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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. 
[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
research into this issue from the university of Salford and I await the outcome with interest.
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. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Camelots 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.
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. 
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
communications, including seven public seminars: £37,500;
external experts: £65,000;
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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 years pay settlement for staff of (a) his Department and (b) the Royal Parks Agency. 
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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. 
(a) The Youth Culture Trust will grow out of the existing Creative Partnerships programme. This programme was already in the process of separating from Arts Council England and establishing itself as an external organisation. The costs of this will be met from the core grant to Creative Partnerships and we are not anticipating using any of the recently announced £25 million for this purpose.
(b) Some costs will be incurred in managing the pilot programme. These are still being finalised at present but our intention is to keep the administration costs to the absolute minimum consistent with successful delivery and evaluation. In addition, there will be some costs involved in auditing the current level of provision and the take up of cultural activities by children and young people.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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:
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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.
The Community Fund has awarded 48 grants with a total award value of £2,292,497 to the
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.
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