Mr. Pickles: To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the average length of an investigation by the Electoral Commission has been since the Commission's establishment. 
Mr. Streeter: The Electoral Commission informs me that in April 2008, it introduced a three stage approach to handling potential breaches of the party and election finance laws. First, it conducts an initial assessment using set criteria to determine whether the matter should become casework. Second, the vast majority of matters that become casework are dealt with as case reviews. Finally, a small number of cases, where the matter is more complex, or may involve the use of statutory powers, are dealt with as investigations.
Between 1 April 2008 and 16 October 2009, the Commission assessed 155 potential cases. Over that period, initial assessments were completed in an average of 11 days against a seven day target. The Commission has met the seven day target for matters assessed since July 2009. It also conducted 49 case reviews, which were completed in an average of 69 days against a target of 90 days. The Commission undertook two investigations, which averaged 386 days, against a target of completing 90 per cent. of investigations within 180 days.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on overnight accommodation for (a) Ministers and (b) officials while overseas in each of the last three years. 
Expenditure on hotel and other privately provided accommodation is not held separately or by categories requested on the Department's accounting system. This information can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding Sport England has provided for training of (a) pistol shooters and (b) shooters of other weapons in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England advise that over the past 12 months they have awarded the English Target Shooting Federation (ETSF) £194,726 in funding. This funding forms part of a wider £343,000 award made to the ETSF in 2007 to support the English shooting team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The award is paid over three years from 2007 until 2010 and relates to the rifle, pistol, shotgun and full bore disciplines. It supports coaching, sport science training camps, athlete personal awards, warm weather training and general support costs.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if he will consider the introduction of a more flexible time limit for the granting of temporary event notices under the Licensing Act 2003; 
(2) what estimate he has made of the number of voluntary organisations which did not submit temporary event notice applications under the Licensing Act 2003 within the 10 day time limit in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; 
(3) if he will consider the merits of amending the Licensing Act 2003 to allow a temporary event notice to be granted when the required period of notice has not been given, subject to terms and conditions. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is indeed willing to consider the introduction of some flexibility on the period of notice required for a temporary event notice (TEN) under the Licensing Act 2003. We are currently developing a proposal, in discussion with a group of stakeholders, that would give the police discretion to validate a TEN for an event that they consider to be low-risk when that TEN was otherwise invalid because it was issued without the minimum notice. We hope to commence a three-month consultation on this proposal, along with other simplification proposals, before the end of the year.
We do not hold figures on the number of voluntary organisations that did not submit TENs within the 10 day time limit. However, the consultation will include an impact assessment containing a broad estimate of the number of events that may be affected by the proposed change, and the estimated economic impact. The consultation will invite comment on these estimates.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much each of the National Lottery distributors spent on (a) surveys and (b) Government relations in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Bisley has been identified by London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games as a pre-games training camp for London 2012 shooting and is already used by the British shooting squad in the rifle and shotgun disciplines. Decisions on the British Olympic shooting team will not take place until a few months before the London 2012 games and their use of the facilities at Bisley will be determined by the national governing body of the sport.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's sponsored bodies attended party political conferences in 2009; and how much they spent at the (a) Liberal Democrat, (b) Labour and (c) Conservative party conferences. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Active People Surveys were delivered and funded by Sport England. The cost of Active People Survey 1 was £5,538,145. The cost of Active People Survey 2 was £3,152,272. DCMS provided a financial contribution of £885,274 to Active People Survey 2.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many acres of the Church Commissioners strategic land portfolio are (a) in the UK and (b) overseas. 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what acreage of land has comprised the Church Commissioners strategic land portfolio in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how much of the Church Commissioners assets were held in their strategic land portfolio (a) in the UK and (b) overseas in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what the policy of the Church Commissioners is on the use of land which is owned by them for the production of food. 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many acres of the Church Commissioners rural let land portfolio has been transferred to their rural strategic land portfolio in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2009, Official Report, column 326W, on Lambeth Palace, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Church Commissioners policy on the publication of information. 
Sir Stuart Bell: The Commissioners do not have a formal policy document on the publication of housing costs. Total see house costs are published but, given the range of property types and given that the majority of costs are incurred during a vacancy, we do not publish expenditure on individual houses.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will place in the Library a copy of the register of interests of members of the Church Commissioners Assets Committee. 
Sir Stuart Bell: The Commissioners make the Register available for inspection on their premises by Members of Parliament and others upon request. I am pleased to invite the hon. Gentleman to make an appointment to come to Church House and inspect the Register.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the sale value of the Dartford River Crossing; and what assumptions he made in relation to (a) the level of tolls charged, (b) vehicle movements and (c) other factors in making that estimate. 
No estimate of the saleable value of the Dartford River Crossing has been made. Any such valuation would depend on the nature of any commercial agreements for a sale, including, but not exclusively, the length of those arrangements, the level of future charges
and forecast future traffic volumes. The assumptions made around those issues are the same as those which would be made for normal business planning purposes.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport on which initiatives of his Department and its agencies expenditure on advertising has been incurred in each of the last five years; how much was spent on each such initiative; and which such initiatives were offered for tender through the Central Office of Information. 
Chris Mole: Expenditure for the Department for Transport's advertising campaigns from the 2004-05 fiscal year is in the following table. The majority of campaign advertising investment by the Department is in support of the THINK! road safety and the Act on CO2 campaigns. Major advertising investment by Executive Agencies has been by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, for the sale of marks, vehicle excise duty enforcement and electronic vehicle licensing.
|(1) Procured via The Central Office of Information.|
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