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Prisoners: Employment

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what partnerships each prison developed with external companies to provide (a) training and (b) work for prisoners in each of the last five years. [227122]

Mr. Hanson: The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has a significant number of relationships, including partnerships and commercial contracts, with private, public and voluntary sector organisations aimed at providing training and work for prisoners. Governors have for some time been encouraged to develop a range of local initiatives in this area. NOMS has just begun a process of mapping these activities. I will write to the hon. Member when the exercise is complete.

Prisons: Drugs

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours of training (a) on average and (b) in total prison governors have received relating to illegal drugs in the last 12 months. [226549]

Mr. Hanson: The National Offender Management Service does not hold central records of all the training undertaken by governors or other prison staff. Any such information would be recorded at a local level and collating this information would incur disproportionate costs.

HM Prison Service attaches great importance to the learning and development of all staff, including prison officers, ensuring that they are equipped with the right skills at the right time in their Prison Service career. This includes NOMS drugs strategy.

Wales

Christmas

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its Executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement. [226967]

Mr. Paul Murphy: We have details of receptions given by the Wales Office. My predecessor hosted two Christmas receptions in the financial year 2007-08, one in London and one in Cardiff. They were attended by parliamentarians, journalists and those with an interest in Welsh affairs generally. The cost was £5,058.

Departmental Marketing

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the remit of his Department. [226512]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The Wales Office has not commissioned any advertising in the last 12 months.

Departmental Public Participation

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many citizens’ juries his Department has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event. [227468]

Mr. Paul Murphy: None.


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Referendums

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the policy of the Government is on the submission to Parliament of any request for a referendum made by the Welsh Assembly Government during the present term of the Assembly under Part IV of the Government of Wales Act 2006. [226116]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Any request for a referendum made by the Welsh Assembly Government would be dealt with under the provision of section 104 and schedule 6 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.

Olympics

Olympic Games 2012: Voluntary Organisations

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Minister for the Olympics which voluntary organisations she has met to discuss their involvement in the delivery and legacy aspects of the 2012 Games; and what the outcome has been of these discussions. [226586]

Tessa Jowell: Voluntary organisations are key to the Government's vision for 2012. I have met a number of them including Cancer Research, Fields in Trust, the Prince's Trust, Sport England, Thames 21, V, Volunteering England, the Work Foundation and the Youth Sport Trust, and have addressed over two hundred representatives of these and other local and national voluntary organisations at various events. These events have informed the Government's ambition for encouraging tens of thousands more young people to give time to their local communities, directly or indirectly, as a result of the Games as set out in the published Legacy Action Plan. More information can be found at

I continue to liaise with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games as it develops its recruitment programme for volunteers needed to deliver the Games in 2012, which is to be launched in 2010.

Prime Minister

Written Questions: Government Responses

Peter Luff: To ask the Prime Minister if he will review the accuracy of the answer given by his predecessor to the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire on 12 November 1997 relating to Formula One sponsorship to ensure any inaccuracies and inadvertently misleading statements are corrected. [227361]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by Mr. Speaker on 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 557.


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Culture, Media and Sport

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many closure notices have been issued under section 169A of the Licensing Act 2003 for persistently selling alcohol to children. [226019]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The offence only came into force on 7 April 2007. The latest available licensing statistics cover the period until 31 March 2007 and are therefore outside the period of this offence coming into force. We have asked for data during our most recent statistics collection covering the period from 1 March 2007 to 31 March 2008, so we anticipate having figures when these are published on 31 October.

Arts

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which regional development agencies will pilot creative economy strategic frameworks; and when he expects the pilots to (a) begin and (b) end. [227173]

Barbara Follett: The Regional Creative Economy Strategic Frameworks are being piloted by the North West Regional Development Agency and the South West Regional Development Agency.

The south west’s pilot started on 19 May 2008 and is expected to end in January 2010.

The north west’s pilot began in May 2008. They will report on their consultation in January 2009. The recommendations will then be incorporated into the region’s Integrated Regional Strategy in 2010.

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date he expects to have developed the Menu for Local Infrastructure to be used by local authorities to attract creative industries to their area. [227175]

Barbara Follett: The Menu for Local Infrastructure will be developed by the Local Government Association (LGA) with the support of the regional development agencies, DCMS and others. The LGA plans to publish the menu in the spring of 2009, according to current timetables.

Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions English Heritage has had with representatives of (a) the Roman Catholic Church and (b) non-conformist churches on the repair and upkeep of church buildings. [226699]

Barbara Follett: English Heritage has advised that it holds regular discussions with faith groups including the Roman Catholic and non-conformist churches about the repair and upkeep of church buildings. They meet formally through its Places of Worship Forum which sits four times a year. English Heritage’s Inspired! is the umbrella campaign for all its support for places of worship.


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Cycling: Finance

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated to support (a) individual cyclists and (b) the British Cycling Federation from (i) the National Lottery and (ii) his Department as grant-in-aid in each year since 1997. [224839]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Funding in support of British Cyclists and the British Cycling Federation is provided by Sport England and UK Sport. Sport England and UK Sport have advised that detailed breakdowns of funding for individual athletes could be provided only at disproportionate cost, but they have provided figures for overall grants in each year since 1997 as follows:

Sport England funding
Lottery Exchequer

World Class Programme Funding One Stop Plan Funding Everyday Cycling Programme Club and Coach Programme Development Funding PE and School Sport for Young People National Sports Foundation

1997-98

19,679

0

0

0

No record

0

0

1998-99

0

0

0

0

159,000

0

0

1999-2000

385,360

0

0

0

276,000

0

0

2000-01

13,729,927

0

0

0

270,000

0

0

2001-02

1,885,877

0

0

0

270,000

0

0

2002-03

4,217,719

0

0

0

277,500

0

0

2003-04

672,110

200,000

0

0

207,350

0

0

2004-05

6,589

75,000

0

0

270,000

90,000

0

2005-06

5,000

2,915,000

0

0

0

95,000

0

2006-07

0

4,176,000

0

0

0

122,500

314,762

2007-08

0

195,000

250,000

2,138,032

0

122,500

112,500

2008-09

0

0

250,000

0

0

117,500

0


UK Sport funding
£
Lottery Exchequer

NGB APA NGB Total

1997-98

325,000

487,000

334,000

1,146,000

1998-99

711,000

765,000

393,000

1,869,000

1999-2000

1,412,000

722,000

375,000

2,509,000

2000-01

1,546,000

895,000

0

2,441,000

2001-02

2,113,000

398,000

385,000

2,896,000

2002-03

1,306,000

420,000

440,000

2,166,000

2003-04

1,628,000

437,000

450,000,

2,515,000

2004-05

1,873,000

458,000

612,000

2,943,000

2005-06

0

553,000

2,632,000

3,185,000

2006-07

1,913,000

742,000

3,820,000

6,475,000

2007-08

1,636,000

969,000

4,208,000

6,813,000

14,463,000

6,846,000

13,649,000

34,958,000


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