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Neither the Gambling Commission figures nor HMRC figures represent the total income of betting shops and casinos as they do not include income from gaming machines (after 2005 in the case of betting shops) nor receipts from other sources likely to be found in casinos such as bars, restaurants and card rooms.
Mr. Caborn: The current estimate is that 0.6 per cent. of the adult population of Great Britain are problem gamblers. This figure is drawn from Gambling Behaviour in Britain: Results from the British Gambling Prevalence Study (National Centre for Social Research, June 2000). The study was conducted using a sample of addresses and, as such, it is not possible to provide results on a geographical basis.
In addition, in terms of applications for new casinos, 28 were licensed but not yet open; 23 were awaiting a decision on an application for a certificate of consent from the Gambling Commission; 35 were awaiting a hearing from a local licensing authority and 13 were appealing, or considering whether to appeal, against rejection of a licence application by a local licensing authority.
The Gambling Commission considers applications for certificates of consent for new casinos, or for significant alterations to, or relocations of, existing casinos. Once a certificate of consent is issued, operators can then apply to the local licensing authority for a casino licence. There is no guarantee that the grant of a certificate of consent will result in a casino licence being granted. If a local licensing authority turns down an application for a licence, an operator can appeal.
No consideration will be given to allowing further casinos until a proper evaluation over time has been made of the social and economic effects of the 17 casinos. Such an assessment will not be complete until at least three years after the award of the first casino premises licence.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding the British Library has provided to the IPPR or IPPR Trading Ltd. in each year since May 1997; and what the purpose was of such funding. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Ministers have made representations to her on lottery funding in their constituency since 1997; and what the (a) date and (b) project was in the case of each such representation. 
Mr. Caborn: Decisions on whether or not to support individual applications are entirely matters for the independent lottery distributing bodies. DCMS Ministers have no involvement in any such decisions by the distributors.
Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with the Department of Health on that Department's proposed obesity action plan. 
to halt the year-on-year increase in obesity among children under 11 by 2010, in the 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 this target with the Department of Health as well as with the Department for Education and Skills. A central cross-Government team is in place to ensure that our three Departments work closely together to co-ordinate and drive action across our delivery chain.
My Department's contribution to this programme of work is chiefly through making children and families more physically active through children's play, school sport and community sport; improving children's diet through our work with Ofcom on restricting promotion and advertising to children of foods high in fat, salt and sugar; and, our work with the hospitality sector to promote healthier food choices.
Director of Communications
Director of Design and Regeneration
Director of Finance and Corporate Services
Director of Infrastructure and Utilities
Director of Property
Director of Transport
Head of Legal
Director of Construction
Head of Security.
The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is a privately funded commercial organisation. It has filled the majority of senior posts, some through the continuation of roles from the bid stage, and others through recruitment to new posts.
LOCOG pays rates that are competitive in the market place and benchmarked against comparable roles. Details of directors' remuneration are disclosed each year in the company's statutory financial statements which are filed at Companies House.
Tessa Jowell: The total amount that has been paid to employees, 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 and tax and is the figure from 1 April 2006 to 31 January 2007.
The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is a privately funded commercial organisation. LOCOG pays rates that are competitive in the market place and benchmarked against comparable roles. From 1 April 2006 to 31 December 2006 LOCOG has spent £7,000,931 on staff and contractor costs. Further details of remuneration are disclosed each year in the company's statutory financial statements which are filed at Companies House.
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she
has had with the London Development Agency on the use of funds accrued through the disposal of land used for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for cost overruns of the Olympic budget; and if she will make a statement. 
Tessa Jowell: The 2003 memorandum of understanding between the Government and the Mayor states that the Government expect to discharge their responsibility for meeting any shortfalls in a sharing arrangement to be agreed as appropriate with the Mayor and through seeking additional lottery funding in amounts to be agreed at the time.
I am consulting the Mayor as part of the wider review of costs currently under way within Government and have had a number of discussions with him. I will be considering further the recommendation contained in the recent report of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee about the use of LDA land receipts.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money from the public purse (a) her Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made. 
Mr. Lammy: On the basis of available information the Department has made the following three payments to the Smith Institute during the period in question relating to a new technology seminar and a cultural research project:
Mr. Caborn: I have received representations from a number of Sports Governing Bodies and the Football Data Co. on the subject of the creation of a sports betting right. I have made it clear that I would welcome voluntary, commercial funding agreements between the betting and sports industries.
Mr. Caborn: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) have provided the following Exchequer funding to the Community Sports Coaches programme in 2005-06 and 2006-07:
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During 2006-07, Sport England are providing funding for around 600 Community Sports Coach posts through their Community Investment Fund. Precise figures on this funding will be finalised at the end of the current financial year.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how her Department has benchmarked the provision of UK sports facilities against (a) the rest of Europe and (b) other countries; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Caborn: The provision of UK Sports facilities has not been benchmarked against (a) the rest of Europe and (b) other countries. Any data which compared facilities in different countries are open to misinterpretation without detailed knowledge of a country's policy, taxation, planning and other areas. However, since 2001 Government and the lottery have invested over £1 billion into more than 4,000 new or refurbished community sports facilities which is helping to deliver our manifesto commitment to ensure that almost everyone will be within 20 minutes travelling time of a good multi-sport facility. This will be measured through Active Places.
Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of children met the two-hour target for physical education in school in each year since 2001 in each (a) constituency, (b) local authority area and (c) School Sport Partnership area. 
The PE, School Sport and Club Links strategy was established in 2003 and the first data collection survey was undertaken in that year. I am placing in the Libraries of both Houses tables which set out the percentage of pupils taking part in at least two hours of high quality PE and school sport in a typical week in: (a) each local authority area for 2004-05 and 2005-06; and (b) for each school sport partnership for 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06. Data on local authorities in 2003-04 and on each constituency could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The results report only on pupils who attend schools within school sport partnerships.
Direct comparisons between local authority areas and school sport partnerships are not appropriate as the number of schools in a partnership, and the length of time they have been within a partnership, differ.
Mr. Caborn: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been involved in regular discussions, at both ministerial and official level, with the European Commission, member states, sporting organisations and other stakeholders on the development of the Commission's White Paper.
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