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Asked by Lord Patten

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government's Olympic legacy ambitions for the UK are to change a generation of young people through sport and to transform East London.

The Government and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) established the Nations and Regions

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Group to ensure UK-wide engagement and to maximise the legacy for London 2012. This group works directly with representatives from each of the nations and English regions to maximise the sporting, commercial, cultural and other benefits of the 2012 Games. Some examples of how the south-west of England, and in particular Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, is benefiting from the Games are given below.

The London 2012 Games has created significant new opportunities for UK businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has awarded direct contracts to 15 suppliers registered in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, out of a total of 49 for the south-west region. The ODA has recently published a map showing that many suppliers are winning work both directly with the ODA and within the supply chains of its contractors. Details of these are available in the business section of the London 2012 website at www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/oda-suppliers/index.php.

More than 5,500 south-west businesses have now registered on CompeteFor, the electronic brokerage service which enables businesses to compete for Games-related contract opportunities. Businesses can find out about Games-related contracts on CompeteFor, the electronic brokerage service which is designed to open up London 2012's supply chains further than any other Games previously.

The ambition is to make the UK a world-leading sporting nation and increase active participation in sports. In Somerset, Team Somerset 500 was devised by Somerset County Council in 2009 to create a longer-term endowment fund to encourage wider participation in sport and healthier lifestyles beyond 2012. The club aims to recruit 500 local businesses and investors to pledge at least £500 per year each in the run-up to the London 2012 Games to support talented young athletes and to encourage active involvement in sport across the county.

In the south-west, there are 61 facilities included in the Pre-Games Training Camp Guide which are available to teams from the UK and overseas to use. The British Paralympic Team has signed an agreement to train at Bath University, which is one of those venues.

In terms of the social legacy, £1.61 million has been awarded to the south-west from the Legacy Trust for programmes to inspire and engage young people in their diverse communities to participate in cultural work and sporting activity. The London 2012 Inspire programme, which officially recognises outstanding non-commercial projects and events which have been inspired by the Games, is helping to bring the benefits of the Games to every part of the UK. There are 19 Inspire marked projects in the south-west, including two in Devon and two in Somerset.

Involving children and young people in the excitement and inspiration of the Games is also a priority. Get Set, LOCOG's education programme for London 2012, has more than 700 schools registered in the south-west so far.

In Somerset Playing for Success, a partnership between the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), local authorities and a broad range of sports

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(18 in total), supports the Olympic legacy aims. Through Playing for Success, the DCSF and partners are establishing study support centres within sports clubs' grounds and sporting venues. The centres open out of school hours and mainly cater for 10 to 14 year-olds who are at risk of underachieving, using the stimulus of sport to motivate them.

Asked by Lord Patten

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The search and screening of people, vehicles and materials entering Olympic and Paralympic venues will be an integral part of the protective security approach at these sites. The screening regime is being developed to provide an appropriate level of assurance that items that pose a threat to the Games will be detected on entry, based on risk assessment. As part of this, appropriate consideration is being given to the ability to screen for chemical materials.

Asked by Lord Patten

Lord West of Spithead: The Home Secretary and Minister for Olympic Security will oversee the delivery of the Olympic Safety and Security Strategy, working in conjunction with the Minister for the Olympics, and other ministerial colleagues as required depending on the nature of any potential incident.

Personal Care at Home Bill

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Asked by Lord Warner

Baroness Thornton: We are currently analysing the responses to the Green Paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together. These responses will inform a White Paper to be published this year.

Police: Protection

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Asked by Baroness Warsi



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): It is long established Home Office policy not to comment on protective security arrangements and their related costs for any individuals or groups. The noble Baroness will appreciate that disclosure of such information could compromise the integrity of those arrangements and affect the security of the individuals concerned.

Prisoners: Education

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Asked by Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): Manchester College won a number of the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) contracts awarded by the Learning and Skills Council in summer 2009. Taking up those responsibilities involved the college in significant staff transfer activity, but it continues to deliver its contractual responsibilities.

The Learning and Skills Council works closely with the National Offender Management Service to monitor the delivery by each of the eight OLASS providers to ensure there is no break in provision of the service in establishments.

There is a long tradition of third sector organisations being involved in delivering services in support of prison education. Organisations such as the Prisoners' Education Trust and Women in Prison continue to have important roles, and the Learning and Skills Council's OLASS contractors deliver part of their requirement through subcontracting arrangements with voluntary and community providers. An example of this type of delivery is Family Man, delivered through a subcontract between Safe Ground and Manchester College.

