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Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his assessment is of the contribution of public service childrens television programmes to childrens development of knowledge and understanding of themselves and their environment; and if he will make a statement on future investment in UK commissioning and production of such programmes. 
The Government recognise that there are challenges to the ability of commercial public service broadcasters to sustain this type of programming. Ofcom issued a
discussion paper on 3 October and the responses received will inform Phase 1 of their Public Service Broadcasting Review, which will be published in spring 2008, and the Governments consideration of the future funding of public service provision.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the written statement of 16 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1-3WS, on casinos, what progress has been made with the review of the introduction of small, large and regional casinos. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The work that the Secretary of State announced in his written statement of 16 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1-3WS, is now well under way, and the intention is to make a further announcement later this year.
Mr. Sutcliffe: Milton Keynes is one of the local authorities earmarked by the Government for one of the eight large casino licences permitted by the Gambling Act 2005, following the recommendation of the independent Casino Advisory Panel.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced in a written statement on 16 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1-3WS, that he had written to the local authorities, including Milton Keynes, to put forward for the new casinos, to ask them to confirm whether they still wish to license a new casino.
Margaret Hodge: Under the Government Resource and Accounts Act 2000 HM Treasury issue accounts directions to Departments, pension schemes and agencies and under the Government Trading Fund Act 1973 to trading funds.
Historic Royal Palaces
Big Lottery Fund
Horserace Betting Levy Board
Olympic Delivery Authority
Olympic Lottery Distributor
Olympic Legacy Trust
The Regional Cultural Consortiums
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list his Department's (a) executive agencies, (b) executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), (c) advisory NDPBs, (d) tribunal NDPBs, (e) trading funds and (f) public corporations for each financial year since 2005-06. 
Margaret Hodge: Details of the public bodies for which DCMS was responsible in the financial year 2005-06 can be found in the Cabinet Office publication Public Bodies 2006, copies of which are in the Library and also available online at:
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's projected spending is on advertising and promotional campaigns for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09, broken down by cost relating to (i) television, (ii) radio and (iii) print media. 
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to ensure spectrum allocation for (a) Gaelic and (b) Welsh language service on digital terrestrial television after the digital switchover. 
James Purnell: The BBC announced earlier this year its intention to launch a Gaelic language channelthe Gaelic Digital Service (GDS)on digital terrestrial television in Scotland, to be run as a partnership between BBC Scotland and Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gaidhlig (Gaelic Media Service). A public value test into this proposed service is currently ongoing.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the World Anti-Doping Agencys (WADA) decision to revoke the accreditation of the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory in Newmarket as a WADA-accredited laboratory; and what assessment he has made of and the implications of this decision for drug-testing in the UK. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: In light of discussions with UK Sport, the UKs National Anti-Doping Organisation, the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory (HFL) had its World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accreditation revoked in September.
The development of UK Sports intelligence-based testing programme, the aim of which is to use intelligence to target drug tests more effectively, means that UK Sport is unlikely to significantly increase the number of tests it conducts year on year. As a result, UK Sport could not guarantee the number of tests HFL required to make its accreditation status financially viable.
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to reply to the letter of 16 August (departmental reference 76546) from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire. 
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 30 July 2007, Official Report, column 1594W, on the National Film Theatre, if he will make a statement about future plans for the library of the British Film Institute. 
Margaret Hodge: The British Film Institute (BFI) is in advanced discussions with the Higher Education sector to achieve a long term strategic partnership that would provide much needed new investment and improved access to the BFIs world leading collections, including the Library, as a significant research resource.
The Safeguarding of Vulnerable Groups (SVG) Act 2006 will help safeguard children and vulnerable adults participating in sport by
introducing a strengthened vetting regime for those working in this area, and barring those who are unsuitable.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families, Department of Health and the Home Office have been working with a wide range of stakeholders including sports bodies and organisations and will continue working with the Department for Culture Media and Sport and sports bodies to help inform Regulations and prepare for implementation of the SVG Act. The Government are planning to consult later in the year on a number of detailed elements of the scheme.
Mr. Sutcliffe: The NSPCCs Child Protection in Sport Unit and Sport England have developed Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children with the National Governing Bodies. These standards positively promote the adoption of safe practice that minimises the risk to young people participating in sport including school sport.
Margaret Hodge: A new Stonehenge Visitor Centre, allowing for improved tourist facilities, was granted planning consent on 29 March 2007, subject to conditions, one of which is that improvements to the A303 proceed, as set out in the published Stonehenge Improvement Order 2000.
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on which (a) channels and (b) broadcasting platforms the Gaelic language television channel will be available; and if he will make a statement. 
James Purnell [holding answer 18 July 2007]: The Gaelic Media Service is working with the BBC with the aim of establishing a high-quality Gaelic Digital Service which is capable of meeting the needs and expectations of the Gaelic audience in the most cost-effective way possible.
The expectation is that the GDS would be launched on satellite and digital cable. The aim would be to make it available on digital terrestrial after the completion of digital switchover. Prior to digital switchover the new service would be showcased in the limited slot available for TeleG.
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