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Members: Correspondence

Mr. Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to answer the letter of 4 April from the hon. Member for Harwich on film archives. [210372]

Margaret Hodge: I replied to the hon. Member on 16 June 2008.

National Lottery

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments were made to the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt from (a) the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund and (b) the National Lottery Distribution Fund in each of the last three years. [210401]

Andy Burnham: Details of payments to the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt (CRND) can be found in Note 6 of the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund (OLDF) annual accounts and the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDF) annual accounts, which can be found on the Department’s website:

or in the House Libraries. The 2007-08 accounts are expected to be laid before Parliament in October and will be placed on the Department’s website and in the House Libraries at that time. A summary of amounts received in the past three years is shown in the following table.

£000
NLDF OLDF

2004-05

190

2005-06

179

2006-07

144

49


The Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund (OLDF) came into legal existence on 8 April 2005 under the terms of the Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Act 2004 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2005 (SI 2005/1134).

National Lottery: Buildings

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much office space was taken up by staff in his Department engaged on National Lottery Distribution Fund matters in each of the last five years. [210411]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 12 June 2008]: In 2007-08 staff in the Department engaged on National Lottery Distribution Fund matters occupied approximately 29 m(2) of office space. The Department does not hold information for the period 2003-04 to 2006-07.

Playing Fields: Planning Permission

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if he will break down by region the sites where planning applications relating to playing fields were accepted on sites that Sport England considered resulted in a detrimental impact to sport, in each year since 2001; [210441]


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(2) how many planning applications relating to playing fields were accepted on sites that Sport England considered (a) resulted in a detrimental impact to sport and (b) did not result in an improvement to sport, in each year since 1997 for which figures are available. [210442]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England has provided the following information on the number of planning applications which (a) resulted in a detrimental impact to sport, and (b) did not result in an improvement to sport, since 2001. Sport England does not hold this information by region nor do they hold central records relating to this prior to 2001.

Applications

2001-02

52

2002-03

76

2003-04

52

2004-05

47

2005-06

40


Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many planning applications there were relating to playing fields, on which Sport England were consulted, in 2005-06, broken down by region. [210443]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England has advised that the numbers of planning applications on playing fields, on which Sport England were consulted, in 2005 - 2006, by region is as follows:

Region Applications

East

219

Midlands

96

London

46

North-east

80

North-west

112

South-east

259

South-west

138

West midlands

182

Yorkshire

174

Total

1,306


Public Libraries: Opening Hours

Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public libraries were open for more than 60 hours per week in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007. [211202]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 13 June 2008]: According to the “Public Library Statistics” published by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, in England there were seven library service points open for more than 60 hours per week in 1996-97 and there were 97 in 2006-07.

Regional Sports Boards

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the role of regional sports boards will be under the Sport England strategy for 2008 to 2011. [211456]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Regional Sports Boards will be replaced by a ministerial nominee in each region who will act as an advocate for community sport and help lever in regional funding from the public and private sector. A decision on the London Regional Sports Board will be made following discussions with the Mayor. The changes across all nine regions will be implemented in full by the end of the year.

Sport England will retain a regional presence through its network of nine regional offices, but their work will be more tightly focused. A new structure will be announced by the end of June.

Tourism

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on policies affecting inbound tourism. [210747]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 13 June 2008]: Since the start of 2008, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and I have exchanged detailed correspondence about issues relevant to the Strategic Review of Tourism Support, which is presently being taken forward by VisitBritain. The aim of these discussions was to make the best possible use of the overseas assets of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the British Council, along with VisitBritain’s overseas office network, in promoting inbound tourism. These discussions have contributed to the emerging findings of the Strategic Review, which is expected to report in July.

Tourism: Finance

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what method his Department uses to estimate the level of local authority expenditure on tourism; and if he will make a statement. [210410]

Margaret Hodge: Figures for local authority tourism spending in England are derived from returns made by individual authorities to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Each year, local authorities in England report a breakdown of their revenue budgets for the forthcoming year in April and their revenue outturn for the previous year in July. All authorities are required to complete the forms and DCLG achieves a 100 per cent. response rate.

