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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses was paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department and its agency, The Royal Parks, do not routinely maintain statistics on performance of invoice payments analysed by size of businesses. This information can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
The Royal Parks' performance on similar basis was 96.3 per cent. for 2003-04, the latest year for which information is readily available. Invoice payment performance information relating to later years can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit staff in each of the last five financial years; which recruitment consultants were employed for those purposes in each of those years; and if he will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: The Department and its agency, the Royal Parks, do not separately identify the cost of recruitment consultants from other recruitment costs such as advertising. The total amount spent on recruitment including external advertising and on recruitment consultants in each of the last five financial years is shown in the following table.
Whitehead Mann (2005-06)
Odgers (2006-07 and 2007-08)
Taylor Bennett (2007-08).
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Government are working with a range of partners to get more people more active and encourage participation among young people in a range of physical activities including Olympic Sports. Following the publication of Sport England's new strategy, Sport England is working with 46 sports to develop funding submissions for the period 2009-13, which will set out ways in which those sports can contribute to a world-class community sports system in the UK. The 46 sports include all the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sports, and as part of the funding submissions sports will be asked to set out proposals for the talent development pathways.
Those sports able to demonstrate an ability to deliver against the talent development outcome will be commissioned to do so. Sport England officers have been guiding sports through the commissioning process, offering them significant technical input into the production of their funding submissions. This is to ensure that all sports fully understand the process and articulate as clearly as possible the potential of their sport to deliver against Sport England's strategic outcomes.
Sport England has also recently made awards totalling £4.5 million to support the Playground to Podium programme. This programme will provide a framework for people with a disability to benefit from high quality physical education in schools and high quality coaching and performance environments in the community. This will lead on to the Paralympic World Class Programmes for those athletes who have the ability and the desire.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games has had with the International Olympic Committee's worldwide partners on their involvement in the London 2012 Olympics. 
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has a Client Services team in place which leads on the relationship with all domestic and worldwide partners for 2012. The team has regular contact with each partner on a range of issues, including how to activate their sponsorship in the run-up to the Games in 2012. Many partners also work directly with departments in LOCOG
in those areas where their people, products and services will support the delivery of the Games.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum claimants and (b) their dependants of each nationality have been granted leave to remain in the UK through (i) the 1998 backlog exercise, (ii) the 2003 family indefinite leave to remain exercise, (iii) the legacy exercise and (iv) discretionary leave to remain since 1997. 
(i) The following tables show the number of principal asylum applicants who have been granted leave to remain in the UK through the pre-1996 asylum application backlog exercise (referred to in the question as the 1998 backlog exercise) by nationality during 1999 and 2000. The backlog clearance exercise ran for these two years only.
Information on dependants granted leave to remain in the UK through the backlog exercise is not available by nationality and can be obtained only by examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost. Total figures for principal applicants including dependants
granted exceptional leave under the backlog exercise were 15,195 and 14,045 in 1999 and 2000 respectively.
(ii) For information on the 2003 family indefinite leave to remain exercise, I refer the hon. Member to the reply my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Mr. Byrne) gave on 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1298W.
UKBA is no longer reporting on the performance of the Family ILR Exercise. The small number of remaining cases are being processed with other legacy cases, not as a separate workstream, and will be reported on as part of normal business.
(iv) Discretionary leave to remain has only been granted since April 2003. For information on the numbers granted discretionary leave to remain from April 2003 to 2006, I refer the hon. Member to the reply my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Mr. Byrne) gave on 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1298W. 2007 figures on the discretionary leave to remain can be found in tables 4.1 and 4.2 of the annual Statistical Bulletin Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007:
|Cases considered under normal procedures|
|Applications received( 4)||Total decisions||Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum||Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave|
|Nationality||Number||Number||Percentage( 5)||Number||Percentage( 5)||Number||Percentage( 5)|
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