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Superannuation Liability

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what total amount of employers' normal contributions accruing superannuation liability charge have been accounted for by his Department in each of the last five years for which data are available. [61355]

Mr. Hain: The amount of employers' accruing superannuation liability charges in respect of Wales Office members of the principal civil service pension scheme in the last five years is as follows:


Fledgling Democracies

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid will be provided (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally to promote and further democracy in 2006–07. [64626]

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Mr. Thomas: DFID tracks its bilateral expenditure by monitoring expenditure against specific sector objectives, one of which is improved governance. This includes different aspects of state building such as support to improve popular participation in the decision making process, and building capacity to improve government's accountability to its citizens. It also covers the encouragement of more pluralist and democratic political systems.

Some funding decisions are still being taken, however, given the importance that DFID attaches to governance, I would expect the share of bilateral governance expenditure to be at least maintained at current levels, and probably increased. Based on figures for 2005–06 this suggests somewhere in the order of £347 million or 13.9 per cent. of the total bilateral spend.

In addition, DFID provides funding to a number of multilateral institutions such as the European Development Fund, World Bank, United Nations Agencies and Regional Development Banks, and this is pooled with other donors. In many cases these institutions support a range of activities, including governance. The UK share of this is not tracked.


Departmental Websites

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list (a) the websites operated by her Department and (b) the reports placed on the internet in March 2006, indicating in each case whether paper copies were also made available. [65213]

Mr. Lammy: The information is as follows.

BBC Charter Review
Better Public Buildings
Break Out
Communications Act 2003
Communications Bill
Communications White Paper
Culture Online
DCMS (main site)
Digital Television
Flying the Union Flag
Government Art Collection
Lottery 2009 shares consultation
Mobility of Collections
UK World Heritage site


March 2006Your BBC, You've Spoken: White Paper summary leaflets (English and Welsh Versions)Available on paper
March 2006White Paper "A public service for all: the BBC in the digital age", DCMS, March 2006Available on paper
March 2006Draft Royal Charter and Framework Agreement (BBC)Only online and in the Libraries of both Houses
March 2006Regulatory Impact Assessment (BBC Charter Review)Only online and in the Libraries of both Houses
1 March 2006Report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a painting held by the Ashmolean Museum in OxfordAvailable on paper
1 March 2006Sustainable Development Action PlanAvailable on paper
13 March 2006Independent Review into the purpose and function of the AERCAvailable on paper
13 March 2006Summary of Responses and Conclusion on the Three-year (Gambling) Licensing Policy Statement Regulations ConsultationAvailable on paper
16 March 2006Advertising By Remote Gaming OperatorsAvailable on paper
25 March 2006Reflecting on the past and looking to the future: The 2007 Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British EmpireAvailable on paper
30 March 2006London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act: Regulatory Impact AssessmentAvailable on paper
31 March2006Response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Report on Broadcasting Rights for Cricket Session 2005–06 Cm 6772Available on paper

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Heritage Lottery Fund

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to organisations and projects in (a) each constituency and (b) each council district in Northern Ireland. [65340]

Mr. Lammy: Details of grants awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to organisations and projects in Northern Ireland between April 1994 and March 2006 are set out as follows.
UK constituencyTotal (£)
Belfast, East2,508,674
Belfast, North5,880,819
Belfast, South17,965,910
Belfast, West4,410,764
East Antrim7,143,152
East Londonderry3,289,493
Fermanagh and South Tyrone4,060,555
Lagan Valley7,324,516
Mid Ulster2,377,513
Newry and Armagh9,525,380
North Antrim8,213,825
North Down2,029,400
South Antrim1,533,002
South Down6,944,365
Upper Bann2,373,610
West Tyrone3,689,838
Grand total102,553,017
Local authority
Derry City6,608,184
Newry and Mourne5,393,506
North Down2,029,400
No local authority given47,236
Grand total102,553,017

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Internet Gambling

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what research her Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned into of internet gambling addiction among young people; [65472]

(2) what assessment she has made of the problem of internet gambling addiction among young people; [65473]

(3) what research she has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned into the use of internet gambling sites by underage people; [65474]

(4) what assessment she had made of the use of internet gambling sites by under-age people. [65475]

Mr. Caborn: In 2001, the National Lottery Commission published research monitoring trends in the level of participation in National Lottery games by 12 to 15-year-olds. The research also looked into the prevalence of problem gambling by under-16s and considered under-16s participation in some other forms of gambling, but not internet gambling. (Under-16s and the National lottery Tracking Survey, July 2000.)

This research is being updated currently and the results, which are due to be published at the end of summer 2006, will include some comparative information about under-16s participation in other forms of gambling, irrespective of the way in which facilities to gamble are provided, and will also contain specific information on internet lottery use.

Olympic Games

Meg Hillier: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) local authorities, (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority and (c) other agencies on the future of Hackney Marshes and the Olympic precinct in Hackney following the Games in 2012. [65111]

Mr. Caborn: The London Development Agency is currently working with the London borough of Hackney to develop a comprehensive proposal of improvements for the future of the Marshes, recognising that it is a very important local recreational facility and ecological site. It is expected that plans for the Marshes will be publicly consulted on over the summer.
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In terms of the temporary use of East Marsh during the Games, this part of the Marshes will be fully restored after the Games as part of the overall improvement plan for the Marshes. Restoring East Marsh back to its current use is a commitment that the Games stakeholders are firmly committed to; furthermore it is a legally binding condition of the planning consent granted in October 2004.

In line with Hackney borough council's aspirations, the legacy development will provide space for industrial and other workspace units and areas of new open space. In addition, one of the three indoor arenas will be retained in order to provide a sports venue for Hackney.

The Olympic Delivery Authority, which has recently been established, will be working with boroughs and other stakeholders to ensure that there are viable and sustainable legacy plans for all permanent venues and infrastructure.

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to allow Olympic participants in pistol shooting events to practise for the events in the UK. [65427]

Mr. Caborn: Under current legislation, as a result of the Firearms Amendment Act (1997), three of the 15 shooting disciplines defined as an Olympic sport cannot be practised within Britain.

This legislation is the responsibility of the Home Office.

Strong representations have been made on this matter, which I have brought to the attention of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary for consideration.

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