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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department and its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by staff grade. 
The Department does not analyse travel costs by modes or class of travel and the required information can be obtained only at disproportionate costs. The Department's agency, the Royal Parks, did not incur expenditure on travel by first class.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 323-4W, on digital switchover help scheme: finance, and following the appointment of Eaga as the preferred supplier, if he will place in the Library the report on the methodology and assumptions used to develop a model to estimate the costs of the help scheme; and provide the information requested in questions (a) 184257, (b) 184270, (c) 184274 and (d) 184468, tabled by the hon. Member for Bath on 18 February 2008. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department and its agencies spent on (a) first and (b) other class travel by Eurostar in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Margaret Hodge: All travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the departmental guidance on travel and subsistence and the Ministerial Code, taking account of value for money principle.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to his answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2171W, on gambling licences, how many applications for premises licences were (a) received, (b) withdrawn, (c) declined and (d) revoked in each year since April 2005, broken down by region. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: No regional breakdown is available for the information requested. Under the Gaming Act 1968 licensed operators were required to renew their gaming premises licence with the local licensing body each year. In addition, operators with a new certificate of consent from the Gambling Commission could apply for a new gaming premises licence.
The following table shows the figures for new applications for bingo gaming premises licences to local licensing bodies but does not show details of any licences granted in respect of applications for extensions to, or substitutes for, existing premises. Local licensing bodies did not possess powers of revocation under the Gaming Act 1968.
Not all of the equivalent figures for casino gaming premises licences under the Gaming Act 1968 were collated centrally but, between 1 April 2005 and 1 March 2008, 36 applications for additional casino gaming licences were granted by local licensing bodies under the Gaming Act 1968. This figure does not include details of any licences granted in respect of applications for extensions to, or substitutes for, existing premises.
Between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006, the 13 additional casino gaming licences were granted in the following locations: Aberdeen, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Leeds, London (two), Nottingham, Reading, Stockton on Tees, Swansea, Warley (Oldbury).
Between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007, the 14 additional casino gaming licences were granted in the following locations: Aberdeen, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow (three), Great Yarmouth, Kingston upon Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Sheffield and Southend-on-Sea.
Between 1 April 2007 and 1 March 2008, nine additional casino gaming licences were granted in the following locations: Bournemouth, Bradford, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, London, Nottingham, Reading, Sheffield and Wolverhampton.
Figures by region for premises licences under the 2005 Act, which came into effect on 1 September 2007, are not yet available. Licensing authorities are responsible for considering, issuing and revoking gambling premises licences under the 2005 Act. Not all authorities have completed their returns to the Gambling Commission, which will be publishing figures on the number of premises licences later in 2008.
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Government note the contribution of racecourses to local economies and would like to see British horseracing continue to flourish. Racing is at the heart of the sporting and cultural life of this country and the Government feel sure this will continue.
Our view is that racing should be free to look after its own affairs, without unnecessary Government intervention. This is possible now that a robust licensing framework, overseen by the Gambling Commission, and a competent regulatory authority, the British Horseracing Authority, are in place.
Mr. Sutcliffe: A key element of the Government renewed alcohol strategy Safe. Sensible. Social., published in June 2007, commissioned a detailed academic study to look at the evidence on the relation between alcohol price, promotion and harm. The results of this study will be published this summer and any new necessary action will be announced in due course.
Where alcohol sales promotions at an individual premises can be shown to have a negative impact on the licensing objectives, it is possible to review the licence, and add appropriate conditions to restrict such promotions at that premises.
Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was granted by the National Lottery to schemes in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) London in each financial year since 1997-98; and how much funding per head of population this represented in each such area in each year. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The figures for the total value of grants awarded during the financial years and the areas requested are set out in these tables. The population figures used are the mid-2006 estimates of the Office for National Statistics.
|England population : 50,763,000|
|Financial year||England||Per capita|
|Scotland population : 5,116,900|
|Financial year||Scotland||Per capita|
|Wales population : 2,965,900|
|Financial year||Wales||Per capita|
|London population : 7,512,400|
|Financial year||London||Per capita|
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