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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1158W, on the Institute for Public Policy Research, on what date the Identity, Culture and the Challenge of Diversity research was commissioned; on what dates the conference and seminar fees were paid; what the titles
were of the conferences and seminars; what the purpose was of the secondment; and what the dates were of the secondment. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what measures have been put in place in order to ensure that the targeted assistance scheme in Whitehaven is delivered effectively and that all of those persons assessed by her Department as eligible under the terms of the scheme (a) are contacted in a suitable format and (b) receive assistance appropriate to their needs; 
Digital UK is responsible for generic communications and has written to households in Whitehaven explaining the Help Scheme and asking those who think they are eligible to apply. This will be supported by local advertising. The letter and leaflets are available in large print, audio or Braille, or in another language.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has made an estimate of the number of online casinos that will be based in the UK from September 2007; what the Gambling Commission's most recent estimate is of the number of remote casino operators based on-shore from September 2007; what discussions she has held with Ministers at HM Treasury on the taxation of online casinos; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Caborn: Neither DCMS nor the Gambling Commission has made a formal estimate of the number of online casinos that will be based in Great Britain from September 2007. However, from September 2007, the Gambling Commission will have records of all new holders of remote operating licences. The Secretary of State regularly discusses a wide range of subjects with Treasury Ministers.
Mr. Woodward: The Licensing Statistical Bulletin published by DCMS in 2004 showed that there were 159,952 licensed premises in England and Wales at 30 June 2004. Broken down, there were 113,370 on-licensed premises and 46,582 off-licensed premises.
Under the former licensing system, premises with an on-licence would usually also include permission to
make off-sales. We expect most of these would have converted those permissions to their new licence.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what response her Department has made of the Licensing Review Panel's conclusions; and which recommendations she expects to be implemented. 
Mr. Woodward: Copies of the Independent Licensing Fees Review Panel's final report were 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 and will provide a response shortly. Before reaching a final decision about implementing any changes to the fees regime and related issues, we will undertake a full public consultation so that fee payers, local authorities and the public can help to inform future policy.
|Organisation name||Project title||Amount (£)||Exchequer/Lottery funding|
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she has made in her consideration of the case for providing funding for the Waterways Museum at Gloucester to enable it to provide free entry; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy [holding answer 22 March 2007]: The Waterways Trust is an independent charitable trust that runs three Waterways Museums, including the one at Gloucester. The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council has provided substantial support and advice to the Waterways Trust and Museums which could help them to realise their potential to support learning and community activities.
As with other independent museums, it is for the trustees of the Waterways Museums to identify the most appropriate business model to secure their financial viability and the preservation of their collections. My Department has no plans to provide funding for the Waterways Museums.
During war-fighting operations, minefields are not cleared but are breached in circumstances where they are an obstacle to the freedom of manoeuvre of our armed forces or present a potential threat to our troops. Comprehensive mine clearance is generally undertaken by humanitarian organisations on non-war-fighting operations, rather than by the armed forces. As the armed forces are not involved in clearance, there is no requirement for mine clearing vehicles in Afghanistan. The UK Task Force
does, however, have a specific Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Task Force, which includes vehicles than can convey the EOD team to a mine incident.
Derek Twigg: It is not possible to determine how many service personnel are attached to or working in the Department. Data are held giving the strength of the UK regular forces broken down by budgetary area and rank, which broadly show the number of service personnel working in each operational and support area. All data are shown by paid rank.
|UK regular forces officers by top level budget and NATO rank( 1) at 1 April 2006|
|(1 )No Service have personnel at NATO Rank OF-10.|
(2) 2(nd) Sea Lord/Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command TLB has closed, personnel now belong to Commander-in-Chief Fleet TLB. Operational and support personnel are therefore consolidated within the one Navy TLB.
(3) zero or rounded to zero.
1. Due to the introduction of a new Personnel Administration System for RAF, 1 April 2006 RAF Budgetary data are provisional and subject to review.
2. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
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