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In order to deliver this aim, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the body charged with delivering the infrastructure for the Games, has been consulting a wide range of stakeholders resulting in a number of commitments published in the ODA's sustainable development strategy in January. These commitments include:

With the site preparation work already well under way, the ODA is exceeding the first commitment, with over 95 per cent. of 10,827 tonnes of demolition materials from the Olympic Park being recycled or reused so far.

Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration her Department has given to enabling the public to engage directly with the Olympic authorities. [137936]

Mr. Caborn: The Government are committed to making the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games a UK-wide celebration that engages as many people as possible from around the country in planning and participating in a wide range of events.

In partnership with the other Olympic stakeholders—the Greater London Authority, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, the British Olympic Association and the Olympic-Delivery Authority—we are pursuing a programme of public engagement including regular events within the five Olympic boroughs to allow communities to discuss arrangements with organisers of the London Games, quarterly public meetings around the country, and an annual Roadshow touring the UK each summer until 2012.

I will also shortly be publishing a document outlining the vision for the legacy of the 2012 Games and explaining the opportunities for everyone to participate.

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what roles and responsibilities (a) UK Sport and (b) the British Olympic Association have in (i) preparing for and (ii) delivering elite success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. [138223]

Mr. Caborn: UK Sport is the Government’s high performance sports agency, investing both Exchequer and lottery funding to prepare and support our Olympic and Paralympic sports and athletes in the years leading up to each Games. It is therefore UK Sport’s role to lead the development of high performance sport in this country, and to create the
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environment in which our sports and athletes can succeed in the build up to London 2012 and beyond.

Through its “no compromise” approach, resources are targeted at those sports and athletes most likely to succeed and win on the world stage. UK Sport is currently planning to invest an average of £100 million every year through to 2012, supporting around 1,500 athletes in 24 Olympic and 19 Paralympic sports. Their leadership role in terms of athlete preparation also extends to the provision of dedicated support services and the development of specialist areas such as its Elite Coach and Technology and Innovation programmes.

To succeed in leading sport to world class success, UK Sport works in partnership with the other Home Country Sports Councils and Institutes, as well as the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association.

The role of the BOA is solely focused on delivering success at the Olympic Games (with the British Paralympic Association playing a similar role at the Paralympics). It has the role of preparing Team GB for a unique competitive environment every four years and of maximising the potential of the athletes when they arrive. The BOA is responsible for selecting the athletes that comprise Team GB in conjunction with the governing bodies.

The BOA has no role in the preparation of the athletes in the years building up to an Olympic Games, nor does it have any influence over the way in which funding is invested across the sports through UK Sport’s World Class Performance Programmes.

Operationally officials of UK Sport and BOA work together with the National Governing Bodies to ensure that there is a seamless transition between athlete preparation and Games-time preparation. It is vital for the success of our high-performance operations that the work of the two organisations does not cut across or duplicate the other.

Valuable Books and Manuscripts

11. Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will give guidance to libraries on arrangements to ensure that valuable books and manuscripts deposited for safekeeping are treated appropriately and kept safe. [137938]

Mr. Lammy: It is the responsibility of individual libraries to care for their collections and safeguard them for future generations. British Standard 5454 establishes a benchmark for the care of archival documents, and a number of Government bodies provide advice and guidance, including the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the British Library, and the National Archives.

Football Clubs: Governance

12. Colin Burgon: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to meet the Football League authorities to discuss the governance of football clubs. [137939]


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Mr. Caborn: I have no current plans to meet with the Football League to discuss the governance of football clubs.

While governance is primarily a matter for football itself, we have been clear that the football authorities and clubs must demonstrate modern, competent governance and financial transparency if they are to protect the future integrity of the game.

Good progress has already been made and I particularly welcome the FL’s recent introduction of fit and proper person criteria for directors, and FA requirements around the long-term financial stability of clubs.

Tourism

13. Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps her Department has taken to promote tourism in the UK; and if she will make a statement. [137940]

Mr. Woodward: DCMS invested over £50 million in VisitBritain’s marketing and support work for the tourism industry in 2006-07. This was part of the £311 million which the wider public sector put into tourism across the UK—more than ever before.

The Department is now working with its partners in the industry, and in regional and local government, to put tourism at the centre of preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and will shortly publish a comprehensive strategy to shape its work to that end.

