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Departmental Data Protection

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether confidential or personal information has been compromised through the loss of property from his Department since 1997. [193430]

Mr. Sutcliffe: My Department has had no reports of confidential or personal information being compromised as a result of the loss of DCMS property since 1997.

Departmental Official Visits

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in his Department staying overnight in (i) mainland Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) the Republic of Ireland and (iv) other countries in the last 12 months. [193527]

Margaret Hodge: Expenditure on hotel and other privately provided accommodation is not held separately or by the categories requested in the Department’s accounting system. This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis. Information for the period 1 May 1997 to 31 March 2007 is available in the Library of the House. Information for the financial year 2007-08 will be published after the end of the current financial year.


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All travel is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers and the Civil Service Management Code.

Departmental Pensions

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of staff in his Department were making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions in each of the last two years. [193552]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The number and percentage of staff in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who have been making additional voluntary contributions to their pension in the last two years are as follows:

Staff Percentage

2006-07

6

1.14

2007-08

6

1.25


Internet Access

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what regulations govern access by minors to adult content on the internet. [192447]

Margaret Hodge: While there are no specific regulations in this area, the Government have taken steps to protect children from harmful content. Examples include the establishment and work of the Internet Watch Foundation, the Home Office task force on child protection and the cyber bullying guidance published by the DCSF in September 2007. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry, South (Mr. Cunningham) on 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2038W, which gives more details about these measures.

In addition, the Prime Minister announced a review of the risk to children of exposure to harmful or inappropriate content in video games and online. The review will assess the effectiveness and adequacy of existing measures to help prevent children from being exposed to such material and help parents understand and manage the risks of access to inappropriate content.

Dr. Tanya Byron is conducting this review, and will report to Ministers in March 2008.

Religious Buildings: Finance

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which places of worship in Bexley have received funding from (a) English Heritage and (b) the Heritage Lottery Fund since 1997. [193349]

Margaret Hodge: Christ Church, Broadway, Bexleyheath received a grant from the Joint Places of Worship grant scheme. This scheme was jointly funded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund and ended in 2002.

The Church of All Saints, Foot’s Cray, has received a grant under the successor grant programme, the Repair
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Grants for Places of Worship scheme. This scheme is also jointly funded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Tourism: Finance

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department provided to each of the regional development agencies for the promotion of tourism in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what the (a) purpose and (b) value of each such payment was; and what further such expenditure he plans in the next three years. [191370]

Margaret Hodge: Funding for regional development agencies (RDAs) is not ring-fenced for particular economic sectors such as tourism. In each year since 2003-04, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has contributed £3.6 million to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s (DBERR’s) Single Programme budget (the “Single Pot”) in respect of the tourism responsibilities of the eight regional development agencies (RDAs) outside London. The Single Pot, which will total approximately £2.2 billion, £2.2 billion and £2.1billion in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively, is allocated among the RDAs by DBERR. The DCMS’s contribution will be £3.5 million, £3.4 million and £3.3 million in these years.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is responsible for tourism in London. The DCMS has provided £1.9 million each year since 2001-02 to the GLA to support the Mayor in the delivery of the GLA’s statutory tourism duties. The GLA and the London Development Agency report total spending of around £22 million on tourism support in 2006-07.

Since 2003-04, all the RDAs have developed regional tourism strategies, budgets, and delivery mechanisms, and worked with regional partners and VisitBritain to promote and develop their region’s tourism industry. The RDAs outside London reported total spending on tourism support of £29.8 million in 2006-07.

Tourism: North West

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on tourism in (a) the north-west and (b) Cheshire; and if he will make a statement. [193751]

Margaret Hodge: Ministers and officials have had various discussions about tourism in the north-west in recent months, in particular with the North West Regional Development Agency, the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board and the Liverpool Culture Company. I visited Chester on 25 February and met a range of people from the public and private tourism sectors to discuss their plans for the future. I have also had many discussions with VisitBritain about its role in promoting tourism in the whole of Britain, including the north-west.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is due to participate in the Local Government Association's Culture, Tourism and Sport Conference in Liverpool on 14 March. I plan to visit Cumbria on 17 March to meet representatives of Cumbria Tourism.


