Tony Baldry: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions there have been with Crown court judges who specialise in hearing fraud cases on the Government's proposals to remove juries for complex fraud cases. 
A Crown court judge with extensive experience in serious fraud trials participated in a seminar on this subject that was chaired by the Attorney-General in January 2005, as did several members of the senior judiciary; and members of the Council of HM Circuit Judges discussed the issue with the Office for Criminal Justice Reform at a special meeting in April 2005.
The assessment of the skills needs of a sector is one of the key roles of sector skills councils (SSC). ConstructionSkills, the SSC for the construction sector, launched the construction skills network in 2005 to draw upon the knowledge and experience of construction companies, construction clients, education and training providers, Government and Regional Agencies across the UK.
The construction skills network has achieved a consensus as to the future skills and training needs of the industry. ConstructionSkills is working with Government and a range of partners to ensure those needs can be met.
The latest Construction Skills Network report, covering the period up to 2010, is available on the ConstructionSkills website. The report provides a regional view of skills needs across all construction occupations. It will be updated later this year.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2007, Official Report, column 2057W, on departmental fixed assets, who the lessees are of the three buildings in Windsor to whom the buildings were sold. 
30 Park StreetMr. J. R. Edwards and Mrs. G. C. E. Edwards;
31 Park StreetMr. H. F. Ledwidge and Mrs. J. Ledwidge;
32 Park StreetMs J. M. Reyburn.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items of furniture have been (a) lost and (b) stolen from her Department in each year since 1997; and what the value was of those items in each year. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has had no items of furniture reported either lost or stolen during the period year 2001 to date. Any records hitherto held for years 1997 to 2000 are now no longer available.
Tessa Jowell: We are about to launch a further competition to appoint a new chair of English Heritage. It will be an open competition, and the process will comply with the Nolan principles and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice. After advertising in the national press, a selection panel will shortlist and interview candidates and make recommendations to Ministers. I expect the process to be completed by the summer.
Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the chief executive of Manchester city council has met Casino Advisory Panel member James Froomberg in the last eight weeks. 
On 15 January 2007 James Froomberg attended a dinner hosted by British Waterways in his capacity as commercial director of that company. Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive officer of Manchester city council was one of a number of guests. Mr. Froomberg notified the Casino Advisory Panel in advance of this engagement. The panel concluded that, as it had already made its decisions regarding the recommended casino
locations at meetings on 8 and 15 November, and because its report was already in the process of being printed, Mr. Froomberg would not be placed in a position where he could be inappropriately influenced. Mr. Froomberg did not disclose the panel's decisions at the engagement.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the benchmark indicators are on which local authorities are assessed as to whether they are compliant with Public Library Service Standards. 
|PLSS1Proportion of households living within specified distance of a static library|
|Percentage household within:|
|Authority type||1 mile||2 miles||Sparse authorities 2 miles|
PLSS 2Aggregate scheduled opening hours per 1,000 population for all libraries128 hours
PLSS 3Percentage of static libraries (as defined by CIPFA) providing access to electronic information resources connected to the internet100 per cent.
PLSS 4Total number of electronic workstations with access to the internet and the libraries catalogue (available for public use through both static and mobile libraries, and other service outlets (as defined in PLSS1)) available to users per 10,000 population6
i. Percentage of requests for books met within 7 days
ii. Percentage of requests for books met within 15 days
iii. Percentage of requests for books met within 30 days
50 per cent. within 7 days; 70 per cent. within 15 days; 85 per cent. within 30 days
PLSS 6Number of library visits per 1,000 population
7,650 in inner London boroughs (or 6,800 enhanced population) 8,600 in outer London boroughs
6,000 in metropolitan districts
6,300 in unitary authorities
6,600 in county councils
PLSS 7percentage of library users 16 and over who view their library service as:
i. very good
v. very poor
94 per cent. of respondents rate the library service as very good or good.
