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Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to establish the Alliance for the Arts in Criminal Justice; what funding he plans to allocate to the body; and if he will make a statement. 
An Arts Forum will be also set up to facilitate discussions between the Arts Alliance and other stakeholders such as Government Departments and the Arts Council, in developing the role of arts in supporting offender management.
The Ministry of Justice, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and the Arts Council have agreed, in principle, to fund the development of the alliance. We are in the process of agreeing the sum of funding available.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the impact of Arts Council Englands regional theatre policy on theatres in the East Midlands; and if he will make a statement. 
Arts Council Englands research shows that at least 518,781 people attended performances at ACE funded theatres in the East Midlands in 2006-07, including 61,933 young people. This represents a 38 per cent. increase in total audience figures on the previous year and over 100 per cent. increase in the number of young people accessing performances.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) national and (b) regional council members of Arts Council England are required to declare recent party political activity prior to appointment. 
Margaret Hodge: National members and regional chairs of ACE are asked to provide details of political activity undertaken in the past five years when applying for appointment. This is in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
There is no written requirement that regional council members should declare recent party political activity prior to appointment, other than the chair of the Council who also sits on the national Arts Council.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding regional cultural consortiums provided to cultural observatories in each English region in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance the British Olympic Association has issued to athletes on managing questions on political issues (a) preceding and (b) during the Beijing Olympic games. 
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 6 March 2008]: This is a matter for the British Olympic Association (BOA). The BOA is independent of Government and it is therefore not appropriate for Government to answer on their behalf.
Mr. Sutcliffe: Under the Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007, default conditions attaching to casino premises licences state that no facilities for gambling shall be provided on the premises between the hours of 6 am and noon on any day.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of appeals by employees of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were (i) heard and (ii) upheld by the Civil Service Appeal Board in each of the last 10 years; how much was awarded in compensation by the Board to each successful appellant in each year; what the reason was for each compensation award; how many appellants were reinstated by the Board in each year; and what the reason was for each (A) dismissal and (B) reinstatement. 
Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 318-19W, on the Convergence Think Tank, when he intends to send the list of invitees to the Convergence Think Tank seminars to the hon. Member for Wantage, and to deposit the list in the Library. 
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 6 March 2008]: A list of invitees for the first Convergence Think Tank seminar held on 7 February 2008 has now been sent to the hon. Member for Wantage, and deposited in the Library. The Department will send invitee lists for future seminars after they have taken place.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average time taken by his Department was to respond to letters from hon. Members in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if his Department will (a) follow the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) guidelines and (b) display ICRA's label on the websites for which it is responsible. 
Andy Burnham [holding answer 10 March 2008]: Ministers meet many people as part of the process of policy development. It is not normal practice to disclose details of such meetings. A list of Ministers meetings with external stakeholders is regularly published on the DCMS website:
[holding answer 10 March 2008]: Since taking up office, I have made 21 official
ministerial visits to discuss current issues with people working in the policy areas covered by my Department and to see a range of cultural and sporting events.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public appointments he has made in the last 12 months; and to which positions those appointments were made. 
Andy Burnham: Together with the ministerial team in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Secretary of State has made 100 public appointments in the 12 months to 25 February 2008. We have also recommended 32 candidates to the Prime Minister, and one to Her Majesty the Queen, for appointment during this period, all of whom have been appointed.
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