Previous Section Index Home Page

6 Apr 2010 : Column 1148W—continued


Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many receptions and functions he has hosted at locations other than Melville Crescent and Dover House since 1 October 2008; on what date each was held; what the location was of each function; who attended each; and what the cost of hire was of the facilities and the catering for each. [325395]

Ann McKechin: None.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was paid in reimbursable expenses to special advisers in his Department in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 to date. [325105]

Ann McKechin: The total reimbursable expenses paid to special advisers are as follows:

Amount reimbursed (£)

2008-09

10,751

2009-10 (April 2009 to February 2010)

7,564


6 Apr 2010 : Column 1149W

Culture, Media and Sport

Conservation Areas: Waste Disposal

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 270W, on conservation areas: waste disposal, if he will place in the Library a copy of the written advice provided by English Heritage to local authorities on household wheeled refused containers in conservation areas. [324528]

Margaret Hodge: English Heritage has not provided standard advice to local authorities on household wheeled refuse containers in conservation areas. English Heritage's Streets for All manuals offer guidance on accommodating modern needs to reduce the impact of street clutter on conservation areas.

The manuals are available to download from the English Heritage website at:

Departmental Food

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what account his Department's food procurement policy takes of animal welfare. [325532]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has no canteen facilities which use meat or fresh dairy products.

Departmental Internet

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints his Department received regarding difficulties using its website in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [325201]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information is as follows:

2007 (0)

2008 (3)

2009 (6)

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on external website design consultants in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [325219]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Over the last three years, the only spend on external website design consultants has been in the current financial year. The Department spent £13,000
6 Apr 2010 : Column 1150W
on external website design consultants to update and enhance the homepage and improve user journey and digital functionality.

Museums and Galleries: Newcastle upon Tyne

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) capital and (b) revenue assistance was provided by the Arts Council to Newcastle city council for the (i) purchase and (ii) redevelopment of derelict buildings in High Bridge, Newcastle for the Waygood Art Gallery in the last five years; and how much has been spent to date. [325180]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 30 March 2010]: Arts Council England has paid Newcastle city council £871,281 in capital funds to support the redevelopment of the Waygood Gallery. Revenue funding has gone directly to the gallery.

Sports: Training

Mrs. Dean: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what means the national sporting governing bodies plan to undertake their consultation on the review of the UK Coaching Certificate; and what partner organisations in each sport each governing body plans to support. [324943]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Review is being led by Sportscoach UK, Sport England and SkillsActive. The review will be conducted in partnership with national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, the Home Country Sports Councils and UK Sport. The NGBs will be consulted throughout this process and, following the completion of the review, the NGBs may choose to reassess the construction of their coaching awards should they feel it is necessary.

This review incorporates the following elements:

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects Sportscoach UK to issue guidance on the preferred structure for sports awarding bodies. [324965]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 30 March 2010]: The UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Review is being led by Sportscoach UK, Sport England and SkillsActive. The national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport will be consulted throughout this process and following the completion of the review the NGBs may choose to reassess the construction of their coaching awards should they feel it is necessary.

The findings from the UK Coaching Certificate Review are due to be announced during the UK Coaching Summit at the end of June this year.


6 Apr 2010 : Column 1151W

Tourism: Finance

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has for the future level of funding for tourism. [322496]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 16 March 2010]: Beyond the current spending round, no decisions have been taken on the future funding levels for tourism.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture: Research

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding was allocated by his Department for agricultural research and development in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [324236]

Jim Fitzpatrick: DEFRA funding of research on agriculture and food (including animal health and welfare) over the last three financial years is shown in the following table:

£ million

2008-09

63

2007-08

68

2006-07

75

Source: DEFRA Science Information System.

Figures for 2009-10 will not be available till after the end of the financial year but the expenditure is expected to be in the region of £64 million. This includes DEFRA's contribution to the new Technology Strategy Board (TSB), DEFRA and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council innovation platform for sustainable agriculture and food (SAF), which will invest up to £90 million over five years in match-funding for industry for agricultural research. The TSB contribution represents £50 million of additional sponsorship for the agricultural sector.

Coastal Erosion

Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what compensation is payable to owners of land lost as a result of the Environment Agency's Managed Realignment programme. [325455]

Huw Irranca-Davies: Where the Environment Agency has carried out the managed realignment of existing raised defences any land owner who considers that they have been adversely affected can make a claim for compensation. The legal provisions for this are set out in section 177 and Schedule 21 of the Water Resources Act 1991.

The value of damages and losses is assessed by professional valuers acting for the Environment Agency and it pays for the costs of a professional valuer to act on behalf of the landowner. All claims are assessed on their own merits and if agreement cannot be reached the matter can be referred to the Lands Tribunal. The level of compensation paid will vary depending upon the local circumstances and the damage suffered.

If the Environment Agency secures agreement to buy the land then it is purchased at the market value.


6 Apr 2010 : Column 1152W

Dairy Farming

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on proposals for large-scale dairy units. [324742]

Jim Fitzpatrick: DEFRA has recently received correspondence on one particular proposal for a large-scale dairy unit.

Departmental Buildings

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many smoking shelters have been built for his Department's staff in the last five years; and at what cost. [324355]

Dan Norris: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has not built nor incurred any expenditure on smoking shelters for staff in the last five years.

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies have spent on rooms for staff leisure in each of the last five years. [324438]

Dan Norris: The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its agencies have spent the amounts shown as follows on rooms for staff leisure:

These are the only amounts spent in the last five years.

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department provides subsidised gym facilities for its staff. [324562]

Dan Norris: DEFRA does not provide directly subsidised gym facilities for its staff. There are several such facilities on the core-DEFRA estate, but all these are managed by volunteer staff committees and paid for through membership subscriptions.

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on interior design in relation to office refurbishments undertaken in each of the last five years. [324676]

Dan Norris: Identifying expenditure on interior design in relation to office refurbishment in each of the last five years incurred by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when undertaking office refurbishment could be done only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental ICT

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information technology projects initiated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were cancelled prior to completion in the last 12 months; and what the cost of each such project was to the public purse. [320427]

Dan Norris: The Department has not cancelled any IT projects since April 2009.


6 Apr 2010 : Column 1153W

The Rural Payments Agency cancelled the Microsoft Project Server project at a cost to the public purse of £183,140.76, and postponed the Customer Communications Improvement programme at a cost of £60,843.48. The Food and Environment Research Agency cancelled an IT project to extend the Laboratory Information Management System for use in a Forensic DNA profile facility. FERA spent a total £70,000 of staff time configuring existing IT systems. No other departmental agency has cancelled any IT projects since April 2009.

Departmental Legislation

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations have been (a) introduced and (b) revoked by his Department in each year since its establishment. [323111]

Dan Norris: The information requested is tabled as follows:

Number

SIs introduced SIs revoked

2000

92

39

2001

143

82

2002

115

60

2003

105

45

2004

133

45

2005

139

32

2006

144

18

2007

165

21

2008

87

110

2009

96

57

2010

(1)36

(1)22

(1) As at March 2010.

Next Section Index Home Page