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Olympic Games 2012: Security

Lord Jopling asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): Security arrangements for the Olympic Games are a matter for the Home Secretary and operational oversight of security arrangements for the Games is vested in the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

The Ministry of Defence is engaged with the police at the appropriate levels to examine any potential requirement for military support and, should it be required, would co-ordinate official talks with NATO regarding the security of the Games. No such talks have taken place to date.



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People Trafficking

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The UK is currently considering whether to sign the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Government are examining how the convention's approach could best be harmonised with effective immigration controls.

Prisoners: Skills

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): No process was in place for tracking progress by individual prisoners in 2002-03 so the information requested is not available.

Railways: Cornish Riviera Sleeper

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: It is not a condition of the First Great Western franchise agreement that bookings for the Night Riviera Sleeper to/from Cornwall be made online.

Roads: Deaths

The Earl of Dundee asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: In 2005, the three most frequently reported contributory factors for 17 to 19 year-old drivers of motor vehicles in fatal personal injury road accidents reported to the police were:

Loss of control

38 per cent

Travelling too fast for conditions

22 per cent

Learner or inexperienced driver

18 per cent

Information on contributory factors is not available prior to 2005.



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Security Industry Authority

Lord Ouseley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The SIA's objectives for 2005-06 were published in the corporate and business plan 2005-06 at www.thesia.org.uk/home/about_sia/publications/publications_financial.htm. Full information about the SIA's performance in meeting these objectives will be published in the annual report 2005-06.

Smoking: Tobacco Duty

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: Successive UK Governments have pursued a policy of establishing and maintaining high levels of tax on cigarettes, which has been proven to help to reduce smoking prevalence. The proportion of adults who smoke has decreased from 28 per cent in 1998 to 25 per cent in 2004. The Government's current target is to reduce smoking prevalence to 21 per cent by 2010.

When taking decisions at Budget, the Chancellor takes all factors into consideration, including the likely effect of tax decisions on the prevalence of smoking and on the economic incentives to smuggle tobacco.

Sport: Community Club Development Programme

Lord Higgins asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Community Club Development Programme (CCDP) has been extended for an additional two years to support sports facility capital projects in the period 2006-07 and 2007-08. Funding for CCDP beyond 2008 will be subject to the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review considerations.

Sport: Elite Coach Programme

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: UK Sport anticipates that by 2012 the elite coach programme will have produced around 60 elite British coaches.



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Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Each annual intake on the elite coach programme is budgeted at £500,000 of exchequer funding at current prices. In 2006-07, two programmes are running resulting in a budget of £1 million. From 2007-08 onwards until 2012-13, with three programmes running concurrently, the budget will be £1.5 million per annum.

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The elite coach programme was formally launched by UK Sport in 2004. It is a tailored programme that lasts three years with a new intake of coaches in October each year, carefully selected following nominations by the national governing bodies of sport. Currently 27 coaches are being supported by the elite coach programme, with the first intake of eight coaches due to complete in September 2007.

The existing elite coaches supported by the programme are from the following 11 Olympic sports: athletics, canoeing, cycling, diving, hockey, judo, rowing, sailing, swimming, triathlon and weightlifting.

Sport: Governing Bodies’ Overheads

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: UK Sport and Sport England have spent the following amounts on rate, rents and overheads during 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 to date.

2006-07 2005-06 2004-05
£ millionsForecastYear to DateActualYear to DateActualYear to Date

Rents

UK Sport

0.45

0.22

0.45

0.22

0.45

0.22

Sport England

1.847

0.945

1.778

0.843

2.264

1.113

Rates

UK Sport

0.17

0.09

0.17

0.09

0.14

0.07

Sport England

0.129

0.02

0.252

0.04

0.44

0.118

Overheads

UK Sport*

4.83

2.06

4.65

1.75

4.18

1.67

Sport England**

13.365

6.341

15.99

8.938

11.954

5.06

*Corporate Services, Policy/Communications, CEO/Board, Grant Administration
** Corporate Services, Policy/Communications, CEO/Board


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Sport England does not classify grant administration as an overhead as it is not considered a central support cost and is a function fulfilled by its regional and national teams.

Sport: Ms Sue Campbell

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Adonis): Sue Campbell's position as non-political adviser on PE and school sport to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills is unsalaried.


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