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Culture, Media and Sport

Betting: Fraud

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals the Government have considered to tackle the rigging of results in sport gambling; and how initiatives will be funded. [188712]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 25 February 2008]: The Gambling Commission published responses to its Sports Betting Integrity consultation in October 2007 and concluded that there was no evidence of a significant problem with sports betting integrity in this country. However, the Commission gathers intelligence on all gambling integrity issues and is keeping the situation under review. The Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR) has also commissioned
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research into this issue from the university of Salford and I await the outcome with interest.

The Government favour voluntary payments from the betting industry to support sports integrity initiatives.

Camelot Group

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he expects Camelot to have raised £10.5 billion for good causes over the course of its licence; and if he will make a statement. [188947]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Camelot’s current licence ends on 31 January 2009. It is not possible to predict accurately how much will be raised for good causes by that date and neither the Department nor the National Lottery Commission set targets for the net proceeds of the national lottery. However, we do share a statutory duty that requires us to do our best to ensure that they are maximised, subject to lottery games being operated with due propriety and the interests of participants being protected. The NLC stated in June 2001 that £10 billion for good causes would be a challenging amount for Camelot to raise during the course of the second licence.

Convergence Think Tank

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 318W, on the Convergence Think Tank, how the figure of £300,000 for the costs of the Convergence Think Tank was arrived at. [188506]

Andy Burnham: The estimated cost of the Convergence Think Tank referred to in my answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 318-19W, to the hon. Member for Wantage, was a rounded total based on an initial view of the costs of the principal elements of the Think Tank's work, excluding staff costs, namely

These figures are estimates and are likely to vary according to the specific requirements of the Think Tank.

Departmental Manpower

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years are employed by his Department. [189083]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport currently does not employ any staff under 18 years of age.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the salary range is for each pay band of civil servants in his Department. [188803]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Current DCMS salary ranges are shown in the following tables:

Grades A-D
£
Grade Minimum Maximum

D

16,796

20,395

C

21,242

25,178

HEOD

27,560

35,335

B

27,560

35,335

A

42,770

52,985

A(U)

49,918

64,065


Senior Civil Servants
£
Grade Minimum Maximum

SCS1

56,100

116,000

SCS1A

65,280

127,000

SCS2

81,600

160,000

SCS3

99,960

205,000

Key:
Grade A = Former Grades 6/7
Grade B = Former SEO/HEO/HEO(D) and equivalent grades
Grade HEOD = Fast Stream
Grade C = Former EO and equivalent grades
Grade D = Former AO/AA and equivalent grades

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Public and Commercial Services Union on the current year’s pay settlement for staff of (a) his Department and (b) the Royal Parks Agency. [188923]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Ministers meet many people as part of the process of policy development. It is not normal practice to disclose details of such meetings.

English Sports Council: Finance

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the current national lottery balance is of the (a) Sports Council (England) and (b) UK Sports Council. [189589]

Mr. Sutcliffe: At close of business on 31 January 2008 the national lottery balances for Sport England and UK Sport were:

Lottery balance (£ million)

Sport England

204.518

UK Sport

15.068


Find your Talent Project: Finance

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £25 million announced for the Find your Talent project on 13 February 2008 will (a) be spent on establishing the Youth Culture Trust and (b) available to local authorities to run projects. [187175]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 20 February 2008]: The information is as follows:


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Football: Community Relations

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which football clubs receive Government funding to operate community schemes; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of those schemes; and if he will make a statement. [189002]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The following Government initiatives fund community schemes operated by, or in conjunction with, football clubs.

Playing for Success establishes out of school hours study support centres at professional football clubs and other sports clubs. 88 centres are based in football clubs, including all 20 clubs in the Premier League, to which the Department for Children Schools and Families will contribute £6 million in 2007-08.

The Home Office funds Positive Futures, a national sports-based social inclusion programme. Seven football clubs (Arsenal, Brentford, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient, Millwall and Portsmouth) have football in the community schemes affiliated to them that have successfully applied for Positive Futures programme funding. The 2007 annual monitoring and evaluation report on the entire Positive Futures programme was published in November 2007.

The Kickz scheme is currently delivered in partnership with 19 Premiership and 11 Football League clubs across the country. It offers positive evening activities for young people, including football leagues and education sessions. Evaluation of the four pilot Kickz projects showed that local crime had fallen by an average of 27 per cent. during those times that projects were being held.

The Football Foundation is investing £4.7 million into the Kickz scheme and the DCMS is investing £1 million via the Premier League's good causes fund. This investment over three years will expand the Kickz programme so that over 100 projects will be delivered by more than 30 professional clubs.

Gambling Act 2005

Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions since 1 September 2007 the Gambling Commission has been asked to consider a potential offence under section 42 of the Gambling Act 2005; and what action it has taken in each instance. [188376]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Since 1 September 2007, 22 cases have been considered where the offence of cheating (section 42 of the Gambling Act 2005) at gambling may have some relevance to a greater or lesser degree. In all 22 cases the Commission is continuing its inquiries and considering what, if any, further action is necessary. Nine of the cases have been reported by the industry under conditions of their operating licences and 13, the majority of which mainly concern cheating by junior casino staff when they visit another casino, are likely to be dealt with by the application of the Commission's regulatory sanctions under the 2005 Act.

