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These figures do not include Awards for All and Veterans, and the Charity Commission only covers England and Wales.

Departments: Buildings

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions his Department's offices were refurbished in each of the last five years; what work was carried out; and what the (a) original budget and (b) final cost was in each instance. [147199]

Margaret Hodge: In the last five years offices of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have been refurbished as follows:

2-4 Cockspur street, London 2006-07


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The agreed budget for the refurbishment project was £8.6 million, work is still in

progress and current expenditure is within budget. This includes removal costs associated with relocating staff from other DCMS buildings into Cockspur street.

Queen's Yard , Tottenham Court roa d London

The budget for the project was originally set at 186, 000 but with the final total cost amounting to £243, 898.25. This included costs associated with relocating staff from other DCMS buildings into Queen's Yard.

The overspend was due to the need to house additional staff in the building.

Departments: Common Purpose

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose; and what the outcome of the expenditure was. [147598]

Margaret Hodge: In 2002 DCMS paid for two of its employees to attend the Common Purpose Spring Programme, at a total cost of £8,460 in order to further develop their leadership skills.

Departments: Pensions

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions. [147530]

Margaret Hodge: 28 members of staff in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (5.34 per cent. of the total number of staff employed by the Department) currently make additional voluntary pension contributions through deductions from their pay.

Pension scheme members receive an annual benefit statement showing the pension built up to date, and also a projection of pension on retirement if the member continues in service to scheme pension age. The benefit statement provides details of the Civil Service Pensions website where staff can obtain further information, including on options for making additional voluntary contributions to boost their pension.

Information is also available in the departmental staff handbook about boosting your pension.


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Departments: Private Finance Initiative

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway. [148017]

Margaret Hodge: All DCMS PFI projects are local authority library and leisure projects to which DCMS allocate PFI credit. For contract costs please refer to the signed deals list on HM Treasury's website, http://www.hm- treasury.gov.uk/documents/public_private_ partnerships/ppp_pfi_stats.cfm, which contains details of all PFI deals with the unitary charges stated.

Please note that unitary charge payments are projections covering more than the repayment of the capital value of a project and are conditional on the performance of the private sector contractor.

All other procurement costs are borne by local authorities; DCMS do not have details of those budget costs.

Departments: Public Participation

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost was of all consultations held by his Department in the last 12 months. [148830]

Margaret Hodge: Over the 12 months to end June 2007, DCMS launched 36 formal public consultations in order to inform the Department's policy development. Information on the total cost of all consultations could be provided only at disproportionate cost. All consultations are available on the departmental website:

Olympic Games: Greater London

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many consultants have been employed by (a) his Department, (b) the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and (c) the Olympic Delivery Authority to work on the London 2012 Olympics in (i) the last 12 months and (ii) 2006-07. [145077]

Tessa Jowell: I have been asked to reply as Minister for the Olympics.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has not employed consultants to work on the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in the current financial year (2007-08). In 2006-07, my Department employed two consultancy firms on Games-related work.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) employed 53 consultancy firms in the last financial year 2006-07, adding one further consultancy firm to date in 2007-08 to reach a current total of 54.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is a privately funded commercial organisation and is therefore not obliged to make available this level of detail about their staffing arrangements.


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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department consulted Ministers at HM Treasury before approving the logo for the 2012 Olympics. [146535]

Tessa Jowell: I have been asked to reply as Minister for the Olympics.

The development and approval of the new London 2012 brand was the responsibility of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) which is a privately funded organisation. I was invited by LOCOG to view the brand, of which the logo is one element, prior to its launch on 4 June. However, it was not for Government to approve the brand. DCMS did not consult HM Treasury about the brand prior to the launch.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, whether the cost review had reached its conclusions by 25 April 2006. [146539]

Tessa Jowell: I have been asked to reply as Minister for the Olympics.

The cost review had not reached its conclusions by 25 April. Further work on specific areas of the budget continued to be undertaken.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, which other Ministers attended meetings of the cost review group chaired by the Minister for Sport; and which meetings each Minister attended. [146543]

Tessa Jowell: I have been asked to reply as Minister for the Olympics.

