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Departmental Sick Leave

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2008, Official Report, columns 998-99W, on departmental sick leave, for what reasons the percentage of working days lost attributed to stress in 2006-07 differs from the figure of 27 per cent. of working days lost attributed to mental disorders (stress) in the Cabinet Office Analysis of Sickness Absence Report for 2006-07. [191881]

Margaret Hodge: The 27 per cent. figure published on the Cabinet Office Analysis of Sickness Absence report for 2006-07, was on working days lost due to mental disorders. According to Annex G of the report it includes not only stress but other ailments such as mental and behavioural disorders, disorders of the personality and behaviour; mood affective disorders, neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders.

The 13 per cent. answer of 21 February 2008, Official Report, columns 998-99W, was on working days lost that were attributable only to stress.

Written Questions

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the average time taken by his Department to give a substantive answer to ordinary written questions has been in Session 2007-08; [192806]

(2) what percentage of named day questions were given a substantive answer by his Department on the named day since October 2007. [192856]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 10 March 2008]: 43 per cent. of named day questions tabled to my Department between 1 October 2007 and 29 February 2008 were given a substantive answer on the named day. This figure includes named day questions answered by the Minister for the Olympics.

Information on the average number of days taken to answer ordinary written questions is not readily available in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Great Leighs Racecourse: Betting

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that there is open competition for on-course betting pitches at Great Leighs Racecourse; and if he will make a statement. [192841]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The allocation of on-course bookmakers' pitches on new racecourses, such as Great Leighs, is a matter for commercial negotiations between the racecourse and the bookmakers, and is not a matter for the Government.

However, we are confident that racecourses will want to ensure that pitches are allocated in a fair manner, allowing all on-course bookmakers an equal opportunity to apply to operate from these pitches.

Hotels: Standards

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of (a) hotels, (b) guesthouses and (c) bed and breakfasts were accredited in (i) England and (ii) London in each of the last five years. [187492]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 21 February 2008]: My Department does not maintain a central record of accredited holiday accommodation.

However VisitBritain administers a voluntary National Quality Accreditation Scheme (NQAS) and in 2007, it commissioned an accommodation census aimed at measuring the levels of hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses across the United Kingdom.

The information provided by the 2007 census indicated 50 per cent. of holiday accommodation in the United Kingdom had been assessed as part of the NQAS.

In 2006, Visit London undertook a comprehensive survey of the holiday accommodation in London boroughs and this showed that only 34 per cent. of the capital’s accommodation providers (having 47 per cent. of total rooms) participate in NQAS.


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Local Authorities

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings he has held with representatives of local authorities since his appointment; and with which local authorities. [193381]

Andy Burnham: I have met with representatives of Sunderland city council at a recent trip to the North East. I will also be speaking at the Local Government Association Annual Culture, Tourism and Sport Conference on 14 March 2008 in Liverpool.

Classical Music

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to support live classical music. [192418]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 10 March 2008]: Government investment and support for classical music is channelled through Arts Council England.

In 2007-08 Arts Council investment in England's eight key symphony orchestras totalled over £15.5 million and support for chamber orchestras and contemporary music groups over £2 million.

Arts Council support for opera in this period totalled over £35 million. In addition, the Royal Opera House received £26,252,600 which contributes to both opera and ballet.

National Lottery: Swimming

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what projects funding from the lottery for swimming has been spent since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [192778]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England lottery funding for swimming pools has contributed to a total of 169 projects between 1997 and 2008. Of these awards; 90 were made to local authorities; 38 were made to the Amateur Swimming Association; 11 were made direct to swimming clubs; with the remaining 30 made to other community and educational organisations.

UK Sport has provided lottery funding for the World Class Performance Programme of the aquatic sports; swimming, disabled swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo, providing dedicated support to athletes in their ambition to win medals at World, European, Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In addition UK Sport through its World Class Events Programme made lottery awards to the following major events:

Event

2003

European Junior Swimming and Diving Championships

2007

LENS European Nations Trophy (Water Polo)

2007

FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup

2007

FINA Diving World Series

2008

FINA Diving World Series

2008

World Short Course Swimming Championships


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National Lottery: Tamworth

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Lottery funding was awarded to organisations in Tamworth constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) each of the last five years for which figures are available. [193603]

Mr. Sutcliffe: In the calendar year 1997, the Tamworth constituency received £854,082 in grants from the National Lottery Distributing Bodies.

