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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 11 November 2008

Olympics

Olympic Games 2012: Construction

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the £95 million forwarded to the Olympic Delivery Authority in October 2008 from contingency funding related to construction of the Olympic Village was from (a) the Olympic Delivery Authority programme, (b) the Funders' Group and (c) another contingency fund; and if she will make a statement. [229336]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 23 October 2008]: £95 million to fund commencement of construction of the Olympic Village was originally allocated from Funders' Group contingency as an interim measure. The Funders’ Group have now confirmed that up to £22 million that has already been spent will be funded from Funders' Group contingency with the balance being funded by the ODA until funding arrangements are further considered, expected to be early in the new year.

Olympic Games 2012: Flowers

Harry Cohen: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what consideration the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have given to providing alternatives to cut flowers for presentation to medallists, competitors, VIPs and others during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. [235060]

Tessa Jowell: In line with the sustainability plan published last year, ‘Towards a One Planet 2012’, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will seek to use natural materials and identify opportunities for using locally sourced plants where possible.

Sustainability is a rapidly evolving field and alternatives will be considered nearer the time when there are likely to be more options available.

Together with LOCOG and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) I am committed to making the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games as sustainable as possible.

Olympic Games 2012: KPMG

Mr. Malins: To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will publish the terms of reference given to KPMG in relation to its report on Olympic venues. [233748]

Tessa Jowell: KPMG was instructed by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) with input from the Government Olympic Executive and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to assist in the evaluation of the options analysis for:


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The KPMG report is yet to be finalised and therefore plans for any part of its publication, including the specific terms of reference, are still to be determined.

Wales

Departmental Conditions of Employment

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of those working in his Department are (a) on a flexible working contract, (b) on a job share employment contract and (c) work from home for more than four hours a week. [233854]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The Wales Office has the following staff working on flexible terms:

Departmental ICT

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) memory sticks, (b) laptop computers, (c) desktop computers, (d) hard drives and (e) mobile telephones were (i) lost by and (ii) stolen from his Department in each year since 1997. [234082]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Since the creation of the Wales Office in 1999 there have been no reported thefts or losses of memory sticks, laptop computers, desktop computers and hard drives, although there have been three reported losses of mobile phones, one in 2004, one in 2006 and one in 2007.

Departmental Official Residences

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 6W, on departmental official residences, what the cost of refurbishment of his London office was; and what the nature of the work undertaken was. [233390]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I refer the right hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson) on 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 1W.


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Departmental Security

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many security passes of staff in his Department were stolen in each year since 2001. [233504]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Since 2001 we have recorded a loss of three security passes, two in 2006 and one in 2008.

These passes solely gain access to the Wales Office and are immediately removed from the internal database.

Prime Minister

Official Hospitality

Pete Wishart: To ask the Prime Minister what Government expenditure on Ministerial hospitality was in the financial years (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08, expressed in current prices. [234356]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the written statement I made on 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 108-10WS, and the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Cleethorpes (Shona McIsaac) on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1108W. I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my predecessor, the right hon. Tony Blair, on 11 October 2006, Official Report, column 788W, and the answer given by my noble Friend the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 21 July 2005, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA261.

Expenditure on other ministerial hospitality is a matter for the relevant Department.

Scotland

Airwave Service

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what organisations for which his Department is responsible (a) use and (b) are planning to use Airwave handsets. [234695]

Ann McKechin: The Scotland Office does not use Airwave technology and has no plans to do so.

Football: Racial Discrimination

Mr. Galloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will hold discussions with the Scottish Executive on recent instances of anti-Irish racism at football matches involving Scottish clubs; and if he will make a statement. [234222]

Ann McKechin: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and I have had discussions with the Scottish Executive on a number of issues, however none specifically concerning anti-Irish racism at football matches involving Scottish clubs.

Tackling such issues falls to the Scottish Football Association and Scottish football clubs, in conjunction with the police. Sport and policing are devolved matters.