No other Ministers attended the cost review group chaired by my right hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Central (Mr. Caborn).

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1179W, on the Olympic Games, what output the cost review group produced. [146544]

Tessa Jowell: I have been asked to reply as Minister for the Olympics.

The output of the cost review group was the identification of savings and potential savings in different areas of the budget. This work was taken forward to inform:

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, at which of the meetings (a) powerpoint and (b) oral presentations were given by KPMG on their work. [146751]


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Tessa Jowell: I have been asked to reply as Minister for the Olympics.

KPMG made oral contributions on their work at the cost review group meetings as part of the discussions. They did not give powerpoint or formal presentations.

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which sites have been identified in London to manage (a) building waste from and (b) refuse arising from or created as a consequence of the 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement. [146752]

Tessa Jowell: I have been asked to reply as Minister for the Olympics.

Waste is one of the five themes identified in the London 2012 Sustainability plan and is an important element of delivering a sustainable Games.

The Olympic Delivery Authority has committed to re-use or recycle 90 per cent. of material arising from demolition works and, to date, has achieved over 95 per cent. Building waste and refuse from construction of the Olympic Park will be subject to a tender process, as will refuse arising from the 2012 Games. Therefore, no sites have been identified at this time for refuse related to the Games. My officials are working with waste authorities to ensure that the needs of the Games are integrated with waste-infrastructure provision.

Playing Fields

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the change in the number of playing fields of an area of less than 0.4 hectares in each year since 2001-02; and if he will make a statement. [148825]

Mr. Sutcliffe: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Central (Mr. Caborn) on 1 November 2006, Official Report, column 421W. Figures for changes in 2005-06 will not be available until the autumn.

Sports

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether representatives of (a) UK Sport, (b) Sport England, (c) Youth Sport Trust and (d) English Institute of Sport plan to attend the Labour Party event at Wembley National Stadium on 12 July 2007. [147262]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 3 July 2007]: As my right hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Richard Caborn) made clear in his reply to the hon. Member for Faversham and Mid Kent on 3 May 2007, Official Report, column 1833W, these organisations will play no role in this event, including any official representations.

Sports: Finance

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on progress in raising the £100 million from the private sector for elite sport announced in the 2006 Budget;
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and which Minister is responsible for that matter. [148083]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Government, supported by UK Sport, continue to consider ways in which to raise £100 million from the private sector to help support our most talented athletes. This is in dialogue with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic games.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for this matter.

Youth Sport Trust: Finance

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) current and (b) anticipated future budget of the Youth Sports Trust is; and from which sources it draws its funding. [147263]

Mr. Sutcliffe: [holding answer 3 July 2007]: The Youth Sport Trust is not a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department and therefore receives no direct funding. It is a registered charity and as such draws its regular funding from a range of corporate sponsors and from a number of grant-making trusts and foundations. In its capacity as an important partner in the delivery of sport for children and young people in schools the Youth Sport Trust receives Exchequer and lottery funding from a number of Government Departments and organisations which include the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Department of Health, Sport England, the Big Lottery Fund, and V, an independent charity championing youth volunteering in England.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Burma: International Red Cross

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what action he is taking to urge the Burmese military regime to permit unhindered access to prisons in Burma by the International Committee of the Red Cross; [147984]

(2) what action he is taking to urge the Burmese military regime to re-open the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross. [147985]

Meg Munn: We share the deep concerns of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) over the large-scale violations of international humanitarian law committed by the Burmese Government against civilians.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development released a joint statement on 29 June condemning the Burmese Government’s failure to co-operate with the ICRC in its efforts to alleviate the suffering of the ordinary people of Burma and to assist mine victims and prisoners. The statement can be found at:


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The European Commission has also issued a press statement expressing its concern about restrictions on the work of the ICRC in Burma. The statement can be found at:

We regularly raise our concerns with the regime about the serious humanitarian and human rights situation in Burma and will continue to emphasise the importance of the ICRC’s humanitarian assistance in Burma.


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