Mr. Hoban: To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 294W, on Olympic Games 2012, if she will place in the Library copies of the financial updates for the last three months. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Leader of the House whether hon. Members will be eligible to use their additional cost allowance to pay for the costs of local authority charges for the collection of household rubbish. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Leader of the House what (a) external and (b) internal appointments she had in each week of December 2007 in her capacity as (i) Leader of the House of Commons, (ii) Minister for Women and (iii) Lord Privy Seal. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Leader of the House if she will make it her policy to allow written parliamentary questions to be tabled directly to each of the Ministers for the Regions in their capacity as a regional minister. 
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department is on course to meet the commitment in the sustainable operations on the Government estate targets (a) to source at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewables by 31 March 2008 and (b) to increase recycling figures to 40 per cent. of waste by 2010. 
Margaret Hodge: The Department has been supplied with 100 per cent. renewable electricity under the OGC Buying Solution contract since January 2006. The Department introduced a new waste management system into its Cockspur street offices in January 2007. The average monthly recycling rate is 59 per cent.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) music concerts, (b) music festivals, (c) sporting events and (d) theatres on unscrupulous ticket resales; when such discussions took place; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: DCMS Ministers have not had any recent specific discussions with stakeholders on this subject, pending publication of a Select Committee report on ticket touting which is due 10 January 2008.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received from industry bodies on the effect of the entry into force of the Gambling Act 2005 on (a) internet gambling and (b) other aspects of the gambling industry; and if he will make a statement. 
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £40 million endowment to Legacy Trust was provided by (a) his Department, (b) Big Lottery Fund and (c) the Arts Council. 
James Purnell [holding answer 3 December 2007]: The £40 million endowment for the Legacy Trust is made up of a £6 million grant from DCMS, £5 million from the Arts Council England (ACE), £5 million from the Big Lottery Fund (BiG), and £24 million from the Millennium Commission (which has since been transferred to BiG). The DCMS contribution is ring-fenced for the UK School games.
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on administering applications for black and white television licences in the last period for which figures are available; and how many staff hours were required for this purpose. 
James Purnell: This is a matter for the BBC. I have, therefore, asked the BBCs head of revenue management to consider the question raised by the hon. Member and to write to him direct. Copies of the reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr. Woodward: The IMC reported in November 2007 that they believed PIRA was not involved in terrorist or other illegal activities, was fully committed to pursuing the political path and would not be diverted from it.
As a result of the Government's security normalisation programme the majority of land
that was requisitioned for security purposes in Northern Ireland has now been de-requisitioned and handed back to the land owners.
11. Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the police authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on fuel smuggling; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Goggins: While my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has lead responsibility in respect of revenue fraud, law enforcement agencies in Northern Ireland work closely together through the Organised Crime Task Force. There are good levels of co-operation across agencies locally and on a cross border basis to tackle fuel smuggling.
12. Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the police authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on drug smuggling; and if he will make a statement. 
The despicable attacks by dissident republicans on two PSNI officers and ongoing activities by these groups clearly demonstrate the continued danger they pose for the security situation in Northern Ireland.
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose. 
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|(b) Spent on staff costs|
The Northern Ireland Office fully supports equality and diversity in the workplace and in the provision of services to the public. Equality and diversity is embedded into working practices across the Department and is not limited to certain staff. However, the Department does employ eight people who, among other duties, have responsibility for ensuring that the Department complies fully with equality legislation. Particular programmes in this three year period have included equality training for staff, an annual bursary for disabled staff and summer work placements for students from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on equality and human rights training in each financial year since 2002-03; and what percentage this represented of the total training budget. 
Mr. Woodward: Equality underpins all aspects of departmental training, with modules included in the NIO induction programme. In addition, equality and human rights awareness feature across the range of NIO management and leadership programmes. Given the variety of departmental courses, it is not possible to quantify the amount spent on these elements in isolation.
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|Financial year||Equality||Human rights||Percentage of training budget|
Derek Twigg: The sum of £232,000 (excluding VAT) was spent on purchasing works of art in 2004-05 for the London headquarters of the Ministry of Defence. No other works of art have been purchased since 2001 for the London building.
Accurate information on expenditure on art in other Defence Agencies, Top Level Budget areas, Trading Funds, Joint Headquarters, single Service Commands and military units is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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