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Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number and distribution of households expected to be unable to receive a television signal, either via satellite or via terrestrial services, after the digital switchover has taken place. [218131]

Andy Burnham: At switchover, it is expected that UK-wide coverage levels for digital terrestrial television (DTT) will reach that of present analogue services which is 98.5 per cent. of households. Digital satellite services are available to 98 per cent. of UK households.

Ofcom has advised that the 1.5 per cent. of homes (approximately 375,000 households) who will not be able to receive a fully reliable digital terrestrial signal are overwhelmingly those not covered by the existing analogue terrestrial services and in general already obtain their television services from an alternative platform, such as satellite or using self-help transmitters.

Ofcom is continuing to look for ways to improve coverage in areas where they know there is likely to be a problem and to work with Digital UK to ensure that those affected know what their options are.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate has been made of the number of households which have switched over to digital television in (a) Forest of Dean constituency, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) the UK. [220200]

Andy Burnham: In their recently published Digital Television Update, Ofcom estimate that 87.1 per cent. (c. 22 million) of UK households had digital television at the end of Q1 2008.

A regional breakdown of these figures is not available.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment has been made of the effect of recent changes in the cost of living and disposable household income on households’ preparation for digital switchover. [220214]


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Andy Burnham: Research suggests that age and disability are the most important indicators of lower digital TV take up and there is no evidence to indicate that cost of switchover is prohibitive or a barrier to conversion. Research by Ofcom’s Advisory Committee on Older and Disabled People suggested that low income alone is not likely to prevent people preparing for switchover.

There are a number of options for switching to digital and the cost will vary depending on what TV service and TV equipment is chosen. Digital terrestrial set top boxes, for example, start from around £20.

Digital Radio Working Group

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the evidence the Independent Digital Radio Working Group considered in preparation of its interim report. [218863]

Andy Burnham: The evidence considered by the Digital Radio Working Group (DRWG) in preparing for the interim report was commissioned independently by the DRWG. Therefore, it is right for the DRWG, not my Department, to decide whether this evidence is made public.

Digital Switchover Help Scheme

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate has been made of the number of (a) people aged over 75 and (b) disabled people who have taken advantage of the digital switchover help scheme in (a) Forest of Dean constituency, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) the UK. [220212]

Andy Burnham: The digital switchover help scheme assisted 2,616 people in Copeland, Cumbria. The help scheme has just begun to assist people in the Selkirk transmitter area within the Border TV region and full take up figures will be published after the help scheme closes for that area in December. Gloucestershire, including the Forest of Dean, does not switch until 2010 and eligibility for the help scheme will start eight months before the first transmitter switch in that region. The way in which the help scheme was provided with information for Copeland means that data on the breakdown between those aged 75 or over and those who are disabled are not readily available. The help scheme is considering how best to make such information available in future, consistent with its data protection duties.

Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Data Protection

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what restrictions there are on the use by stakeholders involved with the delivery of the Digital Switchover Help Scheme of personal data supplied to them in connection with the scheme. [220687]

Andy Burnham: Access to data must be in accordance with The Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Act 2007. Information disclosed under the Act is strictly for use in connection with ‘switchover help functions’ and there are criminal penalties for unlawful disclosure.
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The powers to disclose information will effectively lapse once the switchover process is completed. Before processing the information, DWP and local authorities will need to satisfy themselves that the security and IT procedures in place for handling the data are appropriate. A Memorandum of Understanding exists between DWP and the scheme administrator to ensure that the data are processed in accordance with the law, including compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Disabled

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are disabled; and what the average salary in his (i) Department and (ii) executive agencies is of (A) full-time disabled staff, (B) full-time non-disabled staff, (C) part-time disabled staff and (D) part-time non-disabled staff. [220190]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information is as follows:

Festivals and Special Occasions: Finance

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many requests his Department received for funding to be allocated to the promotion and celebration of specific celebratory days in 2007. [218526]

Margaret Hodge: Information is not held on the number of direct requests to my Department for funding to be allocated for the promotion and celebration of specific days in 2007. As the majority of DCMS funding is channelled through our NDPBs, it is possible that these bodies may have received direct requests for funding, but that information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Gambling

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to his Department’s press release 131/04, on the publication of the Gambling Bill, how many mystery shopper surveys the Gambling Commission has conducted since its creation; when these surveys were carried out; and if he will place a copy of the results in the Library. [219695]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Gambling Commission conducted a pilot mystery shopping exercise last summer on remote sites operated by prospective licensees and others. At that stage many operators were changing their systems to comply with the commission’s prospective licence conditions and codes of practice. Using the approach developed in the pilot, the commission now has an ongoing programme of mystery shopping on remote sites provided under a commission licence as part of its compliance programme. I will ask the chief executive of
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the Gambling Commission to write to the hon. Member on this matter and to place a copy of that letter in the Library of the House.

