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Regional Planning and Development: Finance

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding regional planning bodies will receive from housing and planning delivery grant; and what targets they will be required to meet to maximise their funding. [189545]

John Healey: All funding for Regional Assemblies from 2008-09 will be from a single funding stream; they will not receive housing and planning delivery grant.

Regional Assemblies are required to prepare a business plan as a condition of their receipt of Government grant, to provide assurance that funds are spent efficiently and in furtherance of the aims for which funding is granted. Performance against business plans will be monitored quarterly.

Thermal Insulation: Materials

Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment her Department has made of appropriate tests for the performance of multi-foil insulation materials other than the hot box; [188184]

(2) what assessment her Department has made of the (a) practical and (b) environmental merits of multi-foil insulation materials; [188186]

(3) how she plans to comply with the High Court judgment of 2 November 2007 on standards for multi-foil insulation material used in construction. [188194]

Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 22 February 2008]: The Government's position on tests of the performance of multi-foil insulation products and their proposals for complying with the High Court judgment of 2 November 2007 are explained in Communities and Local Government Circular 6/2007 and the parallel letter to local authorities and approved building control inspectors which were issued on 7 December 2007. These can be found on the CLG website at:

The Department does not assess the practical and environmental merits of particular types of insulation materials, as building regulations and guidance do not make specific requirements for such materials. When issuing approved guidance on achieving compliance with the building regulations' energy efficiency requirements for construction work, it relies upon internationally recognised generic insulation performance values for construction materials and a wide range of expert advice on how these materials can be practically assembled into construction elements such as walls, roofs etc.

Written Questions: Government Responses

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will answer Question 178902 tabled by the hon. Member
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for Taunton on 28 January 2008 on heating: standards; and what the reasons are for the length of time taken to reply. [190163]

Mr. Iain Wright: I have now replied to the hon. Member’s question. I apologise for the delay in responding.

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Gloucester, will reply to the letter of 11 January 2008 from the hon. Member for Wycombe on funding arrangements for prevention of violent extremism projects between March and June 2008. [190206]

Mr. Dhanda: I have now replied to the hon. Member’s letter.

Culture, Media and Sport

Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

Hywel Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on changes to licensing hours for on- and off-licensed premises; and if he will make a statement. [190199]

Mr. Sutcliffe: I and my predecessors have had discussions with many other Government Departments, local authorities, voluntary groups and representatives of businesses as part of the process of policy development. The discussions have mainly concerned the impact of the Licensing Act 2003, which came into force in November 2005.

Departmental Home Working

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months. [189793]

Mr. Sutcliffe: As DCMS is an equal opportunities employer we have extended the option to work flexibly to all our staff. We aim to support staff in balancing their work and home responsibilities, and home working is one of a range of flexible working patterns available to staff, which includes

In the last 12 months DCMS has authorised 44 people to work from home. However, the Department also supports and encourages the more informal home-working arrangements in which staff may have agreed to work from home on an occasional ad-hoc basis. We do not keep records of the dates when each case was authorised.


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Drinking Water

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on bottled water in the latest year for which figures are available. [189799]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department spent £30,974.95 on bottled water during the period April 2006 to March 2007.

Fairtrade Initiative

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 among staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement. [189498]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport provides tea and coffee for all official meetings from Fairtrade sources; Fairtrade confectionery is always on sale in the staff canteen. These are available all year rather than being confined to a short-term promotion exercise.

Football Foundation: Finance

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding was provided to the Football Foundation in each of the last three years. [190136]

Mr. Sutcliffe: A total of £46.2 million of public funding was awarded to the Football Foundation via Sport England in the last three years.

The funding was made as part of Government’s community sports strategy, investing in both football and multisport facilities.

National Lottery: Sports

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was provided to (a) athletics and (b) swimming in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) the London region and (iv) England and Wales in each year since 1997; what projects were funded; whether there are restrictions on the use of these funds; and if he will make a statement. [189000]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Financial support for community sport from public sources is primarily channelled through Sport England which dispenses Exchequer and lottery funds for sport. The tables show how much lottery funding has been allocated through Sport England to (a) athletics and (b) swimming in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) London region and (iv) England. Funding for Sport in Wales is distributed by the Sport Council for Wales and does not receive an allocation from DCMS.


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£
Athletics Swimming

Southend

1997-98

0

0

1998-99

0

0

1999-2000

0

0

2000-01

0

0

2001-02

0

0

2002-03

0

0

2003-04

0

0

2004-05

0

0

2005-06

0

0

2006-07

0

0

2007-08

0

0

Essex

1997-98

0

0

1998-99

0

0

1999-2000

0

6,210,923

2000-01

0

0

2001-02

3,215,102

86,883

2002-03

0

0

2003-04

333,860

2,083,274

2004-05

80,000

0

2005-06

80,000

0

2006-07

0

0

2007-08

0

0

London

1997-98

0

13,825,861

1998-99

1,066,000

13,554,609

1999-2000

161,442

6,604,153

2000-01

2,327,000

750,000

2001-02

4,098,940

3,027,328

2002-03

76,555

20,475

2003-04

940,466

1,675,000

2004-05

10,179,788

6,983,500

2005-06

777,302

187,530

2006-07

694,996

693,000

2007-08

2,492,143

0

England

1997-98

2,249,274

55,700,872

1998-99

4,834,537

56,082,875

1999-2000

7,136,025

25,154,681

2000-01

21,489,967

22,192,764

2001-02

14,009,026

29,920,415

2002-03

10,323,192

36,331,316

2003-04

8,943,759

21,561,774

2004-05

16,750,978

18,987,199

2005-06

5,786,742

11,801,663

2006-07

6,567,809

6,640,736

2007-08

10,086,870

6,138,632


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