Previous Section Index Home Page

24 May 2006 : Column 1789W—continued

Mr. Caborn: The Government are determined that the whole of the UK, including the north-west of
24 May 2006 : Column 1790W
England and Greater Manchester, can contribute to and benefit from the Games in 2012.

A Nations and Regions Group (NRG), has been established to provide leadership and strategic direction in ensuring that the whole of the UK is engaged with and benefits from the Games in 2012. Each nation and region, including the North West, is represented on the NRG and has been tasked with developing a delivery plan to ensure that it gains the maximum benefits from the Games.

The north-west has established its own Steering Group to drive forward this agenda. The group, chaired by the north-west Sports Board, includes representation from the Northwest Regional Development Agency, the North West Tourism Forum, Government Office North West, Culture North West, Liverpool Culture Company, Manchester city council and Preston city council.

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she first informed Parliament that the London Organising Committeeof the Olympic Games had raised its budget from£1.5 billion to £2 billion. [72759]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 22 May 2006]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Sport on 12 May 2006, Official Report, column 634W.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) planned on the basis of a budget at outturn prices of ‘around £2 billion’. However, because the International Olympic Committee asked bidding cities to submit budgets at 2004 prices, the bid files show a budget of £1.5 billion. The ‘around 2 billion’ figure was published by LOCOG on 24 January.

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Minister for Sport’s letter of 17 May 2006 to the hon. Member for Faversham and Mid Kent, whether the different inflation rates referred to have also been applied to the £2.375 billion infrastructure budget. [72818]

Tessa Jowell: In the costings work prior to the bid different inflation rates were applied to different cost elements. These different rates of inflation reflect the rates appropriate to each element.

Betting and Gaming

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment the Government have made of the effects on the economy of the liberalisation of the betting and gaming industries. [73195]

Mr. Caborn: The Government commissioned economic studies to inform the policies that are incorporated in the Gambling Act 2005. The results of some of these studies are included in the Regulatory Impact Assessment which accompanied the Act assent and can be found in the Libraries of both Houses.


24 May 2006 : Column 1791W

Departmental Bills (Amendments)

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the occasions when an amendment has been moved by (a) a Labour backbencher, (b) an Opposition backbencher and (c) an Opposition Front Bench spokesman to a Bill sponsored by her Department that has been accepted by her Department during the current Session; and if she will make a statement. [72123]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has sponsored the following Bills during the current Session:

Information on amendments moved and accepted during the Committee and Report Stages on these Bills is published in the Official Report.

Departmental Responsibilities

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list responsibilities which her Department has lost since 1997; what the (a) date and (b) destination Department was in each case; what responsibilities the Department has taken on since 1997; and what the (i) date and (ii) source Department was in each case. [71135]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 15 May 2006]: Ministerial responsibilities are set out in the list of ministerial responsibilities, which is updated regularly. A revised version will be published shortly. Copies of previous versions are available in the Libraries of both Houses.

Departmental Staff

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what incentives her Department offers to encourage staff to share vehicles when travelling to work. [73015]

Mr. Lammy: DCMS employs 500 staff in central London and offers parking spaces only to disabled staff, and to cyclists. The vast majority of staff travel to and from work using public transport. The Department is currently investing in improved facilities for cyclists so as to encourage more staff to cycle to work.

Gambling Commission

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what powers the Gambling Commission has to attach conditions to codes of practice about how gambling operators advertise or describe their products. [73438]


24 May 2006 : Column 1792W

Mr. Caborn: Under the Gambling Act 2005 the Gambling Commission has the power to attach a licence condition making provision for how gambling facilities may be advertised or described.

The Advertising Standards Authority is working with the Gambling Commission to draw up new codes for non-broadcast gambling advertising, on which it will begin consulting shortly. The Secretary of State also has reserve powers under the Gambling Act to make regulations with regard to the form, content, timing and location of gambling advertising. She will not hesitate to use these powers if it becomes clear that self-regulation is not sufficient to protect children and vulnerable people from exploitation.

Under the Act Ofcom will continue to set, review and revise standards for broadcast advertising by gambling operators. In doing so Ofcom must consult with the Gambling Commission, and reflect any relevant regulations made by the Secretary of State.

