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In order to build a work force capable of demonstrating the world-class business performance the ODA needs to help deliver the London 2012 Games, the ODA continually seeks to fill skills gaps utilizing the best of private and public sector expertise available. Detailed information on the level of experience of the 117 individual staff members currently employed could be supplied only at disproportionate cost. However, the ODA’s executive team (chief executive and directors) has spent approximately 55 per cent. of their total employment years in the private sector.

Olympic Games: Greater London

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the cost of providing Olympic standard shooting ranges at Woolwich. [125296]

Mr. Caborn: The cost of providing Olympic standard shooting ranges at the Royal Artillery Barracks (RAB), Woolwich, is contained within the $32 million cost of works identified in the Candidate File, at 2004 prices. Work is now under way to outline the full scope of the works needed at the RAB site, including detailed feasibility work.

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library minutes of all meetings of the Budget and Revenues Sub-Groups set up to consider the advice provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers on Olympic costs in 2004. [125375]

Tessa Jowell: The remit of the Budget and Revenue Sub-Group (February 2004 to July 2004) was to look at the costs, revenues and strategic issues affecting the proposed Olympic budget prior to the bid. The notes of the meetings of the sub-group contain information which is directly relevant to current commercial negotiations which could be prejudiced by its release.

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Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the opening Olympic and Paralympic ceremony is expected to cost. [125816]

Tessa Jowell: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Wantage (Mr. Vaizey) on 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1405W.

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the London Development Agency has spent on (a) acquiring and (b) mediating land on the Olympic Park; and what estimate she has made of the likely value of that land after the Games are over. [126568]

Mr. Caborn [holding answer 9 March 2007]: The London Development Agency (LDA) expects to spend around £700 million on land acquisition and £220 million on land remediation in the Olympic Park. The LDA are currently working to determine the land value post games.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants and funding facilities Lancashire will be able to apply for in connection with the 2012 Olympics. [126639]

Mr. Caborn: Both UK Sport and Sports England award Lottery grants, and distribute funding provided by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, in line with their own policies and priorities for the development of sport.

£40 million is available for the Community Club Development Programme in 2006-08 and a proportion of the £35 million allocated to the National Sports Foundation will also be spent on facilities. In addition, we expect that local authorities will be investing around £1 billion in sports services (facilities and development) over the next three years.

There are no grants or funding available for facilities specifically in connection with the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, including for the purpose of facilities being selected as a pre-Games training camp. It is assumed that projects which have a clear long term rationale will continue to be considered on the basis of existing strategic priorities and funding criteria, but any potential usage for training and preparation camps should be regarded as added value, rather than a core element of the case for funding.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has announced that it will make around £9 million available to overseas Olympic and Paralympic teams to use pre-Games training camps in the UK to prepare for the 2012 Games. This scheme will enable all 203 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the 161 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) to apply for credit of up to £26,000 towards the cost of preparing their athletes at UK designated pre-Games training camps.

Police: Costs

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of
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implementing the Criminal Justice and Police Bill—Police Powers to close Disorderly Licensed Premises to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. [125607]

Mr. Woodward: There is no current Criminal Justice and Police Bill going through Parliament which includes measures to close disorderly licensed premises. However, powers in the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 relating to the closure of licensed premises on the grounds of disorder were replaced and extended by powers in the Licensing Act 2003. We have no current estimate of the actual cost of using these powers. Their deterrent value, along with the use of voluntary closures and other strategies to prevent crime and disorder, mean such powers are used minimally.

Princess of Wales: Monuments

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by (a) her Department and (b) public bodies for which she is responsible on (i) security, (ii) cleaning, (iii) repair, (iv) refurbishment and (v) other costs in relation to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement. [126498]

Mr. Lammy: The Royal Parks Agency (TRP) has responsibility for maintaining the Diana Memorial Fountain. In the 12 months up to the end of January 2007 TRP spent a total of £86,579 on security and cleaning and £111,449 on maintenance and other costs.

The cost per visitor in the period was 28 pence.

Regeneration: Finance

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of her Department’s spending was devoted to (a) urban and (b) rural regeneration and redevelopment in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06. [125888]

Mr. Lammy: The information requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Sport Action Zones

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many sport action zones were planned in 1999-2000; how many were created in each year since then; how many are still operating; and if she will make a statement. [126496]

Mr. Caborn: A total of 30 sport action zones were originally planned in two phases with the first 12 pilots being approved in 1999 and established in 2000-01. Funding for sport action zones ceased in 2006, but much of the work of the zones is continuing through Sport England’s Community Investment Fund (CIF) and the Community Sports Networks.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the original budget was for sport action zones (SAZ) when they were announced in 1999-2000 for each of the 10 planned years of investment; how much was spent on SAZs in
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each year to date; how much her Department plans to spend on SAZs in each of the next four financial years; and if she will make a statement. [126497]

Mr. Caborn: In 2000 Sport England announced a package of £750 million investment over 10 years in community sport which included funding for 12 designated sport action zones. The figure for the total spent in each year is not available, but core funding for each zone totalled £350,000 over the five years of planned investment. A further £1.998 million magnet funding was also awarded to the scheme. Any future investment in sport action zones has been mainstreamed through Sport England’s Community Investment Fund (CIF).

