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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 ODA’s VAT are ongoing and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will report the outcome in due course.

Procurement Projects

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. [106600]

Mr. Lammy: The list of 20 largest procurement projects since 2000 and their value can be found in the following table. Data for 1997 to 1999 are not available.


Refurbishment of 2-4 Cockspur Street, SW1

4.10 million

Provision of Facilities Management Services

3.96 million

Administration of the Listed Places of Worship (LPW) Grant Scheme

1.50 million

Feasibility Study into the formation of Culture Online

1.34 million

Validation of Olympic Games Cost


Review of Non Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB) Programmes


Project Management Training


BBC Consultancy Requirement


Study to Identify the priorities of Local Communities


Provision of a Skill Audit Solution


Management of a 360 Degree Feedback System


Olympic Games Impact Study of Ceremonial Requirements



Promotion of International Arts in the UK


Public Awareness Campaign—Digital Switchover


Review of Public Libraries Standards


Review of BBC News Digital Services


Evaluation of National Regional Museums


Research on Indicators of Mental Health and Social Inclusion Outcomes


Touchstone Change Management Consultancy


(1) Management

The information required to answer parts (a), (b) and (c) is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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Public Appointments

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. [105758]

Mr. Lammy: The following public appointments have been made by the Department to former Ministers who have served in the Government since May 1997.

Role Body Former Minister Dates


Churches Conservation Trust

Rt Hon Frank Field

1 July 2004 to 30 June 2007


National Portrait Gallery

Rt Hon Robin Cook

8 June 2001 to 7 March 2006


Gambling Commission

Lord Mclntosh

3 July 2006 to 2 July 2010


West Midlands Life

Baroness Crawley

30 September 1999 to 30 May 2002


Olympic Delivery Authority

Baroness Morgan of Huyton

1 April 2006 to 20 April 2008


Broadcasting Standards Commission

Lord Alfred Dubs

1 February 2001 to 1 March 2004

Deputy Chair

Independent Television Commission

Lord Alfred Dubs

3 July 2000 to 31 January 2001


Millennium Commission

Rt Hon Mo Mowlam

2 November 1999 to 9 October 2001


Millennium Commission

Rt Hon David Clark

19 May 1997 to 29 July 1999


Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library copies of the in-house staff magazine of her Department for the last 12 months. [104710]

Mr. Lammy: I will make arrangements for copies of the DCMS in-house staff magazine for the last 12 months to be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Voluntary Organisations

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. [104777]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 5 December 2006]: The Department currently seconds four staff from organisations with charitable status: two are from the British Library, and two are from English Heritage.

Two of the staff are policy advisers at DCMS Grade B and C (HEO and EO equivalent) and two are policy assistants at DCMS Grade D (AO equivalent).

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Written Questions

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. [107470]

Mr. Lammy: The number of parliamentary written questions tabled to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in each parliamentary session since 2001 is as follows:

Session PQs received( 1)











(1 )Information obtained from the DCMS Parliamentary Questions database.

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. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which 10 consultancy fees charged to his Department since May 1997 were the most expensive. [107174]

Mr. Hain: The Wales Office has paid five consultancy fees since being established in July 1999. They are as follows:




Helen Bennet






ER Consultants


Departmental Energy Policy

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to ensure that his Department becomes carbon neutral. [105706]

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.

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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.

HMRC Offices

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations his Department has made to HM Treasury on the proposed closures of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Wales. [104938]

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.

IT Projects

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. [105487]

Mr. Hain: None.

Public Opinion Research

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on commissioning public opinion research in each of the last five years for which records are available. [105455]

Mr. Hain: Nil.


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. [107115]

Mr. Hain: None.

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 Rail’s infrastructure to provide a passenger train service to Newport—this 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
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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 Sewta—the 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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