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Regional Cultural Consortiums: Standards

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of regional cultural consortia in meeting their objectives since establishment. [200300]

Margaret Hodge: The aims, objectives and key activities for the Regional Cultural Consortia (RCCs) are agreed through their Funding Agreements with the Department. Their performance is monitored on an ongoing basis through regular feedback to my officials and reported on each year through the RCCs’ Annual Reports and Accounts.

The RCCs have also been periodically reviewed, in accordance with the business needs of my Department In early 2002, the RCCs underwent a review to assess the effectiveness of their operations. As recommended by the review, the Consortia were reconstituted as executive NDPBs and companies limited by guarantee in 2004.

My Department is currently conducting a review of all our regional arrangements with the aim of delivering a more effective and efficient regional infrastructure. The work of the RCCs is included in this review.

Regional Development Agencies: Tourism

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department provided to the (a) Eastern, (b) East Midlands, (c) West Midlands and (d) South West regional development agencies in the last financial year; and what proportion of this funding to each agency was ring-fenced for tourism-related purposes. [201772]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 25 April 2008]: Funding for regional development agencies (RDAs) is not ring-fenced for particular economic sectors, such as tourism. In 2007-08, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) 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 RDAs outside London. Tourism support expenditure by all the RDAs in 2007-08 is estimated at £43.5 million.

Regional Sports Boards: Finance

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the administrative budget of each regional sports board in England was in each of the last three years. [204151]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The budgets were as follows:


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Part 3: RSB administration budget for last three years
Original budget for each year
Region 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

North East

16,000

16,000

15,000

Yorkshire

11,000

10,000

10,000

East Midlands

10,000

10,000

15,000

East

12,000

15,000

15,000

London

10,000

15,000

15,000

South East

12,000

15,000

15,000

South West

17,000

15,000

15,000

West Midlands

10,000

10,000

15,000

North West

20,004

17,500

15,000

Total

118,004

123,500

130,000


Taking Part Survey

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what changes are planned for the next Taking Part survey; and what the reasons for each change are; [202331]

(2) what changes he expects to be made to the Taking Part survey in 2008-09. [203094]

Margaret Hodge: The Taking Part survey is run by DCMS in partnership with four of our NDPBs—Sport England, Arts Council England, English Heritage, and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Together, we have committed to running the survey for a further three years, beginning in July 2008.

The survey enables us to understand and monitor people's engagement with DCMS sectors, and we are keen to maintain continuity with data already collected so that our knowledge builds over time. The survey methodology will therefore remain broadly similar to that of previous years, that is, continuous face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of adults aged 16 and above and children living in private households in England.

The new contract is currently being drafted and will determine the scope of the survey going forward. In response to the changing needs and strategic objectives of the survey's partners and stakeholders, our intention is to reduce the scale of the survey and revise the questions asked.

We have been interviewing around 28,000 people each year. However, this is likely to be halved as we no longer plan to measure small changes within sub-samples of the population. The reduction will also help to make cost savings.

We are also reviewing the questions that we ask respondents. Some questions will remain the same but through consultation with the survey's stakeholders and our own research and analysis we are identifying key questions that are necessary and relevant to DCMS and NDPB priorities.

The scope and questions will be finalised in the coming weeks and, following piloting, fieldwork for the new Taking Part survey will begin in July. The survey will continue to evolve throughout the contract period (2008 to 2011).

International Development

Departmental NDPBs

Mr. Curry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people were serving on the boards of the non-departmental public bodies which his Department sponsors at the latest date for which figures are available. [203730]


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Mr. Thomas: The Cabinet Office publication “Public bodies 2007” lists the number of people serving on the boards of public bodies as at 31 March 2007. These figures are broken down by individual Departments. “Public bodies 2007” can be downloaded from:

Copies are also available in the Library of the House.

Developing Countries: Malaria

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of children who die from malaria in developing countries since 1997. [203531]

Mr. Malik: Since 1997 the Department for International Development (DFID) has provided support for malaria control, targeted at both children and adults, through international organisations and partnerships, bilateral programmes and research. In April the Prime Minister announced that the UK will provide 20 million insecticide treated bed nets which are vital for protecting children from malaria and to prevent malaria deaths.