Financial year Total value of grants (£)

2002-03

756,338

2003-04

621,026

2004-05

52,414

2005-06

751,269

2006-07

72,537


The information is location specific. That is the list includes only grants that are specific to locations in the constituency and excludes grants that might have gone to addresses in the constituency, to headquarters offices for example, but are not otherwise related to it. The Department’s Lottery Grants Database is searchable at:

and uses information supplied by the Lottery distributors.

Orford Park Project

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on the Orford Park Project. [193380]

Andy Burnham: I have received representations from my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington, North (Helen Jones) on the Orford Park project.

Television

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many plasma television screens have been purchased by his Department and its agencies, and at what cost, in the last 24 months. [Official Report, 28 April 2008, Vol. 475, c. 2MC.][191022]

Margaret Hodge: In the last 24 months, my Department has purchased one plasma television screen at a cost of £8,014.68 excluding VAT (£9,417.25 including VAT). The cost covered purchase and installation.

Duchy of Lancaster

Abbott Mead Vickers

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many contracts there were between his Department and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) value and (b) purpose of each was. [192046]

Mr. Watson: The information requested for the Cabinet Office is not held centrally and is therefore available only at disproportionate cost.


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Cabinet Papers: Freedom of Information

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what requests the Prime Minister’s Office has received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the release of Cabinet minutes; and what response was made to each request. [191457]

Edward Miliband: The information requested cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs.

Charities: Political Activities

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the timetable is for the Charity Commission’s issue of a new edition of its CC9 guidance on campaigning and political activity by charities. [191099]

Phil Hope: The Charity Commission’s revised guidance “CC9 - Campaigning and Political Activities by Charities” was published on 6 March and is available on its website at:

I have placed a copy in the Libraries of the House.

Charity Commission: Finance

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 19 February 2008, Official Report, columns 34-37WS, on the departmental expenditure limit (2007-08), for what reasons the Charity Commission’s departmental expenditure limit was increased by £2.8 million. [191147]

Phil Hope: This is a matter for the Charity Commission as the independent Government Department responsible for the regulation of charities in England and Wales. The Chief Executive of the Charity Commission will write to the right hon. Member and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library of the House.

Civil Service

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate his Department has made of the number of staff in the Civil Service who are classified as without posts. [191501]

Mr. Watson: The reduction of posts within the civil service is an issue for individual Departments and agencies. Staff are actively managed in accordance with their Department’s policies and practices and taking into account the cross civil service protocols on handling surplus staff.

Departmental Advertising

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which of his Department’s initiatives were advertised to the public in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost of each such campaign was in each year. [192229]


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Mr. Watson: I refer to the answers given by my hon. Friend, the then Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Murphy) to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 27 February 2006, Official Report, columns 39-40W, and to the reply given by my hon. Friend the then Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Mr. McFadden) to the hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes) on 11 July 2006, Official Report, columns 1822-23W.

The only Cabinet Office initiative advertised since these answers was the recent campaign to encourage the nomination of ‘everyday heroes’ for honours, the advertising cost of which was £137,852.

Departmental Plants

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department spent on pot plants in each of the last five years. [192053]

Mr. Watson: The information requested is not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Ministerial Residences

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 688W, on ministerial residences, what the value is of each property. [192842]

Mr. Watson: Information on capital values of freehold properties is included in the National Asset Register 2007, a copy of which is in the Library of the House.

Public Appointments

Mr. Marsden: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he is taking to increase the scrutiny of public appointments; and if he will make a statement. [192764]

Mr. Watson: “The Governance of Britain” Green Paper sets out the Government’s proposals for improving the public appointments process. This includes a specific proposal to increase parliamentary scrutiny of public appointments by introducing pre-appointment hearings by parliamentary Select Committees for certain key posts. The Government set out more detail of the proposal in a letter to the Chair of the Liaison Committee on 23 January 2008. Copies of the letter are in the Library of the House. The Liaison Committee published their response on 5 March 2008. The Government are currently considering the response and will reply in due course.


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