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Playing Fields

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The following areas of playing fields regulation have been identified for possible further consideration:

The Government are currently looking at the issue relating to the size of playing fields but would like to see further evidence before considering any changes in regard to the scope or time-frame of consultations.

Sport England

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The original estimate that £12 million of savings would accrue from reductions in staffing and back office costs, which appeared in the department's autumn performance report, was revised to £40 million of savings over the next five years in the department's annual report 2004 as a result of a new estimate of staffing and back office savings provided to the department by Sport England in February this year.

Sport: High Performance Funding

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The target was not achieved as it is being taken forward as part of a wider review of UK sport as set out at Recommendation 5.3(a) of the recently published First Game Plan Delivery Report: April 2004.

International Sport Federations

Lord Moynihan asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: I am arranging for a list of the names, positions and organisations of the senior post holders supported by UK Sport to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The international representatives' grant aid programme (IRGAP), operated by UK Sport, was set up to assist international postholders with the travel and subsistence costs they incur while attending scheduled meetings of their international federations. Standard estimates for the costs of travel to, and subsistence within, a country are the basis of grant calculations for the grant that postholders receive. Senior postholders will receive between 75-100 per cent of the estimated costs of any particular trip as a grant, depending on the priority. A grant (G) is calculated according to the following formula: G = P ["T + D + (S x N)" - "C + K"], where travel costs are (T), the distance rate (From £0–£100) depending on which part of the UK the journey starts (D), the daily subsistence rate (S), the number of days a meeting lasts (N), cash subsidies provided by the international federation (C), accommodation or in-kind assistance provided by the host (K), the grant allocation percentage determined by UK Sport (P).

It should be noted that a significant number of international representatives do not receive grants because their international federations and/or meeting hosts subsidise all the travel and subsistence costs either in cash or in kind. In those instances, the individual is not eligible for IRGAP grants.

Iraq: Costs of Military Action and Reconstruction

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: As set out in the Budget, the Government's latest projections for the public finances take into account the expected financial consequences of the UK's involvement in Iraq.

The Treasury regularly scrutinises costs to ensure that spending on the operations in Iraq is both efficient and cost effective.

UK contributions to Iraq reconstruction, totalling £544 million over three years from April 2003, are being funded through reprioritisation of existing budgets. The UK's commitment to increase aid to the world's poorest countries is not affected.

Employment Tribunals

Lord Ouseley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): The actual expenditure by the three commissions (including staff costs) in supporting individual complainants in cases before employment tribunals were:
Commission for
Racial Equality
Equal
Opportunities
Commission
Disability Rights
Commission
2002–03£685,882—represents 3.4 per cent of annual grant-in-aid£333,000—represents 4.7 per cent of annual grant-in-aid£794,370 1 —covers all discrimination cases as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act—represents 6 per cent of annual grant-in-aid
2003–04£461,492—represents 2.3 per cent of annual grant-in-aid£373,000—represents 4.5 per cent of annual grant-in-aid£837,647 1 —covers all discrimination cases as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act—represents 5.7 per cent of annual grant-in-aid.


The amounts identified for 2004–05 are as follows:
Commission for
Racial Equality
Equal
Opportunities
Commission
Disability Rights
Commission
2004–05£400,000—represents 2 per cent of annual grant-in-aid£260,000—represents 3.1 per cent of overall grant-in-aid£850,000 1 —covers all discrimination cases as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act—represents 5.5 per cent of annual grant-in-aid




1 No specific amount of money is ring-fenced for providing representation for individiual cases before employment tribunals. These figures do not include the cost of support given via the DRC's helpline and casework services.







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