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Departmental Official Residences

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many ministerial residences were available to his Department's Ministers in each of the last 10 years. [183184]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department has not had any ministerial residences in the last 10 years.

Digital Broadcasting: Television

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on establishing a television channel to provide information on the digital switchover. [178745]

Andy Burnham: A proposal for a rolling television service was mentioned in the Ofcom Consumer Panel report, ‘Going digital: supporting consumers through digital switchover’, published December 2007, which my predecessor, the right hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (James Purnell), received.


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Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Visually Impaired

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will ensure that the experience of people with a visual impairment is taken fully into account in the preparations for digital switchover and that (a) access to the necessary support and equipment and (b) accessible information on services is provided and broadcasters are informed of steps they can take to improve programme accessibility. [183331]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 31 January 2008]: The Government and Digital UK have consulted the RNIB to understand any issues of concern to people with visual impairments and how best to communicate with them and help them through the switchover process. We will continue to do so as the switchover programme is rolled out.

Blind or partially sighted people are one of the groups eligible for the Digital Switchover Help Scheme which provides help with equipment, installation and aftercare support. Audio Description (AD), an additional narration on TV programmes that describes on-screen action, is accessible through the equipment provided by the scheme. Help is free of charge to those on income support/pension credit. Others will pay a £40 charge.

Guidance and best practice on how broadcasters can improve programme accessibility is given in Ofcom’s Code on Television Access Services, which includes information on audio description.

English Heritage

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which English Heritage sites (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have visited since appointment; and on what dates. [181949]

Margaret Hodge: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State has not yet visited any English Heritage sites in the short time since he took office. On his second day as Culture Secretary, he visited the International Slavery Museum which is situated on Liverpool’s Albert Dock, part of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage Site. His predecessor, the right hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (James Purnell) visited the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, on 31 October 2007 for the launch of Heritage Counts.

I visited Castle Acre Priory on 8 July 2007 and Stonehenge on 6 September 2007. I have, of course, visited a number of sites in my personal capacity.

My hon. Friend the Minister for Sport has not visited any properties owned or managed by English Heritage in his official capacity.

Football

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to help community football clubs develop facilities and membership in West Lancashire; and if he will make a statement. [183412]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Since 2002, Sport England has awarded almost £70.2 million to the Football Foundation to support grassroots capital and revenue projects. This includes £11.7 million from the Community Club Development Programme (CCDP) which helps community sports clubs to develop their sports facilities. We do not hold details of CCDP awards made specifically in West Lancashire, however, in Lancashire, £1.6 million has been awarded to community football clubs.

Over 4,500 community sports clubs are also benefiting from tax relief through the Community Amateur Sports Club initiative. This has saved sports clubs an estimated £22.8 million over the last five years—allowing clubs to put money back into sport, including for sports facilities. In Lancashire, 97 sports clubs, including 12 football clubs, have benefited to date.

Gambling

Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps have been taken to ensure that the gambling industry promotes responsible gambling in the last five years. [184018]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Gambling Act 2005 places the protection of children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling as one of the principal objectives of gambling regulation for the first time. The Act also establishes a powerful new regulator, the Gambling Commission, responsible for ensuring UK gambling operators are meeting the Government’s licensing objectives.

All gambling operators must comply with tough social responsibility measures or risk losing their licence. These measures include procedures to prevent under-age gambling, procedures for self-exclusion, information about how to access help in relation to problem gambling, and a commitment to contribute to research, education and treatment of problem gambling. However if there is evidence that the objectives of the Act are not being met, the Government have wide-ranging powers to introduce further regulations and restrictions.

Horserace Totaliser Board

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards the sale of the Tote; and if he will make a statement. [183865]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 1 February 2008]: The Government received at the end of September 2007, and are considering, a final bid from a consortium of racing interests and the staff and management of the Tote itself. The Government will announce shortly how they intends to proceed.

Kent

Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds in the form of (a) revenue payments, (b) capital grants and (c) supported borrowing for which his Department is responsible have been made available to (i) Kent county council, (ii) Thanet district council and (iii) Dover district council in 2007-08. [183055]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: DCMS has not provided any revenue payments, capital grants or supported borrowing to Kent county council, Thanet district council or Dover district council in 2007-08.

Licensing

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many cumulative impact areas, as defined in guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, there are in England and Wales, broken down by local authority area. [178827]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The data which the Department for Culture, Media and Sport holds on local authority cumulative impact areas were published in the Department's licensing statistical bulletin on 8 November 2007 and are set out in the following table. The data cover cumulative impact areas in force on 31 March 2007 and are based upon a response rate of 80 per cent. of licensing authorities.


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Licensing authority Cumulative impact areas

Leeds

4

Bexley

3

Newcastle upon Tyne

3

Bristol

2

Bromley

2

Fareham

2

Merton

2

Pembrokeshire

2

Portsmouth

2

Richmond upon Thames

2

Scarborough

2

Trafford

2

Warwick

2

Aylesbury Vale

1

Birmingham

1

Blackpool

1

Blaenau Gwent

1

Bournemouth

1

Bridgend

1

Cardiff

1

Colchester

1

Croydon

1

Dudley

1

Ealing

1

Easington

1

East Hampshire

1

East Staffordshire

1

Eastbourne

1

Hackney

1

Hartlepool

1

Herefordshire

1

Hinckley and Bosworth

1

Isles of Scilly

1

King's Lynn and West Norfolk

1

Lancaster

1

Leicester

1

Lichfield

1

Lincoln

1

Middlesbrough

1

Newcastle-under-Lyme

1

Nottingham

1

Oadby and Wigston

1

Oxford

1

Preston

1

Restormel

1

Shrewsbury and Atcham

1

South Tyneside

1

Southend-on-Sea

1

Torbay

1

Wakefield

1

Watford

1

Windsor and Maidenhead

1

Worthing

1

York

1

Note: The number of. “Cumulative Impact Areas” published on 8 November 2007 for two licensing authorities were incorrect: Melton Licensing Authority had recorded the wrong number of cumulative impact areas as six; it has been amended to zero in the revised statistical bulletin published on 15 January 2008; Warwick's number of cumulative impact areas was incorrectly inputted as four; this has been corrected to two in the revised statistical bulletin published on 15 January 2008.

Members: Correspondence

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 110W, on Members: correspondence, when he expect to reply substantively to the letter of 16 August 2007 from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford concerning his constituent Mr. C. Metcalf. [183437]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 1 February 2008]: I met with key representatives of Ice Hockey on 30th January. Following these discussions, I will be sending a substantive reply in the next week, to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford concerning his constituent Mr. C. Metcalf.

Museums and Galleries

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals he has to invite members of the public to sit on the boards of publicly-funded museums, galleries and other arts organisations; and if he will make a statement. [183447]

Margaret Hodge: Building on the recommendations of the McMaster Review, the Secretary of State and I will work with our non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) to ensure that boards have the right skills and experience to encourage excellence, innovation, and wider and deeper engagement with the sectors they represent.

We will work with our NDPBs, in particular the Arts Council and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, to consider the role of artists, practitioners, and members of the public on the boards of our cultural organisations.


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