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Education Maintenance Allowance

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people received education maintenance allowance in (a) South Tyneside and (b) England in each year since its inception. [195342]

Jim Knight: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) operates the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and holds information about payments made under the scheme. Mark Haysom, the LSC’s chief executive, has written to the hon. Member for Jarrow with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Pupil Exclusions

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, columns 1159-60W, on pupil exclusions, how many of the individuals recorded under the column (a) number of fixed period exclusions, had previously been awarded a fixed period exclusion (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four and (v) five times and (b) number of permanent exclusions, had previously been excluded for a fixed period. [197026]

Kevin Brennan [holding answer 26 March 2008]: The requested information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Summary findings on permanent and fixed period exclusions during the 2005/06 school year were published in a Statistical First Release on 26 June at

Schools: Nurses

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of schools in each (a) primary care trust and (b) constituency have the services of a qualified school nurse in line with the 2004 National Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services; what steps he is taking to ensure that all schools have such services; and when he expects all schools to have the services of a qualified school nurse. [196173]

Ann Keen [holding answer 25 March 2008]: I have been asked to reply.

Information is not collected centrally on how many and what proportion of schools in each primary care trust (PCT) and constituency have the services of a qualified school nurse.


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It is for PCTs in partnership with local authorities, strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, and to commission services accordingly. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community including the provision of school nursing services.

Schools: Swimming

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) England offered swimming lessons to pupils in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [196194]

Kevin Brennan: Swimming activities and water safety are a compulsory element of the National Curriculum for physical education in primary schools. Swimming lessons should be provided for all pupils as part of this. Schools can choose swimming activities and water safety as a programme of study in secondary schools.

The annual PE and School Sport Survey was introduced in 2003/04 and collects data relating to participation in PE and school sport from schools in a School Sport Partnership. The proportion of primary, secondary and special schools that offered swimming during the academic year over the last four years is as follows:

Percentage
England Hertfordshire St. Albans

2003/04

84

2004/05

83

2005/06

84

87

2006/07

85

87

85


Further analysis could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Culture, Media and Sport

Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many alcohol licences have been revoked on the grounds of sale of alcohol to children since the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003. [196410]

Mr. Sutcliffe: This information is not held centrally.

Statistical bulletins on licences to sell alcohol include the number of licences revoked, but do not indicate the reason for revocation. Licences may be revoked on review for one or more reasons relating to the four licensing objectives, including sales of alcohol to children.

The first DCMS Statistical Bulletin on Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment, under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003, was published on 8 November 2007. This shows that, between April 2006
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and March 2007, there were 695 reviews which resulted in 92 licences being revoked and 91 being suspended (based upon a 85 per cent. response rate from licensing authorities).

There were also 37 personal licences suspended or declared forfeit by the courts in 2006-07 (80 per cent. response rate). The loss of personal licence could relate to conviction for any one of a number of relevant offences, including the sale of alcohol to children.

Broadcasting: Technology

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes from the Emerging Technologies Group’s meetings. [195785]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 20 March 2008]: I am arranging for copies of the minutes from the Emerging Technologies Group’s meetings to be placed in the House Libraries, with the commercially sensitive information removed.

Digital Broadcasting: Swansea

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that advice about the Digital Switchover Help Scheme is given at an early stage of the conversion from analogue to digital television transmission in Swansea. [194690]

Andy Burnham: Digital UK is already actively raising awareness about digital switchover in Wales, through advertising and publicity, which lets people know there will be a help scheme for eligible people nearer the time of switchover.

Specific regional help scheme advertising and publicity is planned for the period of eligibility, from about eight months before switchover, and will include advertising, local press articles, public awareness events and targeted communications for local third sector organisations for eligible people.

Using DWP data and data provided by local authorities, the help scheme will write to every eligible person directly at least twice in the run-up to switchover, to invite them to take up the help offered through the scheme. Information about eligibility and what help is available through the scheme is also accessible on the Digital UK website and from its national helpline, and will shortly also be available from the switchover help scheme website and helpline which are being launched at the beginning of April.

