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Departments: Written Questions

Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [161344]

Edward Miliband: The Cabinet Office received 81 named day questions in the last 12 months. Of these 81 per cent. were answered on the day specified.

National Security: Scotland

David Mundell: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what role he expects the devolved administration in Scotland to play in relation to the Government's National Security Strategy and National Security Committee. [156545]

Edward Miliband: Members of the devolved administrations, not being UK Government Ministers, are not members of UK Cabinet Committees and are therefore not usually invited to attend.

Olympic Games: Greater London

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 50W, on Olympic Games: Greater London and the subsequent announcement of Adidas as official sponsor and sportswear supplier of the 2012 Olympic Games, what obligations are contained within the terms of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)’s contracts with suppliers and licensees, in particular Adidas, to ensure that they monitor, enforce and report on compliance with the standards of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code; what steps will be taken to ensure compliance with the living wage provision of the ETI base code; and how LOCOG plans to work with the Play Fair Alliance and ETI in the future. [158737]

Tessa Jowell: The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is committed to promoting ethical principles consistent with the Olympic Charter. LOCOG is making the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code (which includes a living wage provision) a condition for suppliers (and licensees) where applicable, and is going through a process of ensuring it is applied to all appropriate contracts.

LOCOG is in the process of developing a Sustainable Sourcing Code which sets out expectations of suppliers and licensees and its approach to managing its supply chain, through programmes such as the Suppliers Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX). Adidas has signed up to the full provisions of LOCOG’s sustainability requirements.

Adidas joined the Fair Labor Association in the US in 1999, and were included in the FTSE4Good Index—which indicates it has met stringent social, ethical and environmental criteria.

Further details of its social and environmental programme can be found on their website.


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London 2012 is working with several leading organisations in this field. ETI and the PlayFair Alliance are already part of this process and will continue to be so.

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much in 2007-08 prices the Government spent on the Olympics in each year since the UK bid was successful. [159420]

Tessa Jowell: The DCMS Resource Accounts for 2006-07 (HC 847) show the following expenditure on the Olympics: £39.7 million in 2005-06, and £99.9 million in 2006-07. Additionally, the Government Olympic Executive, part of the DCMS, cost £1.4 million in 2005-06 and £3.1 million in 2006-07. This information is not reported at 2007-08 prices.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 3 September 2007, Official Report, column 1593W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, whether (a) KPMG and (b) officials in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport made updates to financial estimates of the cost of the Olympics. [159887]

Tessa Jowell: KPMG were commissioned in October 2005, to provide advice on the cost of the Olympic Games. That advice was provided on an ongoing basis; and involved KPMG presenting information in the form of oral presentations and updates to financial estimates. This work was overseen by the cost review group which included officials from the Department.

Lorely Burt: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she has taken to ensure that there is competitive tendering for Olympic contracts. [160994]

Tessa Jowell: As a public body the Olympic Delivery Authority is fully committed to ensuring competitive tendering for contracts in compliance with UK and EU procurement law.

The ODA’s Procurement Policy, launched in March 2007, states it will:

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will bring forward proposals to include celebrations of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee as part of the Olympic Games in 2012. [161308]

Tessa Jowell: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell).

Prime Minister

Departments: Fish

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister (1) which companies have contracts to supply his Office with fish; and when those contracts will end; [160945]


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(2) what consideration his Office has given to introducing sustainable seafood procurement policy; [160946]

(3) what quantity of cod from the North Sea or Eastern Baltic was procured by his Office in 2006. [160947]

The Prime Minister: My office supports the public sector food procurement initiative. Information on the quantity of cod procured is not held.

Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Prime Minister whether any of his Department's special advisers have declared a conflict of interest. [160771]

The Prime Minister: Special advisers are appointed under the terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract and Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, copies of which are in the Library of the House.

Mr. Spring: To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether Spencer Livermore holds a position remunerated from the public purse; and if he will make a statement; [152723]

(2) whether Michael Jacobs holds a position remunerated from the public purse; and if he will make a statement; [152725]

(3) whether Stewart Wood holds a position remunerated by the public purse; and if he will make a statement; [152726]

(4) whether Gavin Kelly holds a position remunerated by the public purse; and if he will make a statement; [152727]

(5) how much the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers is paid; whether Dan Corry holds a position remunerated by the public purse other than in relation to the Council of Economic Advisers; and if he will make a statement. [152730]

Mr. Harper: To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a list of special advisers to Ministers. [159668]

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Prime Minister (1) for what reason the publishing of the annual list of special advisers was delayed; [160058]

(2) what the (a) job title, (b) salary and (c) number of staff assigned to Joe Irvin is; [160793]

(3) what the name is of each special adviser in his Office. [153163]

The Prime Minister: A list of Special Advisers will be published in due course.

