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Arts: Innovation

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote entrepreneurship in the creative industries. [137559]

Mr. Woodward [holding answer 16 May 2007]: DCMS supported the Entrepreneurship Task Group which considered how to promote the development of entrepreneurial skills amongst creative industries graduates. The group's recommendations have been taken forward by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship.

The Department also sponsors the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), which through its programmes aims to support the next generation of creative innovators and those at the early stages of their creative careers.

Issues around entrepreneurship in the creative industries will be highlighted in the Creative Economy Programme Green Paper, due for publication shortly.

Culture and Creativity Advisory Forum

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated annual running costs are of the Culture and Creativity Advisory Forum. [137496]

Mr. Lammy: There are no running costs of the Culture and Creativity Advisory Forum other than those of staff time within the Department and refreshments, both paid for within DCMS’s revenue budget.

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) salary and (b) financial package is for a creative programmer; and what the budget is of each regional creative programme. [137497]

Mr. Lammy: Each Creative Programmer post will attract a salary of around £40,000. The precise financial package will take account of the full costs of employment. This is a matter for each of the Regional Cultural Consortiums who will employ the Creative Programmers and will be responsible for agreeing salaries with successful candidates.

Creative Programmers will work closely with national and regional partners to advise the cultural sector in the region on possible sources of public and private funding to support cultural projects as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Film

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made with the MOT for film policy announced by the Minister for Culture in a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research on 15 June 2005. [137491]

Mr. Woodward: DCMS is working closely with its strategic agency, the UK Film Council, to create a sustainable and successful film industry. The MOT for
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film policy was a document which suggested possible additional ways of doing this. The UK Film Council has recently launched its three year corporate plan for 2007-10, after extensive consultation. This plan incorporates many of the initiatives from the MOT, including a new Market Testing Fund, a Film Festivals Fund, and a Film Digitisation and Marketing Fund.

Olympic Games: Greater London

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department will take to ensure that the principles enshrined in the 2012 Construction Commitments will be upheld in the awarding of construction contracts in the Olympic project. [137359]

Mr. Caborn: The Olympic Delivery Authority and partners are committed to promoting the 2012 Construction Commitments developed by the Strategic Forum for Construction, and this is clearly set out in its procurement policy.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of construction projects for the Olympic and Paralympic Games which are likely to be awarded to local construction firms. [137360]

Mr. Caborn: In accordance with EU procurement regulation, no preference can be given to British companies. Contracts will be awarded to those judged to be the best suppliers and service providers. However, we are committed to ensuring that UK companies are well placed to compete successfully for Games related contracts, and the DTI is mobilising its full range of business support tools to help achieve this.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) publishes details of all contract opportunities on the business section of the London 2012 website at:

which also includes advance notice of future opportunities. Alongside this, the business opportunities network that is currently being developed will act as a conduit for information about procurement opportunities and supply chains within the London 2012 project. It will also allow business support organisations to communicate with and offer support to businesses in their area.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the contribution of specialist contractors to the construction projects involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games; and what representations she has received on the involvement of specialist contractors. [137361]

Mr. Caborn: The construction of the Olympic Park, including the packaging and procurement of contracts, is the responsibility of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). Building the Olympic Park will require the contribution of a wide range of contractors, including specialist contractors. In order to keep potential suppliers updated of developments in the letting of contracts the ODA has organised a series of Industry Days, focusing on different aspects of the construction
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work, which are designed to both consult with key stakeholders within the industry on how contracts could be packaged and to keep them abreast of the procurement process.

In accordance with the ODA's procurement policy and in the interests of maintaining fair and open competition, companies making representations directly to the ODA and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are redirected to the business section of the London 2012 website:

where they can register to receive updates about the Industry Days and developments in the procurement of contracts. This service is open to all businesses throughout the UK.

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the membership is of the (a) Olympic Board Steering group, (b) Olympic Programme Support Unit and (c) working level network of Olympic co-ordinators; what position is held by each; what expenses each has incurred; and on what dates each has attended meetings. [137492]

Mr. Caborn: The Olympic Board Steering Group consists of senior representatives of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Communities and Local Government (CLG), the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the Greater London Authority (GLA), the British Olympic Association (BOA), the British Paralympic Association (BPA), the Olympic Lottery Distributor (OLD) and the Olympic Programme Support Unit (OPSU). This group meets on a monthly basis.

