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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on compliance with requirements of health and safety at work legislation in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: There are no plans to commission research into the effects of foreign ownership on UK media outlets. However, Ofcom are currently conducting a review of the media ownership regime. Although this will not specifically consider foreign ownership, it will take a view on the ownership structures as a whole. This review will conclude later this year.
Andy Burnham [holding answer 1 April 2009]: Through the Physical Education and Sport Strategy for Young People (PESSYP), 250 multi-sports clubs were established in 2008-09, providing opportunities for young disabled people to take part in sport. The strategy aims to deliver a total of 450 new multi-sport clubs by 2011.
In addition, the Government have built on the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, setting down a clear framework that requires sports clubs to make reasonable adjustments to the way their services provide for disabled people and where necessary adjust the physical features of their premises.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the expected contribution of swimming to Olympics legacy targets for participation in sports. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England has commissioned the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) to deliver outcomes against Grow, Sustain and Excel. The ASA has been offered an award of £20,875,000 over the period 2009 to 2013 to drive these outcomes. Sport England is awaiting acceptance of this offer.
The ASA award agreement specifies that the ASA will grow the sport by 270,000 additional participants swimming for 30 minutes once a week (increasing the total of one x 30 16+ swimmers to 3,514,400) by 2012-13. It should be noted that Sport Englands overall growth target is to get 1 million more people playing sport for 30 minutes three times a week by 2012-13. Recognising that most people who achieve three x 30 minutes per week do so through a combination of different sports,
the individual National Governing Bodies have therefore been given goals expressed in terms of one x 30 minutes per week that will aggregate together.
In addition, the ASA award agreement sets out that the ASA will increase the total number of young people (five to 19) participating in swimming clubs from 136,327 to 159,483 by 2012-13. These figures for young people refer to the number of young people participating in swimming clubs, not the number of young people participating in swimming more generally.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations he has received on television programmes with content claimed to be unsuitable for viewing being broadcast before the watershed in each of the last five years. 
Andy Burnham: The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Approximately 50 per cent. of the correspondence received by the Department on broadcasting is about content of which quite a large proportion is about the watershed.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department paid in interest to suppliers under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 in the last three years for which figures are available. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on compliance with requirements of health and safety at work legislation in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann McKechin: Information is not available in the form requested. Details on the cost of compliance with requirements of health and safety at work legislation are not recorded in a way that such information could be disaggregated.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) senior Civil Service staff in 2008-09; and how many such payments were made. 
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) review and (b) taskforce projects his Department has commissioned in each of the last five years; what the purpose of each such project is; when each such project (i) began and (ii) was completed; what the cost of each such project was; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The Wales Office has adopted a project management approach to various tasks, such as implementation of the Government of Wales Act 2006, but not commissioned any external reviews or taskforces.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many actions under employment law were brought against his Department in each of the last three years, broken down by category of action; and how many were contested by the Department at an employment tribunal. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: Only one action under employment law has been brought against the Wales Office in the last three years to which a response has only recently been filed and therefore the matter has not yet progressed to employment tribunal stage.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with greater than 250kW of output; how many of these systems have been inspected under the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each inspection report. 
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|(1) New chillers installed on certain units and due for installation at others. Inspection to be arranged.|
(2) Display Energy Certificate and Inspection Report placed in the Library.
(3) The reports are currently with Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) for agreement due to the limited availability of assessors.
The Department for Transport will place in the Library a copy of the display energy certificates and their associated advisory reports in respect of each property occupied by the Department and its agencies.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to reissue official photocard driving licences with all prior entitlements without the need for the applicant to provide proof of completion for each individual class; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: There is no requirement for applicants to routinely provide proof of their driver entitlement when applying for a replacement photocard licence. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will renew photocard licences that reflect the driving entitlement recorded on the applicant's driving record. On receipt of a new licence, drivers are asked to check the accuracy of the document and raise with DVLA any concerns they have. If the customer claims an entitlement that is not shown on the licence, DVLA will investigate.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish guidance on the quality contracts provided for by the Local Transport Act 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Clark: Newhaven Marine station is owned by Network Rail and as such it is up to them to review options for the future of the station. If Network Rail were to conclude they wished to close this station they would be required to follow the procedures under the Railways Act 2005, including a full consultation.
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport holds no record of the number of miles of unadopted roads in Lancashire. The last recorded figures based on a 1972 survey, suggested there were around 40,000 such roads within the UK. We have no information on how many of these roads have since been adopted or how many new unadopted roads have been created.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the cost of running the rail network was met from passenger revenue in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003; and what proportion he estimates will be so met in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2013. 
An estimate of passenger revenue alongside planned Government support for the railway up until 2013-14 is set out in the White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway which was published in July 2007. Copies of both documents are available in the Libraries of the House.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the bond deposited by a train operating company awarded a rail franchise is fully forfeit in the event of a unilateral termination of the franchise by that company. 
Paul Clark: In the event that a franchise is terminated the performance bond would be called. However, the bond can only be used to cover costs. As such if there are any funds left after those costs have been discharged we would have to repay the balance.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings his Department has had with each rail franchise company in each month of 2009; and what requests from such companies to modify franchise agreements he has received in that period. 
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