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Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 11 June 2009]: UK Sport is designated by Government to deliver the UK’s national anti-doping testing programme in line with its ‘National Anti-Doping Policy’ and the principles and processes set out in the World Anti-Doping Code and accompanying International Standards.

It carries out tests on sportsmen and women on the basis of their consent, either through a contractual relationship they may have with their National Federation or as a member, license holder etc. of their National Federation. In both cases they will consent to abiding by the rules of that sport, which include the anti-doping rules, and to make themselves available for testing.

Tourism: Balance of Payments

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the UK's tourism balance of payments was for 2008-09; and what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the equivalent figures for (a) France, (b) Spain and (c) the US in the same period. [277471]

Barbara Follett: [holding answer 1 June 2009]: Provisional data from the International Passenger Survey estimate a tourism balance of payments deficit of £20 billion in 2008-09.

The Spanish Institute of Tourism Studies have published their 2008-09 tourism balance of payments showing a £24 billion surplus. The French Ministère de l’économie, de l’industrie et de l’emploi

published a paper “Le tourism en France en 2008” stating the provisional figures from the Banque de France on the tourism balance of payments surplus is £8.6 billion.

In March 2009 the Bureau of Economic Analysis, part of the US Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, published a tourism balance of payments surplus of £17.9 billion.

Tourism: Finance

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make an estimate for benchmarking purposes of the level of financial support given to the tourist industry in other EU member states by their governments. [275814]

Barbara Follett: DCMS does not keep a record the financial support given to the tourist industry in other EU member states by their Governments.

However in 2005 the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) published the following figures in their report ‘Structures and Budgets of National Tourism Organisations, 2004/05’. These figures only reflect central government funding for marketing inbound tourism, and do not include regional or local government spend on marketing. These figures have been converted into sterling from dollars at the March 2005 exchange rate.

The UNWTO have confirmed they plan to publish updated figures in the autumn for the period 2006-08.


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Country (alphabetical) Public sector budget for 2005 administer by National Tou rist Office/Agency (£ million( 1) ) Percentage public sector contribution to total budget (i.e. rest from private sector)

Austria

30.6

64.9

Czech Republic

4.5

100

Denmark

18.2

62.3

Finland

17.6

61.1

France

33.7

53.6

Germany

20.6

78.8

Greece

80.6

93.7

Hungary

11.7

90.3

Ireland

43.7

97.2

Italy

32.9

86.7

Netherlands

18.5

64.3

Norway

18.9

32.2

Poland

5.1

89.8

Spain

63.7

100

Sweden

9.3

70.4

UK

35.5

72.9

(1) Figures shown are converted to £ figures at the March 2005 exchange rate.
Source:
UNWTO, Structures and Budgets of National Tourism Organisations, 2005.

Justice

Prisoners Release

David Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average amount received in discharge grants by offenders sentenced to two months' imprisonment was in the latest year for which figures are available. [277281]

Maria Eagle: Prison Service Order (PSO) 6400 (Discharge) says that, to be eligible for a discharge grant, prisoners must have been given a custodial sentence of more than 14 days. The grant is £46 and is not apportionable.

The Prison Service has become aware that, following the introduction of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 which required that prisoners serving sentences of one year or less be released at the halfway point of their sentence, PSO 6400 was not sufficiently clear and its original intention has been misinterpreted. A revised Instruction has been issued to address this, clarifying that a prisoner must serve a sentence, of which the custodial period is more than 14 days.

Prisoners Release: Foreigners

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were released from prisons in each of the last 10 years. [278427]

Maria Eagle: The following table shows the number of discharges of adult and young adult foreign national prisoners from completed determinate sentences between 1999 and 2007. Data have been rounded to the nearest 100.


