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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the daily average number of domestic visitors to each (a) museum and (b) art gallery in London in receipt of Government funding was in the most recent period for which figures are available. [234582]

Barbara Follett: The information is as follows:

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(a) Daily average number of domestic visits to DCMS funded museums in London, in 2007-08
Museum Average daily domestic visits

British Museum


Geffrye Museum


Horniman Museum


Imperial War Museum


National Maritime Museum


Science Museum London


Natural History Museum


Sir John Soane's Museum


Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green


Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington


Wallace Collection


(b) Daily average number of domestic visits to DCMS funded art galleries in London, in 2007-08
Gallery Average daily domestic visits

National Gallery


National Portrait Gallery




These figures were derived from dividing the total number of domestic visits to each of the museums and galleries in 2007-08 by 365.

The figures for the Imperial War Museum, Natural History Museum and the Tate include domestic visits to branches outside of London. We do not collect information on domestic visits by branch.

Official Visits: Sports

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department attended the Brazilian Grand Prix in an official capacity; what the purpose of the visit was in each case; and what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department. [234770]

Mr. Sutcliffe: This Government publish an annual list of all ministerial travel costing over £500. The list includes a breakdown of travel by all Ministers and the global figure for the cost of ministerial travel includes the cost of staff accompanying Ministers. Detail of travel taken in the current year will be published as soon as it is ready after the end of the financial year. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code.

Sports: Finance

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding sports national governing bodies (a) have received in the current funding cycle and (b) will receive in the next funding cycle. [235167]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information is as follows:

(a) The table details funding provided from the Exchequer and Lottery to sport national governing bodies, allocated by Sport England and UK Sport, in the current funding cycle 2005-09.

£ million

UK Sport


Sport England




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It should be noted that the figures for Sport England do not include funding provided from the Community Investment Fund as to ascertain this would result in disproportionate cost.

(b) UK Sport and Sport England have not yet made final decisions on allocations to Sport National Governing Bodies for the next funding cycle (2009-13). This will be considered by their respective boards in December 2008.

Women and Equality

Racial Harassment

David Simpson: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which her Office is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the last 12 months. [236909]

Maria Eagle: There have been no such complaints since the Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007.


Community Legal Advice: Marketing

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 621W, on community legal advice: marketing, on what basis the 104 hon. Members who did not request a leaflet stand were selected to receive one; for what reason stands were sent to no more than 151 hon. Members; and if he will make a statement. [234831]

Mr. Malik: The agreed practice for distribution of Community Legal Advice (CLA) marketing materials and stands is to advise organisations of their availability and provide them with details for ordering any materials. An introductory letter is sent and only those requesting stands are provided with the leaflets and stands.

However, the Birmingham regional office recently sent out around 100 stands in error to MPs in the west and east midlands who had not requested them, together with a letter of introduction but without the standard offer letter preceding any delivery of stands. All other Legal Services Commission regional offices and the central CLA team have only sent out stands as requested.

In order to ensure consistency the Legal Services Commission CLA team will remind relevant staff of the agreed practice for distribution of marketing materials. CLA will also issue guidance that the central CLA marketing team should be alerted to any major promotional activities to ensure all major activities meet strategic and operational guidelines.

Counterfeit Manufacturing: Internet

Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted in the UK for the sale of illegal or counterfeit goods over the internet in each of the last five years. [235168]

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Maria Eagle: Criminal offences involving sales of goods over the internet cannot be separately identified from other offences concerning sales of goods, as the particulars surrounding a case are not held centrally.

Courts: Video Conferencing

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made for the potential use of virtual courts; and what representations he has received on this matter. [234874]

Bridget Prentice: The Police and Justice Act 2006 made provision for the use of virtual courts. A 12-week prototype of the concept started in July 2007, and was hosted by Camberwell Green magistrates court. An evaluation report of the prototype showed that it had been a success, enabling first hearings to take place in an average time of three-and-a-half hours.

A larger scale one year pilot has now been agreed to take place in parts of London and North Kent. This pilot will commence early in 2009. The pilot will fully test the costs and benefits of virtual courts and allow representations at a local and national level to inform decisions on wider roll out.

Departmental Buildings

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 167-68W, on departmental buildings, what the cost of each refurbishment was. [233415]

Mr. Straw: The information requested is shown as follows.

Costs stated are for refurbishment works to the fabric and structure of the building and do not include items such as furniture. All costs exclude VAT except where indicated. The provision of a more detailed breakdown of the total figures for each property would incur a disproportionate cost.

Ministry of Justice HQ

Location Net internal area (m2) Refurbishments costs (£)


102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ




Part 2(nd) Floor, Carlton Tower, 34 St. Pauls Street Leeds



NOMS (non-custodial)

Location Net internal area (m2) Refurbishments costs (£)


Argyle House, Argyle Way, Stevenage SG1 2AP




4 Mitre Buildings, West Square, Harlow CM20 1DR



NOMS ( custodial)

Location Net internal area (m2) Refurbishments costs (£)





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HMCS Estates

Location Net internal area (m2) Refurbishments costs (£)


Regional Office, Greyfriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2NR




Regional Office, Lynx House, Pynes Hill, Rydon Lane, Exeter EX2 5JL




London and South East Regional Office, Rose Court, Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HS




Wales Regional Office, Churchill House, Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2HH




Kent Area Directors Office, Gail House, 5 Lower Stone Street, Maidstone ME15 6NB



Tribunal Service

Location Net internal area (m2) Refurbishments costs (£)


Hagley Road, Birmingham




Leicester Arnhem House (5(th) Floor), Leicester



Legal Services Commission

Location Net internal area (m2) Refurbishments costs (£)


Floors 11, 12 and 13 Building 2, Exchange Tower, Harbour Exchange, London EC15




Viking B8, Jarrow, Newcastle



(1) Including VAT.

Departmental Conditions of Employment

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of employees in his Department (a) are on a flexible working contract, (b) are on a job share employment contract and (c ) work from home for more than four hours per week. [233833]

Mr. Straw: Within the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) there are a number of flexible working opportunities. These include: working part-time, compressed hours, and part-year working, such as during school term times.

Centrally held information shows that 13 per cent. of Ministry of Justice staff work part-time as of September 2008.

Staff who are on other flexible working patterns and who are on a job share employment contract are not held centrally and could be provided only by contacting each local area within MoJ at a disproportionate cost.

Within the Prison Service arrangements for working from home are administered locally and data are not held centrally. The Former DCA records show 20 members of staff worked from home full-time, but any other
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arrangements are held locally only. The NOMS agency does not record staff who work from home. Figures on staff who work from home are available only at disproportionate cost.

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