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Sport: Swimming

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting (Lord Carter of Barnes): The Swimming Forum comprises a wide cross-section of organisations with an interest in the development of swimming. The forum recognises that there are many aspects to swimming as a sport, including recreational swimming, disabled swimming, and swimming's educational aspects, as well as its many associated disciplines. The forum can consider all matters that can influence the delivery of its core objectives, specifically: swimming teaching and coaching, the development of volunteer and professional structures, facility strategy and management, and health and safety.

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Carter of Barnes: The Swimming Forum is an independent forum and all member bodies have equal rights. Membership is open to any recognised body in the United Kingdom concerned primarily with the delivery of swimming activities in swimming pools,

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and which contributes towards the provision of swimming activities for the community. The forum is currently chaired by the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management, with the Amateur Swimming Association providing the secretariat.

Turks and Caicos Islands

Lord Jones of Cheltenham asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): There are no plans to install a meteorological station in the Turks and Caicos Islands. However, there are already three operational meteorological observing stations located at the islands’ principal airports; the information from these stations is integrated into the weather forecasts produced for the islands by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology and the regional hurricane warning service provided out of the National Hurricane Centre in Miami.

Voluntary Organisations: Grants

Baroness Warsi asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): Having ensured that they meet all the relevant criteria specified by the fund, applicants should have a minimum income of £170,000 pa. However, third sector organisations with a lower income may still be able to apply through a partnership where the lead applicant meets all the necessary criteria.

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Voluntary Work: Young People

Lord Cope of Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Patel of Bradford: In 2008-09 the Cabinet Office awarded a grant of £2.6 million for marketing to the independent youth volunteering charity v. The purpose of the grant is to promote youth volunteering, making it an accessible, attractive proposition to young people. V’s marketing activity drives young people to where they can discover opportunities to volunteer and their local v contact.

V has engaged an agency to develop and implement its ongoing communications activity including public relations. It is paid on a project by project basis.

Women in Prison

Lord Rana asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Sentencing and remand decisions in individual cases are entirely a matter for the independent judiciary within the law and any guidance issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council and the Court of Appeal. The law already makes clear that prison sentences should be given only when the offending behaviour is so serious as to make that the only possible punishment. The Government have consistently expressed their view that offenders who are not violent or dangerous do not need to be in custody and their offending can better be addressed with a community order.

The Government have been focusing on finding effective, practical ways of diverting resources into community provision. The CEDAW recommendations will be considered in the context of implementation of the commitments set out in the Governments response to the Corston report.

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