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Licensing Laws: Sports

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) pursuant to the Report of the Independent Fees Review Panel, whether she plans to introduce a licence fee for community amateur sports clubs based on 20 per cent. of their rateable value; [119603]

(2) what the estimated costs to local authorities would be of setting a licence fee for community amateur sports clubs based on 20 per cent. of their rateable value; [119604]

(3) how many sports clubs she estimates fall outside rate bands A and B; [119605]

(4) what estimate she has made of the total annual cost of licence fees to (a) sports clubs and (b) community amateur sports clubs. [119606]

Mr. Woodward: DCMS has made no detailed estimate of the number of sports clubs falling outside of bands A and B, or the total annual cost of the licensing fees regime to sports clubs and community amateur sports clubs. However, as part of their terms of reference, the Independent Licensing Fees Review Panel was asked to identify how the fees regime could be developed to address the impact of the structure of the fee scales on community amateur sports clubs.

The panel’s final report was placed in the Libraries of the House on 25 January. We are currently assessing the implications of all the panel’s detailed conclusions and recommendations, including those relating to sports clubs, and will provide a full response shortly. During the panel’s review, we understand that the
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Central Council of Physical Recreation proposed to the panel that fees should be calculated by introducing a system whereby all clubs in the Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) scheme could have their licence fee calculated at 20 per cent. of their rateable value. The panel was not inclined to recommend in favour of this proposal. Before reaching a final decision about implementing any changes to the fees regime and related issues, we will undertake a public consultation. Such a consultation would be informed by a regulatory impact assessment which would include estimates of any cost of any proposal to local authorities and to the sector affected.

Lilleshall National Sports Academy

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with Sport England on the future of Lilleshall National Sports Academy. [120600]

Mr. Caborn: None. We receive regular written updates from Sport England on its review of the future of the National Sports Centres, including Lilleshall. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 108W.

Olympic Games: Greater London

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff are employed by the Olympic Delivery Authority (a) in total, (b) in each division and (c) in the finance department; and at what cost; and if she will make a statement. [119224]

Mr. Caborn: As at 5 February 2007 the Olympic Delivery Authority employs 90 permanent employees, 24 seconded employees and three fixed term employees. The breakdown of employees is:

Number

Chief Executive’s Office

2

Chairman’s Office

1

Communications

12

Construction

3

Design and Regeneration

16

Development Control

7

Finance

9

Health and Safety

2

Human Resources

6

Infrastructure and Utilities

5

IT

2

Legal

10

Programme Assurance Office

1

Procurement

5

Property

5

Risk and Audit

1

Security

3

Transport

27


Additionally, there are 21 board and committee members. In addition the Olympic Delivery Authority currently employs 74 temporary/interim staff.


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The total amount that has been paid to date to employees and board and Committee Members on the Olympic Delivery Authority payroll is £5,043,330. This is inclusive of all wage related costs such as pension contributions, national insurance, tax, etcetera and is the figure from 1 April 2006 to 31 January 2007.

Olympic Games: Sports Competitors

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the number of UK Olympic medallists at (a) Sydney and (b) Athens who were (i) wholly and (ii) partially educated at independent schools. [119688]

Mr. Caborn: No estimate has been made of the British Olympic medal winners who were wholly or partially educated at independent schools in (a) Sydney or (b) Athens.

Olympic Games: Training

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made with the Home Office on the training of Olympic target pistol shooters; and if she will make a statement. [119687]

Mr. Caborn: Officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Home Office have met with representatives of the Great Britain Target Shooting Federation and the British Olympic Association to discuss the impact the current firearms legislation places upon our elite shooters. The Home Office are still considering the issues raised and no final decisions have yet been taken.

Television: Broadcasting Reception

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the role of Ofcom is in circumstances where an existing television signal is lost or badly impaired due to new construction. [119231]

Mr. Woodward: The matter raised is the responsibility of the Office of Communications (Ofcom), as independent regulator for the communications sector. Accordingly, I have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the Chief Executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Television: Subtitles

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will discuss with broadcasters the provision of subtitles for every television programme, including repeats available on freeview. [118738]

Mr. Woodward: The Communications Act 2003 requires at least 90 per cent. of Channel 3 and Channel 4 programmes to be subtitled by 2010. The BBC has made a commitment to subtitle 100 per cent. of its television programmes from April 2008. The Communications Act requires other broadcasters to
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subtitle at least 80 per cent. of programmes within 10 years of their subtitling services commencing.

It falls to Ofcom to ensure that broadcasters meet the requirements contained in the regulator’s Code on television access services. Ofcom undertook a review of the Code in 2006, but did not recommend any revisions to the subtitling quotas and the Government have no plans to hold discussions with broadcasters about this issue.

The Communications Act does not prevent broadcasters from scheduling repeats of subtitled programmes, though Ofcom encourages broadcasters not to fulfil their obligations in this way, as this will detract from the benefit of providing access services to users.


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Tourism

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many holiday trips were made to each of the 30 most visited towns and cities in the latest year for which figures are available (a) in total and (b) broken down by age group of visitor. [119516]

Mr. Woodward: The following tables contain the latest available information on overnight holiday trips to the top 30 visited towns and cities in the UK by overseas and UK residents, respectively. For inbound tourism information on the age of the visitor is also provided, but due to the disproportionate cost involved this is not available for domestic tourism.

Table 1: Holiday visits by overseas residents, 2005
Age group of visitor
Top towns/cities Total visits (Thousand) 0-15 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+

London

5,859

439

1,002

1,419

1,108

995

593

302

Edinburgh

648

51

89

139

96

111

99

63

Manchester

141

11

22

33

30

24

15

6

Birmingham

119

19

20

24

17

27

6

7

Glasgow

329

18

49

68

58

48

43

44

Liverpool

107

6

31

25

22

12

6

5

Oxford

153

22

39

22

15

21

25

9

Cambridge

101

9

22

16

15

15

16

7

Bristol

101

4

12

14

12

19

23

17

Brighton and Hove

155

35

32

19

21

22

13

12

Nottingham

49

2

3

16

13

10

3

3

Cardiff

79

14

9

8

8

13

12

15

Bath

149

25

13

15

22

28

31

16

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

65

9

14

12

9

10

7

5

York

135

13

19

16

22

24

27

15

Inverness

180

11

21

36

29

32

33

17

Leeds

26

0

5

8

4

3

1

4

Reading

32

0

3

13

8

4

2

2

Coventry

22

1

6

6

2

5

2

Luton

27

1

10

9

7

Chester

54

6

5

6

5

12

12

7

Sheffield

24

2

2

9

4

1

4

3

Northampton

27

4

3

6

3

Z

3

5

Leicester

25

1

2

5

3

12

3

1

Exeter

58

5

4

5

7

13

13

11

Southampton

28

1

2

11

3

5

5

2

Bournemouth

45

7

3

5

8

4

11

7

Canterbury

72

6

17

11

13

17

5

4

Aberdeen

55

2

3

10

9

8

15

8

Plymouth

43

6

7

5

6

8

6

6

Source:
International Passenger Survey.
Holiday visits are where holiday has been stated as the main reason for the visit to the UK. They do not include those to visits friends or relatives or day trips.
Many segments on the table provided are supported by very low sample sizes and so some results will be subject to very wide margins of error.

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