Gambling: Young People

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent research his Department has commissioned into levels of gambling amongst young people aged (a) between 16 and 18 and (b) under 16 years. [219686]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The British Gambling Prevalence Survey (BGPS) 2007, commissioned by the Gambling Commission, provides data on participation in gambling and the prevalence of problem gambling in Britain among the adult population aged 16 and above. The Gambling Commission have also commissioned a literature review of children and gambling which is due to be published in the summer. The National Lottery Commission’s (NLC) ongoing research programme includes regular tracking surveys of 12-to-15 year-olds to monitor underage play of the national lottery. This research includes information on underage participation in other gambling activities. The NLC are in the tender process for the next survey which is due to be published in summer 2009.

Government Olympic Executive: Manpower

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on staffing for the Government Olympic Executive in each year since 2004. [219270]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The cost of staffing the Government Olympic Executive (and its predecessor, the Olympic Games Unit until May 2006) in each financial year since 2004-05 is as follows (including salaries, national insurance and pension contributions and agency staff).

Financial year Staff costs (£ million)

2004-05

0.35

2005-06

1.09

2006-07

2.76

2007-08

4.67


Sports: Children

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the benefits for children and young people of participation in organised sport; and if he will make a statement. [219651]

Andy Burnham: I have engaged with ministerial colleagues including the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on a number of initiatives relating to the participation of children in organised sport and the resultant benefits. These include the launch of the Sport England strategy, and the Legacy Action Plan for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games “Before, during and after: making the most of the London 2012 Games”.


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Additionally, regular meetings take place between the Minister for Sport and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families, the Ministers jointly responsible for PE and Sports Strategy for Young People (PESSYP).

Television: Advertising

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the revenue generated from product placement on ITV in the last 12 months. [219858]

Andy Burnham: Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code does not allow ITV or other UK commercial TV companies to reach product placement deals with advertisers. The Government’s estimate therefore of the revenue generated from product placement on ITV is nil.

Television: Smoking

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if he will discuss with those involved in the production of entertainment media the possible relationship between the on-screen depiction of smoking and rates of smoking among young people; [219750]

(2) whether he has received recent representations on the classification of films which show positive images of smoking. [219751]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 17 July 2008]: The depiction of smoking in films is covered by the guidelines for the British Board of Film Classification, which were reviewed in 2005 after extensive public consultation and were updated accordingly. Any films which are found to be (1) aimed at children and (2) "Works which promote or glamorise smoking" receive a restricted rating. We have no plans at present to examine the impact on screen depiction of smoking but we do of course, keep these matters under constant review.

UNESCO Convention on Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the cultural effects of ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. [220612]

Margaret Hodge: The UK Government have already adopted the Annex of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage as best practice for archaeology. Although we keep the matter under review. We do not believe that the case for ratification by the UK has been made.


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Innovation, Universities and Skills

Departmental Official Cars

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which make and model of car he has chosen as his ministerial car to be provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency. [217747]

Mr. Lammy: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport on 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 414W.

Funding: Energy Generation

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much funding his Department has provided through the Technology Strategy Board for projects relating to (a) energy generation, (b) renewable energy generation, (c) energy transmission and (d) energy efficiency, broken down by region in each year since its inception; [217832]

(2) how much funding his Department has provided through grants for research and development for projects relating to (a) energy generation, (b) renewable energy generation, (c) energy transmission and (d) energy efficiency in each of the last five years, broken down by region. [217929]

Ian Pearson [holding answer 10 July 2008]: The following tables cover funding provided to projects relating to energy generation, renewable energy generation and energy transmission. No figures are provided for energy efficiency however as a significant proportion of the Technology Strategy Board's current portfolio of 750 projects with a combined business and Government investment of over £1 billion, are driven by considerations of efficiency, both energy and natural resource. Identifying relevant projects and providing a regional breakdown for these can be achieved only at disproportionate cost.

The funding identified in the tables cover grants awarded by Energy Group in the then DTI, both prior to, and following the establishment of the advisory Technology Strategy Board, to October 2004. It also includes grants awarded by the executive Technology Strategy Board, established on 1 July 2007. It does not include grants awarded in the area of clean coal technologies, worth £5 million in 2003-04, and approximately £6.5 million in 2004-05. Identifying and providing a regional breakdown for these projects can be achieved only at disproportionate cost.

The regional breakdown provided relates to the location of the lead partner in a consortium. It does not therefore reflect the funding provided to organisations based in each of the regions.


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Energy generation
£

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2000-07 2007-08

East Midlands

1,783,409

934,932

1,798,893

2,087,397

2,863,541

East of England

0

3,880,892

0

1,188,846

2,232,816

London

477,000

304,500

0

1,358,568

2,172,591

North East

4,508,163

304,129

2,112,719

184,523

1,954,915

North West

224,339

1,040,100

687,072

212,721

322,271

N Ireland

0

42,170

0

0

0

Scotland

3,725,974

478,260

1,876,729

0

4,737,367

South East

1,361,990

6,939,332

2,987,893

2,198,825

5,672,088

South West

5,208,057

1,308,367

1,628,662

1,484,967

958,668

Wales

0

0

574,802

0

0

West Midlands

519,587

81,966

2,536.958

1,140,926

1,288,459

Yorkshire

27,250

403,728

0

227,746

391,466


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