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Youth School Games

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration she has given to including Blaenau Gwent in forward planning for the schools Olympics. [83670]

Mr. Caborn: The UK School Games (UKSG) will form an annual part of the preparations leading up to the Olympic Games in 2012, with the first event being staged in September 2006 in Glasgow.

On 21 June 2006, the Millennium Commission invited cities across the UK to bid to host the UKSG from 2007 to 2011. The closing date for applications for cities bidding to host the 2007 UKSG is 14 August 2006. All applications will be assessed against demanding criteria to achieve the highest quality sporting occasion. It is our hope that the successful cities will represent a good regional/country spread across the UK. It is envisaged that the successful location for the 2007 Games will be announced at the UKSG in Glasgow.

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many schools in (a) London, (b) Lambeth and (c) Vauxhall constituency are involved in the UK Games to be held in September. [83714]

Mr. Caborn: This information is not available in the requested format. The UK School Games 2006 is a high level competition for talented school age young people. They will be selected by the relevant national governing bodies through their competition framework which is based around a nation or regional structure. The selection process for some of the sports involved in the 2006 games has not yet been completed.

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what outside agencies have been contracted to run the youth school games to be staged in 2006; [82802]

(2) how much has been allocated to date for the youth school games to (a) the Youth Sport Trust and (b) other outside agencies; [82803]

(3) whether the contract awarded to the Youth Sport Trust for the UK school games to be staged in Glasgow for 2006 has been subject to open tendering under the provisions of the EU procurement directive for public service contracts; [82805]

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(4) how much fast track is being paid to run the UK games in September; [83710]

(5) how the expenditure on the UK games in September will be monitored; [83711]

(6) whether the British Olympic Association was considered as the co-ordinating body for the UK games. [83712]

Mr. Caborn: The organisation of the UK school games this September is a matter for the Millennium Commission. In my other capacity as chair of the commission, I will write to my hon. Friend and arrange for copies of my reply to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration was given to involving the (a) British Paralympic Association, (b) British Olympic Association and (c) national governing bodies for (i) athletics, (ii) table tennis, (iii) swimming, (iv) gymnastics and (v) fencing in the running of the 2006 Youth School Games. [82804]

Mr. Caborn: The Youth Sport Trust has held discussions with the British Olympic Foundation, the charitable arm of the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association to integrate and embed the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games’ ideals and values into the UK School Games (UKSG).

The National Governing Bodies (Swimming, Fencing, Athletics, Table Tennis and Gymnastics) have all been involved in the arrangements for the games from the outset. They are responsible for the competition format, team selection and technical requirements of their sport in this event, as well as assuming responsibility for the developmental work around the National Competition Framework and engaging the National School Sport Associations in that process.

Youth Sport Trust

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what experience the Youth Sport Trust has in running competitive (a) multi-sports events and (b) disability sports events. [82801]

Mr. Caborn: The Youth Sport Trust (YST) is managing the roll out of a new competitive sport structure for schools which includes the appointment of competition managers who will cover all School Sport Partnerships by 2010. The competitive sport structure in schools includes multi-sport events and disability sport.

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will list the contracts awarded to the Youth Sport Trust by the Department over the last three years; what the value was of each contract; and whether there was an open tendering process in each case; [82806]

(2) whether the Department has sought legal advice as to whether its contractual arrangements with the Youth Sport Trust fall under the EU Procurement Directive for Public Service Contracts. [82807]

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Mr. Caborn: There have been no contracts awarded to the Youth Sport Trust by the Department over the past three years. Therefore it has not been necessary for the Department to seek legal advice on any contractual arrangements.

Sport England has awarded over the past three financial years (2004-07) the following funding to the Youth Sport Trust to deliver programmes within the National School Sport Strategy.


Carbon Emissions

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent estimate he has made of the carbon emissions of his Department; what commitment he has made to reducing such emissions; and if he will make a statement. [81050]

Mr. Hain: The Wales Office in conjunction with the Department of Constitutional Affairs is committed to reducing carbon emissions, and will be working towards the Government's targets for sustainable development announced on 12 June 2006 by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We are working with the Carbon Trust, which is auditing our energy use and will suggest where we can improve. The car leased by the Wales Office for ministerial travel is dual fuel and has very low emissions. We have committed from 1 April 2006 to the Carbon Offset scheme for any air travel.

