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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) London and (b) regional theatres of the fall in the number of visitors following the events of 11 September. 
Dr. Howells: It is too early to say how far the events of September 11 have affected attendance at theatres in London and the regions. The Arts Council of England, Regional Arts Boards and Society of London Theatres
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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many ministerial decisions were made where authority for the same derived from the royal prerogative for the most recent calendar month for which information is available. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria relating to quality of programmes and schedules she applies to decisions on granting and renewing television broadcasting licences. 
Dr. Howells: Under the terms of the Broadcasting Acts 1990 and 1996, the licensing of television services is a matter for the Independent Television Commission. Channel 3 and Channel 5 licensees had to pass a programme quality threshold before the Commission granted their licences. Channel 4's distinctive and innovative remit is incorporated in its licence. Cable and satellite television services are not subject to statutory programming requirements.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many local authorities have put all of their public libraries on-line; and when the remaining libraries will be brought on-line. 
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Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what was (a) the total amount of Lottery awards, (b) their purpose and (c) the total value of Lottery awards per constituency in Scotland over the last year; and what was the total percentage of Lottery funding and value in Scotland compared with the other nations and regions within the United Kingdom. 
Dr. Howells: To date, National Lottery awards across the UK total £9.54 billion, shared between projects covering the Arts; Charities; Health; Education and Environment; Heritage; and Sport, plus those associated with celebrating the millennium. (A complete list is available on the DCMS website: www.culture.gov.uk.) The total value of Lottery awards per constituency in Scotland over the last year was £1.22 million. A comparison of Scottish Lottery funding with the other nations and regions within the United Kingdom is set out in the following table.
|Regions/country||Amount awarded (£)||Percentage of lottery funding|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||59,701,202||6.82|
(17) Covering the period 1 October 2000 to 30 September 2001
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what income the BBC raised in the last 12 months from licence payers in Scotland; and how much of this is spent on the production and broadcasting of television and radio programmes in Scotland. 
Dr. Howells: The BBC income and budgets are calculated for the financial year. In the financial year 200001, the total licence fee income from television licence fee payers in Scotland, minus approximately £10 million collection costs, was £195 million.
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|Specific television and radio services for Scotland||68.1|
|Scottish productions for network TV||35.1|
|Scottish productions for network Radio||3.4|
|Co-production/Gaelic Broadcasting Funds||13.8|
The costs of transmitter operations, which are paid for centrally by the BBC, are not included. The budgets for independent production companies commissioned by network television and radio on behalf of BBC Scotland are included, but the costs of independent companies commissioned by the networks for their own productions are not included.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the number of staff employed by her Department by region and nation of the UK; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the expenditure by her Department in each of the years (a) 199697, (b) 199798, (c) 199899, (d) 19992000, (e) 200001, (f) 200102 and (g) 200203 (estimated) was allocated with reference to the Index of Multiple Deprivation; which expenditure programmes are allocated with respect to this Index and other measures of relative geographic deprivation; and if she will make a statement. 
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Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out the support mechanism to convert to organic farming in EU member states; which countries make no payments for them; which provide transitional support; and which make continuing post conversion payments. 
Mr. Morley [holding answer 22 October 2001]: Support for conversion to organic farming is governed by EC Regulations 1257/99 and 1750/99. The regulations require member states to set out their planned support for organic farming in a rural development programme which must be approved by the EC Commission. We have done so in the England Rural Development Programme, which can be accessed through the DEFRA website. We do not have copies of the programmes of other member states but detailed information about other Governments' support is available at www.organic-europe.net.
Under the EC regulations, payments to farmers who convert their land to organic farming methods must be made for at least five years. For most farmers, the conversion period is two years, thus farmers are supported during conversion and in the immediate years following. The rates and structure of payments vary widely between member states. Many of them make payments beyond the five-year period. The current England Organic Farming Scheme directs support at the time of greatest need, ie during the conversion period and the initial years of full organic status.
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