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Young Offender Institutions

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many 15 year old offenders were detained on the secure estate at a location more than 50 miles from their home address at any time in each of the last five years. [266175]

Mr. Straw: The Youth Justice Board (YJB) places young offenders according to various factors including distance from home, age, gender and suitability of establishments to deliver the offender’s sentence plan. On 20 February 2009 the average distance from home for a 15-year-old was 45.2 miles. The data collection system cannot discount double counting where young offenders during that period have been remanded, sentenced or moved to other establishments within the estate. Therefore, the following table provides a snap shot of the number of young offenders held in custody more than 50 miles from home on 30 June 2004-08.

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As at 30 June each year Number of 15-year-olds accommodated more than 50 miles away from home












Inspire Mark: Sutton

Tom Brake: To ask the Minister for the Olympics which businesses in the London Borough of Sutton have applied for permission to use the Inspire Mark; and which have been (a) granted and (b) refused permission. [268704]

Tessa Jowell: The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) created the Inspire programme to support non-commercial projects specifically inspired by the 2012 Games. The Inspire Mark, the badge of the Inspire programme, is the first of its kind and will be a legacy for future Olympic and Paralympic Games. As at 1 April 2009, a total of 112 projects have been considered by LOCOG. To date 90 per cent. have been approved with the rest having received feedback so that they can resubmit in due course.

So far, no projects solely within Sutton have applied to use the Mark, but Sutton's Olympic and Paralympic Forum are looking at ways to build awareness of the benefits available from the Games. National Inspire Programme projects are however being delivered in the constituency, such as Young Ambassadors in Sutton School Sport Partnerships, Make Your Mark in three Sutton schools, and free swimming for the over 60s in the borough, as well as the Get Set Education programme.

Olympic Games 2012: Ceremonies

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics by which port of entry the Olympic torch will enter the UK in 2012. [268799]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 20 April 2009]: The Olympic Torch Relay and the Paralympic Torch Relay are matters for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). The International Olympic Committee recently announced that future Olympic Torch Relays are likely to be domestic rather than international.

The Olympic Flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece, a few months before the 2012 Opening Ceremony, from where it travels to Athens. The route from Athens to the UK has not yet been decided. LOCOG has always said that the primary focus for the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays is to excite the UK in the lead up to the Games, and they are committed to making sure the Torch reaches all the nations and regions of the UK. The route will be announced in 2011.

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Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics which national Olympic committees have signed agreements for pre-London 2012 Olympic Games training camps in the UK; and what the location of the camp is for each such nation. [268798]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 20 April 2009]: 18 National Olympic Committees (NOC) and one National Paralympic Committee (NPC) have signed agreements for Pre Games Training Camps (PGTC) in the UK. They include agreements between the Kenyan Olympic Committee and Bristol, the National Olympic Committee of Thailand and Manchester, 15 of the Pacific Island National Olympic Committees and the North West and the Australian Olympic Swim Team with Manchester. Also the Australian Paralympic Committee have signed up to utilise such facilities as the Wales National Pool in Swansea, the National Whitewater Centre in Bala and the National Velodrome in Swansea.

Three years out from the Games the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the nine English regions and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are undertaking promotional activity to attract PGTCs ahead of 2012. LOCOG will be developing the London 2012 website to indicate when NOCs and NPCs have agreed to utilise a PGTC for their athlete preparations.

Olympic Games 2012: Mass Media

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are to accommodate non-accredited international media for the London 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement. [268800]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 20 April 2009]: Visit London has recently completed an initial scoping exercise to determine the necessary size, scope and cost of a non-accredited media centre in London. They have also begun working with their tourism partners on an audit of potential studio spaces, attractions and stand-up points with iconic views for broadcasters outside of the Olympic Park. Pre-registration for the media centre is likely to be announced in 2010, once funding and a detailed budget have been agreed.

Culture, Media and Sport

Listed Buildings

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department and its agencies provided for the upkeep of (a) Grade I, (b) Grade II and (c) Grade III listed buildings in (i) West Chelmsford constituency, (ii) Essex and (iii) England in the last five years. [269216]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 20 April 2009]: Government funding for listed buildings is channelled through English Heritage.

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Funding is also provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

These organisations operate a range of grant schemes for the repair, not the upkeep or maintenance, of listed buildings. Grade III is not in use as an official classification although some local authorities use it to denote local interest.

