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Convergence Think Tank

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1389W, on the Convergence Think Tank, what external bodies have been commissioned to carry out research for the Think Tank. [191163]

Andy Burnham: The Department has not yet commissioned any research from external bodies.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether consideration has been given to applying gender responsive budgeting to his Department's budget. [192114]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: The UK Government are supportive of efforts to achieve gender equality and continue to work very closely with both the Women’s National Commission and the Women’s Budget Group on promoting gender equality within the UK. In 2004, HM Treasury undertook a pilot project on gender analysis of expenditure with the Women’s Budget Group. The project demonstrated the value of gender analysis in some areas and identified what tools and expertise were necessary within government to carry out gender analysis, but that further work was needed before gender responsive budgeting could be implemented. In 2008, HM Treasury will be conducting further work that will determine whether it is prudent and feasible to disaggregate departmental expenditure statistics by gender. The DCMS Equality Scheme 2007-10 sets out the action which the Department is taking to promote gender equality. I am arranging for copies to be placed in the House Libraries.

Departmental Regulatory Impact Assessments

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regulatory impact assessments his Department has conducted in the last 12 months. [191269]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Information on the final regulatory impact assessments published between 1 January and 30 June 2007 can be found in Command Paper 7297, available at:

For DCMS, 13 have been listed.

My Department is in the process of identifying the final regulatory impact assessments published between 1 July and 31 December 2007. From April 2008, all final impact assessments will be published on a central website.

Discrimination

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many claims for discrimination, based on (a) sex, (b) race and (c) sexual orientation, were brought by members of his Department and settled (i) in and (ii) out of court in each of the last five years. [194977]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There have been no claims for discrimination based on sex, race or sexual orientation brought against the Department in the last five years.

Exercise

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the cost to the UK economy of physical inactivity. [194929]

Mr. Sutcliffe: In 2002, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Strategy Unit jointly published Game Plan: a strategy for delivering Government’s sport and physical activity objectives. This report estimates that the cost to the UK economy of physical inactivity is at least £2 billion.


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Gambling: Licensing

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications there have been to the Gambling Commission from an operator seeking a remote operating licence only. [194389]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 14 March 2008]: At 13 March 2008, 156 operators have applied to the Gambling Commission for operating licences which allow them to provide remote gambling only.

Gaming: Licensing

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to permit an increase in the number of category B3 gaming machines in (a) bingo halls and (b) adult gaming centres. [193674]

Mr. Sutcliffe: We are currently considering representations that have been made to us by the main trade bodies which represent the bingo and arcades sectors—the Bingo Association and the British Amusement Catering Trades Association—for an increase in the number of category B3 machines that are permitted.

In considering this issue, I will seek to balance the representations that have been made to me by the trade bodies with my overriding responsibility to protect the public from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

I will make an announcement about how I intend to proceed in due course.

Grants: Publicity

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps (a) the Big Lottery Fund, (b) Sport England, (c) the Arts Council England and (d) the Heritage Lottery Fund takes to encourage the submission of funding bids in areas where funding has previously been awarded. [194742]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Every constituency has had at least 100 Lottery grants. Decisions on these matters are for Lottery distributors themselves to make. However, we have given them the powers to solicit applications where they see fit. We have also issued policy directions to UK and England Lottery distributors which require them to take into account certain matters when determining the purposes for which and to whom they distribute money. These include ensuring that all areas of the UK or England have access to the money distributed.

Lacrosse

Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote and increase participation in lacrosse. [194223]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The English Lacrosse Association (ELA) has been awarded £1.26 million from Sport England between 2005-09 to support the delivery of its Whole Sport Plan.


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Sport England identified Lacrosse as a ‘development’ sport for investment in the 2005-09 Whole Sport Plan funding round, to support the grassroots development of the sport.

The ELA has also received £44,333 to support delivery of the Step into Sport programme which is part of the Government’s PE and Sport Strategy for Children and Young people.

