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These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Reoffenders

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2008, Official Report, columns 383-84W, on re-offenders, what the results were of the trials of intermittent custody; and what the reasons were for the decision to make no further use of the sentence for the time being. [195133]

Mr. Hanson: The decision to end the intermittent custody pilots was informed by the research report “Intermittent Custody Pilots: a descriptive study”, which was published as Home Office Online Report 23/06 and is available electronically at:

Intermittent custody was seen to have had some success, but also to be a relatively expensive and appropriate for only a minority of offenders. The infrequency with which the disposal was likely to be used was not considered to justify the cost of implementation.

Resomation

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislation to allow for disposal of bodies via resomation; and if he will make a statement. [195102]

Bridget Prentice: We do not have any plans to bring forward the changes to primary legislation necessary to allow for disposal of bodies via resomation at present. We are, however, aware of the growing interest in resomation as an alternative method of disposal. In view of this interest, we are giving consideration to the representations that have already been made to us and are exploring how best to engage more widely on this issue.

Culture, Media and Sport

Arts

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public service agreement targets which relate to increasing access to the arts among priority groups and participation in the arts by priority groups his Department has set since 1997; and what progress has been made on each of them. [194915]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Public service agreements (PSAs) apply only to Government Departments. The Department published its first set of PSAs in December 1998 and agreed a measurement methodology in March 1999. Since then we have agreed new PSAs with HM Treasury as part of each subsequent spending review (SR). We publicly report progress against these targets in our departmental annual report (DAR) and autumn performance report (APR) each year, copies of which
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can be found in the House Library. Priority groups are those from black or minority ethnic groups, with a physical or mental disability, or those in the lower socio-economic groups. The PSAs relating to increasing access to and participation in the arts and the progress made on them are as follows:

SR period Number Indicative title Outcome

1998

8

Increase access to performing arts

Met

2000

5

Increase arts participation

Met

2002

2

Increase significantly take-up of arts opportunities by new users aged 20 and above from priority groups

No change in attendance or participation in the arts for any priority group

2004

3

Increase the number of people from priority groups who participate in arts activity at least twice a year by 2 per cent. and increase the number who attend arts events at least twice a year by 3 per cent. by 2008

Ongoing


Further details of each PSA can be found in the relevant DAR or APR.

Arts: Community Development

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with (a) other government departments and (b) local authorities on community arts projects in the last 12 months. [194453]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 14 March 2008]: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State has had no such discussions since taking up his post in January this year. The Department, however, has recently published A Passion for Excellence, an improvement strategy for culture aimed at supporting local authorities, which includes art services. It was developed with partners in local government, major cultural non-departmental public bodies, the Improvement and Development Agency and other partners.

Arts Council England distributes Lottery funding to a diverse range of community arts projects throughout the country and is active in the Living Places Partnership, which aims to help create thriving, vibrant communities through culture and sport.

BBC: Sponsorship

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provisions govern the BBC’s use of sponsorship in relation to (a) live events and (b) the broadcasting of such events subsequently; and what recent assessment has been made of the BBC’s compliance with such provisions. [195434]

Andy Burnham: The BBC’s use of sponsorship is governed by the relevant provisions in its Royal Charter
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and Framework Agreement. It is the responsibility of the BBC Trust to assess whether the BBC is complying with such provisions.

Casinos: Closures

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many land-based casinos have closed in the last 12 months. [195406]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 19 March 2008]: Five land-based casinos have closed since 1 April 2007. Of those five, one casino has relocated to other premises and four have retained their licence but are not currently operating.

Casinos: Young People

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has plans to change the age of admission from 18 to 21 years old for land-based casinos. [195407]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 19 March 2008]: The Secretary of State has made it clear that he is keen to hear Members’ views on this issue. No change to the admission age to casinos will be made prior to full consultation on the matter.

Cultural Heritage: Young People

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to his Department's press release of 13 February 2008 entitled young people to get five hours of culture a week—£135 million funding boost announced, when he plans to establish the Youth Culture Trust. [194874]

Andy Burnham: We expect the Youth Culture Trust to be formally set up by the start of the financial year 2009-10. In the interim the programme of Find Your Talent pilots will be managed by the Arts Council's Creative Partnerships scheme in close partnership with all other major stakeholders working in this area.

Departmental Marketing

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding has been provided to campaigns promoting (a) responsible consumption of alcohol and (b) responsible gambling since 1997. [194921]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The DCMS has not provided any public money to campaigns promoting responsible consumption of alcohol or gambling since 1997.