PLSS 8percentage of library users under 16 who view their library service as:
90 per cent. of respondents rate the library service as good.
PLSS 9Annual items added through purchase per 1,000 population216 additions per 1,000 population.
PLSS 10Time taken to replenish the lending stock on open access or available on loan6.7 years.
The PLSSs form part of the library indicator suite within the Comprehensive Performance Assessments (CPAs) Culture Block. For the purposes of CPA, thresholds have been set for each of the standards based on the overall performance of the 149 authorities against them.
Tessa Jowell: The Olympic Board, which I co-chair, provides strong and effective governance and oversight of preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It meets regularly to review progress across the programme.
After London won the right to host the games in July 2005, I initiated a thorough and ongoing review of costs on which I reported to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 21 November 2006. This work is continuing.
Furthermore, to ensure that costs are kept under rigorous scrutiny and review and that the timescales of the programme are met, the Olympic Delivery Authority, which is responsible for delivering the infrastructure and venues for the Games, has appointed a delivery partnerCLMto manage the procurement and delivery of the facilities.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 103W, on Olympics 2012, if she will provide the indicative figures for the amounts set aside to cover (a) construction inflation and (b) additional security costs. 
Tessa Jowell [holding answer 2 February 2007]: I have nothing to add to my answer of 29 January 2007. To release further cost information on each of the individual elements of the £900 million increase that I announced to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee could prejudice the commercial negotiations that the Olympic Delivery Authority are currently undertaking with private developers.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will introduce a statutory limit on the maximum liability of London council tax payers for the cost of the 2012 Olympics. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what her estimate is of the proportion of any cost overruns that will be borne by the London council taxpayer in the event of the costs of the Olympics exceeding the revenues; 
Tessa Jowell: The 2003 Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the Mayor of London provides for cost overruns to be met in a sharing arrangement to be agreed as appropriate between them. The memorandum makes no presumptions about the use of council tax, which is a matter for the Mayor and he has made his position on this clear.
Tessa Jowell: The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games is working with key stakeholders including my Department to stage a number of inspiring ceremonies. These include the handover ceremony at the Beijing Games, the opening and closing ceremonies, the welcoming of the athletes to the Olympic Village, the medal ceremonies, the Torch Relay, and the Olympic Youth Camps.
The London 2012 Organising Committee is currently finalising the budgets for each of these important elements of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It is working within the overall framework set out in the candidate file and is confident that it sits within its £2 billion revenue budget.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Big Lottery Fund is expected to contribute to (a) the 2012 Olympics and (b) voluntary and community groups in each year to 2012; and if she will make a statement. 
Tessa Jowell: I have already announced that £410 million will come from non-Olympic lottery distributors, of which the Big Lottery Fund is one, from 2009. No decision has yet been made about how that amount will be allocated between individual distributors.
The Government are currently considering how the additional Olympic costs of £900 million should be met This discussion will take account of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the Mayor, which provides for a sharing arrangement to be agreed as appropriate and through seeking additional national lottery funding in amounts to be agreed at the time.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential effects of using the National Lottery to support the Olympics on other charities supported by the National Lottery; and if she will make a statement. 
Tessa Jowell: It was always understood when we bid that National Lottery funding for London 2012 would involve some loss of income to the non-Olympic good causes, including charities. Non-Olympic distributors may lose an average of 5 per cent. of their income because of sales diversion to Olympic Lottery games over the period 2005-06 to 2012-13. In addition, we have already announced that £410 million will be taken from non-Olympic Lottery proceeds between 2009 and 2012. No decision has been made about how that amount will be shared between the various non-Olympic good causes.
The Government are currently considering how the additional Olympic costs of £900 million should be met. This discussion will take account of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the Mayor, which provides for a sharing arrangement to be agreed as appropriate and through seeking additional National Lottery Funding in amounts to be agreed at the time. No conclusions have yet been reached on the further use of Lottery funding.
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