FIFA World Cup

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which matches (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department attended at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany in their ministerial capacity; at what cost to public funds; and with what contributions from third party organisations. [83629]

Mr. Hain: None.

Police Houses

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the merits of the reintroduction of police houses on housing estates in Wales. [83672]

Mr. Hain: None.


Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) questionnaires, (b) statistical inquiries and (c) investigations have been carried out wholly or partly at public expense on behalf of or by his Department in each year since 1997; and what the (i) nature, (ii) purpose and (iii) cost was of each. [83166]

Mr. Hain: The Wales Office was established in July 1999 and since that time have carried out none.

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Trade and Industry

10 Victoria Street

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 1002W, on 10 Victoria street, what progress has been made in re-letting the property. [83067]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Of the nine floors in the building, all but two have been sublet.

Agency Staff

Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what average hourly rate was paid by his Department to each employment agency for staff employed through agencies in 2005-06. [81490]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The arrangements for employing temporary agency staff in the Department are delegated to local line management units. Managers must follow central guidance on the use of temporary agency staff, and where appropriate, use centrally agreed frameworks.

We do not hold information centrally on the average cost of temporary agency staff. This information could be made available only at disproportionate cost.


Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the numbers of farmers who went bankrupt in (a) Yeovil constituency, (b) Somerset and (c) the South West region in each of the last five years. [82182]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The closest available estimate for bankruptcies among self-employed farmers is that for bankruptcies falling under the category "agriculture" according to the Insolvency Trade Classification.

Regional insolvency statistics are only available on the basis of the locations of Official Receivers offices, each of which cover a group of county courts where the cases are heard and the courts having jurisdiction over these. The following table provides the statistics considered to be closest to those requested, but they should not be treated as a precise measure of these. In particular, the Exeter and Bristol offices will cover many but not necessarily all of the cases in the county of Somerset; they will also include cases from neighbouring counties:

Bankruptcies in England and Wales for Agriculture, 2001-05
Yeovil County Court Exeter OR's Office( 1) Bristol OR's Office South West Region (OR-based)


























(1) Exeter OR's Office covers the following county courts: Barnstaple, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Shaftsbury, Torquay and Yeovil

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Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individuals entered into bankruptcy in each quarter since 2001, broken down by parliamentary constituency. [82130]

Mr. McCartney: Bankruptcy statistics are not available by parliamentary constituency; they are broken down by Official Receivers (ORs) offices and broad regional groupings of these. Quarterly bankruptcies for England and Wales for each financial year from 2001-02 to 2005-06 are provided on the table placed in the Libraries of the House.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what proportion of people aged between 16 and 24 years declared themselves to be bankrupt in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [82912]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Official bankruptcy statistics are not routinely analysed by age group and to provide the information requested would incur disproportionate cost.

However, the Insolvency Service published the report “Characteristics of a bankrupt” in March 2006 which included an analysis of bankruptcies by broad age groups for the financial years 2001-02 to 2004-05 and is available from professionandlegislation/policychange/cob.pdf It should be noted that the nearest age band in this report to that requested is for those aged 18-29; the following table provides a summary based on this information.

Bankruptcies in England and Wales, 2001-02 to 2004-05, for those aged 18-29
2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05

Total bankruptcies in year





Total bankruptcies with age recorded





Bankrupts aged 18-29





Bankrupts aged 18-29 as percentage of all bankrupts with age recorded





Population of England and Wales aged 18-29 from 2001 census


18-29 as percentage of total population aged 18 and over


Bankrupts aged 18-29 as percentage of population aged 18-29


Biomass Energy Generation

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grant funding is available for (a) micro domestic combined heat and power units which are run on biomass, (b) on-farm power generation which uses biomass and (c) town-size power plants using locally-produced biomass. [80269]

Malcolm Wicks: Grants for a number of microgeneration technologies producing heat and electricity are available to householders under the new Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP). Stream One of the LCBP provides grant support for householders and applications are now being taken. The LCBP is managed on behalf of the Department by
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the Energy Savings Trust and full details are available on the LCBP website at www.lowcarbon

Support for small biomass CHP schemes may also be available from The Big Lottery Fund. The fund has £2.6 million available to support the installation of heating systems and small-scale combined heat and power systems fuelled by solid biomass. End users of the systems must be either public sector or commercial organisations. Domestic installations are not eligible for support. The closing date for applications is 31 July 2006 and further details can be found on the fund’s website at:

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