DFID is providing £1 billion by 2015 to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. To date the Fund has disbursed US$ 5.5 billion, 25 per cent. of which goes to malaria programmes. DFID has also provided £49 million to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership which plays an important role in helping countries develop and secure finance for national malaria plans.

At the country level, DFID support in Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria includes the treatment of children.

DFID provides over £16 million for new drug development through its support for the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, (DNDI) and the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). Both are developing new malaria drugs.

Food: Prices

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to mitigate the effects of rising food prices on the populations of developing countries in the last 12 months. [203532]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: The UK Government are very concerned about the effects of rising food prices on the poorest. There are already 850 million who do not get enough to eat, and as prices rise this number will increase. Our response has been short-term humanitarian aid to those most seriously affected as well as medium and longer-term strategies to assist the hungry.

Provisional figures for the 12 months up to March 2008 indicate that the Department for International Development (DFID) spent £342 million on humanitarian programmes, and much of this will have helped mitigate the effects of high food prices. A further £30 million was pledged to the World Food programme (WFP) last week. Our approach has prioritised protecting the extreme poor from the effects of high food prices. In Africa,
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DFID spent £50 million over the last year on social safety net programmes, which reach 10 million people in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya. As part of our longer term work, DFID spends around £120 million a year directly on agriculture to help increase food production. Last week we announced an additional £400 million over the next five years to be spent on agricultural research.

International Assistance: Private Sector

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to involve private sector organisations in the facilitation of development in developing countries since 1999. [203533]

Mr. Malik: The UK Government work with developing country governments to support the growth of the private sector in their countries, and we fund a range of initiatives to encourage business to invest in key areas.

We are currently working with major companies on the business call to action and on May 6 we showcased concrete initiatives taken by leading companies to use their core business to promote growth and development.

The Department for International Development (DFID) has helped to establish and provides financing to the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa and the Private Infrastructure Development Group. Jointly with business we support the Investment Climate Facility for Africa, and recently announced the establishment of the International Growth Centre, which will deliver world class research and analytical and policy support to developing countries on growth.

DFID also works directly with individual companies and business organisations to maximise the impact of business on development. The UK Government launched the extractive industries transparency initiative in 2002 and are currently launching two new initiatives to promote transparency in the construction sector and the medicines sector—the construction sector transparency (CoST) initiative and the medicines transparency alliance (MeTA). DFID also supports the ethical trading initiative and the multi-fibre arrangement forum, both of which promote responsible and successful business practices.

Latin America: Children

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has discussed programmes which could be designed to reduce the flow of street children to Latin American cities with partner non-governmental organisations. [202700]

Mr. Malik: Neither I nor my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development have had discussions with partner non-governmental organisations about programmes which could be designed to reduce the flow of street children to Latin American cities. In Latin America we work through multilateral institutions such as the EC and World Bank and the plight of these vulnerable groups is an important priority in their programmes.


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Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects are funded by his Department to assist street children in Latin America. [202701]

Mr. Malik: The Department for International Development is not currently funding any projects to assist street children in Latin America.

Overseas Aid

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of international aid requested from the UK by overseas countries was paid in each year between 1997 and 2007. [203814]

Mr. Malik: The Department for International Development (DFID) does not hold figures on the proportion of international aid requested from the UK by overseas countries that was paid in each year between 1997 and 2007.

However, the following was given by the UK in official development aid (ODA) in each year since 1997.

UK official development assistance, 1997 to 2007
£ millions
ODA

1997

2,096

1998

2,332

1999

2,118

2000

2,974

2001

3,170

2002

3,285

2003

3,834

2004

4,313

2005

5,925

2006

6,770

2007 (provisional)

4,957

Total 1997 to 2007

41,774


St. Helena: Airports

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the provision of an airport on the island of St Helena. [203725]

Mr. Malik: We have now completed the evaluation of the two bids received last November and are moving into a period of competitive negotiations with both contractors.

On the island, the formal procedure for applying to the Governor-in-Council for the granting of planning permission started on 5 May. A public information week will be held later in May as part of this process.


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