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Mr. Caborn: VAT is paid by both the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). The LOCOG recovers its VAT. The ODA has provision in its 2006-07 budget to cover the full cost of VAT. Discussions with HM Treasury about the future treatment of ODAs VAT are ongoing and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will report the outcome in due course.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the 20 largest procurement projects initiated by her Department since May 1997 have been; what the (a) original budget, (b) cost to date and (c) consultancy fees have been; and what the final cost was of each project which has been completed. 
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which public appointments have been made by her Department to former Ministers who have served in the Government since May 1997. 
Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from which charitable organisations her Department has seconded staff; and what position each person holds in the Department. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many parliamentary written questions her Department received in each parliamentary session since 2001; and how many of these questions (a) were not answered because of disproportionate cost, (b) were not answered, (c) received answers referring back to a previous answer (i) asked by the hon. Member and (ii) asked by another hon. Member and (d) were grouped together for answer. 
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All questions either received an answer or were transferred to another Government Department for reply. We are unable to provide the other information you requested without incurring disproportionate cost. However all DCMS answers are a matter of public record and can be found in the Official Report.
Mr. Hain: The Carbon Trust completed an audit of the Wales Office energy usage at Gwydyr House in May 2006. The recommendations of the report have been implemented together with internal efficiency saving and monitoring ideas to reduce our carbon emissions.
The Wales Office are planning to offset all carbon emissions recorded by the Carbon Trust together with our carbon footprint calculated from both air and road travel at the end of the year through The Woodland Trust Carbon plus offset scheme.
Mr. Hain: My hon. Friend, the Under-Secretary of State wrote in November to the Paymaster General, Dawn Primarolo, concerning the HM Revenue and Customs Change programme. He will also be meeting the Paymaster General in January to discuss the programme further.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many information technology projects within the responsibility of his Department, its agencies and their predecessors have been cancelled since 1997; what the total cost was of each project at cancellation; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Railtrack to resolve the issue of trains from the Ebbw Valley going directly to Newport when the line is re-opened in 2007. 
The Railways Act 2005 enables the Welsh Assembly Government to give financial assistance to any organisation for the purpose of developing Welsh railways. As yet, no funding has been committed to providing a direct rail service from the Ebbw Valley into Newport.
There is currently insufficient capacity on Network Rails infrastructure to provide a passenger train service to Newportthis is due to the design of the connection between the Ebbw Vale Line and the South Wales Main Line at Gaer Junction, situated on the western side of Newport Railway Tunnel and the track and signalling layout through Newport.
The earliest opportunity to remove this capacity constraint will be in 2009, when Network Rail completes the re-signalling of the main line at Newport. Network Rail will need to install new crossover points in order to remove the capacity constraint. Network Rail will require external funding
for the new crossover points, as it is regarded as an enhancement rather than a steady state renewal.
The Assembly Government has recently received from Network Rail a detailed proposal with costing for that work. This is under discussion with Sewtathe south east Wales local authority regional transport consortium. In the first place, it will be for Sewta to propose the priority that should be awarded to that project in the context of its proposed overall rail improvement projects. In the meantime the Assembly Government has committed funding for a rail-link bus service between Rogerstone Station and Newport Station and Shopping Centre when the Ebbw Vale-Cardiff service starts in 2007.
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