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Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the resources, role and responsibilities of regional development agencies in respect of tourism. 
Dr. Howells: An announcement about the Regional Development Agencies' tourism responsibilities will be made to the House shortly. The RDAs have a vital role to play in the delivery of our programme of strategic reform of the tourism industry in England. They are being given new responsibilities and resources and it is important that they achieve a balance between meeting regional priorities and achieving national coordination and consistency, where appropriate.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the projects awarded funding by the New Opportunities Fund Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities Programme since its establishment and the level of funding for each. 
Mr. Caborn: Under the Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities initiative, the New Opportunities Fund will deliver projects worth #125 million across the United Kingdom through 11 award partners. Hitherto, over #40 million has been committed to 1,265 projects under this initiative. The following table details the number of projects funded, and the amount committed so far, by each award partner.
|Awards to date (Oct 2002) under the New Opportunities|
|Awards (#s)||Number of Projects|
|The Countryside Agency||1,939,294||136|
|By region: North East|
|Yorks & Humb|
Comprehensive lists of every project in every area are not yet available, but further information on schemes in a particular area can be obtained from the New Opportunities Fund on request.
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what help is being offered by her Department to the British Museum to clear its deficit. 
Dr. Howells [holding answer 21 October 2002]: To avoid a deficit the British Museum is carrying out a programme of reform and modernisation. We fully support the Museum in this endeavour and we have made arrangements to enable the Museum to fund this programme from the resources available to it.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the artifacts and collections in the British Museum were maintained at the right environmental condition in (a) 199899, (b) 19992000, (c) 200001, (d) 200102 and (e) 200203 to date. 
Dr. Howells: The information is shown in the following table.
|Number of items held at the correct environmental conditions (in millions)||6.2m||6.5m||6.7m||6.8m||6.9m|
|Percentage of items out of total collection held at the correct environmental conditions||79%||83%||85%||87%||88%|
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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the spend per head was on (a) visitor catering, (b) retail and (c) the Super X Simulator in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester in (i) 200001, (ii) 200102 and (iii) 200203 to date. 
Dr. Howells: The relevant figures are as set out in the following table, based on total visitors of 287,814 in 200001, 389,262 in 200102, and 220,226 between April and August 2002:
|200001||200102||200203 to end August|
|Super X Simulator||0.16||0.19||0.20|
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many paintings were (a) lost, (b) stolen and (c) severely damaged while on loan from the National Gallery in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2002 to date. 
Dr. Howells: No paintings have been lost, stolen or severely damaged while on loan from the National Gallery from 2000 to date.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much time the average visitor spent in the (a) World City Galleries and (b) London Before London exhibition in the Museum of London in (i) 200001, (ii) 200102 and (iii) 200203 to date. 
Dr. Howells: The World City Galleries opened at the Museum of London on 7 December 2001. According to data compiled by the Museum in a survey of 60 visitors carried out between the end of February and the middle of April 2002, the average time spent per visitor in the Galleries was 26 minutes.
Figures for the London Before London exhibition are as yet unavailable, as the exhibition opened on 18 October 2002. The Museum plan to undertake a survey of average time spent by visitors to London Before London in the exhibition in the next few months.
Ms Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received regarding the funding of Beacon School, Falmouth under the Space for Sports and Arts in Schools programme. 
Mr. Caborn: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has received representations on this issue from my hon. Friend, and from representatives of Cornwall County Council, in June and July this year.
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The Space for Sport and Arts (SSArts) programme is targeted at Local Education Authorities (LEAs) in areas of social, economic, sporting and cultural deprivation. It is for LEAs participating in the scheme, of which Cornwall County Council is one, to decide which schools in their area to select for involvement in the programme.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) gold, (b) silver and (c) bronze medals have been won at major international championships by (i) teams and athletes supported via the UK World Class Performance Programme in (A) able-bodied and (B) disabled events in (1) 2000, (2) 2001 and (3) 2002 to date. 
Mr. Caborn: The data required is not readily available. I will write to the hon. Member with detailed information as soon as possible.
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