Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1421W, on Roads: Construction, when she expects the information on carbon impacts of Highways Agency road schemes to be published on the Highways Agency website and placed in the Library. 
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice she has (a) sought and (b) received from the Chief Scientist at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on sustainability and the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government have always made clear that its biofuel policies must be based on the best available scientific evidence. We have asked the Renewable Fuels Agency to lead a review of the emerging evidence on the wider, indirect impacts of biofuel production. Professor Bob Watson, together with other Government chief scientific advisers, has been asked to peer-review its findings. The review is due to report in June.
Tessa Jowell: The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is a private company, and has a strong diversity and inclusion policy on its recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers that covers gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion and age. This is regularly monitored for its effectiveness.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what consultations the Government have undertaken with financial institutions on financing the 2012 Olympics; and what the cost of such consultations was. 
The International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre and the Olympic Village are developer-led projects in which the developer is responsible for bank and equity funding. The Olympic Delivery Authority has taken and will continue to take appropriate advice on the nature of these transactions but does not have direct contractual relations with any financial institutions, and consequently has not paid for any advice from them.
Margaret Hodge: The Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy document was deposited in the House Libraries, via a written ministerial statement, on 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 58WS.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 1959W, on Arts Council England: Finance, what (a) resource and (b) capital allocations have been made for (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11. 
Margaret Hodge: The Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP) is formed from the Partnership of Arts Council England, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Creative and Cultural Skills. Funding has been channelled through Arts Council England, which has assessed the programme as part of the ongoing review of its work and priorities. A mix of formal and informal learning opportunities has been created and is supported by the programme, including placements, courses, online information, advice and guidance; as well as work-based support including coaching and mentoring opportunities.
The programme is having a good impact on leadership development, in terms of both the new opportunities offered to emerging, mid-career and established leaders, and increasing awareness of the benefits of targeted leadership development for these important areas of the UK life and economy.
The programme has been delivered by a very small team, ensuring that an investment of over 85 per cent. of the £12 million made available has been spent directly on activities that will support leaders, and keeping administration and support costs to a minimum. The programme was launched just two years ago in June 2006, and the first phase ends in June 2008. The Department expects to receive a formal evaluation of the CLP soon after the end of this first phase.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what resources (a) his Department, (b) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (c) the Arts Council and (d) Creative and Cultural Skills plan to make available to the Cultural Leadership programme in each of the next three years. 
Margaret Hodge: In the period 2008-11 all financial support for the Cultural Leadership Programme will come from the settlement to the Arts Council. The Arts Council has agreed figures of £3,000,000 for 2008-09; £3,500,000 for 2009-10 and £3,500,000 for 2010-11.
There will be no financial contribution from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Creative and Cultural Skills or the DCMS, although they will continue to steer the development of the Programme through the Cultural Leadership Programme Delivery Partnership.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) hits and (b) unique visitors the Cultural Leadership programmes website received in each of the last 12 months. 
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting have been made in each such year. 
Margaret Hodge: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport spent £3,415.27 on carbon offsetting for the year 2006-07. This was the first payment of this type and was made to the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund, which is managed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Andy Burnham: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales has been appointed as the Minister for Digital Inclusion and will work with other Departments, including mine, to co-ordinate policies and develop a coherent strategy to ensure that all citizens, especially the disadvantaged, benefit from the use of digital technologies. My Department is committed to addressing the digital divide where it is economically and technologically feasible to do so.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the research on return path capability amongst the elderly and (b) the drafted return path costed option annex referred to in the minutes of the Emerging Technologies Group meeting on 27 February in relation to the digital switchover assistance scheme. 
Andy Burnham: The Emerging Technologies Group (ETG) was told that research on return path usage by the elderly existed, but the group has not yet had sight of this or any related research. No steps have been taken by the ETG to produce a costed option for including return path functionality within set-top-box equipment.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the VAT Relief on Memorials scheme in each of the next three years. Margaret Hodge: The Memorials Grant Scheme makes grants equivalent to the VAT incurred by charities and faith groups in establishing or repairing public memorials. The scheme is demand-led and it is not possible, therefore, to estimate future costs accurately.
Andy Burnham: Sport England has advised that the Playground to Podium Steering Group is in the process of making final amendments to the framework following a consultation process with national governing bodies of sport and Steering Group members. The final framework will be published prior to the programme launch in September, in line with the commencement of the new school year.
The framework provides a clear rationale for the selection of, and investment in, a focused number of sports bodies that can support the delivery of a disability pathway for their sports from playground through to podium.
Sport England has taken responsibility on behalf of the Playground to Podium Steering group to co-ordinate the assessment and selection of sports, and has advised that sports bodies will be informed whether they have been selected in early May. Applications for funding will then be invited from the appropriate national governing bodies.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department paid to the chairmen and chairwomen of regional sports boards in England in respect of their board duties in the last 12 months. 
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