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Ministers' UK travel and subsistence costs are set out in the following table.

£

2008-09

15,071.77

2007-08

17,090.58

2006-07

16,499.50

2005-06

22,571.40

2004-05

13,102.46


Ministers' visits overseas

Since 1999 the Cabinet Office has published, on an annual basis, a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing over £500, as well as total cost of all ministerial travel overseas. The 2008-09 list was published on 16 July and can be viewed at:

Civil servants' travel and subsistence costs are set out in the following table.

£

UK Overseas

2008-09

146,108.08

234,101.26

2007-08

163,735.50

250,554.75

2006-07

193,620.21

297,832.07

2005-06

293,203.28

287,546.56

2004-05

166,500.58

279,710.59


Copies of written ministerial statements are deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.

Digital Broadcasting

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates he met the Channel 4 board to discuss the draft updated statutory remit as set out in the Digital Britain report. [293382]

Mr. Simon: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, had no such meetings with the Channel 4 board. The Government have taken the views of the board on an updated Channel 4 remit, in accordance with our undertaking in the Digital Britain White Paper, via correspondence with the C4 chairman and correspondence and meetings between DCMS and Channel 4 officials.

Digital Broadcasting: Licensing

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the Digital Britain report, on what date his Department published a community radio consultation seeking views on changes to the licensing regime. [293381]


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Mr. Simon: The Consultation on Amendments to the Community Radio Licensing Regime was published on 16 June 2009.

Horserace Totalisator Board

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent discussions he has had with European Commission officials on transferring the Tote to the horse racing industry; [293547]

(2) when he expects the European Commission to rule on the sale of the Tote; [293548]

(3) when he last met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the sale of the Tote; [293549]

(4) what assessment he has made of the long-term effect on the monetary value to the Tote of changes in levels of online gambling; [293550]

(5) when the Tote's market value was last independently estimated; [293551]

(6) with reference to the written ministerial statement of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 114WS, on the sale of the Tote, whether he plans to make available to the horse racing industry half the net proceeds of an open market sale of the Tote; [293553]

(7) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 22 October 2008, Official Report, column 12WS, what recent assessment he has made of market conditions for selling the Tote. [293603]

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what timetable he has set for the sale of the Tote; and if he will make a statement; [293690]

(2) which organisations he expects to receive funding allocations from the 50 per cent. of proceeds from the sale of the Tote to be returned to horse racing; whether such allocations will be net of pension and other liabilities; and if he will make a statement; [293691]

(3) whether he plans to grant a pool monopoly to a purchaser when selling the Tote; and if he will make a statement; [293692]

(4) what estimate he has made of the revenue likely to be received from the sale of the Tote; and if he will make a statement; [293693]

(5) what expressions of interest he expects to receive from potential purchasers of the Tote; whether he plans to consider bids from horse racing organisations; and if he will make a statement; [293694]


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(6) if he will take steps to guarantee the revenue income stream to the horse racing industry from the Tote following its sale; and if he will make a statement. [293695]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The arrangements for the sale of the Tote are yet to be determined and discussions are continuing with all the relevant parties. The present intention is that the sale process itself will not start until summer 2010 with a latest completion date of March 2011. We expect to be able to give further details on the process in the next few months.

The Government's position remains that we will honour our commitment to return half of the net proceeds of any market sale to racing subject to the requirements of European state aid and competition rules. I am unable to disclose commercially confidential or sensitive information about the valuation of the tote or prospective Government payments to agents.

Sport England: Internet

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the start-up cost of Sport England's Active Places website was; and what its running costs were in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available. [292570]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England have advised that in its first financial year of operation, 2004-05, the Active Places website cost a total of £1.98 million. This figure includes start-up costs and running costs for that year.

Running costs for 2008-09 were £0.894 million.

