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Last year's comprehensive spending review set a new public service agreement (PSA) to "Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Children and
Young People", which is co-owned by the Department of Health and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
As part of this new PSA, there is the commitment to reduce the rate of increase in obesity among children under 11 as a first step towards a long-term national ambition by 2020 to reduce the proportion of overweight and obese children to 2000 levels in the context of tackling obesity across the population.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect a real terms reduction in funding for the Portable Antiquities Scheme would have on the reporting of treasure finds in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: The Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) recognises that the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is of national importance. The British Museum and the MLA are fully committed to the continued success of the PAS and are working together with other stakeholders to ensure that this is achieved.
The PAS is funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and administered on their behalf by the British Museum (BM). Any assessment regarding the scheme is therefore a matter for the MLA and the BM. The contribution of the PAS to the reporting of treasure finds is recognised and will be a factor in ensuring the schemes future strength.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in reducing the striking variation in the standard of library services in different parts of the country identified in his Department's 2003 publication Framework for the Future: Libraries, Learning and Information in the Next Decade. 
Margaret Hodge: At a national level my Department continues to advocate for the valuable role libraries play in every community, and to share best practice within the sector to raise national standards. DCMS does not, however, individually manage public library authorities. Libraries are a locally managed and delivered service, and therefore subject to local funding decisions.
In 2004-05 only 55 per cent. of authorities passed more than five Public Library Service Standards (PLSS). This figure rose to 70 per cent. by 2006-07, indicating an overall improvement in national service quality. Among the authorities that have improved most notably are Oldham and the East Riding of Yorkshirehaving each passed only three out of 10 Standards in 2004-05, they now pass nine. Improvements in library opening hours have been
particularly significant since the introduction of PLSS 2, which challenges authorities to open their libraries for 128 hours per 1,000 population: since the publication of Framework for the Future in 2003 the number of libraries open for more than 60 hours per week has more than doubled, from 42 to 97.
In implementing the Government's strategy for libraries, Framework for the Future, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has introduced a number of programmes to promote improvement in the public library service. 661 people have completed MLA leadership training, ensuring effective delivery of library services into the future. 16 authorities have benefited from the experience and support offered through their successful peer review programme, helping them to improve services.
Margaret Hodge: Currently there is no requirement for Arts Council regional meetings to be held in public and meetings of both the national and the regional arts councils are not open to members of the public. However, the Arts Council publication scheme sets out the information it is committed to make publicly available, which includes the minutes of national council and regional council meetings. The Arts Council's publication scheme is available on the website:
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 on open age sport. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Children Schools and Families, the Department of Health and the Home Office share responsibility for the implementation of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
We are aware that these Departments received feedback on the issue of under 18-year-olds playing in open age sport from a wide range of stakeholders in the sports sector during the course of last year. We are also aware that they have no intention to make any
activity a regulated activity unnecessarily, particularly if that means children could be denied access to a wide range of sporting activity.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which ministerial colleagues he consulted over the consequences for sport of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Children Schools and Families, the Department of Health and the Home Office share responsibility for the Independent Safeguarding Authority scheme and the implementation of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints of (a) sexual harassment and (b) sexual discrimination have been made by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: There have been no cases of sexual harassment or sexual discrimination in DCMS since 2002. There have been four cases in the Royal Parks since 1991two cases of sexual discrimination and two cases of sexual harassment.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value was of each grant provided by his Department, its associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham borough council, (b) Shropshire county council and (c) Telford and the Wrekin borough council in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08; and what grants have been planned for 2008-09. 
Margaret Hodge: DCMS has provided no direct grants to these local authorities in the financial years 2006-07, 2007-08 and has no plans to do so in 2008-09. Information on grants provided by the Departments agencies and non-departmental public bodies is held by the bodies themselves. This information is not held centrally.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of progress towards his Department's public service agreement target to increase significantly the take-up of sports opportunities by users from priority groups; and if he will make a statement. [Official Report, 7 March 2008, Vol. 472, c. 27MC.] 
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Sport England have been working to increase the number of participants in sport through a range of interventions across sports organisations at a regional and local level; including national governing bodies, county sports partnerships, community sports networks, sports clubs and others. Since 1997-98, over £4 billion has been invested through Government and the lottery on sport in England.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people aged 16 and above (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting disability, (c) from low socio-economic groups, (d) who are women and (e) in total did not participate in any form of sport (i) in each year for which figures are available and (ii) in the latest period for which figures are available. 
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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people aged 16 and over (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting disability, (c) from low socio-economic groups, (d) who are women and (e) in total (i) participated in active sports at least 12 times a year and (ii) engaged in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity level sport at least three times a week (A) in each year for which figures are available and (B) at the latest date for which figures are available. [Official Report, 7 March 2008, Vol. 472, c. 28MC.] 
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