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Grade Salary band Percentage of staff in grade Average age Number of women Number of men White Not stated Ethnic minority declared

SCS

£56,100 to 205,000

7

47

11

27

30

7

1

A

£42,770 to 64,065

20

42

47

61

95

6

7

HEOD

£27,560 to 35,335

3

27

9

7

11

3

2

B

£27,560 to 35,335

34

40

77

98

141

15

19

C

£21,242 to 25,178

23

37

65

57

93

10

19

D

£16,796 to 20,395

13

39

40

28

38

10

20


Departmental Telephone Services

Rob Marris: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many 0845 or similar telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public access to services. [179013]

Mr. Sutcliffe: My Department does not use any 0845 telephone numbers for public access to services.

Heritage Lottery Fund: Grants

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the total value of Heritage Lottery Fund awards was given in grants of (a) less than £1 million and (b) more than £5 million in each year since 1997. [181947]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information is given in the following table:

Decision (Financial year) Percentage of total awards under £1 million Percentage of total awards over £5 million

1997-98

42

28

1998-99

37

23

1999-2000

35

20

2000-01

32

31

2001-02

38

26

2002-03

37

30

2003-04

37

20

2004-05

35

40

2005-06

42

20

2006-07

41

12


Heritage Lottery Fund: Public Appointments

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to announce the appointment of the new chair and four trustees of the Heritage Lottery Fund. [181948]

Margaret Hodge: An open and independently scrutinised process is being carried out, in accordance with the requirements of the Commissioner for Public Appointment's code of practice, and these appointments will be made by the Prime Minister on the recommendation of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and myself.

Interviews have been held for all five posts, and recommendations will be sent to No. 10 shortly. No 10 will announce the appointments as soon as is possible.

Licensing Laws

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment his Department has made of the use of temporary event notices by licensed premises; and if he will make a statement; [182131]

(2) if he will make it his policy to bring forward amendments to the Licensing Act 2003 so that licensed premises may not operate outside their licence when operating under a temporary events notice; and if he will make a statement. [182134]

Mr. Sutcliffe: In 2005 DCMS formally consulted on Permitted Temporary Activities and the temporary event notices (TENs) regulations. Ministers considered views from all respondents and decided not to further restrict the limits on TENs.

While there had been some representations about licensed premises using TENs to operate additional hours or activities which have not been included on the full licence, the Government believed that the existing limit was sufficient. Licensed premises were able to hold events outside their set hours under the old licensing regime by the use of special orders of exemption.

However, we will continue to monitor the position with stakeholders and if there is compelling evidence to suggest that the TENs regulations are not covering problems which cannot be dealt with by using the other powers available to the police for handling disorder or noise nuisance, including the closure of premises in certain cases where a TEN has effect. The premises holding the TEN may also have their licence reviewed if they are found to be failing to promote the four licensing objectives.

Overseas Visitors

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many visitors there were to the UK in each of the last six years. [181985]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 25 January 2008]: The table shows the number of overseas visits to the UK for the latest six years for which data are available.


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Overseas visits
Million

2001

22.8

2002

24.2

2003

24.7

2004

27.8

2005

30.0

2006

32.7

Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS).

John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of foreign visitors to the North East of England in each year since 2004; and if he will make a statement. [182916]

Margaret Hodge: The table shows the number of overseas visits to the north-east of England in each year since 2004.

Overseas visits
North-east Thousand

2004

539

2005

590

2006

650

Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS).

Planning Permission: Playing Fields

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1167, on planning permission: playing fields, if he will break down the planning applications considered by Sport England by parliamentary constituency. [182698]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England does not hold information on planning applications affecting playing fields, broken down by parliamentary constituency. Sport England does however collect information by region.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1167, on planning permission: playing fields, whether his Department still collects information on the number of planning applications approved each year affecting sites which either were too small or of the wrong shape to accommodate a playing pitch as currently defined as referred to in the answer of 1 November 2006, Official Report, column 421, on playing fields. [182805]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England is a statutory consultee on all planning applications affecting playing field land where there is at least one pitch marked out of 0.4 hectares or greater. As part of that process Sport England collects information on the number of applications that affected land too small or the wrong shape to accommodate a playing pitch.

Sport: Finance

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from which budget headings of (a) his Department and (b) UK Sport the £2.8 million UK contribution to the International Inspiration programme will come; and if he will make a statement. [182683]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The total funding that has been secured for the pilot phase of the International Inspiration programme is £9.25 million, which was rounded to £9 million for the announcement.

The sources of that funding are:

(£ million)
Source

Premier League

4.20

DFID via UK Sport (funds transferred to UK Sport Grant in Aid via the winter supplementary estimates—£1million in 2007-08 and £1million in 2008-09)

2.00

DCMS of which 0.15 from departmental other sport support budget and 0.20 transferred to UK Sport Grant in Aid via the winter supplementary estimates

0.35

UNICEF

1.45

British Council

1.25

Total

9.25


In addition the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has agreed, as part of the programme, to dedicate up to 12 Chevening scholarships per year until 2012 for post-graduate studies in sports administration. Over the period of the pilot phase of International Inspiration this has a value of £0.425 million.

Tourism

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on tourism by the South West Regional Development Agency in each of the last five years. [181982]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 25 January 2008]: SWRDA's estimated expenditure on tourism is set out in the following table. The expenditure includes regional brand campaigns; tourism skills development; and support for South West Tourism to deliver the regional tourism strategy, ‘Towards 2015’:

£000

2003-04

857

2004-05

1,487

2005-06

3,061

2006-07

3,278

2007-08

2,634


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These figures do not include other expenditure which benefits tourism, such as SWRDA's substantial capital investment in regeneration schemes and attractions.


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