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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the total unallocated funds within her departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the month seven forecast on outturn underspend against her departmental expenditure limit in (i) real and (ii) percentage terms. 
Mr. Caborn: The Department's Unallocated Provision (DUP) for the present financial year is set out in the detailed allocations table on page 223 of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Annual Report for 200001 (Cm 5114). There has been no draw-down of the Department's DUP to date. Outturn against the six month forecast for each Request for Resources will be published in the Winter Supplementary Estimates Summary Request for Supply as usual.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the amount paid to Sport England's former chief executive, Derek Casey, upon the termination of his contract, was determined; what the amount was; what conditions were placed upon the payment; what form the payment took; for what reasons the amount was not disclosed earlier; what part (a) her Department and (b) Sport England played in arriving at the amount and nature of the payment; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Caborn: Full details of the severance package for the former Chief Executive of Sport England and of the process by which it was agreed will be included in the Sport England accounts which will be laid before the House as soon as possible.
Dr. Jack Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects the Sports Action Zone in West Cumbria has initiated in (a) Allerdale, (b) Barrow and (c) Copeland; what sum of money is involved in each case in each borough; and if she will make a statement. 
|Local authority||Project||Sport England funding||Other agencies funding||Total|
|Barrow||School holiday provision||4,000||||4,000|
|Barrow||Disability sports development worker||93,215||||93,215|
|Barrow||Active living for all men's worker||49,386||52,500||101,886|
|Barrow||Active living for all women's worker||13,489||67,500||80,989|
|Barrow||Active living all for older people's worker||35,986||45,000||80,986|
|Copeland||Health communities worker||7,500||77,629||85,129|
|Allerdale/Copeland||Sport for health manager||30,000||40,000||70,000|
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Dr. Jack Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Needs Assessment and Action Plan for the West Cumbria Sports Action Zone will be published; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many and what proportion of letters received by her Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15, (b) in under 20, (c) in under 30, (d) in under 40 and (e) in over 40 working days; 
Mr. Caborn: Information on the volume of correspondence from Members of Parliament received by Departments and agencies and performance in handling them is published annually by the Cabinet Office. The most recent report, covering 2000, was announced by the then Minister for the Cabinet Office on 6 April 2001, Official Report, column 325W. Between 20 June and 20 July 2001 Ministers received 1,091 letters298 of which were from hon. and right hon. Members. 78 per cent. of the replies to these were issued within the Department's target of 18 working days. It is not possible to break this down any further without incurring disproportionate costs.
Mr. Caborn: My Department's financial assistance to support and develop talented young athletes is channelled through two lottery funded initiatives administered by Sport Englandthe World Class Potential Programme and the World Class Start Programme.
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Mr. Caborn: Next year, the country joins Her Majesty the Queen in celebrating her Golden Jubilee. As part of these celebrations in the London region, there is a nine day festival of sport planned from 6 July to 14 July.
This will involve on the weekends of 6 and 7 July and 13 and 14 July, the London Heathrow Youth Games preliminaries and finals. The London Youth Games began in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Year and will therefore be in its 25 year in 2002.
On 8, 9 and possibly 10 July there will be the Active Sports Talent Camps which are specifically linked to the Manchester Commonwealth Games under the Spirit of Friendship' banner. This will incorporate training and coaching clinics for those young people who show potential for 1 of 9 sports. The sports involved are: athletics, basketball, girl's football, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union (boys and girls), swimming and tennis.
Mr. Caborn: Plans for the new opportunities for PE and Sport in Schools programme are set out in the new opportunities fund's recently published document "Building for Tomorrow"copies of which I am placing in the Libraries of both Houses. The programme will provide PE and sports facilities for young people and the community in general and is intended to have a long-term impact on key issues facing local communities such as education, health, crime and drugs use.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 634W, on royal palaces, which persons residing in royal palaces have council tax charged against that accommodation they occupy; and if this tax is paid by (a) the royal household and (b) the occupant. 
Mr. Caborn: Council tax is paid by all of the 244 residents residing in royal palaces listed in my hon. Friend's answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 634W. The grant in aid for property services is only responsible for council tax on vacant properties.
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Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 634W, on royal palaces, which members of the royal family occupy accommodation in the royal palaces other than Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. 
The Princess Royal
The Princess Margaret
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
The Duke and Duchess of Kent
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 634W, on royal palaces, if she will list the commercial occupants of the royal palaces. 
Mr. Caborn: The commercial lettings outside the security cordon are mainly arranged by estate agents. These properties are marketed in the same way as other properties included in the letting portfolios of these agents. It would be inappropriate to list the individuals concerned. None of them has any connection with the Royal Household or the Royal Family.
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