The ELA uses this funding to increase the number of accredited clubs in lacrosse as well as increasing the number of coaches and volunteers actively involved in the sport.

Lacrosse: Finance

Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on funding for the participation of the England Men’s U19 Lacrosse Squad in the U19 Lacrosse World Championship in British Columbia in July 2008. [194222]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department has received a range of correspondence about this issue. DCMS channels its funding for sport through its non-departmental public bodies, including Sport England. Therefore, correspondents have been directed to Sport England for further advice about funding opportunities.

We understand that the English Lacrosse Association has raised the issue of additional funding to support England lacrosse teams with Sport England, but has not made any formal application for funding to date. Any future application will be considered on its merits and against Sport England’s published funding criteria.

Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding streams are available via sports organisations to support the England lacrosse team members. [194224]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The English Lacrosse Association is able to use funding from Sport England for its Whole Sport Plan 2005-09 to support English lacrosse team members, with ‘International Success’ being one of the Key Performance Indicators against which Sport England’s investment in lacrosse is measured.

Licensing Laws: Fees and Charges

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what response his Department has made to the final report of the Independent Fees Review Panel chaired by Sir Les Elton. [194579]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Government are considering their response to the Independent Licensing Fees Panel report and I expect to make a formal response shortly.

Licensing: Kent

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licences to sell alcohol have been (a) granted and (b) renewed in North Kent in each of the last five years. [191415]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Prior to the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003, data on the number of alcohol licences and certificates granted and renewed in England and Wales under the Licensing Act 1964 were collected by petty sessional divisions (magistrates court areas) on a triennial basis, in accordance with the three yearly cycle of licence renewals. The last available data in relation to the 1964 Act were published in 2004. These indicated that 172,167 premises and 8,274 registered clubs had their licences renewed or granted respectively in that year. It is not possible to break this number down regionally, but the number of licences granted or renewed in Kent was as follows:


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Petty session division Total number of on and off premises

Canterbury and St. Augustine

431

Channel

1,148

Dartford and Gravesend

484

Faversham and Sittingbourne

414

Medway

690

Mid Kent

611

Thanet

553

West Kent

1,047


The first Statistical Bulletin on Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment licences and certificates issued under the Licensing Act 2003, was published on the DCMS website on 8 November 2007 and shows the number of licences granted and in force as at 31 March 2007. The following table shows the number of licences and certificates granted in 2006-07 and the number of licences in force. It should be noted that the figures cover all premises licences and certificates issued under the 2003 Act and will include some that do not allow the sale of alcohol.

Personal licences issued under the 2003 Act are renewed every 10 years. There is no renewal process for premises licences and certificates issued under the 2003 Act.

Premises licences and club premises certificates Personal licences
Licensing authority Number granted in 2006-07 All licences( 1) Alcohol licences( 1) Number granted in 2006-07 Total number in force as at 31 March 2007

Ashford

28

342

321

146

692

Canterbury

89

664

588

165

981

Dartford

15

294

(2)71

125

571

Dover

37

386

313

124

818

Gravesham

71

314

243

207

588

Maidstone

40

493

443

174

866

Medway

(3)

785

(2)207

556

1,350

Sevenoaks

22

407

342

89

230

Shepway

22

422

320

198

717

Swale

(3)

(3)

(3)

(3)

(3)

Thanet

62

579

492

137

1,027

Tonbridge and Malling

14

376

331

117

699

Tunbridge Wells

31

362

293

115

658

(1) Number in force as at 31 March 2007
(2) Some of licensing authorities double counted the number of premises with an alcohol licence when providing a figure for different types of alcohol permission (eg “on-sales only” or “both on and off sales”). Amendments were made to these so that the total number of alcohol licensed premises was no more than the total number of premised licences, but some LAs may still have over-reported the number of premises licences and certificates with authorised sale of alcohol.
(3) Data not supplied

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