Television: Sponsorship

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) guidance has been issued and (b) rules are applied by Ofcom on the sponsorship of television programmes by (i) Government bodies and (ii) charities. [269914]

Andy Burnham: The rules that apply to programmes sponsored by Government bodies and charities are derived from the requirements of European legislation, the Television Without Frontiers (TWF) Directive, and from the Communications Act 2003. Based on this legislative framework, section 9 of the Ofcom broadcasting code sets out the rules on programme sponsorship with which broadcasters must comply. Ofcom also produces broadcast code guidance to help broadcasters interpret and apply the broadcasting code.


Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimates he has provided to businesses involved in (a) tourism, (b) hospitality, (c) leisure and (d) sport on likely (i) UK and (ii) overseas visitor numbers in 2009. [262696]

Barbara Follett: VisitBritain have advised that they do not publish forecasts on UK visitor numbers. However, VisitBritain, in conjunction with VisitLondon, have conducted research on the possible impact of the economic downturn. This research is due to be published shortly.

VisitBritain do publish forecasts on overseas visitor numbers annually. The number of overseas visitors to the UK is estimated at 31.7 million down from 31.9 million in 2008. This information can be found at the following web address:

Prime Minister


Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to lay proposed revisions of the Ministerial Code before Parliament for its approval. [270445]

The Prime Minister: The Government’s position remains as set out in “Government memorandum in response to the third report from the Public Administration Select Committee (Session 2000-2001) on the Ministerial Code”. This view was subsequently shared by the Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill in its report: “Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill Volume I: Report” (Session 2007-08). Copies of the memorandum and the report are available in the Library of the House.

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Departmental Assets

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when his Department last reviewed its assets and land and property holdings with a view to identifying and disposing of surpluses. [269853]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The Wales Office has only one property which is our London office, Gwydyr House. We have no plans to dispose of this.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials in his Department are suspended; how many are suspended on full pay; for how long each has been suspended; and what the reasons are for each such suspension. [270509]

Mr. Paul Murphy: None.

Departmental ICT

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [269590]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The Wales Office obtains its IT services through the Ministry of Justice, data on server utilisation specifically for the Wales Office are not held separately and could be calculated only at disproportionate cost.


Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he plans to withdraw and lay before Parliament in an amended form the draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing) Order 2009. [270449]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Discussions between Whitehall and the Welsh Assembly Government are ongoing.


Bank Services: Loans

Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information UK Financial Investments holds on the level of lending to the non-financial private sector by (a) HSBC, (b) Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) Lloyds TSB, (d) HBOS, (e) Northern Rock and (f) Bradford and Bingley in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008; what the change in the average level of such lending by each institution has been since its receipt of public funds; and what proportion of each institution's lending in 2007 that figure represents. [267171]

Ian Pearson [holding answer 27 March 2009]: Annual accounts for HSBC, Barclays, RBS, Lloyds TSB, HBOS, Northern Rock, and Bradford and Bingley are respectively published at:


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Lloyds TSB:


Northern Rock:


Bradford and Bingley:

On 19 January, the Government announced measures designed to reinforce the stability of the financial system, to increase confidence and capacity to lend, and in turn to support the recovery of the economy. Further information is available at:

These build on measures announced on 8 October last year.

The Government are negotiating quantified lending agreements with the banks participating in the Asset Protection Scheme and extended Credit Guarantee Scheme as announced in January this year. The Government will report to Parliament annually on the delivery of these agreements.

UK Financial Investments Ltd. (UKFI) will focus on its commercial remit to protect and create value for the taxpayer as shareholder, and secure compliance with other conditions attached to the Government's recapitalisation.

Banks: Finance

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of Asset Protection Scheme assets are held in foreign currency denominations; and if he will make a statement; [268084]

(2) what his most recent estimate is of the monetary value of assets held in the Asset Protection Scheme by currency; and if he will make a statement. [268085]

Ian Pearson: The Asset Protection Scheme (APS) will cover assets in sterling, euro, and US dollars, and other currencies subject to Treasury's approval.

Further detailed information about the assets in the scheme will be provided after the final contracts are signed.

Banks: Ireland

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the average size of deposit held by British nationals with money deposited in (a) the Bank of Ireland and (b) the Anglo Irish Bank in each of the last three years. [270271]

Ian Pearson: As a matter of course, HM Treasury does not comment on individual financial institutions.

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