Gambling: Internet

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings officials in his Department have had with (a) overseas online gambling operators, (b) UK online gambling operators and (c) counterparts in overseas governments on the issue of online gambling addiction since October 2006. [188985]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Since October 2006, officials in my Department have not had any meetings with overseas or UK-based online gambling operators, nor with their counterparts in overseas jurisdictions, specifically on the issue of online gambling addiction. However, officials keep in close contact with the industry on issues relating to the regulation of remote gambling and socially responsible gambling.

Following the publication of the 2007 Prevalence Survey, the Gambling Commission have commissioned a programme of secondary analysis to look at a number of areas for further research, including internet gambling.

National Lottery: Braintree

Mr. Newmark: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was awarded to village halls in Braintree constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) each of the last three year for which figures are available. [189345]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There is no definition on the DCMS lottery grants database of village halls. Information on the database records that the following organisations in Braintree constituency benefited from these lottery grants related to buildings with shared community use in the relevant years:

Organisation Lottery grant (£)

2005

White Colne Village Hall Management Committee

3,228

Stisted Village Hall

4,280

Rayne Village Hall and Public Playing Fields

63,023

2006

White Colne Village Hall Management Committee

1,770

Earls Colne Parish Council

2,865

Great Bardfield Town Hall Management Committee

9,932


There are no grants recorded as meeting these criteria in 1997 or 2007. The Department's lottery grants database is searchable at www.lottery.culture.gov.uk and uses information supplied by the lottery distributors.


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Mr. Newmark: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which projects in Braintree constituency have received community fund grants. [189347]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Community Fund has awarded 48 grants with a total award value of £2,292,497 to the
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Braintree constituency. The Community Fund merged with the New Opportunities Fund to become the Big Lottery Fund in June 2004. The Big Lottery Fund became fully functional on 1 December 2006.

Details of individual grants awarded by the Community Fund are listed in the table.

Recipient Award date Award amount

First Stop Centre

19 December 1995

54,756

Foley House Trust

19 December 1995

250,000

Halstead Day Centre

17 December 1996

314,750

Tabor Centre For Physically Handicapped Adults

17 December 1996

41,092

Great Bardfield Pre School

18 September 1997

123,206

Witham Citizen Advocacy

30 September 1998

7,583

Feering Good Companions Club

27 October 1998

3,092

Braintee Physically Handicapped Club

7 January 1999

1,500

Essex Coalition of Disabled People

3 March 1999

177,682

The Gower Trust

4 March 1999

578

1st Witham Guides Company

20 April 1999

3,160

Kelvedon Good Companions Club

29 April 1999

3,000

Wethersfield Village Hall

29 April 1999

4,500

Finchingfield Almshouse Trust

29 April 1999

5,000

Blackmore End Village Hall

29 April 1999

5,000

Braintree Friday Circle Over 60's Club

18 August 1999

1,000

1st Finchingfield Scout Group

20 October 1999

4,925

Braintree and Uttlesford District Special Needs Playscheme

25 November 1999

4,765

4th Braintree Scout Group

10 December 1999

3,678

Kelvedon Community Association

9 February 2000

5,000

Kelvedon Good Companions Club

12 April 2000

1,000

3rd Bocking Guides

12 April 2000

1,320

Braintee Physically Handicapped Club

14 June 2000

1,500

Braintree and District Social Club for the Blind

14 June 2000

1,560

Arthritis Care—Braintree Branch

14 June 2000

1,320

Braintree District Voluntary Support Agency (BDVSA)

4 July 2000

209,015

Great Bardfield Pre-School

19 October 2000

2,600

Great Bardfield Town Hall Management Committee

19 October 2000

2,500

Tabor Centre For Physically Handicapped Adults

1 March 2001

462,825

Kelvedon Good Companions Club

8 June 2001

750

Braintree Friday Circle Over 60's Club

8 June 2001

710

158 Braintree and District Air Training Corps

25 July 2001

1,505

Rayne Village Hall and Public Playing Fields

26 July 2001

17,500

Essex Coalition of Disabled People

5 December 2001

16,583

Feering Good Companions Club

21 January 2002

897

Braintee Physically Handicapped Club

20 March 2002

2,000

Braintree and District Social Club for the Blind

20 March 2002

2,091

Essex Coalition of Disabled People

23 May 2002

200,717

Braintree and District Citizens Advice Bureau

24 May 2002

72,678

Shalford Village Hall

18 July 2002

33,565

Feering Good Companions Club

26 September 2002

6,570

Braintree and Bocking Community Association

1 August 2003

18,095

Tabor Centre

12 August 2004

17,067

Witham Citizen Advocacy

6 October 2004

44,693

Tabor Centre

9 December 2004

18,000

Braintree, Halstead and Witham Citizens Advice Bureau

9 December 2004

52,556

Witham Housing Association

8 June 2005

25,590

Rayne Village Hall and Public Playing Fields

14 December 2005

63,023


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