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Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what meetings officials in his Department have had with representatives of the public relations company Portland PR; what contracts Portland PR has with his Department and agencies for which he has responsibility; and what the nature of the contract is in each case. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Department does not maintain a central list of such meetings. Civil servants meet many people as part of the process of policy development and business delivery. All such meetings are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the civil service code and guidance for civil servants on contacts with lobbyists and people outside Government.
In addition to accounts used by my Department these figures include Post Office card accounts used by the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency, the Veterans Agency (Ministry of Defence) and Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were (a) eligible for and (b) receiving Savings Credit in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06; how many he expects (A) to be eligible for and (B) to receive the credit in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. 
James Purnell [holding answer 16 May 2006]: The information requested is not available in the format requested. Information that is available is in Table 1 and contains estimates of eligibility in 2004-05 and projected estimates of eligibility in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
|Number eligible (million)|
| Notes: 1. Estimates of the numbers eligible are given as ranges in order to account for possible biases inherent in estimates from data that is less than perfect. They also take account of the effects of sampling variation. 2. The figures given relate to those who may be eligible for the Savings Credit, with or without the Guarantee element. 3. Estimates cover all those aged 60 and over in the private household population of Great Britain. 4. For the purposes of this analysis, the unit of analysis is the benefit unit. This is either a single person aged at least 60 years old or, if a couple, both will be termed pensioners if one is aged at least 60 years old. This is consistent with both the definition used in Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-up publications, and with the fact any individual aged 60 or over is entitled to pension credit. 5. The data source for eligibility estimates is the Family Resources Survey. Estimates of eligibility for 2005-06 and 2006-07 are based on Family Resources Survey data for 2003-04 and 2004-05, with incomes and benefits projected forward into the future in order to estimate the eligibility for each pensioner household on the survey. They are calibrated to the 2004-05 National Statistics estimates of non-eligibility to pension credit, which adjust 2004-05 Family Resources Survey data to take account of possible biases in reporting. 6. All figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred thousand. 7. Projections of eligibility may be adjusted following publication of future editions of the National Statistics take-up estimates.|
|Table 2: Number of pensioners receiving the Savings Credit in 2004-05|
|Number receiving (million)|
| Notes: 1. Figures relate to those in receipt of the Savings Credit, with or without the Guarantee Credit. 2. The numbers receiving in 2004-05 are derived from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study, and relate to the average number of recipients over the financial year. They are consistent with the figures used to calculate National Statistics estimates of take-up, and so exclude cases in non-private households, and take account of any backdated awards that were paid in respect of 2004-05. Estimates presented here will therefore differ from other published sources. 3. The latest estimates of the take-up of Pension Credit can be found in the DWP report entitled Pension Credit Estimates of Take-Up in 2004/2005. Copies of the publication are available in the Library. 4. Projected take-up figures are indicative only and not comparable to the published Take-Up figures for 2004/2005, which include backdated awards of Savings Credit. Forecasts of future recipients are based on extrapolation of administrative data from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study. 5. All figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred thousand.|
Current forecasts suggest that around 1.8 million pensioners may be in receipt of the Savings Credit in 2005-06 and around 1.9 million in 2006-07. However, these projections are indicative only and do not include adjustments for backdated awards so are not directly comparable with the take-up estimates for 2004-05.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to renew its no redundancies agreement with the public and commercial services union beyond 30 June 2006. 
Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 22 May 2006]: A Seeking to avoid compulsory redundancy agreement was reached between the Department and all three of its unions, including the public and commercial services union in November 2004.
This agreement, which incorporates best practice across Government Departments, states that the Department will take all practical and reasonable steps to avoid or, if that is not possible, minimise compulsory redundancies, staff will only be declared redundant after full and meaningful consultation with trade unions has taken place, with a view to reaching agreement about ways to avoid, or minimise redundancy.
The agreement has no time limit and is still in place. It can be terminated by either DWP management or the unions by giving six months notice to the other party. To date no notice of termination has been given by either side.
Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what reserve powers she has under the Gambling Act 2005 to remove the licences of casinos in the event of problem gambling increasing in the surrounding area. 
Mr. Caborn: The Gambling Commission will have the power to revoke operating licences under sections 119 and 120 of the Gambling Act; and licensing authorities will have the power to revoke premises licences under section 202 of the Act. In either case, the decision whether to take any action will be predicated on the manner in which the casino is being operated, rather than the effects of the operation on the local community. An increase in problem gambling in a particular area could be evidence that a casino?or indeed other gambling establishment in the area?is not operating as it should, and that investigation or action may be needed.
on individual licences by the Commission and licensing authorities, and
on licences of a particular class or type by the Commission or the Secretary of State.
