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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 22 May 2007

Communities and Local Government

Home Information Packs

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has conducted a cost/benefit analysis of home information packs; and if she will make a statement. [137427]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 17 May 2007]: The cost/benefit analysis of home information packs was set out in the Regulatory Impact Assessment that was published alongside the Home Information Pack Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/992) which were laid before Parliament on 29 March 2007.

Planning Permission: Hartley Wintney

Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the advice she has received ahead of her decision on the planning application for Dilly Lane, Hartley Wintney; and, in so far as she is able under data protection principles, if she will list private representations on the same application. [135774]

Meg Munn: No final decision has been taken in this case. The Secretary of State's "minded to allow" decision was made on the basis of the Inspector's report and evidence submitted to the public inquiry held into the proposals.

The "minded to allow" letter sought further evidence on the position with regard to the supply of housing land in Hart District. The deadline for submissions on that topic was 15 May. Officials will shortly be circulating the representations received on that issue, as promised in the "minded to allow" letter. The recirculation letter will also include a list of all other representations received as an Annex. The right hon. Member will receive a copy.

Travelling People: Caravan Sites

Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Gypsy Travellers sites have been built as a direct result of the Housing Act 2004. [138413]

Meg Munn: The Housing Act 2004 requires local authorities to undertake accommodation needs assessments for Gypsies and Travellers in their areas. Information collected in March showed that assessments were under way, or had been completed, in 90 per cent. of local authorities. We do not collect information on whether sites are built as a direct result of assessments.


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Culture, Media and Sport

Advertising: Food

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what use Ofcom plans to make of the Food Standards Agency's nutrient profiling model in redressing the imbalance of television advertising to children; and what account will be taken of typical portion size in implementing any system of redress. [138423]

Mr. Woodward: The matter raised is the responsibility of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) as independent regulator. Accordingly, my officials have asked the chief executive of Ofcom to respond directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the chief executive's letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

Bingo: Smoking

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the smoking ban on bingo clubs. [138222]

Mr. Caborn: The Government have not carried out a specific assessment of the potential impacts on the bingo industry of the smoke free provisions within the Health Act 2006. The overall costs and benefits of the Health Act are set out in the regulatory impact assessment which is available in the Library or on the Department of Health’s website at:

Bookmakers: Fees and Charges

Lorely Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the average amount of fees payable by Category (a) A and (b) B bookmakers to the Gambling Commission. [138550]

Mr. Caborn: No average amount of licence fees payable has been estimated for Category (a) A and (b) B bookmakers. Application and annual fees for all sectors of the gambling industry, by category of operator, have been published in The Gambling (Operating Licence and Single-Machine permit Fees) Regulations 2006 [No. 3284] and The Gambling (Operating Licence and Single-Machine Permit Fees (Amendment) Regulations 2007 [No. 269]. The fees will apply to operating licences that take effect from 1 September 2007 and reflect the estimated costs for the Gambling Commission to undertake its necessary regulatory activities in respect of each sector of the gambling industry. The fees will be kept under review in the light of experience of operating the new regulatory and licensing regime.

Channel Four Television: Archives

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on Channel 4's public service obligations in relation to the purchase of 20th Century Fox's film archives; and if she will make a statement. [138535]


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Mr. Woodward: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has received no such representations.

Coastal Areas: Tourism

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of visits made to the English coast for the purpose of outdoor recreation in each of the last three years. [138537]

Mr. Woodward: Information on visits to the English coast for the specific purpose of outdoor recreation is not available. However, the tables show (i) the number of domestic overnight trips and (ii) the number of day visits to the English coast for all purposes for the latest years for which data are available. Information on inbound visits to the English coast by overseas residents is not collected.

Domestic overnight trips by UK residents( 1) —English seaside
Million

2003

23.7

2004

28.4

2005

25.7

(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 is thought to be an under-representation of the true position.
Source:
UK Tourism Survey (National Tourist Boards).

Number of day visits by English residents( 1) , 2005
Million
Leisure visits( 2) Tourism visits( 3)

Seaside town/city

170

47

Seaside coast

70

15

(1) It is not possible to provide a time series for this information as the surveys are run intermittently.
(2) Defined as a round trip made from home for leisure purposes with no time limit or minimum distance travelled.
(3) A subset of leisure visits defined as a round trip made from home which lasts for more than three hours and is not taken regularly.
Source:
England Leisure Visits Survey 2005.