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Football: Terrorism

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has held discussions with the Scottish Executive on pro-terrorism chanting at football matches in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. [234887]

Ann McKechin: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and I have had discussions with the Scottish Executive on a number of issues, however none specifically concerning chanting at football matches in Scotland.

Tackling such issues falls to the Scottish Football Association and Scottish football clubs, in conjunction with the police. Sport and policing are devolved matters.

Northern Ireland

Abortion Act 1968

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Government’s policy is on seeking to extend to Northern Ireland the provisions of the Abortion Act 1968. [232787]

Mr. Woodward: Successive Governments have consistently said that extending the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland would need the most careful consultation there and that no change to the current arrangements should be made against the wishes of the people in Northern Ireland.

The Government believe that the best forum for taking decisions on this matter is the Northern Ireland Assembly once it has taken on responsibility for the criminal law.

Access NI

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applicants have raised a dispute with Access NI since 1 April 2008; and how many of these have been upheld. [232880]

Paul Goggins: While the statistics requested are not available, I can confirm that a number of registered bodies and applicants have queried the information provided on the Disclosure Certificate. In a small number of these cases the certificate has been amended as a result. Statistical information of the kind requested will in future be collated.

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons have lodged complaints with Access NI about the standard of its service since 1 April 2008. [232881]

Paul Goggins: While the statistics requested are not available, I can confirm that a significant number of letters, e-mails and telephone calls have been received complaining about various aspects of the service. The majority of these are related to the current delays in returning certificates. Statistical information of the kind requested will in future be collated.


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Airwave Service

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what organisations for which his Department is responsible (a) use and (b) are planning to use Airwave handsets. [234696]

Mr. Woodward: No organisation for which my Department is responsible use, or is planning to use Airwave handsets.

Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs of the Saville Inquiry have been for each calendar month since February 2005, broken down by category of expenditure. [234917]

Paul Goggins: I am advised that the costs of the inquiry for each calendar month since February 2005 have been as follows:


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NIO funding to the inquiry MOD legal costs Total

2008-09

April

499,141

25,377

524,518

May

332,889

11,454

344,343

June

189,141

18,812

207,953

July

375,454

21,150

396,604

August

346,626

22,358

368,984

September

406,974

27,884

434,858

Total

2,150,225

127,035

2,277,260

2007-08

April

286,425

20,946

307,371

May

325,249

25,896

351,145

June

300,272

15,978

316,250

July

940,194

27,058

967,252

August

338,424

22,305

360,729

September

507,882

17,983

525,865

October

234,884

25,629

260,513

November

462,529

22,189

484,718

December

239,949

21,362

261,311

January

453,054

25,255

478,309

February

599,295

23,167

622,462

March

365,839

22,194

388,033

Total

5,053,994

269,962

5,323,956

2006-07

April

351,827

22,192

374,019

May

4,033,188

24,689

4,057,877

June

706,742

26,602

733,344

July

353,425

42,161

395,586

August

954,094

18,323

972,417

September

330,117

21,305

351,422

October

219,749

29,300

249,049

November

716,369

25,984

742,353

December

576,040

27,861

603,901

January

415,493

27,826

443,319

February

360,675

20,670

381,345

March

501,147

18,293

519,440

Total

9,518,866

305,206

9,824,072

2005-06

April

551,126

38,093

589,219

May

448,943

27,278

476,221

June

665,401

60,196

725,597

July

762,083

53,926

816,009

August

1,201,478

27,437

1,228,915

September

574,566

11,327

585,893

October

662,000

30,054

692,054

November

488,252

31,803

520,055

December

455,719

47,323

503,042

January

439,321

31,390

470,711

February

456,188

36,448

492,636

March

456,892

26,650

483,542

Total

7,161,969

421,925

7,583,894

2004-05

February

1,629,280

31,696

1,660,976

March

698,762

70,821

769,583

Total

2,328,042

102,517

2,430,559


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