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Waste Management: Cost Effectiveness

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael
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Gove) of 29 March 2007, Official Report, column 1736W, on waste management: cost effectiveness, which local authorities have listed moving from weekly to alternative weekly collections as an efficiency gain in their annual efficiency statement submitted to her Department or its predecessor. [141760]

Ruth Kelly: The following councils have included alternative waste collections in their annual efficiency statement:

2004-05 Backward Look

Babergh district council, Mid Bedfordshire district council, North Norfolk district council, Rossendale borough council, South Cambridgeshire district council.

2005-06 Backward Look

Broadland district council, Canterbury city council, Charnwood borough council, Chorley borough council, Crewe and Nantwich borough council, Mid Bedfordshire district council (included above), Mole Valley district council, North Shropshire district council, Rossendale borough council (included above), South Cambridgeshire district council (included above), Wycombe district council.

2006-07 Forward Look

Bridgnorth district council, Canterbury city council (included above), Charnwood borough council, Chichester district council, Crewe and Nantwich borough council (included above), Hertsmere borough council, Kennet district council, Rotherham metropolitan borough council, Salisbury district council, Shrewsbury and Atcham borough council, South Kesteven district council, Suffolk Coastal district council, Tewkesbury district council, West Lancashire district council, Wycombe district council (included above).

Culture, Media and Sport

Departments: Buildings

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of leasing buildings and office space was for (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years. [139474]

Mr. Lammy: Information on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Royal Parks Agency does not lease any buildings or office space.

Departments: Manpower

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff funded by the public purse in (a) the Royal Parks, (b) Ofcom and (c) the British Library are classified as people without posts. [142201]

Mr. Lammy: Both the Royal Parks Agency and Ofcom have no staff funded by the public purse classified as people without posts.


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The British Library has five members of staff whose position may be deemed pertinent to the classification in question. These five employees have all been affected by recent restructuring in their area or the completion of projects on which they were engaged. Therefore, appropriate action is being implemented in each individual case to arrive at a satisfactory outcome, in terms of redeployment or a suitable settlement, to their current situations.

Departments: Property

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was received by her Department from the letting of its properties in each of the last five years. [139339]

Mr. Lammy: The Department received the sums recorded as follows for the letting of its properties in each of the last five years.

£

2002-03

1,915,250.00

2003-04

1,841,425.00

2004-05

1,627,000.00

2005-06

1,679,262.17

2006-07

482,000.00


Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what properties the Department (a) owned and (b) rented in each of the last five years. [139361]

Mr. Lammy: The following properties were (a) owned and (b) rented by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in each of the last five financial years.

(a) The Department owns the freeholds to the following properties in Windsor:

During the period in question the Department sold hitherto owned properties as follows;

The Department owns an area of land to the north of the British Library in London.

(b) The Department rents the following properties—all in London and has done so throughout the period in question;

The Department rented floor space at Woburn Place, London until the end financial year of 2004-05 and rented a floor at 55 Blandford Street, London during financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06.


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Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate has been made of the value of the Department’s property portfolio. [139383]

Mr. Lammy: The freeholds of certain properties in Windsor are held in the name of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. These are leased on a long term basis by private individuals.

The latest estimated value held in the Department’s asset register for these properties is £140,000.

One other property in Windsor cannot be sold as it is within the security compound of Windsor Castle.

The Department owns an area of land to the North of the British Library in London. There are plans to sell this land: it is currently valued in our asset register at £26.6 million.

Digital Broadcasting: Copeland

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the same number of people in Copeland who can currently receive analogue television signals will be able to receive digital television signals in October this year; and if she will make a statement. [142758]

Mr. Woodward: The Whitehaven, Gosforth and Eskdale Green transmitters will switchover to digital in October this year. The technical characteristics for each transmitter have been chosen to allow their predicted digital coverage levels to match current analogue coverage levels.

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the status of the preparations for the digital television switchover in Copeland. [142764]

Mr. Woodward: The switchover will begin in Whitehaven and the surrounding area on 17 October and in the rest of Copeland as part of the wider border region in late 2008.

