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Licensing

Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much charities have paid for entertainment licenses for fund-raising events since the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003. [59333]

James Purnell: The information is not held centrally.

School Sport

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding hasbeen provided for school sport in each year since 2000. [59676]

Mr. Caborn [holding answer 17 March 2006]: Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sports Council Wales, Sports Council for Northern Ireland and the New Opportunities Fund have awarded lottery funding for school sport since 2000. The figures for 2005–06 use the latest figures available.
£

Amount
2000–0117,659,107
2001–0228,547,582
2002–03106,541,897
2003–04220,016,586
2004–05353,719,455
2005–0690,045,587

The contribution from Sport England and Sports Council Wales is the average amount awarded from each year from 2000–01 to 2005–06.

Sport Scotland and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland have awarded the following amounts to projects that significantly benefited school sport in each year:
£

Amount
2000–018,391,391
2001–026,826,836
2002–034,252,679
2003–042,733,608
2004–054,162,831
2005–06823,500









 
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Sport

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 26 February 2006, Official Report, columns 2296–97W, on sports programmes, what progress has been made on finalising the details of the (a) governance arrangements, (b) staffing, (c) location and (d) role of the regional sports boards as they affect the National Sports Foundation due to be launched in April. [59665]

Mr. Caborn [holding answer 17 March 2006]: I am pleased to say that the National Sports Foundation will become operational in April 2006, as announced in the Chancellor's latest pre-Budget report.

The foundation will have its own separate and unique identity, reflecting the innovative approach that it will take to securing extra investment in grass roots sport. In order that it should be operated as efficiently as possible, and to minimise administrative costs, I have decided that the foundation will use as much of Sport England's existing infrastructure as possible, including staffing, premises and their regional network. The Regional Sports Boards will play a key role in this delivery framework both in helping to identify new sources of funding and in ensuring that funding decisions match our strategic priorities for increasing participation in sport and physical activity.

My officials are working closely with Sport England to ensure that a robust governance structure will have been agreed upon prior to next month's launch. Key to these considerations is ensuring that we maximise the levels of new investment in grass roots and community sport.

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how local authorities are assessed on their provision of sports facilities. [59662]

Mr. Caborn [holding answer 17 March 2006]: Provision for sport and leisure is currently a discretionary service for local authorities.

Decisions on such provision are therefore a matter for local government.

However, access to good quality sports facilities is essential if we are to encourage people to lead healthier, more active lives and local authority performance is measured in a number of ways, including the towards an excellent service self assessment tool and the QUEST accreditation scheme, both developed by Sport England. Local authorities are also obliged to conduct a triennial user satisfaction survey, which includes a question about user satisfaction with sports facilities.

Moreover, local authority performance in sports provision will be monitored through the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) 2006. The cultural services assessment in CPA will identify excellence in the delivery of sports provision, as well as where improvement is needed.

Television Licence

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in Tamworth have been prosecuted for not having a television licence in each of the last five years. [27497]


 
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Fiona Mactaggart: I have been asked to reply.

It is not possible to identify those prosecutions in Tamworth as the data are not collected at this level of detail.

DEFENCE

Armed Forces (MRSA)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces have contracted MRSA in each of the last three years; where the infection is believed to have been contracted in each case; and what the cause is believed to have been in each case. [59066]

Mr. Touhig: The Ministry of Defence does not collate information on how many Service personnel have contracted MRSA. Furthermore, MRSA is not a statutorily notifiable disease, and therefore not all cases of MRSA among Service personnel will necessarily be known about by the Defence Medical Services.

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave on 28 June 2005, Official Report, column 1398W to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Lynne Featherstone).

Armed Forces Pay Review Body

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if (1) he will place in the Library a transcript of his oral evidence to the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in the course of the preparation of its 35th report; [55477]

(2) he will place in the Library the transcripts of oral evidence given to the Armed Forces Pay Review Body by the (a) Chief of Defence Staff, (b) Permanent Under-Secretary, (c) principal personnel officers, (d) Director of Reserve Forces and Cadets and (e) Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets). [55902]

John Reid: The Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) is an independent body. It calls for evidence from Defence Ministers and officials which is given in private. No formal transcript is made, but the AFPRB reflects the evidence provided as necessary in its report—a copy of which is placed in the Library of the House.

Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to ratify the protocol to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) before the CCW review conference in November 2006. [58610]

John Reid [holding answer 17 March 2006]: The United Kingdom has ratified the first four Protocols of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. We are committed to ratification of Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War and aim to do so at the earliest opportunity.
 
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Defence Export Services Organisation

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings have been held in 2006 between the Defence Export Services Organisation and (a) members of the armed forces and (b) defence ministry officials from (i) Iraq, (ii) Libya and (iii) Pakistan; and if he will make a statement. [59546]

Mr. Ingram: Officials from the Defence Export Services Organisation routinely hold meetings with representatives of foreign governments. In respect of Libya, there have been three such meetings this year. In the case of Pakistan there have been six, three of which were with the Pakistani Defence Adviser in London. The meetings have taken place within the context of the Government's policy of engagement with those countries concerned, with the aim of promoting cooperation and identifying opportunities for UK industry to assist in meeting legitimate defence and security requirements. There have been no meetings with Iraqi officials so far this year.

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings have taken place between the Defence Export Services Organisations and the organisers of Pakistan's International Defence Exhibition and Seminar 2006; and if he will make a statement. [59549]

Mr. Ingram: Defence Export Services Organisation officials have met with organisers of the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar on two occasions. Such meetings are in accordance with the Government's policy of defence equipment cooperation with the Pakistani Government and industry.


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