Digital Broadcasting: Visually Impaired

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many blind and partially sighted people were helped as part of the digital changeover in Cumbria. [195719]


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Andy Burnham: The BBC is responsible for operating the digital switchover help scheme. The help scheme is given access to data on people who are registered as blind and partially sighted from local authorities so as to be able to contact them directly. The help scheme also commissioned the West Cumbria Society for the Blind to contact its members to ensure their awareness of the help scheme.

Respondents who take up the help scheme are not required to inform the scheme of the reason they are eligible or the nature of their disability, unless they wish to do so to aid it in delivering the service.

I am therefore not able to supply the number of blind and partially sighted people who took up the help scheme in Cumbria.

European Broadcasting Union

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department contributes (a) funding and (b) personnel to (i) the European Broadcasting Union and (ii) the Eurovision Song Contest; and if he will make a statement. [196095]

Andy Burnham: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport contributes no funding or personnel to the European Broadcasting Union or the Eurovision Song Contest.

Listed Buildings: Essex

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department’s role in conserving the Grade II listed building known as the State Cinema in Grays, Essex is; and if he will make a statement. [196312]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 26 March 2008]: The role of my Department is to designate buildings of special architectural or historic interest by listing. Decisions about changes which affect their special interest are for the local planning authority, in consultation with English Heritage.

This building, which is listed at grade II*, is included in the Buildings at Risk register maintained by English Heritage. English Heritage monitors its condition and had, in recent years, met its owners who were considering converting this former cinema to a new use. English Heritage has also been approached by the Cinema Theatre Association, which is interested in the possibility of reviving its use as a venue for performance.

Performing Arts

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support his Department and its agencies give to competitive cheerleading. [196193]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Increasing inter and intra-school sporting opportunities is a key component of the National PE and Sport Strategy for Young People, which is delivered jointly by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


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Since January 2008, the UK Cheerleading Association (UKCA) has been working in partnership with British Gymnastics to transfer their activities and become a new discipline of British Gymnastics.

The UKCA is working with a number of School Sports Partnerships across the UK to develop cheerleading and ‘street cheer’ within school sport and dance. Together with other national governing bodies, the UKCA is helping to deliver the Government’s PE and school sport strategy nationally, both by encouraging sustained participation and by providing leadership opportunities in schools and FE facilities.

Public Lending Right: Finance

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of the public lending right was in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what it is projected to be in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement. [196154]

Margaret Hodge: The public lending right (PLR) uses grant in aid funding from the DCMS to make compensatory payments to authors for the financial impact of free book loans provided through the public library system.

Provision for the running costs of the organisation is included within this grant in aid settlement, and is allocated by the PLR before the remaining sum is distributed annually to authors.

Over the next three years, the DCMS is committed to generating value for money (VFM) savings by delivering efficiencies in partnership with its sponsored bodies: the PLR has therefore agreed to deliver a 3 per cent. reduction in its administration costs in each of the years 2008-11, ensuring that the maximum possible percentage of the public funding received by the PLR is used to provide valuable financial support to authors.

Costs to the Exchequer, in the form of total grant in aid allocated per annum; PLR administration spending for the period 1998-2008; and administration spending limits agreed with the PLR for the next three years are set out in the following table.

£
Total grant allocation Administration spending PLR to authors

1997-98

4,921,000

673,000

4,248,116

1998-99

5,000,000

841,000

4,158,527

1999-2000

5,051,000

845,000

4,206,345

2000-01

5,150,000

673,000

4,477,110

2001-02

5,201,000

695,000

4,505,758

2002-03

7,001,000

806,000

6,194,517

2003-04

7,201,000

812,000

6,411,616

2004-05

7,381,000

812,000

6,536,539

2005-06

7,471,000

822,000

6,543,164

2006-07

7,702,000

813,000

6,809,018

2007-08

7,682,000

828,000

6,657,585

2008-09

7,432,000

803,000

6,629,000

2009-10

7,582,000

779,000

6,803,000

2010-11

7,682,000

756,000

6,926,000


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