Cricket: Finance

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much financial support Sport England will provide for Cricket's Chance to Shine programme in each year until the 2012 Olympics. [138704]

Mr. Caborn: Sport England have invested £2 million in the Cricket Foundation’s “Chance to Shine” programme since November 2005. Future funding remains subject to the Cricket Foundation meeting previously agreed criteria and performance indicators, and to the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007.

Culture: Liverpool

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of preparations for Capital of Culture in Liverpool. [138318]


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Mr. Lammy: When I visited Liverpool on 15 May I received a presentation from the Liverpool Culture Company. I was very impressed with the progress made to date and look forward to receiving further updates on the exciting events planned in due course.

Departments: Consultants

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the outside (a) agencies and (b) consultancies which are undertaking work commissioned by her Department; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost is of each commission. [138463]

Mr. Lammy: Information correct at 16 May 2007. In response to part (a) no agencies are undertaking work commissioned by the Department. For part (b) and its subsequent questions, the following consultancies are currently undertaking work commissioned by the Department:

Consultancy Work Cost (£)

Atisreal

Disposal of land to the north of the British Library

246,000

Euclid

Nominated cultural contact point for European Commission

110,000

Odgers, Ray and Berndston

Recruitment of chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority

35,000

Saxton Bamfylde Hever

Recruitment of chair of English Heritage

36,000

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Assessment of the costs and benefits of the World Heritage Site (UK)

69,000

Trauma Training

Survey of local capability in humanitarian response to emergency (UK)

28,000

Deloittes

Review of the Olympic Programme Support Unit

99,000


Digital Switchover Help Scheme

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects the first payments from the scheme outlined in the Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill to be made to older and disabled people. [138298]

Mr. Woodward: Whitehaven will be the first area to begin digital switchover. Those eligible for the help scheme in Whitehaven have already been contacted and will begin to receive assistance once a contractor has been appointed to run the scheme on behalf of the BBC. We expect this to take place in the summer.

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration she has given to the merits of providing support to pensioner households for the costs incurred in the switchover to digital television. [137928]

Mr. Woodward [holding answer 21 May 2007]: A substantial body of research has been carried out to inform the scope of the help scheme. This suggests that age and disability are the most important indicators of lower digital TV take up.


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The DCMS Taking Part survey shows an adult take-up rate of 75 per cent. This falls very significantly for those over 75—just 45.6 per cent.—whereas the take-up rate for those aged 65-74 (65.6 per cent.) is much closer to the national figure. This shows that we are targeting our help on those who are most likely to need it.

Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 104-5W, on digital television, how many qualifying households in each parliamentary constituency in Wales will be required to pay a £40 fee to access assistance. [138148]

Mr. Woodward: The information is not available in the form requested.

We estimate about 42 per cent. of Welsh households eligible for help will qualify for free assistance under the Digital Switchover Help Scheme; 58 per cent. of Welsh households eligible for help will qualify for assistance to which there is a £40 charge.

National Lottery Distribution Fund

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the current balance is of the National Lottery Distribution Fund. [138705]

Mr. Caborn: The overall National Lottery Distribution Fund balance at 30 April 2007, subject to audit and rounded to the nearest £1 million, was £1,762 million. This is the latest figure available and represents the sum of the balances held in the fund on behalf of all the non-Olympic distributing bodies.

National Sports Foundation: Finance

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding will be available to the National Sports Foundation in each year until the 2012 Olympics. [138703]

Mr. Caborn: The level of funding available to the National Sports Foundation in each year beyond 2007-08 will not be decided upon until the outcome of the current Comprehensive Spending Review is known.

Olympic Games: Greater London

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reason the three transport projects referred to in note 1 of the minutes of the Olympic cost review steering group of 28 November 2005 were transferred from the Olympic Delivery Authority to Transport for London. [133635]

Tessa Jowell: These transport projects were not transferred to Transport for London.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date and for what reason the decision was taken to cancel the meetings of the Olympic cost review steering group planned for 8 December 2005 and 12 December 2005. [133645]


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