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Since 2003 central Government has invested over £7 billion into the Gateway for major infrastructure, roads, schools, and other facilities, as well as project funding provided by the Department. The Gateway also benefits from the £1.8 billion public sector contribution to the channel tunnel rail link enabling international services via Ebbsfleet from 14 November this year, and domestic services from 2009.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many new applications for casinos made under the Gambling Act 1968 were made in 2006; and how many have been made in 2007. 
Where a certificate of consent is issued, operators can then apply to the local licensing authority for a casino licence. For applications made under the Gaming Act 1968 the local licensing authority in England and Wales is the Local Licensing Justices and in Scotland it is the Local Licensing Board. There is no guarantee that the grant of a certificate of consent will result in a casino licence being granted. If a local licensing authority turns down an application for a licence an operator can appeal.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Sport England has given to cricket clubs affected by flood damage during the summer 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England funding supports projects which provide new capacity/provision rather than like for like repair or maintenance projects. However, funding from the National Sports Foundation, managed on behalf of the Government by Sport England, may support repairs of this nature, but will take into account all proceeds from insurance cover. To date no applications of this nature have been received.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Bills introduced by his Department in the last five years did not contain sunset clauses; and if he will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: As I explained in my answer to the hon. Member for Twickenham's question 151837, the Gambling Act 2005 and the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 contain sunset clauses: the following Acts introduced by my Department do not contain sunset clausesthe Office of Communications Act 2002, the National Heritage Act 2002, the Licensing Act 2003, the Communications Act 2003, the National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Act 2003, the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003, the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003, the Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Act 2004, the National Lottery Act 2006 and the Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Act 2007.
The appropriateness of a sunset clause for the whole or any part of proposed legislation is considered on a case by case basis. It is also addressed when a regulatory impact assessment relating to legislation is being prepared.
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was provided for problem gambling services in the UK by (a) the Government and (b) the gambling industry in each of the last five years; what recent assessment he
has made of the adequacy of those services; what plans he has to use his powers under the Gambling Act 2005 to ensure that the Responsibility in Gambling Trust receives additional funding to treat adequately any increase in problem gambling in the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 10 September 2007]: Problem gambling services in Great Britain are mainly funded by the gambling industry, principally through the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RiGT). The Government do not fund dedicated problem gambling services, but anybody with a gambling problem who seeks help from the NHS will be offered support and, if necessary, treatment. In the past five years, the industry has contributed the following amounts to RiGT:
British-licensed gambling operators are now required by the Gambling Commission to contribute to problem gambling education, prevention and treatment. I have the power under the Gambling Act 2005 to impose a statutory social responsibility levy on the gambling industry and I will not hesitate to use this if the evidence demands it.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the proposal to include a helpline number on all gambling adverts shown in the UK; whether he plans such a service to be promoted in the future; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 10 September 2007]: I welcome any steps the gambling industry takes to advertise in a socially responsible way. I am pleased that the British gambling industry has adopted a voluntary code for socially responsible advertising which requires the inclusion of a signpost to the Responsibility in Gambling Trusts (RiGT) public awareness website, www.gambleaware.co.uk. It is up to advertisers if they wish also to include an appropriate helpline number for problem gamblers. I understand that RiGT is currently assessing the effectiveness of phone helplines in raising public awareness of gambling issues and I look forward to seeing the results of their work.
The Gambling Act 2005 came into force on 1 September 2007. The Gambling Commissions study into the prevalence of gambling,
due to be published shortly, is intended to provide a baseline against which the Act as a whole can be reviewed. The next prevalence study is due in 2010.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he made of the aspects of the Responsibility in Gambling Trust and the Royal College of Psychiatrists submissions to the Gambling Commission consultation on gambling advertisements which highlight their concern at the possible impact on children of allowing the promotion of gambling-related products through sporting events and merchandise; whether his Department has commissioned any research into the likely impact on children of this policy; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 10 September 2007]: The Responsibility in Gambling Trust and Royal College of Psychiatrists submissions to the Gambling Commission consultation on gambling advertisements were published on the Gambling Commission website in June 2007 along with the Commissions own response. The Government agree with the Commissions assessment that
the CAP (Committee on Advertising Practice) and BCAP (Broadcast Committee on Advertising Practice) advertising codes will ensure that the content and placement of advertising is socially responsible.
use sponsorship in a socially responsible manner
the (gambling) industry itself (should) consider whether it should follow the example of the drinks industry by introducing a voluntary self-denying ban on replica childrens shirts.
I am pleased that the gambling industry has responded to this by adopting a voluntary code on socially responsible advertising which requires that gambling logos are not used on childrens replica sports shirts in sponsorship deals made after 1 September 2007. We have commissioned no specific research on this issue but I have strong powers to limit advertising under the Gambling Act, and if there is evidence that gambling is being advertised in a socially irresponsible way, I will not hesitate to use them.
However, to date the Gambling Commission has received 146 applications for operating licences that include provision for internet gambling. Of these applications, 77 have been granted, 68 are pending and one has been refused.
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Government are currently at an advanced stage of the discussions on a possible sale of the Tote to a consortium of racing interests and the staff and management of the Tote. The Government will announce the outcome in due course.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed into links between the portrayal of violence in the media and instances of violence in society. 
Margaret Hodge: The Government recognise concerns about these issues and keep under continuous review the available evidence on the links between portrayals of violence in the media and violence in society. Most recently we have announced a review which will look at ways that parents can protect their children from exposure to inappropriate or potentially harmful content on the internet and in computer games.
Previously we have commissioned research from the University of Stirling on whether there is a link between video games featuring violence and violent behaviour in real life (available on our website). And our sponsored bodies have also commissioned research including, most recently, Harm and Offence in Media Content which was funded by broadcasters and the relevant regulators.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the money available under the Big Lottery Fund Childrens Play initiative has been (a) committed and (b) spent. 
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Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been unable to assist the Panathlon Challenge in finding an alternative source of sponsorship. Local funding is available through school sport partnerships and county sport partnerships where the Panathlon Challenge meets their requirements for competitive sport.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards his Department's target of providing £200 million towards Children's Play; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: My Department has not set a target of providing £200 million towards children's play. However, as part of our response to Getting Serious About Play, the review of children's play undertaken by Frank Dobson in 2004, Tessa Jowell, the then Secretary of State, stated that she expected £200 million to be provided for children's play through lottery funding by 2012.
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff his Department allocates to the Sport and Recreation Division; how much time they spend on (a) direct ministerial support, (b) non-departmental public body support and (c) policy development; how many have experience in project management; how many have experience in contract writing; and what the total administration costs of the Sport and Recreation Division were in the last financial year. 
[holding answer 10 September 2007]: There are currently 37 posts allocated to Sports Division. Of the current staff in post, 29 have experience of project management while four have experience of contract writing. This small number of
staff is due to the fact that all formal contract writing is undertaken by the Procurement and Property Services Team in the Departments Human and Business Resources Division. On time spent on Policy Development, Ministerial Support and NDPB Support it is estimated that 35 per cent. of total staff time is spent on Policy development, 35 per cent. of time is spent on direct ministerial support while 30 per cent. is spent on NDPB support. The total administration cost for Sport Division in 2006-07 was £1.6 million.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress is being made towards the establishment of Sport Direct; and how Sport Direct will differ from the Active Places website. 
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