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Sudan: Chad

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of possible links between Sudan and rebel forces in Chad; and if he will make a statement. [186871]

David Miliband: We are aware of reports that Sudan and Chad continue to support each other's rebels. In repeated bilateral contacts with the Sudanese Government, including during my noble Friend the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown's visit to Sudan on 28-31
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January, we have urged Sudan to end this support. We have also supported calls by the UN and African Union to the Governments of Chad and Sudan to stop supporting each other's rebels, fulfil their obligations under the 2006 Tripoli agreement and abide by the cease-fire agreed in Libya in October 2007.

Sudan: Human Rights

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports of forcible repatriation of foreign nationals resident in Sudan to countries where they are at risk of persecution. [186966]

Meg Munn: The UK has not received any official reports or representations on the forcible repatriation of foreign nationals resident in Sudan.

However, we remain in close contact with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Sudan who is responsible for ensuring refugees are afforded protection and treated equitably in their countries of refuge according to international human rights law.

Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

Mr. Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what support his Department has given to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations for the provision of helicopter units required by the UNAMID mission to Darfur; [186304]

(2) what estimate his Department has made of the cost of the commercial provision of the helicopter units, engineers and pilots required by the UNAMID mission to Darfur. [186306]

Meg Munn: We have lobbied a number of countries to provide helicopters for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). We helped to convene two meetings in New York in January between the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and over 20 countries to discuss helicopter provision for UNAMID. We understand Ethiopia has now offered to contribute a number of helicopters and the DPKO is following up with other potential contributing countries.

We have discussed the feasibility of commercial helicopter support with DPKO, but we have not estimated the cost of full commercial provision of the UNAMID helicopter shortfall. We remain in close contact with the DPKO and partners to discuss how we can continue to support efforts to find helicopters, as well as other support to UNAMID.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the recent meeting of military advisers in New York convened by the UK on helicopters for UNAMID; and if he will make a statement. [186347]

Meg Munn: We helped to convene two meetings in New York in January between the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and over 20 countries to discuss helicopter provision for the
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UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). We understand Ethiopia has now offered to contribute a number of helicopters for UNAMID. Significant shortfalls remain and the DPKO is now following up with other potential contributing countries. We remain in close contact with the DPKO and partners to discuss how we can continue to support efforts to find helicopters, as well as other support to UNAMID.

United Nations: Sanctions

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people resident in the UK were subject to sanctions by the UN Security Council in 2002; what the average duration of those individuals' appearance on the sanctions list was; and how many individuals were removed from that list and for what reasons in that period. [186696]

Dr. Howells: There were four individuals resident in the UK subject to UN sanctions in 2002. By the end of 2002 the average length of time spent by these individuals on the sanctions list was just over 13 months. No individuals resident in the UK were removed from the sanctions list during 2002.

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, what sanctions apply to UK persons who have been blacklisted by the UN under Chapter VII of the UN Charter; and whether these sanctions apply to travel. [186697]

Dr. Howells: UK resident individuals who have been listed by the UN for sanctions are subject to an asset freeze and international travel ban. Exemptions are allowed on humanitarian grounds and in other situations as decided on a case by case basis by the UN Security Council.

Scotland

Departmental Information Officers

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people were employed in his Department’s press office in each of the last five years; and how much it cost to run the office, including utilities and other expenses, in each year. [187052]

David Cairns: The number of press officers is published in the Office’s annual reports, copies of which are in the House Library. The Office does not disaggregate its corporate and central running costs to this level of detail.

Departmental Stationery

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on stationery in each of the last five years. [187058]

David Cairns: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave him on 11 July 2007, Official Report, column 1495W.


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Electricity

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on electricity in each of the last five years. [187055]

David Cairns: Expenditure was as follows:

£

2002-03

28,439

2003-04

23,703

2004-05

23,372

2005-06

21,650

2006-07

36,488


Official Engagements

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many days he spent in Scotland on official business in each of the last 12 months. [182863]

Des Browne: Between January and June 2007, in addition to his constituency duties as Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire, South, my predecessor had official Scotland Office business in Scotland on 15 days as follows:

Days

January 2007

1

February 2007

5

March 2007

2

April 2007

2

May 2007

4

June 2007

1


Since June 2007, when I assumed the role of Secretary of State for Scotland, I have conducted official business in Scotland, in addition to my constituency duties as Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, in my capacities both as Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Defence, as follows:

Days

June 2007

1

July 2007

3

August 2007

16

September 2007

3

October 2007

5

November 2007

5

December 2007

3

January 2008

2


In addition to this, during weekends and parliamentary recesses, both I and my predecessor also executed official responsibilities in Scotland.

Culture, Media and Sport

Annual Reports

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date he expects (a) his Department, (b) The Big Lottery Fund, (c) Arts Council England, (d) Sport England, (e) The
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Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (f) The Heritage Lottery Fund, (g) English Heritage and (h) the BBC to publish their annual report and accounts for 2007-08. [186240]

Andy Burnham: The following dates are indicative:

Departmental Computers

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) laptop computers and (b) discs have gone missing from his Department in the last 10 years. [181983]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 25 January 2008]: Since 1998, nine laptops have been reported as missing from my Department. None of those laptops carried personal data. No laptops have gone missing since 2004.

No discs have been reported as missing in the last 10 years.

Internet

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the number of households without access to the internet, broken down by (a) income decile, (b) ethnicity and (c) region; [181375]

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of households containing children without access to the internet, broken down by (a) income decile, (b) ethnicity and (c) region; [181376]

(3) what estimate he has made of the number of lone parents with internet access, broken down by income decile. [181377]

Malcolm Wicks: I have been asked to reply.

The matter raised is the responsibility of the independent regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which is accountable to Parliament rather than Ministers. Accordingly, I have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the Chief Executive's letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.


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Road Traffic Offences

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by his Department in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse of those penalties was in each year. [183363]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department uses cars provided by the Government Car and Dispatch Agency (GCDA).

In respect of vehicles provided by GCDA I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Jim Fitzpatrick) on 5 February 2008, Official Report , columns 1008-14W.

Sports

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people who participated in one active sport at least 12 times a year in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, broken down by region. [187243]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Data from the DCMS’ Taking Part survey shows the number of people who participated in one active sport at least 12 times a year. The table sets out the data by region.

The active sport indicator is defined as at least one occasion of participation in an active sport during the past four weeks.

Active sport (percentage)
Region 2005-06 2006-07

North East

52

54

North West

50

49

Yorkshire and the Humber

50

53

East Midlands

55

56

West Midlands

51

50

East of England

57

55

London

55

52

South East

58

58

South West

54

54

England

54

53


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