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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. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The UK Government are supportive of efforts to achieve gender equality and continue to work very closely with both the Womens National Commission and the Womens Budget Group on promoting gender equality within the UK. In 2004, HM Treasury undertook a pilot project on gender analysis of expenditure with the Womens 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.
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.
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. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: In 2002, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Strategy Unit jointly published Game Plan: a strategy for delivering Governments sport and physical activity objectives. This report estimates that the cost to the UK economy of physical inactivity is at least £2 billion.
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. 
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. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: We are currently considering representations that have been made to us by the main trade bodies which represent the bingo and arcades sectorsthe Bingo Association and the British Amusement Catering Trades Associationfor 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.
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. 
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.
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 Mens U19 Lacrosse Squad in the U19 Lacrosse World Championship in British Columbia in July 2008. 
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 Englands published funding criteria.
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 Englands investment in lacrosse is measured.
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. 
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:
|Petty session division||Total number of on and off premises|
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.
|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|
|(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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