Sports: Young People

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of people aged (a) 11 to 15, (b) 16, (c) 17 to 18 and (d) over 18 years old were recorded as having participated in at least one active sport in the last four weeks in surveys in each of the last five years. [291343]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 16 September 2009]: The following figures are the percentages of young people participating in at least one active sport in the last four weeks, broken down by age category. Data are derived from the results of the Taking Part Survey, which has been run by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport since 2005.

The survey is divided into an adult and a child questionnaire, with the former covering respondents aged 16 and over.

Percentage

2006 2007 2008 2005-06 2006-0 7 2007-08 2008-09

Child survey

(a) 11 to 15 years old

95

94.9

96.3

-

-

-

-

Adult survey

(b) 16 years old

-

-

-

82.5

82.2

86.6

77.5

(c) 17 to 18 years old

-

-

-

80

77.9

78.8

75.1

(d) 18+ years old

-

-

-

52.3

52.1

52.1

52.2


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To address this, through the Sport Unlimited initiative, Sport England works closely with the Government to deliver the five hour Young People's Sports Offer. Over three years, the programme will enable 900,000 children and young people to take part in 10-week taster sessions in sports and aims to get 300,000 participants to join clubs and continue with sport beyond those sessions. Additionally, one of Sport England's strategic targets is to reduce the drop off among 16 to 18-year-olds in nine key sports. This target will be measured by the Active People survey and is based on reducing the gap between 16 and 18-year-old participation by 25 per cent. The national target is therefore to increase overall participation in the nine drop off sports among 18-year-olds to 31 per cent.

The latest 12 month rolling participation figure illustrates that there has been a statistically significant increase in overall participation in the nine drop off sports among 18-year-olds from 189,100 to 202,500. If this level of overall participation in the nine drop off sports were maintained until the end of the current strategy period then the participation figures are expected to reach the target of 31 per cent.

Women and Equality

Members: Correspondence

Sir John Stanley: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she plans to reply to the letters of 23 February 2009 and 23 May 2009 from the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling on behalf of Mr. Colin Packman. [290918]

Michael Jabez Foster: I have now written to the right hon. Gentleman.

It is regrettable that there is no record of the original letters of 23 February and 23 May being received by the Department. I apologise, however, that the reply intended to be sent by the end of July was not sent until 4 September.

Cabinet Office

Death: Pregnancy

Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many women aged (a) 12 to 16, (b) 17 to 21, (c) 22 to 24, (d) 25 to 30, (e) 31 to 35, (f) 36 to 40 and (g) 41 years and older have died from pregnancy-related diseases in each year since 1979, broken down by cause of death. [293416]

Ann Keen: I have been asked to reply

This information is not collected centrally. However, the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health publishes a report once every three years, formerly entitled Why Mothers Die, but now entitled "Saving Mothers' Lives". The most recent, published in December 2007, covered the years 2002-05. This publication gives numbers of deaths in the United Kingdom reported to the enquiry in the three-year periods considered and divides them into deaths directly and indirectly due to pregnancy and childbirth, (it also includes coincidental deaths and late deaths, which are not included in the table). Table 1.3 on page 8 of the latest report gives numbers and rates per 100,000 maternities of maternal
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deaths reported to the enquiry by cause in the United Kingdom form 1985-2005. However, this table does not capture the mothers age. A copy of the latest report has already been placed in the Library.

Total number of direct and indirect deaths by age of the women who died; United Kingdom: 1985 to 2005

Under 20 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40 and over

1985-87

15

47

53

60

35

13

1988-90

17

38

74

57

31

18

1991-93

7

30

87

61

36

7

1994-96

15

40

71

70

53

11

1997-99

19

34

60

66

50

13

2000-02

16

30

70

79

47

19

2003-05

15

39

66

91

64

20

Notes:
1. Direct deaths result from obstetric complications of the pregnant state, from interventions, omission, incorrect treatment or from a chain of events resulting from any of these.
2. Indirect deaths result from previous existing disease, or disease that developed during pregnancy and which was not due to direct obstetric causes, but which was aggravated by the physiological effects of pregnancy.

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