The Olympic Co-ordinators group consists of representatives of Government Departments, the Devolved Administrations, the lead Regional Development Agency and lead Government Office for DCMS. Representatives of the GLA, ODA, LOCOG and OPSU also attend these meetings. This group meets on a quarterly basis.

Any travel and subsistence expenses that arise in relation to attendance at these meetings are the responsibility of the individual organisations and not these groups.

The Olympic Programme Support Unit is not a decision-making body with any specific representative membership. It is a small unit based within DCMS that provides a secretariat for the Olympic Board and independently monitors progress against the Olympic Programme as a whole.

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which categories of projects will be entitled to money from the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, UK Wide Cultural Festival. [137495]

Mr. Lammy: We have plans for a wide range of exciting and innovative projects to be part of the Cultural Olympiad. These projects will all: celebrate London and the UK welcoming the world; inspire and involve young people; and generate a positive legacy. The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will shortly announce
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how cultural organisations can be involved in the Cultural Olympiad, including the UK-wide Cultural Festival.

Sports: Children

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date her Department agreed the target of offering all children at least four hours of sport a week by 2010. [136988]

Mr. Caborn: In December 2004 the Prime Minister announced the Government's long term ambition to offer at least four hours of sport every week by 2010 to all pupils in schools in England.

Tote

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2007, Official Report, column 1833W, on the Tote, what discussions her Department has had with personnel from HM Treasury on the future of the Tote. [136870]

Mr. Caborn: Officials regularly attend meetings as part of the process of policy development It is not normal practice of Government to disclose details of, or attendance at, such meetings. The Government remain in discussion with the consortium of racing interests and the staff and management of the Tote that has submitted an offer for the Tote's businesses.

Wales

Departments: Sovereign Strategy

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Office held with Sovereign Strategy in each year between 1997 and 2006. [136864]

Mr. Hain: There have been no official meetings held with Sovereign Strategy.

Treasury

Business: Newcastle upon Tyne

Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the stock was of VAT registered businesses per 10,000 adults in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in each year since 1996. [137109]

John Healey: The information is set out in the table.


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Stock of VAT registered Businesses Adults Stock of VAT registered businesses per 10,000 adults

1996

5,569

226,073

246.3

1997

5,601

223,937

250.1

1998

5,671

221,186

256.4

1999

5,477

219,667

249.3

2000

5,372

217,488

247.0

2001

5,463

216,911

251.9

2002

5,411

217,440

248.9

2003

5,442

218,792

248.7

2004

5,573

222,140

250.9

2005

5,669

229,254

247.3

2006

5,769

(1)

(1)

(1 )Not available yet

Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

Mr. Baron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his Department has made an estimate of the cost of a schools-based vaccination programme for the human papillomavirus vaccine; [137740]

(2) what funds have been allocated for a schools-based vaccination programme for the human papillomavirus vaccine. [137741]

Mr. Timms: All decisions on the funding of health programmes beyond 2007-08 will be made in the context of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Departments: Delivery Unit

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what role the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit will play in the 2007 comprehensive spending review; [137044]

(2) in which (a) policy areas and (b) projects his Department (i) is receiving support or advice from the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and (ii) has received support or advice over the last 12 months. [137066]

Mr. Timms: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Mrs. Villiers) on 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 286W.

Departments: Official Hospitality

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 982W, on Departments: official hospitality, whether his Department creates a record for security purposes of those visiting his Department’s building at 1 Horse Guards Parade. [137043]

John Healey: The Treasury does not comment on security matters.

Departments: Sovereign Strategy

Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department held with Sovereign Strategy in each year between 1997 and 2006. [136851]

John Healey: There is no record of any meetings between the Treasury and Sovereign Strategy.


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Elections: Conduct

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has received from Equifax on the conduct of elections. [137189]

John Healey: None.


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