Gambling

14. Mr. McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to protect young and vulnerable people from gambling addiction. [137941]

Mr. Caborn: The Gambling Act 2005 will see the protection of children and vulnerable people placed at the heart of gambling regulation for the first time.

The measures it introduces include a new criminal offence, making it illegal to invite or permit children to gamble, and a requirement for gambling operators to comply with tough social responsibility measures to protect the young and vulnerable from gambling addiction.

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which gambling, betting and casino companies (a) Ministers and (b) officials have (i) met and (ii) spoken to on the telephone since 21 March 2007. [137494]

Mr. Caborn: Since 21 March 2007, departmental Ministers have met representatives of Ladbrokes plc.

Since 21 March 2007 officials have met or spoken on the telephone to employees of a number of companies with interests in the gambling, betting and casino sectors, in most instances in their capacity as representatives of relevant trade associations. Comprehensive records of telephone conversations are not kept. The companies involved include:


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In addition, officials have attended wider industry events (for example, the annual general meeting of the Bingo Association) which included participants from a number of relevant companies. Officials have also met or spoken to representatives of a small number of independent bookmakers.

Television Call-in Programmes

15. Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the regulation of television call-in programmes. [137942]

Mr. Woodward: Responsibility for the regulation of these services rests with the independent regulators, Ofcom and ICSTIS. In response to recent concerns, ICSTIS has set out a range of actions aimed at restoring public trust in premium rate services. In addition, Ofcom is finalising its inquiry into the use of premium rate services in television programming. Separately, ICSTIS and Ofcom are also investigating specific cases and if these expose serious failures of compliance the regulators have the power to impose a range of sanctions on service providers.

Lottery Funding

16. Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was awarded to village halls in North Yorkshire in (a) 1997 and (b) each of the last three years for which figures are available. [137943]

Mr. Caborn: Lottery distributors made grants to village and community halls in North Yorkshire of £346,000 in 1997; £136,000 in 2004; £134,000 in 2005 and £277,000 in 2006. Other Lottery grants will have benefited halls with shared community use.


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17. Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from the Big Lottery Fund on the impact of Olympic funding proposals on resources available to the BLF. [137944]

Mr. Caborn: Prior to the Secretary of State's announcement on 15 March, she and DCMS officials held discussions with representatives from the Big Lottery Fund including its chair. These were informed by a detailed exchange of information. This dialogue is on-going and the Big Lottery Fund, along with other lottery distributors, will soon be consulted formally on the draft statutory instrument required to enable the transfer of funds.

Betting: Fraud

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many governing bodies have signed up to the code of practice launched in 2006 to tackle betting cheats. [138299]

Mr. Caborn: 13 sporting governing bodies have confirmed that they have signed up to the Integrity in Sports Betting 10 Point Plan.

Bingo

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she has considered introducing to support the bingo industry. [138221]

Mr. Caborn: The Gambling Act 2005 introduces a range of measures designed to support the bingo industry and other sectors of the gambling industry. These include:

Cultural Heritage: Climate Change

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department has conducted into the impact of climate change on the United Kingdom's heritage sites and historic environment. [137991]

Mr. Lammy: My Department financed an UNESCO climate change expert meeting in March 2006, which produced the Strategy to Assist State Parties to Implement Appropriate Management Response, adopted at the 30th World Heritage Committee in 2006. DCMS is also looking to initiate a project, in consultation with its NDPBs, which will record and summarise their current activities to mitigate and
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support adaptation to climate change and produce an estimate of the Department's and the NDPBs’ carbon footprint.

In 2002 English Heritage commissioned the Centre for Sustainable Heritage (CSH) to carry out a scoping study on climate change and the historic environment, published in 2005; and contributed to CSH’s stakeholders’ dissemination and scientific research report, “Engineering Historic Futures”, published in 2007. English Heritage is currently running a series of research projects addressing separate aspects of the climate change agenda, including the assessment of the effect of coastal erosion on historic settlements.

Cultural Heritage: Planning

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what advice her Department gave to the Department for Communities and Local Government on heritage during the drafting of the Planning Bill; [137989]

(2) how many meetings were held between officials in her Department and officials in the Department for Communities and Local Government on heritage during the drafting of the Planning Bill. [137990]

Mr. Lammy: DCMS has been closely involved throughout the development of proposals for a Planning Bill. Officials also worked closely on the drafting of their respective White Papers. DCMS officials will also be members of the inter-departmental Planning Bill steering group.


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