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Sport: Skiing and Snowboarding

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Sport England did not fund the British Ski and Snowboard Federation for development in 2004, 2005 or 2006 and there are no plans to provide any funding in 2007. Sport England has, however, funded Snowsport England (the English ski council) as follows:

2004-05: £40,000

2005-06: £40,000

2006-07: £30,000

Sport England currently has no plans to provide any funding to Snowsport England in 2007-08.

Sport: Weightlifting

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The national governing body for weightlifting is the British Weight Lifters' Association. Sport England has funded the British Weight Lifters' Association for development as follows:

2004-05: £40,000

2005-06: £30,000

2006-07: £30,000

Sport England currently has no plans to provide any funding to the British Weight Lifters' Association in 2007-08.

Transport Research Laboratory

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The department currently has five contracts, established following specific invitations to tender, worth £1 million or more, with the Transport Research Laboratory. This represents 1.6 per cent of all the department's contracts for specific assignments worth £1 million or more.

In addition, the department has a number of frameworks in place, which are typically with a number of suppliers through which it expects to place orders on a “call-off” basis. Such arrangements are based on an estimated value of spend over their duration and may include accumulated orders worth £1 million or more, often placed following further competition. The Transport Research Laboratory is included in a number of such framework arrangements.

Transport: Discounted Fares

Baroness Hamwee asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The Department for Work and Pensions has not had any formal discussions with Transport for London or the Greater London Authority over plans to offer discounted travel on London's bus and tram network for persons in receipt of income support or other benefits.

Baroness Hamwee asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: Any scheme to provide discounted travel for benefit claimants would be treated for the purposes of income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance and pension credit as akin to a payment in kind. As the rules for these benefits fully disregard these types of payments, the travel concession being proposed by the London Assembly would not have an impact on benefit entitlement.


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