Mr. Woodward: We do not have a figure for digital terrestrial coverage in North Yorkshire. Currently, digital terrestrial television is available to 98.5 per cent. of households in the Vale of York and the vast majority of households can receive digital TV services via digital satellite, terrestrial or cable.
North Yorkshire straddles two broadcasting regions: Yorkshire and Tyne Tees. 67 per cent. of households in the Yorkshire TV region and 77 per cent. of households in Tyne Tees have already chosen to take up digital TV.
Mr. Woodward: In 2005-06, DCMS provided grant-in-aid funding of £24.11 million to the UK Film Council, its key strategic adviser on film policy. By the end of January, the Council had also received £28.1 million of lottery funding this financial year. In addition, the 2006 Finance Bill introduces a new tax relief for culturally British films, offering films costing up to £20 million a payable tax credit worth 20 per cent. of total qualifying expenditure. They will also be able to claim an enhanced deduction equal to 100 per cent. of qualifying expenditure. Other films will be entitled to a payable tax credit worth 16 per cent. of qualifying expenditure and an enhanced deduction worth 80 per cent. of UK qualifying film production expenditure.
In addition the foundation also administered funds raised by the Stand Up Speak Up, anti-racism campaign, which resulted in 104 grants, totalling £885,000, being made towards projects designed to counter racism.
Mr. Caborn: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not held any meetings with the chief executive of the Football Foundation. However, I met with him on 18 April 2006, for an initial introductory meeting.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the operation of the Licensing Act 2003 (Premises licences and club premises certificates) Regulations 2005; and what recent representations she has received about the operation of these regulations. 
Mr. Woodward: We are broadly satisfied with the operation of the Licensing Act 2003 (the 2003 Act) and the Regulations made under it. The Department estimates that some 190,000 premises have been successfully licensed under the 2003 Act.
However, as with any large-scale reform, there is a need to ensure that the actual operation of the 2003 Act reflects the purposes for which it was introduced, and to examine and address any anomalies as far as is possible. That is why the Government established an Independent Licensing Fees Review Panel in May last year to consider whether fees had been set at the right level. Their final Report is due for publication in the autumn.
We are also currently monitoring and evaluating the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 nationally through, for example, the Scrutiny Council initiative, in which officials from my Department are working with council officers and through them with local police and other responsible authorities, residents groups, businesses and other stakeholders, to gather information about how the new regime is working on the ground.
In addition, our two-stage review of the Guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 commenced on 1 December 2005. We expect to lay a revised version of the Guidance before Parliament by the end of 2006.
In the course of these monitoring and review processes, a number of representations have been received concerning matters covered by the 2003 Act and the regulations made under it, including the Licensing Act 2003 (Premises licences and club premises certificates) Regulations 2005.
However, I recognise that some concerns have been expressed about how sports clubs will adapt to the new licensing regime. An independent Licensing Fees
Review Panel was established by the Government in May 2005 to consider whether fees had been set at the right level for community groups, including sports clubs, businesses and local authorities. The Panelwhich is chaired by Sir Les Eltonpublished its interim findings on 5 December 2005. This identified a number of areas for more detailed work. The full interim report can be accessed on my Departments website at:
As implementation continues, my Department is working closely with Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR) and other sports bodies. The Department has asked the CCPR to provide any information about how sports clubs are adapting to the new licensing regime and in particular, to feed in any evidence about the impact of the fees into the Independent Fees Review Panel.
Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) temporary event notices and (b) premises licences have been requested to enable (i) international and (ii) other indoor sporting events to take place since November 2005. 
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what legislation governs the provision of online lotteries operating in Northern Ireland; what representations he has received on online lotteries; and if he will make a statement. 
The law governing the promotion of lotteries in Northern Ireland (other than the national lottery) is contained in the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 and associated subordinate legislation. I have received no representations on on-line lotteries.
Mr. Caborn: We are committed to reducing obesity, as set out in our public service agreement target to halt, by 2010, the year-on-year increase in obesity among children under 11 in the broader context of a broader strategy to tackle obesity in the population as a whole.
Given the complexity of this public health challenge, my Department shares the target with the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills, to make sure that action is co-ordinated across our relevant sectors.
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