Julie Morgan: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will make an assessment of (a) the account taken by local authorities of the gender equality duty in determining applications for the opening of lap-dancing clubs and (b) levels of use by local authorities of their powers to control the opening and regulation of such clubs. 
Currently, lap dancing clubs are required to obtain a premises licence or club premises certificate for regulated entertainment and the licensing authority will consider such applications in accordance with its powers to control and regulate such clubs under the Licensing Act 2003. The Government do not collect specific information on decisions taken by licensing authorities relating to applications for lap dancing clubs.
On the 18 June 2008 the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport wrote to chief executives of local authorities on the subject of lap dancing clubs to seek their views on whether they considered their powers under the Licensing Act 2003 were sufficient to regulate and control the opening of lap dancing in their area. This attracted 117 responses, the majority of which felt that additional legislation should be introduced to provide controls which are specific to lap dancing and similar premises.
In response, the Government have included provisions in the Policing and Crime Bill to reclassify lap dancing clubs as sex encounter venues under Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. This will give local authorities more powers to control the number and location of lap dancing clubs. It will also allow them to consider their obligations under the Gender Equality Duty when determining new applications if appropriate.
Ann McKechin: The Scotland Office does not separately record entertainment costs. Any such costs will be met from within the Office's hospitality budget. The hospitality budget over the last five years was as follows:
The events run from within the Office's hospitality budget continue to be popular with MPs of all parties with relevant Scottish constituencies taking the opportunity to engage with important stakeholders and groups in Scotland.
Ann McKechin: The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. The office provides corporate services, such as the payment of invoices, to the Office of the Advocate General. Separate figures for newspapers and magazines for each office are not recorded; and the cost of periodicals is subsumed within the overall library costs, such as the purchase of books. Expenditure by both offices on newspapers and magazines was as follows:
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by his Department on staff surveys in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and which companies were contracted to carry out the surveys. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by his Department on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market research in each year since 1997; if he will list the surveys commissioned; and what the purpose was of each. 
The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. The Scotland Office incurred no costs on focus groups, opinion polls or other forms of market research between 1999-2000 and 2007-08. The office's estimated spend in 2008-09 on
focus groups, to solicit views of voters to the Gould recommendations, is expected to be £24,500; no costs are anticipated on opinion polls or other forms of market research .
Huw Irranca-Davies: The Environment Agency sells different types of licences for fishing with rod and line in England, Wales and on the Border Esk in Scotland. The licence year runs from 1 April to 31 March. People over 65 years old are eligible for a concessionary licence while those between 12 and 16 years, inclusive, can buy a junior licence. Full licences are bought by people from 17 to 64 years, inclusive. One-day or eight-day licences can be bought by any age group. Published sales of each licence type are:
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Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which works of art from the Government Art Collection each Minister in his Department has selected for display in a private office. 
The Secretary of State (the right hon. Hilary Benn MP)four prints
Thomas Shotter BoysHyde Park Corner
Thomas Shotter BoysWestminster Abbey
Edmund Walker and Thomas PickenThe New Houses of Parliament
William ParrottChelsea with part of the Old Church
June BerryThe Green, Green Grass
Andy GoldsworthyIce Sphere
Andy GoldsworthyIce Sphere (pendant)
Andy GoldsworthyIce Star
Andy GoldsworthyIce Star (pendant)
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Departments policy to minimise pollution from fish farms. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The Environment Agency issues consents to all fish farms to control the discharge to the environment of pollutants expected from this type of operation. It does this by putting chemical limits on the consent which cannot be exceeded or issues a differential consent which compares upstream and downstream impacts.
Fish farms also use various chemicals to control pests on the fish and treat infection. The Environment Agency asks the farmer to provide a chemical use plan which specifies the amount of chemical applied to the fish.
From this the Environment Agency can work out the environmental impact downstream and compare against predetermined no-effect concentrations to fish and other organisms. Through this approach, the agency ensures that downstream environments are protected.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fisheries officers were based in each principal coastal town in Devon and Cornwall in each of the last three years. 
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