Horse Racing Levy

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was received by the horse racing industry from the Statutory Levy payment by UK bookmakers in each of the last six years; and what the total VAT payment on the Levy payment was in each year. [73194]

Mr. Caborn: For the last six years the Horserace Betting Levy contributed the following amounts to the horse racing industry:

£ million

2005-06

(1 )91

2004-05

97.3

2003-04

102

2002-03

74.5

2001-02

67

2000-01

55.2

(1) estimated

To date the Levy has not been liable for VAT.

Lottery Funds

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been allocated from the National Lottery Distribution Fund to (a) the Heritage Lottery Fund, (b) UK Sports Lottery Distributors, (c) UK Arts Lottery Distributors and (d) the Community Fund in each financial year since 1994, not including investment income. [73236]

Mr. Caborn: The following table shows non-investment income to the Heritage Lottery Fund, the UK Sports Lottery Distributors, the UK Arts Lottery Distributors and the Community Fund.


24 May 2006 : Column 1793W
£ million
Financial year Heritage Lottery Fund UK Sports Lottery Distributors UK Arts Lottery Distributors Community Fund

1994-95

57.8

57.8

57.8

57.8

1995-96

288.7

288.7

288.7

288.7

1996-97

291.5

291.5

291.5

291.5

1997-98

327.2

327.2

327.2

327.2

1998-99

253.7

253.7

253.7

253.7

1999-2000

244.8

244.8

244.8

244.8

2000-01

258.0

258.0

258.0

258.0

2001-02

275.8

275.8

275.8

275.8

2002-03

225.2

225.2

225.2

225.2

2003-04

216.5

216.5

216.5

216.5

2004-05

226.1

226.1

226.1

226.1

2005-06

230.6

230.6

230.6

230.6


Private Members' Bills

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list those private Members’ Bills in respect of which her Department adopted a policy of neutrality in each session since 2001-02; and if she will make a statement. [72121]

Mr. Lammy: Unfortunately, the information requested is not collected by the Department and it could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Work and Pensions

Action Teams

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) Pathways to Work, (b) employment zones and (c) resources from the Deprived Areas Fund will be available in areas served by action teams. [70470]

Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 16 May 2006]: Pathways to Work and Employment Zones are already operating in many areas where Action Teams operate. The Action Team programme is due to finish later this year.

The rationale for Action Teams as originally conceived—reaching out to those on benefit who would not otherwise have come into contact with our services—has now, to some extent, been superseded by the creation of Jobcentre Plus and the regime of compulsory work-focused interviews for almost all benefits recipients.

We recognise, however, that some form of continuing outreach activity will be necessary to encourage the most socially excluded—some of whom will not even be claiming benefits—to make use of the support into work we can offer.

The purpose of the Deprived Areas Fund is primarily to add value to current mainstream services offered by Jobcentre Plus and it is envisaged that this will build on the most effective elements of community based initiatives such as Action Teams, Working
24 May 2006 : Column 1794W
Neighbourhoods and Ethnic Minority Outreach. This will involve continued partnership working with local stakeholders.

Our recently published Green Paper; “A new deal for welfare: Empowering people to work” sets out proposals for piloting new initiatives to help local partners work together to improve economic regeneration through skills, employment and health.

Each local area will be asked to develop a consortium comprising local partners with a shared interest in working together to raise local employment rates and improve the local economy. This may include local authorities, employers, learning and skills councils, regional development agencies, primary care trusts and Jobcentre Plus. The key aim of this initiative will be to provide a solution that offers the maximum degree of local flexibility, so that local areas can provide local solutions to local problems.

Child Support Agency

Mr. David Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many constituents in Midlothian have migrated from the old Child Support Agency system to the new system. [72704]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information requested is not currently available at the geographical level requested.

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Denton and Reddish constituency have had their Child Support Agency cases migrated from the old to the new system. [73133]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information requested is not currently available at the geographical level requested.

Jim Sheridan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many constituents in Paisley and Renfrewshire, North have migrated from the old Child Support Agency system to the new system. [73191]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information requested is not currently available at the geographical level requested.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents were non-compliant with the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years. [69527]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is the matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to the right hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:


Next Section Index Home Page