licensing system as agents of the BBC, are not able to provide geographical breakdowns of TV licence fee revenue. However, the UK figure for the financial year 2004–05, which is the last audited figure, shows that the revenue generated was £2,940.3 million.

Tourism

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact on the tourism industry of staging (a) cultural events and (b) sporting events. [57244]

James Purnell: Cultural and sporting tourism are vital elements of the UK's domestic and inbound tourism offers, and are prominent in the marketing and promotional material of organisations which support British tourism at national, regional and local levels.

At national level, cultural and sporting events are central to the work of VisitBritain, both in overseas markets, and in marketing England domestically under the guidance of the England Marketing Advisory Board. A wide range of cultural events are promoted in this way. VisitBritain estimates that 1.6 million overseas visitors to Britain either watched or participated in a sporting event in 2002, spending £1.1 billion during their stays, and the high profile of sport in VisitBritain's marketing work reflects that economic importance.
 
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The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012, and the wide range of cultural events which will precede them, will of course provide further opportunities for the British tourism industry. Plans for making the best use of such events for the benefit of the visitor economy will form an important element of my Department's Tourism 2012 strategy. A wide public consultation on that strategy will commence shortly.

Treasure

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of finds liaison officers on the level of
 
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reporting of treasure finds since 2003; and if she will make a statement. [57733]

Mr. Lammy: The portable antiquities scheme plays a major role in supporting the Treasure Act through its network of finds liaison officers. It is largely down to their work that we have seen a substantial rise in the reporting rate of treasure finds.

In areas where a finds liaison officer was appointed for the first time in 2003, there was an average fivefold increase in the number of treasure finds reported in the following reporting year. This has contributed to a continuing upward trend of a twofold increase for England and Wales as a whole since 2003.
 
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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Afghanistan

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the oral answer of 1 March 2006, Official Report, column 243, on Afghanistan, if he will list his Department's proposed development partners in Helmand. [56845]

Mr. Thomas: Through DFID support, the Government of Afghanistan's National Programmes will extend their reach in Helmand. Those programmes that are already active in the province are only active in certain districts. The National programmes operate by engaging implementing partners to deliver their programmes on the ground. As we have not yet identified which of these National Programmes we will support, it is not possible to identify the implementing partners we will be indirectly supporting. However, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAG) and Mercy Corps are ready to start work under the Microfinance Investment Services Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA). BRAG is also an implementing partner for the National Solidarity Programme in Helmand. It is possible DFID will fund both of these programmes through its planned rural development programme in Helmand.

We are also working with a number of organisations that specialise in community outreach and livelihood development. These are: The Tribal Liaison Office; Islamic Relief—UK; Afghanistan Reconstruction and Planning Department; Afghanistan National Construction Co-ordination and the Southern Afghanistan Development Association.

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the oral answer of 1 March 2006, Official Report, column 243, on Afghanistan, what conditions must be met before he considers that it will be safe for officials from his Department to work in Helmand. [56848]

Mr. Thomas: DFID has a duty of care to all its employees and careful consideration is given to their safety and security. For DFID staff to be deployed to Helmand, a number of mandatory security arrangements will need to be in place. At a minimum these security arrangements will match those provided by other Government Departments involved in the civilian deployment to Helmand.

For all staff working in Afghanistan, DFID already has stringent security procedures in place. All DFID staff must comply with these at all times. Any staff deployed to Helmand would also be subject to these procedures. These include mandatory hostile environment training; briefing packs prior to arrival containing security advice and details of evacuation procedures; professional security briefing on arrival in Afghanistan; protected accommodation; armoured vehicles with armed protection; provision of close protection for medium and high risk movements; and a location notification system
 
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which tracks all staff movement 24 hours per day. In the event of an emergency, DFID also has access to International Security Assistance Force and Coalition forces military assistance. An on-going risk assessment is in place to ensure that these procedures continue to be both appropriate and adequate.

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the oral answer of 1 March 2006, Official Report, column 243, on Afghanistan, who will decide whether the security situation in Helmand enables his Department and its development partners to work safely on the ground. [56852]

Mr. Thomas: Based on advice from a number of sources, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Security Management Directorate Overseas Security Adviser, the DFID Permanent Secretary will decide whether security permits deployment of DFID staff in Helmand province. We recognise the responsibility to share information with development partners to enable them to minimise security related risks, but the final decision on their deployment to Helmand must lie with development partners themselves.

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many UK-based staff he expects will work in Helmand over the next five years. [56864]

Mr. Thomas: UK deployments to Helmand are part of a comprehensive NATO-led package. Decisions on timing are still being considered, but I anticipate initial deployment of a full time DFID Development Adviser and the short-term deployment of up to four technical specialists from the Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit. Decisions about future deployment will be dependent on assessments of the operating environment, particularly regarding security. We also expect regular visits to Helmand from DFID staff working in our office in Kabul.


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