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With reference to the programmes:

(a) 11 Olympic sports are currently benefiting from the technology and innovation programme;(b) 33 receive support from UK Sport's performance programme consultants team; and(c) 10 are currently supported by practitioners working with their sport from within the sports institute network on the sports science/sports medicine fast-track programme.

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Sport: Talented Athlete Scholarships

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Funding for the talented athlete scholarship scheme (TASS) is entirely separate from the additional £300 million investment announced by the Chancellor. Current funding for TASS has been confirmed up to the end of March 2008.

Television: ITV

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Truscott): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry made a Written Statement to Parliament on this matter on 26 February 2007 (Official Report, cols. WS 77-78).

Unemployment

Lord Rogan asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The information requested falls within the responsibilities of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, National Statistician, to Lord Rogan, dated 19 March 2007.

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the number of people between the ages of 16 and 26 who are currently not in education, training or employment in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland. (HL2507)

The attached table shows the number of people between the ages of 16 and 26, by gender, who are currently not in education, training or employment. These estimates are not seasonally adjusted.

Similar estimates are published each month in Labour Market Statistics—First Release in table 14, covering the UK for age groups 16 to 17, 18 to 24, and 25 and over (see the attached link www.statistics. gov.uk/pdfdir/lmsukO2O7.pdf).



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Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Table 1People between the ages of 16 and 26, by gender, currently not in education1, training or employment2, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted.
Three months ending December 2006All Persons (000's)Male (000's)Female (000's)

United Kingdom

1,408

595

813

England

1,197

507

690

Wales

69

31

38

Scotland

105

41

64

Northern Ireland

37

16

21

Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
1 Refers to those who are not in full-time education.
2 People not in employment refers to those who are unemployed or economically inactive.

Waterways Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Rooker: Waterways Ireland does not have a director of corporate communications. However, the appointment of the director of marketing and communications at the body is a subject of ongoing legal actions and therefore it would not be appropriate to comment further on this matter.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: I refer the noble Lord to the joint statement issued on 5 April 2005 by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The statement deals with the outcome of the investigation and the actions to be taken following the investigation. Departmental officials monitored these recommendations and they have been fully implemented.

The joint statement is available in the Library.


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