However the Gambling Commission, (one of the Department's NDPBs) regulates gambling in the public interest. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

The Home Office and the Department for Health are leading on campaigns to challenge the binge-drinking culture and associated antisocial behaviour and to raise awareness of the risks of harmful drinking.


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Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on (i) reports, (ii) conferences and (iii) the public service publisher project. [194927]

Andy Burnham: Ofcom put forward the public service publisher (PSP) concept as one of several options in its first statutory Review of Public Service Broadcasting and subsequently published a discussion paper in 2007. I have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to write to the hon. Member setting out any costs it may have incurred.

The Government have not commissioned any reports or held any conferences specific to the PSP concept, nor does it record separately the cost of considering individual policy issues.

Digital Broadcasting: Swansea

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to be able to give a date for the ending of analogue signals from the Kilvey transmitter in Swansea. [194689]

Andy Burnham: The Kilvey Hill transmitter will stop broadcasting analogue signals between July and September 2009. Digital UK will announce the exact date at the end of the year. Digital UK is responsible for communicating detailed dates to viewers and will be providing them with information that will help them through the process of switchover.

Digital Broadcasting: Visually Impaired

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to expand further audio description on digital television; what discussions he has had with broadcasters on this matter; and what strategy is in place to help those with visual impairment as part of the digital change over process. [195717]

Andy Burnham: The Communications Act sets minimum targets for audio description of programmes by broadcasters. It is the responsibility of Ofcom to ensure that these requirements are met and to ensure broadcasters are taking effective steps to publicise awareness of their audio description services. In this regard, Ofcom facilitated the Audio Description Awareness Campaign, which was launched by television broadcasters and the RNIB on 1 February 2008. During this six-week campaign, more than 70 television channels broadcast promotions explaining how to find out more about this valuable service.

The Department has had no direct discussions on the above subject with broadcasters.

The scope of the Digital Switchover Help Scheme does include those who are registered blind or partially sighted. Help is free of charge to those who are eligible and on income support or pension credit. Others will pay a £40 charge.


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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support is available to increase access to audio description equipment via digital television. [195718]

Andy Burnham: Registered blind or partially sighted people are eligible for the Digital Switchover Help Scheme. Audio Description is accessible through the equipment provided by the scheme. Help is free of charge to those who are eligible and on income support or pension credit. Others will pay a £40 charge.

Grants: Merseyside

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was awarded to Wirral South constituency by (a) the Big Lottery Fund, (b) Arts Council England, (c) Sport England and (d) the Heritage Lottery Fund between 2002 and 2008. [194741]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Wirral South constituency from the 1 January 2002 up until 13 March 2008 received the following grants:

Distributing body Total value of grants (£)

Big Lottery Fund and its predecessor bodies the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund

3,599,913

Arts Council England

21,544

Sport England

50,000

Heritage Lottery Fund

812,500


The information is location specific. That is the list includes only grants that have been supplied as being 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 coded as related to it. The Department's lottery grants database is searchable at:

and uses information supplied by the lottery distributors.

This information does not include grants reported as Awards for All.

Handball: Females

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps he is taking on increasing participation in competitive handball by schoolgirls; [195446]

(2) what steps he is taking on increasing participation in competitive aerobics by schoolgirls. [195448]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There are 21 sports with competition frameworks in place; this does not currently include handball and aerobics.

However, we are currently working with Governing Bodies and School Sport Associations to improve their competition frameworks, and we are establishing a national network of competition managers to implement our plans at a local level.


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Ultimately, individual School Sport Partnerships decide which sports should be offered to pupils based on local needs.

Increasing inter and intra-school sporting opportunities is a key component of the National School Sport Strategy, which is delivered jointly by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Museums: Closures

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regional museums closed in each year since 1997. [194917]

Margaret Hodge: Since the start of the Renaissance programme in 2002, none of the regional hub museum services have closed. Information for all independent, local authority or charitably funded museums is not held centrally.

Music

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2008, Official Report, column 321W, on music, if he will break down the figures provided for Arts Council funding by type of music. [194823]

Margaret Hodge: The Arts Council's grant in aid funding for music in 2007-08 can be broken down as follows:

Brass receives £22,850; Chamber music receives £658,772; Choral and gospel music receives £113,380; Classical and orchestral music receives £21,455,157; Community music receives £1,888,104; Contemporary classical music receives £892,364; Contemporary popular music receives £800,118; Early Music receives £207,795; Experimental and electronic music receives £248,981; Folk music receives £320,599; Jazz music receives £1,006,801; Opera receives £36,522,425; World music receives £1,565,860; and other music receives £2,339,410.

In addition, the Royal Opera House receives £26,252,600 which contributes to both opera and ballet. Carnivals and cultural festivals where music plays a part receive £258,570.


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