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Unemployment Benefits

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were on unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997. [135046]

Mr. Hanson: Jobseeker's allowance replaced unemployment benefit in October 1996. The average number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance between 1997 and 2006 is shown in the following table.

Average number of claimants

1997

55,665

1998

56,897

1999

48,978

2000

42,959

2001

40,627

2002

39,965

2003

37,885

2004

34,528

2005

31,889

2006

29,902


Culture, Media and Sport

Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many grievance procedures have been initiated in her Department in the last 12 months. [135167]

Mr. Lammy: There were no reports of the grievance procedures being initiated formally in DCMS in the last year. The Department’s policy is to seek to resolve any problems or concerns raised by staff informally through contact with line management, staff counsellors, trade union representatives or HR as appropriate. Only those cases where the matter cannot be resolved quickly or to the complainant’s satisfaction, are recorded and dealt with under the formal grievance procedures.

Departments: EU Council

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many EU Council meetings she has attended since taking up her post; and who represents her if she is unable to attend. [133752]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 30 April 2007]: Ministers and civil servants attend many meetings as part of the process of policy development and advice. It is not usual practice to disclose details or attendance at such meetings. However, I can confirm that the British Government are always represented at EU Council meetings.

Digital Broadcasting: Broadcasting Programmes

Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the public interest in ensuring plurality in (a) the broadcasting of sports rights and (b) the supply of digital multi-channel television. [134483]


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Mr. Woodward: The information is as follows:

(a) It is Government policy to ensure that key sporting events can be made available to all television viewers. Therefore some events are protected by law as “listed events”. Beyond these arrangements, sports bodies are free to sell their rights to whomever they please, subject to competition law.

(b) The Government believe there is a strong public interest in securing a dynamic and competitive market for broadcasting—including digital TV—in the UK. This was one of the key policy objectives underpinning the Communications Act 2003.

Digital Switchover

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1551-52W, on digital switchover, whether persons registered as blind or partially sighted but not included in the Department for Work and Pensions records were included in her estimate of eligible persons for the targeted assistance scheme. [135229]

Mr. Woodward: The estimates take account of people who are registered as blind and partially sighted but who are not on DWP records and so cannot be allocated to any particular parliamentary constituency or ITV region.

Equality: Grants

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants have been made to institutions in (a) the UK and (b) the North East for events marking the bicentenary of the first Act to abolish the transatlantic slave trade. [134772]

Mr. Lammy: The Heritage Lottery Fund has made 115 awards totalling over £11 million to projects related to the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade and the slave trade generally.

Five of these have been in the North East (one completed project and four approved projects). They are:

So far, Arts Council England has made a total of 40 grants to bicentenary projects totalling £1,282,354. Two of these projects are in the North East: the Mapped Roots project and Changing Perspectives, a two year study of Black families and their stories of migration into the North East, which has received £5,000 for its first stage.

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) have so far made 17 grants totalling £81,900 across the UK. These include two MLA North East
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Strategic Commissioning Grants. The first for £10,000 to the Literary and Philosophical Society to conduct a mapping exercise to identify and list slavery related archives and documents held by four key record offices and libraries in the region. The second for £10,000 to the Northumberland Museum Archives and Country Park and Durham University Library Archives Special Collections to create a number of e-learning packages focusing on slavery for use in schools across the North East region.

The Awards for All grants programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund with the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England have so far made 23 grants totalling £151,641 to projects to mark the bicentenary across England and Wales. None of these have been in the North East.

Film

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to foster and develop the growth of the British film industry. [134576]

Mr. Woodward: The Government are fostering the growth of the British film industry through their strategic agency the UK Film Council. This was set up in 2000 to create a sustainable film industry and to promote the widest possible enjoyment and understanding of cinema throughout the nations and regions of the UK. The Government have also introduced generous new fiscal incentives to support the production of British films by delivering benefit directly to producers and by stimulating inward investment into the UK film industry from overseas.

Following extensive consultation, the UK Film Council has recently submitted its next three year plan to my Department. This sets out the Council’s future strategic and funding priorities and details the initiatives it will be running to deliver these objectives.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the investment returns were for the Film Council from National Lottery funding in August 2006; [134836]

(2) how much the Film Council received from the National Lottery in August 2006. [134837]

Mr. Woodward: The following table shows the UK’s Film Council income from the National Lottery Distribution Fund in August 2006, and in the entire financial year 2006-07.

Period Operator -related i ncome to nearest £1,000 Investment i ncome to nearest £1,000 Total to nearest £1,000

August 2006

2,367,000

142,000

2,509,000

Financial year 2006-07

24,513,000

1,776,000

26,289,000


Gambling: Licensing

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department plans to take to make more effective the delivery networks identified in its Capability Review. [134855]


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Mr. Lammy: My Department is fully committed to improving the effectiveness of the delivery networks identified in its Capability Review. Details of how this will be achieved are outlined in the Permanent Secretary's response to the Capability Review (pages 5-8) and in “Transforming DCMS”, the transformation action plan. Both are published on the DCMS website:

Internet: Regulation

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Ofcom on the introduction of the new regulatory system for internet sites referred to by the Chancellor in a speech on 7 March; and when these discussions took place. [135218]

Mr. Lammy: There have been no discussions between my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the Chancellor on the regulation of internet sites.