Sports: Obesity

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to tackle obesity through sport. [117904]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 5 February 2007]: My Department is promoting sport for people of all ages and backgrounds, both as something enjoyable and worthwhile in itself and, where appropriate, as something that has a vital role to play in tackling obesity.

As part of my Department’s ongoing work to halt the year-on-year rise in obesity for the under-11s by 2010, we have been working closely with our target-holding partners, the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills, on how best to tackle this serious public health problem.

The National School Sport Strategy, jointly implemented by DCMS and DfES, is a key component of a multi-faceted, ‘whole school’ programme of addressing obesity. The 2005/06 school sport survey found that overall 80 per cent. of pupils participate in at least two hours of high quality PE and school sport a week. This exceeded the target of 75 per cent. for 2006 and demonstrates a considerable increase from the estimated 25 per cent. in 2002. This target will rise to 85 per cent. by 2008. By 2010 the ambition is to offer all children at least four hours of sport a week.

Furthermore, we are working with school sports partnerships to increase participation in physical activity by overweight and obese children.

In addition, we have a PSA target to increase by 3 per cent. between 2005 and 2008 the number of adults and young people aged 16 and above from priority groups (in this context defined as those with a physical or mental disability, black or minority ethnic groups, those from socioeconomic groups C2, D and E, and women) who participate in active sports at least 12 times a year and engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity level sport at least three times a week.

Regional Sports Boards in partnership with Community Sports Networks are responsible for delivering the target in each of the Government regions. Sport England is also a key partner in our delivery chain for obesity with successful action
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dependent on good regional co-ordination and close working with primary care trusts and local authorities to increase participation.

We have now invested over £1 billion in 4,000 new or refurbished sports facilities in order to help deliver this target and we are working to ensure that the 2012 Olympic Games creates a lasting legacy of increased participation in sport and physical activity.

Sports: Training

Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of (a) sports and (b) sports coaches whose organisational bodies do not qualify for access to the UK’s coaching certificate because they do not have a recognised national governing body; and if she will make a statement. [126322]

Mr. Caborn: UK coaching certificate (UKCC) qualifications are currently being implemented in 21 sports.

In each of these sports, the qualifications are developed by national source groups, led by the appropriate recognised British or home country governing body and including representatives from other recognised home country governing bodies.

We are considering the expansion of UKCC beyond the initial identified sports but we do not currently envisage funding the development of UKCC qualifications in the small number of sports without a recognised national governing body.

Access to UKCC qualifications is not dependent on membership of a specified governing body. When a UKCC qualification in a particular sport is endorsed, it does not prevent organisations from continuing to offer their existing coaching qualifications nor are coaches legally required to take the UKCC qualification in order to continue coaching.

Swimming Pools: South East Region

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in respect of which outdoor lidos in the South East Government Office area renaissance investment has been provided; and if she will make a statement. [126404]

Mr. Caborn: The Heritage lottery fund has supported the restoration of a number of lidos across the UK but none of these are sited within the SE GO area.

All requests for lottery funding, including applications to regenerate outdoor lidos, will be considered on merit and in line with the set criteria for funding.

Television: Violence

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to reduce the impact of violence on television on children. [126640]

Mr. Woodward: Parliament has charged the independent broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, with maintaining standards to protect children from
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harmful material. Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code includes specific requirements to protect people under 18. Within this framework, it is the broadcasters’ job to make judgments about what individual programmes should contain and when they are broadcast.

Ofcom also have a statutory duty to promote media literacy so people can access and critically assess a wide range of media. It also helps them understand and operate technology in a way which enables them to maximise the benefits, and minimise the potential harms of the electronic media.

Tourism: Lancashire

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tourists visited Lancashire in each of the last five years. [126152]

Mr. Woodward: The tables show the number of visits to Lancashire and the North West from (i) UK residents (with an overnight stay) and (ii) overseas residents.

Domestic overnight trips( 1)
Lancashire North West















(1) The methodology for the UKTS changed in 2005 meaning that comparisons with previous years should be treated with caution. This change occurred as a result of concerns with the quality of 2004 data, which are thought to be an under-representation of the true position.
(2) For 2001, Lancashire data are not readily available.
UK Tourism Survey (National Tourist Boards)

Inbound visits
Lancashire North West
















International Passenger Survey (ONS)

In addition, account should be taken of the number of day visits made to, or within, the North West (Lancashire not available). The Leisure Day Visits Survey in 2002-03 recorded a total of over 100 million tourism day visits to destinations in the North West. It is not possible to provide a time series for this information as the surveys are run intermittently.

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