Departments: Public Expenditure

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Prime Minister on what dates his Department breached its (a) resource, (b) near-cash, (c) administration and (d) capital budgets since 2001; what the total value of each breach was; and what the reason was for each breach. [160306]


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The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron) today.

Departments: Public Participation

Mrs. May: To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many citizens’ juries have been arranged by his Office since June 2007; which organisations were commissioned to conduct each citizens’ jury; and what the estimated cost is of each exercise; [159493]

(2) how many citizens' juries were arranged for (a) his Department and (b) his Department’s agencies in each year since 1997; which organisations were commissioned to conduct each citizens' jury; and what the cost was of each. [160012]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Member for Doncaster, North my right hon. Friend (Edward Miliband) the Minister for the Cabinet Office today.

Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 820W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, at which of his regular meetings with the Secretary of State for Defence he informed him of his decision to announce troop withdrawal from Iraq. [161464]

The Prime Minister: I have nothing further to add to the answer I gave the hon. Member on 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 820W.

Manpower: Prime Minister’s Office

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Prime Minister how many speech-writers his Office employs. [160035]

The Prime Minister: Speechwriting is co-ordinated by one of my private secretaries.

Culture, Media and Sport

BBC Licence Fee

10. Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the BBC on the licence fee settlement. [161007]

James Purnell: None. The settlement was announced on 18 January this year. It is a fair and realistic settlement that will allow the BBC to secure the effective promotion of its public purposes, as set out in the Charter and Agreement.

Sport England

11. Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many young athletes in (a) England and (b) Macclesfield constituency have received financial support from Sport England in the last 12 months. [161008]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England does not provide any direct financial support to individual athletes. Its primary role is to increase participation in sport through Exchequer and Lottery funding in programmes and projects around the country.

UK Sport, the Government’s lead agency for elite sport, provides financial support to our most talented athletes through its World Class Pathway Programme. There are currently 361 athletes under 21 in England receiving funding through this programme, one of whom lives in Macclesfield.

In addition, talented athletes in higher and further education can also apply for an award from the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme—also known as TASS—which is managed by UK Sport.

There are currently 752 athletes under 21 being funded through TASS, again one of whom lives in Macclesfield.

Public Service Broadcasting

12. Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the Director General of the BBC on the BBC’s public service broadcasting responsibilities. [161009]

17. Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on the BBC’s public service obligations; and if he will make a statement. [161015]

James Purnell: None. The BBC’s public service broadcasting responsibilities are set out in the Charter and Agreement. It is the responsibility of the BBC Trust to secure the effective promotion of the BBC’s Public Purposes.

Digital Switchover

13. Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the digital switchover programme in Whitehaven. [161011]

James Purnell: My Department—along with Ofcom, Digital UK and the Help Scheme—will be assessing the switchover process in Whitehaven to see if there are any lessons for other areas. Early indications are that the process has been well managed.

Folk Dance and Song

14. Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to promote England’s traditional folk dance and song. [161012]


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Margaret Hodge: Levels of financial support for music and dance through Arts Council England are now at their highest ever, with the music sector receiving over £100 million and the dance sector over £35 million during 2007-08.

Support for English folk dance and song continues to be a part of this investment with Arts Council England funding a number of organisations who promote and develop these art forms.

Heritage Funding

15. Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on trends in the level of heritage funding over the last five years. [161013]

Margaret Hodge: Heritage funding by the Government has risen from £182.5 million in 2003-04 to £205.2 million in 2007-08. This is a 1.7 per cent. increase in real terms. A breakdown of these figures will be placed in the Library.

This excludes funding from other Government sources which may also benefit heritage.

Lottery grants have fallen from £333.9 million in 2002-03 to £310.9 million, a real terms decrease of 16.0 per cent. However, this figure has fluctuated during this period (with a maximum in 2004-05 of £363 million). The average was £328.74 million.

Children’s Sport

16. Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress is being made in increasing children’s participation in sport. [161014]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Through the joint DCSF and DCMS National School Sport Strategy the Government are revitalising PE and sport for young people.

The 2006-07 School Sport Survey showed that 86 per cent. of pupils in maintained schools in England participate in at least two hours of high quality Physical Education and school sport each week, an increase of 6 percentage points on last year and exceeding the 2008 target of 85 per cent. a year early.

Both Departments continue to work closely to develop the plans to offer children and young people, aged 5 to 16 years, five hours of sport a week and three hours for young people aged 16-19 years from April 2008.


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