The independent regulator, Ofcom, does not regulate content on the internet, but does have a statutory duty to promote media literacy under the Communications Act 2003. In pursuit of that duty, Ofcom has been working to raise people’s awareness of how to use web browsers, electronic programme guides and other tools in order to navigate safely and effectively. It is currently developing proposals for the management of audio and visual content using content labelling and tools such as internet filtering and firewalls. DCMS and Ofcom officials have had periodic discussions about Ofcom’s plans in this area.

Joint Creative Economy Programme

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what invitations she has issued to her Department’s Fashion Summit to inform the Joint Creative Economy Programme; and to whom. [135011]

Mr. Woodward: To inform the further development of the joint DCMS/DTI Creative Economy Programme we have held a number of industry summits, including one for the fashion industry.

For each summit, we invited members of the relevant industry giving them an opportunity to comment on the analysis underpinning our work and on the areas we had identified for further action.

Invitations to the fashion summit—held on 16 April at the London College of Fashion—were issued to the following people.


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Name Organisation

Kim Winser

Aquascutum

Hilary Riva

British Fashion Council

Jasper Conran

Jasper Conran

Alexandra Shulman

British Vogue

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Dr Frances Corner

London College of Fashion

Ursula Hudson

London College of Fashion

Linda Florance

Skillfast-UK

Niki Scordi

Browns

Helen Keenan

London Development Agency

Mary Reilly

London Development Agency

Tom Campbell

London Development Agency

Manda Rigby

London Development Agency

Jane Rapley QBE

Central Saint Martins

Stuart Rose

Marks and Spencer

Annette Browne

Marks and Spencer

Tony Ginty

Marks and Spencer

Betty Jackson

Betty Jackson

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

Giles Deacon

Giles Deacon

Lauretta Roberts

Drapers

Josephine Collins

Drapers Online

Sir Paul Smith

Paul Smith Ltd

Jane Shepherdson

Jane Shepherdson

Katie Grand

Pop Magazine

Marios Schwab

Marios Schwab

Erdem Moralioglu

Erdem

Wendy Dagworthy

Royal College of Art

Clare Johnston

Royal College of Art

Penny Martin

Show Studio

Jane Boardman

Talk PR

Sarah Mower

Fashion journalist

Ann-Sofie Back

Ann-Sofie Back

Antoni Burakowski and Alison Roberts

Antoni and Alison

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane

Hamish Morrow

Hamish Morrow

Margaret Howell

Margaret Howell

Galahad Clark

Terra Plana/ United Nude

Joe Corre

Agent Provocateur

Lucille Lewin

Whistles

Sim Scavazza

Formerly of Miss Selfridge

Justine Fairgrove

Relative PR

Michael Blow

Blow PR

Caren Downie

Topshop

Nick Passmore

Topshop

Wendy Malem

Centre for Fashion Enterprise

Alex Gore Browne

Alex Gore Browne

Toby Meadows

Belle and Bunty

Ashish Gupta

Ashish

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

Nargess Gharani and Vanya Strok

Gharani Strok

Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders

Manish Arora

Manish Arora

Caroline Lamb, George MacPherson

Peter Jenson

Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker

PPQ

Justin Thornton and Thea Bragazzi

Preen

Richard Nicoll

Richard Nicoll

Roksanda Ilincic

Roksanda Ilincic

Aleksander Sinha and Fiona Stanic

Sinha-Stanic

Representative

Saltwater

Georgina Von Etzdorf

Georgina Von Etzdorf

Aimee McWilliams

Aimee McWilliams

Avsh Alom Gur

Avsh Alom Gur

Representative

Berube

Jacob Kimmie

Jacob Kimmie

Jean-Pierre Braganza

Jean-Pierre Braganza

Representative

Kisa

Laura Lees

Laura Lees

Representative

Tata Naka

Maria Grachvogel

Maria Grachvogel

Cozmo Jenks

Cozmo Jenks

Georgina Goodman

Georgina Goodman

Lara Bohinc

Lara Bohinc

Olivia Morris

Olivia Morris

Rupert Sanderson

Rupert Sanderson

Bill Amberg

Bill Amberg

Astrid Blake

Alice and Astrid

Ally Capellino

Ally Capellino

Helen David

English Eccentrics

Representative

JasMB

Representative

Lola Rose

Alice Temperley

Temperley London

Nick Hartley

Ann Louise Roswald

Danielle Scutt

Danielle Scutt

Edina Ronay

Edina Ronay

Michiko Koshino

Michiko Koshino

Sara Berman

Sara Berman

Jennifer Williams-Baffoe

Wilbaforce and Cutting It

Terry Mansfield

National Magazines

Rob Bready

ASOS

Richard Bradbury

River Island


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