Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many nightclubs in England and Wales have had alcohol licences revoked in circumstances where the persistent sale of alcohol to persons under 18 years of age has been demonstrated in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Statistical Bulletin collects the number of licences revoked, but does not indicate why or the type of premises involved. Licences may be revoked following a review by the licensing authority for a number of reasons, including persistent selling of alcohol to children. However, the persistent sale of alcohol to children is a specific criminal offence under section 147A of the Licensing Act 2003.
Where a premises licence holder admits the offence and accepts a closure notice issued under section 169A of the 2003 Act, the licence may be suspended for up to 48 hours. The number of such suspensions under section 169A between April 2008 and March 2009 was 54, based on replies from 97 per cent. of licensing authorities. However, where the holder of a premises licence is convicted by a court of an offence under section 147A (in respect of the sale or supply of alcohol, following an offence of persistently selling to underage children) to which the licence relates, the court may order that the licence, so far as it authorises the sale by retail of alcohol, be suspended for a period not exceeding three months.
The Department is confident that Arts Council England's public perception is good and is continuing to improve. Recent research found that while 47 per cent. of members of the public who have heard of the Arts Council held no strong view of ACE, of the remaining 53 per cent.; 36 per cent. held a favourable opinion and 8 per cent. held an unfavourable opinion(1).
(1 )Arts Council's Stakeholder Focus research programme 2009-10.
|Attitudes towards the Arts Council among the general public|
695 (all those who have heard of the Arts Council)
Arts Council's Stakeholder Focus research programme 2009-10
|Attitudes towards the Arts Council among the arts sector and other partners|
|(1 )Arts Council's Stakeholder Focus research programme 2009-10.|
Arts Council's Stakeholder Focus research programme 2009-10
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of any link between the number of machines allowed in casinos and the extent of problem gambling. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: My Department has not made a specific assessment of the link between the number of machines allowed in casinos and the extent of problem gambling. However, the Gambling Commission has undertaken research into what can be done to understand the impact of high stake, high prize gaming machines on problem gambling in general, the results of which were reported to me in July 2009. Among other things, this work commented on the availability and accessibility of gaming machines in gambling venues across Britain.
Subsequently, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board's initial recommendations and priorities for research, education and treatment into problem gambling published on 14 October 2009, has highlighted that early priority should be given to developing a programme of work around high stake, high prize gaming machines building on the initial work undertaken by the Gambling Commission.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance the Gambling Commission has produced on the practice of adult gaming centres without a casino licence branding themselves as casinos. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England has advised that over the period 2009-13 Sport England will invest a total £38,003,357 in the English Cricket Board (ECB) for their Whole Sport Plan. A key part of this funding agreement is for the ECB to increase participation in the sport.
One aspect of this will be to increase participation in indoor cricket, with indoor cricket playing a key role in the ECB's wider club network intervention. In addition to this the ECB is currently working with the organisation Indoor Cricket England to look at the ways they might be able to work together to increase access and participation in the indoor version of the game.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will undertake an investigation into (a) the appropriateness of the appointment of the Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission to the Commission's Board of Commissioners and (b) the effect on levels of transparency and accountability of the separation of both roles. 
The current chief executive of the Gambling Commission was appointed as an ex-officio Commissioner of the Gambling Commission by the then Secretary of State in October 2005. We continue to believe that this is a positive arrangement which is consistent with arrangements in place for similar regulatory bodies, and we believe that there is no detrimental impact on levels of transparency and accountability as a result.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions the Gambling Commission has had with regulators outside the European Economic Area and the white list of countries permitted to advertise gambling services in the UK on the effectiveness of the regulation of operators providing gambling services to customers in the UK. 
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many violent incidents were recorded at properties operated by ClearSprings Ltd. under the Bail and Accommodation Support Service in each of the last three years. 
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John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Land Registry has spent on the refurbishment of its head office in Lincoln's Inn Fields in each of the last three financial years. 
Mr. Wills: Land Registry has refurbished its head office in Lincoln's Inn Fields to address health and safety risks, including legionella, to address the risk of electrical and heating systems failure, and to bring the building, which was built in 1913, up to date. The project included not only internal redecoration and remodelling, but full replacement of the heating system, replacement of the hot and cold water services and installation of a dedicated electrical sub-station (in the light of advice from consultants following a number of blackouts in the building). The cost of refurbishment in the last three financial years was:
|Cost of refurbishment (£)|
The total for the last three financial years is £7,489,207. These costs are off-set by a consequential increase in value of the building of £5.25 million based on a Valuation Office report on 15 December 2008 (compared with the previous valuation on 8 January 2008).
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many warrants magistrates have issued for the courts to enter premises by force under section 78 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. 
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2010, Official Report, columns 546-7W, on prison accommodation, how many cells are not included in the certified normal accommodation of the prison estate for (a) operational reasons relating to cell (i) heating, (ii) lighting, (iii) ventilation and (iv) size and (b) other reasons relating to cell maintenance. 
Maria Eagle: As at the end of November 2009 and based on information from central records, about 500 places in the prison estate's baseline were not included in in-use certified normal accommodation because of centrally programmed maintenance projects. Cell certification records do not systematically identify the nature of each maintenance project.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mother and baby units for female prisoners there are in England and Wales; and what the capacity of each such unit is for (a) female children and (b) babies. 
Maria Eagle: There are seven mother and baby units (MBUs) in England providing an overall capacity of 75 places. Each unit can normally accommodate one set of twins. However, the number of places available at any one time can fluctuate for operational reasons, and currently stands at 69.
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