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The table does not include the commercially owned helicopters that the Department leases on contract.

Territorial Army: Manpower

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 901W, on Territorial Army: manpower, what records of the components of the Territorial Army liability figures are maintained by his Department, with particular reference to the numbers of liable former (a) lieutenants and (b) second lieutenants; and how many of the strength figure are (i) officer training corps and (ii) privates. [170256]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: On discharge or retirement there is no reserve liability for members of the Territorial Army, but a Territorial Army officer may volunteer to become a member of the Regular Reserve. The reserve
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liability for volunteers is recorded on their individual service record which is held on the Joint Personnel Administration system.

Pursuant to my answer of 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 901W; the strengths of the Officer Training Corps and Territorial Army private soldiers as at 1 March 2007 were 5,060 and 19,060 respectively.

Culture, Media and Sport

Departmental Data Protection

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what mechanisms his Department has in place to ensure that databases containing personal information on members of the general public are not accessed (a) by unauthorised staff and (b) by authorised staff for unauthorised purposes; [168970]

(2) how many staff of each grade in his Department have access to electronic databases which contain personal information on members of the general public; [168974]

(3) what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds. [171426]

Mr. Sutcliffe: I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data. A statement on Departments' procedures will be made on completion of the review.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years. [171545]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport pays end of year bonus payments as part of our performance pay system. Information relating to bonus payments in the last five years is contained in the table. The final figures for 2006-07 are not yet available. Our agency, the Royal Parks does not pay end of year bonus payments.

Total value of performance bonuses
£

2001-02

50,576

2002-03

106,128

2003-04

164,603

2004-05

177,104

2005-06

239,805


Football: Teachers

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many qualified football coaches are active in (a) boys and (b) girls football in each UK region. [170105]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: We do not hold this information. However, I can confirm that DCMS and Sport England are currently funding nearly 250 football Community Sports Coach (CSC) posts, broken down by region as follows:

Region Number of football CSCs

East

35

East Midlands

4

London

80

North East

7

North West

23

South East

19

South West

33

West Midlands

28

Yorkshire

9

Total

238


The Football Association are responsible for the training and development of their coaches. They advise that almost 147,000 people have passed coach education courses in levels 1, 2 and 3 since 2004, many of whom will be active either as paid or volunteer coaches.

Leisure

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people who regularly undertook (a) recreational walking, (b) recreational cycling and (c) yoga in each of the last five years. [171675]

Mr. Sutcliffe: This level of detail on participation in these sports is not available. However, the following data are available.

The General Household Survey collected sport and physical activity participation data in 2002 for adults aged 16 and over. The survey measured “activity in at least one sport, game or physical activity in the four weeks before interview”.

Percentage Population (number)

Recreational Walking

34.9

13,690,431

Recreational Cycling

9.0

3,530,484


There was no equivalent figure for yoga in 2002 as it was combined with other keep fit activities.

Since 2005, the DCMS Taking Part survey has collected sport and physical activity participation data for adults aged 16 and over.

The definition of ‘regularly’ in this case is at least one occasion in the four weeks before interview. The data relate to all adults in 2005-06. Population figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand. The Taking Part survey did not disaggregate recreational cycling from other forms of cycling. Therefore the following figures are for all forms of cycling.


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Percentage Population (number)

Walking (health, recreation or rambling)

52.4

20,792,000

Cycling (health, recreation, training or competition)

9.7

3,861,000

Yoga

2.5

1,006,000


Newspaper Press: Complaints

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals to establish a body to investigate complaints about the press with the power (a) of subpoena and (b) to make a binding ruling where facts are in dispute; and if he will make a statement. [171102]

Margaret Hodge: The Government strongly support freedom of speech and a free press. It is therefore appropriate that there should be a system of self-regulation. We are generally satisfied that the Press Complaints Commission's code of practice is both adequate and appropriate for its purpose. We therefore have no intention of bringing forward any new proposals.

Overseas Visitors

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many visitors came to the UK from (a) China, (b) India, (c) America, (d) Australia and (e) Europe in each of the last five years. [171674]

Margaret Hodge: The information requested is contained in the table.

Number of visits to the UK by overseas residents 2002-06
Visits ( Thousand )
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

China (incl. Hong Kong)

261

237

284

277

296

India

205

199

255

272

367

America

4,511

4,244

4,585

4,491

5,061

O f which:

Canada

660

652

740

796

868

USA

3,611

3,346

3,616

3,438

3,896

Mexico

71

76

67

78

88

O f which:

Other Central and South America

169

170

162

179

209

Australia

702

723

787

919

956

Europe

16,217

17,207

19,424

21,565

23,377

Source:
International Passenger Survey (ONS)

Postal Services

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items of post sent by his Department were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997. [171296]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data. A statement on Departments’ procedures will be made on completion of the review.

Sports: School Leavers

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, columns 550-1W, on sports: school leavers, what percentage of people aged (a) 11 to 15, (b) 16, (c) 17 to 18 and (d) 19 years and over participated in sport in each year since 1997. [168989]

Mr. Sutcliffe: This level of detail on sports participation is not available.

Before 2005, the general household survey collected sport participation data in 2002 for adults aged 16 and over.

The survey measured “activity in at least one sport, game or physical activity in the four weeks before interview”.

Age 2002 percentage

16-19

72

All adults (16+)

43


Since 2005, the DCMS Taking Part survey has collected sport participation data broken down by age, from 11 and over.

The previous answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, columns 550-51W, contains participation data for the age groups in question, collected in 2005-6.

Union Flag

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the comments of the Minister of State on 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 121, on the Union Flag, when the Government plan to make a decision on the re-design of the Union Flag under consideration. [171727]

Margaret Hodge: The Government are currently reviewing the rules on flying the Union Flag on Government buildings. As part of that review, a public consultation has been carried out and there have been some comments on the design of the flag along with a number of other points that were outside the scope of the consultation.

All views will be considered as part of the consultation although there are no plans to change the design at present.


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