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Number of FNP discharges

1999

4,300

2000

4,400

2001

4,700

2002

5,200

2003

6,200

2004

7,100

2005

7,400

2006

7,700

2007

8,100


Improved data quality in the last year means that these data differ from previously released information. Data on all discharges will be published in the summer in Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2008. Data for 1997 and 1998 are not available.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Sentencing: Crimes of Violence

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of fixed-term sentences for serious violent offences. [278925]

Claire Ward: There has been no recent consideration of the merits of fixed-term sentences for serious violent offences. No two cases are the same and the Government believe that the courts should be able to take into account all the circumstances in each case to determine the appropriate sentence. The Government have provided the courts with more options for dealing with serious violent offences, including indeterminate sentences where appropriate: the Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduced a new sentence of imprisonment for public protection for dangerous offenders. Under this sentence, the court sets the minimum tariff to be served by the offender and release is determined by the Parole Board on the basis of the risk presented to the community. The Government believe that this sentence offers the best protection to the public from the most dangerous violent, and sexual, offenders.

Work and Pensions

Child Support Agency: Official Hospitality

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Child Support Agency spent on hospitality and entertainment in each of the last five years. [276364]

Jonathan Shaw: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have therefore asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:


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Financial year Amount (£)

2004-05

2,393

2005-06

2,462

2006-07

4,726

2007-08

2,732

2008-09(1)

5,392

(1) Figures for 2008/09 have not yet been audited by the National Audit Office and are therefore subject to change.

Children: Maintenance

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which months since 1993 the number of cases on which decisions on maintenance have been made by the Child Support Agency and its successor have been exceeded by the number of case applications received; and what the figures in each category were in each such month. [278259]

Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 8 June 2009): The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have therefore asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:


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Month Applications received Applications cleared

March 2003

11,100

1,400

April 2003

16,600

2,800

May 2003

20,900

3,600

June 2003

23,100

7,900

July 2003

26,800

10,500

August2003

21,700

10,800

September 2003

25,000

16,100

October 2003

31,100

18,300

November 2003

26,300

16,300

December 2003

18,500

14,100

January 2004

25,800

16,200

February 2004

23,800

16,200

March 2004

30,100

18,800

April 2004

28,400

26,000

May 2004

30,000

18,300

June 2004

26,900

17,700

July 2004

23,900

16,700

August 2004

26,400

16,000

September 2004

25,400

18,000

October 2004

24,900

18,000

November 2004

25,000

19,200

December 2004

18,900

13,800

January 2005

23,200

20,400

February 2005

25,000

22,700

March 2005

25,300

26,800

April 2005

24,500

25,200

May 2005

25,100

27,400

June 2005

24,800

26,100

July 2005

25,400

26,600

August 2005

23,100

25,500

September 2005

24,900

24,500

October 2005

27,500

25,200

November 2005

29,900

32,800

December 2005

23,400

27,100

January 2006

30,000

28,800

February 2006

34,500

29,900

March 2006

34,700

34,000

April 2006

24,700

29,400

May 2006

24,600

26,600

June 2006

25,600

28,800

July 2006

23,400

30,900

August 2006

24,600

26,500

September 2006

23,100

25,900

October 2006

20,000

29,300

November 2006

22,200

23,700

December 2006

16,400

20,000

January 2007

24,600

27,200

February 2007

33,600

48,100

March 2007

27,400

40,200

April 2007

22,300

28,600

May 2007

24,900

31,500

June 2007

26,100

31,000

July 2007

24,700

30,700

August 2007

26,800

29,200

September 2007

25,200

26,900

October 2007

27,300

29,000

November 2007

27,000

29,800

December 2007

18,100

20,400

January 2008

28,200

27,900

February 2008

27,000

30,600

March 2008

21,700

27,000

April 2008

24,500

28,000

May 2008

22,600

26,400

June 2008

24,100

30,300

July 2008

26,200

31,900

August 2008

16,500

20,900

September 2008

11,900

15,600

October 2008

7,800

19,800

November 2008

7,300

11,600

December 2008

5,300

9,700

January 2009

8,100

9,200

February 2009

7,900

9,000

March 2009

7,700

10,300

Notes :
1. Only includes current scheme cases. Data only available from March 2003.
2. Cleared applications are those that have had a maintenance calculation carried out and a payment arrangement between the parent with care and non-resident parent put in place; a maintenance calculation carried out and nil liability established; a parent with care has been identified as claiming good cause or is subject to a reduced benefit decision; the application is identified as being a change of circumstance on an existing case; or the application has been closed.
3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

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