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CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT

Millennium Fund (Replacement)

17. Dr. Palmer: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on plans to replace the millennium fund after 2000. [102011]

Mr. Chris Smith: The Millennium Commission will receive £2.017 billion from the National Lottery over its lifetime. Once the Commission has received this sum, its share will be transferred to the New Opportunities Fund.

National Lottery (Small Grants Schemes)

19. Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures he plans to ensure that Lottery money awarded under newly launched small grants schemes represents value for money. [102013]

Kate Hoey: Lottery distributing bodies are required, under the Financial Directions with which my right hon. Friend issues them, to adopt stringent monitoring and evaluation arrangements for all funding programmes to ensure money is distributed effectively and efficiently. The amount of help which small groups received from the Lottery doubled in the past year. The proportion of grants of less than £100,000 increased from 9 per cent. to 17 per cent.

Cultural Events (Access)

22. Mr. Goggins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action he is taking to improve access to cultural events for school children. [102018]

Mr. Alan Howarth: My right hon. Friend and I are committed to providing every child with the opportunity to access cultural events and we are taking a number of measures to ensure this.

Seaside Resorts (Lancashire)

23. Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage the regeneration of Lancashire seaside resorts; and if he will make a statement. [102019]

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Janet Anderson: The Government's strategy for tourism "Tomorrow's Tourism" contains a raft of initiatives to promote quality tourism, including a model regeneration plan for resorts. The English Tourism Council have been given primary responsibility for resort issues and they are currently setting up a Resorts Task Force to tackle issues in resorts.

Children's Films

24. Mr. Cawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to encourage the British film industry to make more films for children. [102020]

Mr. Chris Smith: I have asked the Chairman of the Film Council to consider the recommendation of the Film Education Working Group that production of films for children should be one of the priorities of the Council's Lottery strategy. The availability of a wider range of films for children could lead to both educational and commercial benefits.

Unified Accommodation Scheme

25. Mrs. Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on progress towards a unified accommodation grading scheme. [102021]

Janet Anderson: The new standardised accommodation ratings in England were launched on 13 September by the English Tourism Council, the AA and the RAC. They are available throughout the whole of the United Kingdom through the AA and the RAC. I recently wrote to my colleagues in the National Assembly for Wales and in the Scottish Parliament suggesting that we look again at our respective accommodation schemes, the differences between them and the scope for arriving at common standards.

Green Spaces

27. Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in what ways he expects children to benefit from the green spaces initiative funded by the New Opportunities Fund. [102023]

Kate Hoey: NOF is currently consulting and drawing up its bidding guidance for the green spaces programme. However, it is envisaged that projects involving opportunities for children's play, organised and informal sport, playing fields, access to the countryside and creating safer routes to school will be eligible among others. Such projects will greatly benefit the health, happiness, safety and social well-being of children, particularly in areas of multiple deprivation.

National Lottery Proceeds

28. Mr. Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action he is taking to ensure an equitable regional spread of the proceeds from the Lottery. [102024]

Mr. Chris Smith: Following the National Lottery Act 1998 and my revised Policy Directions, distributors must now take into account the need to ensure that all parts of

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the country have access to funding and the scope for reducing economic and social deprivation. Working with the Lottery distributors, we have commissioned research to establish what more can be done to help areas where the take-up of Lottery funding has been low.

Football

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has held with the Football Association on the venues under consideration for the staging of major football matches during the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium; and what advice he is giving to the Football Association on appropriate locations. [102000]

Mr. Chris Smith: I will expect the Football Association, on considering alternative venues for major football matches while Wembley is under re-construction, to look to the wide range of excellent football stadiums available around Britain--including, of course, some built with Millennium Commission assistance. It is worth bearing in mind that we hosted EURO 96 in England, in a variety of venues, and demonstrated then that there are a number of excellent football stadiums that could be used.

Lottery Applications

Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the successful lottery applications in the Lancaster and Wyre parliamentary constituency since May 1997. [103098]

Kate Hoey: According to the latest information provided by my Department by the distributing bodies 73 awards worth a total of £11,395,044 have been made to recipients based in Lancaster and Wyre.

Museums and Galleries

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what benefits he expects to secure for the public from the new funding agreement with national museums and galleries. [102088]

Mr. Alan Howarth: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry, South (Mr. Cunningham) on 22 November 1999, Official Report, column 51W.

Sports Funding

Mr. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the Government grant support given to UK Sport and its predecessors in each year from 1994 to 1999. [103875]

Kate Hoey: UK Sport was established by Royal Charter on 19 September 1996 and became fully operational on 1 January 1997. Since then the grant in aid made available has been:

£ million
1996-974.0
1997-9811.8
1998-9911.6
1999-200012.6

Prior to establishing UK Sport, funding for sport was channelled through the GB Sports Council. In the years before UK Sport funding to GB Sports Council was:


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£ million
1993-9450.6
1994-9549.4
1995-9649.2
1996-9727.7

World Cup 2006

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the accounts of the FA (FIFA) World Cup 2006 bid for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99. [102307]

Kate Hoey: The bid to host the World Cup in 2006 is a bid by the Football Association, with the full backing of the Government and Sport England, who have allocated £3 million of Lottery funding for the bid. The bid is not by Government and any decision to publish the accounts is for the FA to make. Reference to the bid is made in the FA's 1998 general annual report and accounts.

Olympic Stadium, Manchester

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will investigate the possibility of relocating the proposed new Olympic Stadium in Manchester. [102715]

Kate Hoey: The final decision on timing and location of any UK Olympic bid rests with the British Olympic Association. The BOA feel that the strongest option for a successful bid would be to base it in London. The BOA is therefore conducting a feasibility study of a possible future London-based Olympic bid, which they will submit to Government in the new year.

Peat

Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's policy is on the use of peat in and around the Millennium Dome. [103010]

Janet Anderson: A variety of new and exciting gardens and landscape installations are being constructed on and around the Millennium Experience site. Some of these are being constructed by NMEC, and some by English Partnerships as part of the long-term legacy of the site. In the case of soil mixes and topsoil, 'greenwaste' is being used. This is based on recycled cuttings, taken in spring/ autumn and mulched, then composted for 4-6 months and does not contain peat. In the case of mulch and hydroseed, this is specified as peat free. Suppliers are able to propose their own product to meet this specification, so a variety of options have been used, but generally products based on chopped paper or something of this nature will be the most common solution. NMEC cannot make an absolute commitment to be "peat free", as soils attached to plants procured from commercial nurseries could contain small quantities of peat.

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