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Wind Power

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to which wind farm proposals his Department lodged objections in each of the last three years; and for what reasons in each case. [191109]

Margaret Hodge: No such objections have been lodged.

Health

Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have attended accident and emergency departments in England in each of the last five years in order to receive treatment for minor (a) ailments and (b) injuries. [192878]

Mr. Bradshaw: The table shows the number of attendances at minor injury and illness accident and emergency (A and E) services, including walk-in centres (WiCs) (type 3 including WiCs). It also shows total attendances for other types of A and E department (types 1 and 2).

It should be noted that reason for attendance at A and E services is not currently centrally available, so it is not possible to ascertain whether all patients attending type 3 services, including WiCs, are in fact doing so with minor ailments or minor injuries. Nor is it possible to ascertain how many of those attending other types of A and E are doing so with minor ailments or minor injuries.

Attendances at A and E departments, minor injury units and WiCs centres, England, 2002-03 to 2006-07
Type 1 and 2 Type 3 (including WiC)

2002-03

12,510,682

1,880,840

2003-04

13,272,055

3,244,790

2004-05

13,885,052

3,952,128

2005-06

14,202,418

4,556,746

2006-07

14,226,176

4,696,099

Note:
WiCs were only included in the collection from Q1 2003-04.
Source:
Department of Health QMAE dataset

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, columns 325-6W, Alcoholic drinks: Misuse, how many (a) females and (b) males were considered to be binge drinkers in each of the last five years. [193928]

Dawn Primarolo: The Office for National Statistics (ONS) general household survey provides an estimate of the percentage of men and women who drank more eight or six units respectively than on at least one day in the previous week, a measure of binge drinking.

The following table gives figures for the percentage of men and women who were considered to be binge drinkers for the last five years where figures are available. It is important to note that in December 2007, the ONS described improvements in the ONS method for estimating alcohol consumption.


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The improved method takes account of increases in the alcoholic strength of wine and the sizes of glass used, and uses better estimates of the alcoholic strength of beers, lagers and ciders. Figures for 2005 and 2006 were re-calculated using this improved methodology. Figures for years prior to 2005 were not re-calculated.

Percentage of men who drank more than 8 units on any 1 day in the previous week Percentage of women who drank more than 6 units on any 1 day in the previous week

Old method

2002

21

10

2003

23

9

2004

22

9

2005

19

8

2006

18

8

Improved method

2005

23

15

2006

23

15


Care Homes

Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of accommodation have been provided using funding from the extra care housing grant since it began; how many have been provided by (a) councils, (b) registered social landlords and (c) the private sector; and if he will make a statement on the future use of the grant. [183755]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The development of more than 4,200 units of accommodation is being funded by the Department’s extra care housing grant. All 72 schemes receiving funding from this grant were delivered by a council, and 68 of the schemes were delivered by councils in partnership with a registered social landlord. Records are not held centrally on private-sector involvement in the schemes.

A further £80 million will be made available between 2008 and 2010 to fund further extra care housing developments in England.

Cervical Cancer: Screening

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cervical cancer screenings there were in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years. [193626]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is not available in the format requested. However, data for the cervical screening programme: coverage of the target age group (25-64) for Staffordshire based primary care trusts (PCTs), at 31 March 2003 to 2007 are set out in the following tables.


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North Staffordshire PCT( 1)
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Eligible population(2)

50,750

50,490

50,391

50,211

50,290

Women screened (less than 3.5 yrs since last adequate test)

40,618

39,863

39,304

38,721

38,289

Women screened (less than 5 yrs since last adequate test)

43,235

42,685

42,359

41,754

41,414

Coverage (less than 3.5 yrs since last adequate test) (percentage)

80.0

79.0

78.0

77.1

76.1

Coverage (less than 5 yrs since last adequate test) (percentage)

85.2

84.5

84.1

83.2

82.4


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