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Tessa Jowell: In late 2005, in consultation with other stakeholders, I asked the Minister for Sport to chair a separate cost review to take forward the work of the steering group and to examine the Olympic budget in more detail.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what issues her Department was negotiating with the Treasury on taxes, as stated in point 1 of the minutes of the Olympic cost review steering group of 14 November 2005; and whether these negotiations included discussions on VAT. 
Tessa Jowell: The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) officially came into existence on the 30 March 2006, and started work on the 1 April 2006. The vast majority of the construction work is due to start from summer 2008, although a significant amount of preparatory activity has taken place including enabling works, infrastructure delivery, venue design, planning, integration with the Stratford City development, and transport planning. As is consistent with other non-departmental public bodies, the ODA will be publishing its expenditure figures in its annual report, and this will be available before the summer recess.
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans are in place to ensure that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be able to be seen in the UK on high definition. 
Mr. Caborn: Sport England is a statutory consultee on planning applications for proposals to develop playing fields with an area of 0.4 hectares or more. The Department for Communities and Local Government has committed to consulting on reducing this threshold to 0.2 hectares. That consultation is intended to take place later this year.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions have taken place between Sport England and the London Borough of Hackney on the future of the playing fields at Hackney Marshes; and what the outcome was of those discussions. 
Mr. Caborn: The future of the playing fields at Hackney Marshes has been discussed at periodic meetings of the Hackney Marshes Sports Facilities Improvement (Olympic Legacy) Steering Group. These meetings, which began in 2005, are co-ordinated by officers of the London borough of Hackney and the London Development Agency (LDA). Sport England is among the stakeholders contributing to these discussions, which also include the Football Association, the National Playing Fields Association and the London Playing Fields Foundation.
Work with consultants has been progressing to develop a draft sports strategy for the Hackney Marshes to provide new changing accommodation and substantially improved sports facilities to attract increased community participation in sport in the area. The London borough of Hackney and the LDA are planning to announce public consultations on their draft sports strategy within the next few months.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many local authorities have signed up to the new register for licensed public spaces; and how many have done so since March 2007. 
Mr. Woodward: At the launch of the Register of Licensed Public Spaces in England and Wales on 15 January 2007, 106 local authorities signed up. Since then, a further 54 local authorities have provided information to be included on the register, 11 of these since March 2007.
Mr. Caborn: Sport England is still assessing the potential of Community Sports Hubs (formerly referred to as sports villages) as a new, innovative and sustainable model for community sports provision. Once feasibility studies are completed and the model proven, Sport England will begin to work with a number local authorities to roll out the concept.
Mr. Lammy: Planning consent was granted for the Stonehenge Visitor Centre subject to conditions, one of which is that improvements to the A303 go ahead, as set out in the published Stonehenge Improvement Order 2000. The Government are considering the findings of the A303 Review of Options and will make an announcement in due course on the way forward. Our intention remains that we find a solution for Stonehenge which will respect the status of Stonehenge as a World Heritage Site and which is affordable and deliverable.
Mr. Woodward: The following table shows the number of visits to the UK from Australian and New Zealand residents for the latest years for which data is available. These figures include holidays, business trips and visits to friends and relatives.
|Total inbound visits|
International Passenger Survey (ONS)
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of VisitBritains recent decision on staff redundancies upon her Department's target of creating a £100 billion tourism industry by 2010; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: VisitBritain intends to improve focus on new and emerging markets, reflecting developments in customer demand. DCMS was fully informed of the reorganisation. These changes will improve VisitBritain's ability to promote Britain to overseas visitors, and to support the tourism industry's progress towards the target of £100 billion turnover.
Mr. Ingram: The main investment decision will be taken when we are confident that we have a robust, affordable deal. We are making good progress, together with industry, including on the possible joint venture between BAE Systems and VT Group.
Derek Twigg [holding answer 21 May 2007]: Between 1 April 1998 and 31 March 2004, there were 906 deaths among regular UK armed forces personnel. Of these, 522 were killed by accidental or violent causes (excluding coroner-confirmed suicide and open verdict deaths).
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of accommodation provided by his Department to those of the rank of (a) General, (b) Lieutenant General, (c) Major General, (d) Brigadier, (e) Colonel, (f) Lieutenant Colonel, (g) Major and (h) Captain is considered to be of Standard 1 condition; 
(2) what percentage of accommodation provided by his Department to those of the rank of (a) general, (b) lieutenant general, (c) major general, (d) brigadier, (e) colonel, (f) lieutenant colonel, (g) major and (h) captain is considered to be of Standard 4 condition. 
Derek Twigg: Service Families Accommodation (SFA) is provided in accordance with the published Tri-Service Accommodation Regulations. The Standard for Condition of each Type of SFA, along with the Army ranks entitled to it, is shown in the following table:
|SFA||Rank||Standard 1 for Condition||Standard 2 for Condition||Standard 3 for Condition||Standard 4 for Condition|
| Note: All figures are rounded to the nearest whole per cent. Some Type 5 Special SFA is not categorised, so the percentage figures do not add up to 100.|
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2007, Official Report, column 749W, on Armed Forces: voluntary organisations, on what basis the fee was waived for the charity event organised by Sergeant Biddiss and held at RAF Brize Norton in March 2006. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 14 May 2007]: All Army ranks from private soldier to Major participated in the Army Ski Championships, with predominance on the lower ranksPrivate, Lance Corporal and Corporal. The Officials organising the event ranged in rank from Sergeant to Brigadier.
Derek Twigg [holding answer 14 May 2007]: The costs of the Army Skiing Championships are met from a combination of public, commercial sponsorship and non-public funds. The non-public element included contributions from the Army Winter Sports Association funds, Army Sports Lottery grants and individuals.
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