Questions for Written Answer

Questions

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): It is the practice of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills always to provide the noble Lord concerned with a copy of any documents placed in the Library of the House in response to a Parliamentary Question.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: It is the practice of the Department of Health always to provide the noble Lord concerned with a copy of any documents placed in the Library of the House in response to a Parliamentary Question.

Railways: Passenger Compensation

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Asked by Baroness Scott of Needham Market

The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): The operation of delay/repay compensation is a matter for the train operators that use this system.

When train operators introduce the new compensation system they are expected to do so in a way that enables passengers to utilise the vouchers issued using technology where appropriate.

Retail Markets

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Asked by Lord Lee of Trafford

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The first meeting of the Working Group on Traditional Retail Markets was held on 1 December 2009 and was attended by the right honourable Rosie Winterton MP, CLG Minister for Local Government and Minister for Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination at BIS, CLG officials, senior officials

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from BIS, DCMS, Defra, DH, DWP, the Food Standards Agency, and the Local Government Association's markets champion, Councillor Dave Goddard. The Retail Markets Alliance co-ordinated markets industry representation at the meeting. Representatives from Country Markets and a social enterprise market also attended.

At the meeting the working group agreed:

to publish the terms of reference for the group on the newly created webpage for markets on the CLG departmental website: http://www.communities.gov. uk/citiesandregions/regeneration/approachretail markets/to meet up three times a year and report on progress to the right honourable Rosie Winterton MP, CLG minister with responsibility for markets, and Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Minister for Food at BIS after the second meeting of the working group in the spring;to set up ad hoc project groups for specific work strands;to develop a good practice guide that will be directed both to markets managers and the market traders representatives in markets to share good practice and ideas of good market management and finance, and;to develop skills and encourage new market traders in market business start up and develop entrepreneurship skills for existing traders.

The working group has since agreed to set up a further project group to look at market management models.

The next meeting of the working group will be held in March 2010.

Roads: Trunk Roads

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Asked by Lord Steel of Aikwood

The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): This Government maintain close liaison with the Scottish Government on a wide range of cross-border transport issues, including trunk roads. Ministers meet on a regular basis with ministerial counterparts within the devolved Administration to discuss areas of mutual interest. In addition, officials from the Department for Transport, and Government Office for the North East also meet regularly with officials from the Scottish Executive to discuss cross-border transport improvements.

Security: Personal Protection

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Asked by Baroness Deech

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): It is long established government policy not to comment on protective security

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arrangements and their related costs for any individuals or groups. The noble Baroness will appreciate that disclosure of such information could compromise the integrity of those arrangements and affect the security of the individuals concerned.

Snow: Clearance

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Asked by Lord Greaves

The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): There is no legal restriction preventing members of the public clearing the snow and ice on the highway outside their properties. Such action by citizens does not remove the duty placed on the highway authority by Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 "to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that safe passage along a highway is not endangered by snow or ice".

With regard to the clearing of snow and ice from private property, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has worked with the Health and Safety Executive to provide advice, which is published on the DCLG website at http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1431227.

Taxation

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Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The European Commission has not, as yet, published a new proposal for a common base for business tax. If the Commission does publish such a proposal it will be subject to the normal parliamentary scrutiny process in which the European Union Committee and the European Scrutiny Committee will have the opportunity to examine the proposal in detail.

The Government are committed to the principle of effective scrutiny of European legislation and have given Parliament an undertaking that Ministers will not agree to proposals in the Council of Ministers without due parliamentary scrutiny, except in circumstances where the national interest would be damaged by delaying agreement until scrutiny by the committees has been completed.

Taxation: Africa

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Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay



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The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The UK has taken a consistently strong stance on tackling tax havens in international fora, as demonstrated by the leading role the Government took in pressing for G20 agreement on tackling tax havens last year.

The Government have also strongly supported international efforts to ensure that developing countries benefit from improvements in tax transparency and exchange of information, which is a vital step in tackling tax havens and discouraging their activity. This includes supporting multilateral instruments for tax information exchange, pressing for greater involvement of developing countries in the global forum on tax transparency, and supporting tax capacity building initiatives in developing countries.

Taxation: Non-domiciled Residents


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