According to DCLG’s guidance to local authorities (Guidance Note RO6 on completing the General Fund Revenue Account Outturn for Cultural, Environmental and Planning Services), the following activities should be reported as tourism spending:


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An analysis of local authority tourism spending, along with other elements of public sector tourism funding, forms part of the present Tourism Framework Review, which is being led by VisitBritain. The review is expected to report in July.

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on tourism in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [210495]

Margaret Hodge: DCMS spending on tourism is via grant in aid to VisitBritain which is broken down as follows:

£ million

2003-04

47.9

2004-05

48.4

2005-06

48.9

2006-07

49.9

2007-08

49.9


In addition to this £3.6 million, in each of these years was provided to the eight Regional Development Agencies and £1.9 million for each of these years to the London Development Agency, for the support of tourism.

Welsh Language

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the level of demand for the services provided by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental bodies to be provided in the Welsh language; and if he will make a statement. [210547]

Margaret Hodge: DCMS has published a Welsh Language Scheme and uses a scoring system approved by the Welsh Language Board to ascertain which of its publications should be made in Welsh. The Department completed an assessment of the provision of services in Welsh in response to a request from the Welsh Language Board earlier this year.

World Creative Business Summit

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1016-7W, on the World Creative Business Summit, how much will be paid to (a) Edelman and (b) Acclaim for services related to this event. [210197]

Margaret Hodge: DCMS has appointed Edelman and Acclaim through the Central Office of Information (COI) to deliver the World Creative Business Summit. We are currently working with COI and the agencies on delivery plans for the event. Exact payments to each agency will be agreed when plans are signed off.


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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Afghanistan: Refugees

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings his Department has held with the Red Cross on the arrest and detention in adult criminal prisons of Afghan child refugees in Greece; and if he will make a statement. [209741]

Dr. Howells: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has had no meetings with the Red Cross specifically regarding the arrest and detention of Afghan child refugees in adult criminal prisons in Greece. Greece, like many other EU countries, is bound by the Council Directive laying down minimum standards for the Reception of Asylum Seekers 2003/9/EC, the implementation of which is monitored by the European Commission. We welcome recent steps taken by Greece to improve conditions for asylum seekers, for example to create new reception centres in Samos, Amygdaleza (Attica) and Sparta.

Bangladesh: Prisoners

Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Bangladesh about the (a) number and (b) conditions of political prisoners in that country. [209872]

Dr. Howells: Following the recent arrests throughout the country, the Bangladesh authorities have not released specific information on the number of political prisoners. The UK has consistently called on Bangladesh to ensure respect for fundamental individual rights, due process and judicial independence, consistent with her international obligations. My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary each emphasised this to Fakruddin Ahmed, Chief Adviser of the Bangladesh caretaker government, in meetings in London and Dhaka earlier this year.

Bermuda: Administration of Justice

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the judgment of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of 28 February 2000, what representations he has made to the Government of Bermuda on legislative proposals to amend section 17(2) of the Court of Appeal Act 1964 of Bermuda regarding the grounds for appeal to the Court of Appeal against a judgment of the Supreme Court; and if he will make a statement. [208772]

Meg Munn: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has made no representations to the Government of Bermuda on proposals to amend section 17(2) of the Bermuda Court of Appeal Act 1964.

We are aware of a motion put down in the Bermuda House of Assembly in March, noting the need to reform the law relating to double jeopardy where new evidence has emerged. We understand that the Government of Bermuda has not included any proposals to amend the Court of Appeal Act in its current legislative programme. Any change to the 1964 Act is a matter for the legislature of Bermuda.


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Burma: Diplomatic Service

Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the responsibilities of the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Burma are; how many times he has visited the country; and what discussions he has had with the Burmese regime. [209370]

Meg Munn: Appointed in August 2007, the UK Special Representative on Middle East and Special Projects advises my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary on countries within this remit, including Burma. He undertakes specific missions and initiatives as designated by my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary and contributes to policy planning within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In his current role, the UK Special Representative on Middle East and Special Projects has visited Burma once on 25 May 2008 when he accompanied my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development to the International Donors Conference, following Cyclone Nargis. Since taking up the Special Representative role, the only discussions he has had with the Burmese regime took place during this visit and focussed solely on humanitarian relief. He discussed Burma with the Governments of Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand in November 2007 and April 2008 and with the Government of India in April 2008.


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