Public awareness of switchover in Copeland is now 97 per cent. and 71 per cent. of primary sets have already been converted in advance of the area switching in October.

The contractor for operating the help scheme in Copeland, Capita, has now been appointed.

In addition, of those asked none has stated that they will not convert at least one set prior to switchover.

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance is being provided by her Department to assist television licence fee payers in Copeland who are deaf, partially sighted or living with other forms of sensory or physical disability or impairment in successfully adapting to digital switchover in October this year. [142756]

Mr. Woodward: Households in the Whitehaven area where at least one person is registered blind or registered partially-sighted or with a severe disability will be provided with the appropriate equipment to
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convert one TV set and, where necessary, the relevant help to install and use such equipment and an aerial installation.

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in Copeland will receive assistance from the targeted help scheme with regard to the digital switchover in Whitehaven; and how many people are eligible, broken down by each of the qualifying categories of recipient. [142765]

Mr. Woodward: We estimate that around 8,500 households will be eligible for assistance from the digital switchover help scheme (DSHS) in the Copeland constituency. The vast majority will be eligible for help when the Whitehaven transmitters are switched over in between October and November 2007. All others will be eligible when the Caldbeck transmitter switches in early 2009.

We estimate that around 36 per cent. of those eligible, will be eligible for free assistance on the grounds of receiving pension credit, income support and income based job seeker's allowance. 64 per cent. of those eligible, will be eligible for assistance subject to a charge of £40.

European Capital of Culture: Liverpool

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) UK Government and (b) EU funding has been made available to support Liverpool’s Capital of Culture festival. [142763]

Mr. Lammy: DCMS and Arts council have committed £10 million over the period 2005-09 to support Liverpool’s Capital of Culture. In addition Liverpool received a grant of £1,200,000 from the Urban Cultural programme; and the North West Development Agency has approved £2 million.

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has approved £10 million funding and in addition provided Phase 1—£946,000 ERDF pre 2008 approval and Phase 2—£2.63 million ERDF post approval.

Olympic Games: Greater London

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated running costs are of (a) mandatory ceremonies, (b) bid projects and (c) the UK-Wide Cultural Festival during the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. [137493]

Tessa Jowell: The mandatory ceremonies will be directly funded from the London 2012 Organising Committee’s budget for the 2012 games. It is confident that the mandatory ceremonies will be funded within its £2 billion revenue budget. The bid projects and signature events and the UK-wide cultural festival will be delivered and funded in partnership with a range of public and private partners. For example, the £40 million Legacy Trust will fund cultural and sporting activity in the run up to the 2012 games.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will shortly set out
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more detail on the bid projects and the UK-wide Cultural Festival. The Cultural Olympiad is an opportunity for exciting proposals to be generated in the regions over the four-year period with funding being drawn in from a number of sources.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, what the dates were of the meetings chaired by the Minister of Sport as part of the separate cost review set up to take forward the work of the Olympic Cost Review Steering Group. [141371]

Tessa Jowell: Meetings of the cost review group which took forward the work of the steering group were held on:

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, which external consultancy companies were involved in the separate cost review set up to take forward the work of the Olympic Cost Review Steering Group. [141372]

Tessa Jowell: KPMG were commissioned in October 2005 to provide advice on the cost of the Olympics. That advice was provided on an ongoing basis; and included KPMG being involved in the cost review set up to take forward the work of the cost review steering group.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, who the members were of the separate cost review group chaired by the Minister for Sport to take forward the work of the Olympic Cost Review Steering Group; and who the members were of the original steering group. [141373]

Tessa Jowell: The cost review steering group included membership from DCMS, HMT, ODPM (now DCLG), GLA, LOCOG, the interim ODA and KPMG. These organisations were also represented in the cost review group that was chaired by the Minister for Sport.

Dependent on the subject under discussion, representatives from HO, DfT, British Olympic Association (BOA), the Olympic Board Secretariat (now the Olympic Programme Support Unit) and Sport England were also invited to attend these meetings.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, what reports were prepared (a) for and (b) by the separate cost review chaired by the Minister of Sport to take forward the work of the Olympic cost review steering group. [141374]


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