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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what work she did with the British film industry to implement a new joint-funded strategy for the development of the industry by April 2000; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: Following a comprehensive review of film policy in 1998, my Department set up the Film Council in April 2000 to act as the Government's expert adviser on film, and help develop a sustainable British film industry. In its relatively short life, the Film Council has already put in place a number of initiatives to help deliver its goals. We also set up the Skills Investment Fund, which is administered by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the audio-visual industries. All film
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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what frameworks of support have been put in place by her Department for (a) heritage, (b) sport and (c) tourism; how much her Department has saved through these measures; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: We have conducted reviews of Sport England, English Heritage, and the British Tourist Authority as well as the framework of support for domestic tourism. We are now working with the bodies concerned on modernisation plans which should lead to improved value for money and significant savings, though it is not yet possible to quantify the savings. Plans for the reform of tourism structures were announced to Parliament on 13 May and 31 October 2002.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department has taken to ensure devolution of decision-making for National Lottery funding grants; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: The National Lottery Act 1998 gave Lottery distributors powers to delegate funding decisions to a more local level and increasing use is being made of these powers. This Department is currently conducting a review of Lottery funding and published a consultation paper in July seeking views on how Lottery distribution could be improved and how more decisions about Lottery funding could be devolved to a local level. The Department is now looking closely at the responses received.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the maximum level is of National Lottery grant funding that can be spent by regional bodies; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: There is no statutory maximum. The Community Fund has delegated its grant-making powers to regional committees up to a limit of £1 million per grant. The Arts Council of England has delegated decisions on projects under £100,000 to its regional offices. The Heritage Lottery Fund delegates decisions to regional committees for award grants up to £1 million. Awards for All, the cross distributor awards programme supported by the good causes of heritage, arts, sports charities and the New Opportunities Fund has regional committees which make grant decisions up to a maximum award value of £5,000.
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body in the UK in (i) 199899, (ii) 19992000, (iii) 200001 and (iv) 200102; and if she will make a statement. 
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Ireland in the relevant years. This is taken from the Department's awards database which is based on information provided by Lottery distributors.
|Region||1 April 1998 to 31 March 1999||1 April 1999 to 31 March 2000||1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001||1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||62,856,278||56,637,836||58,742,145||125,908,578|
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of distributing bodies' strategic plans for National Lottery funding on (a) capital and revenue schemes and (b) variations in regions of the UK; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: Distributors were asked to indicate in their recently published strategic plans what proportion of overall awards were likely to be capital and what revenue, and to indicate levels of funding to be allocated to country, regional or local level. Distributors are asked to evaluate their achievements against the objectives set out in the plans.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham on 26 November, reference 83302, how many ex-servicemen's welfare organisations in West Sussex applied for National Lottery funding this year. 
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of museums' (a) collections care and (b) public access in each year since 1998; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: The museums and galleries sponsored by my Department take very seriously the duty of care for collection items in their ownership. This is reflected in the increasing percentage of collection items which are stored in the correct environmental conditionsrising from an average of 74 per cent. in 199899 to 78 per cent. in 200102. Similarly, the museums and galleries are making ever greater efforts towards heightening public accessibilityboth actual and virtualto their collections. The average percent of time open at the museums and galleries has risen from 56 per cent. in 199899 to 61 per cent. in 200102, and the number of collection items which are able to be viewed online has increased from an average of 4 per cent. in 199899 to 31 per cent. in 200102.
|1998 to 1999||1999 to 2000||2000 to 2001||2001 to2002|
|Average percentage of collection items stored in the correct environmental conditions||74||74||76||78|
|Average percentage of time open||56||59||60||61|
|Average percentage of collection internet accessible||4||14||22||31|
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) children, (b) pensioners and (c) others visited each major national museum funded by her Department in (i) 199899, (ii) 19992000, (iii) 200001 and (iv) 200102; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: Between 199899 and 200102, visitors in each of the three categories specified to all those museums and galleries sponsored by my Department have increased by: 31 per cent. for children; 32 per cent. for over 60s and 27 per cent. for others. The position for the major museums and galleries as requested is set out in the following table:
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|Institution||1998 to 1999||1999 to 2000||2000 to 2001||2001 to 2002|
|British Museum||a) 630,000 b) 315,000 c) 3,555,000||a) 616,000 b) 308,000 c) 3,476,000||a) 656,309 b) 323,137 c) 3,708,474||a) 671,505 b) 335,750 c) 3,802,745|
|Imperial War Museum||a) 352,347 b) 156,792 c) 864,964||a) 359,2 15 b) 145,757 c) 887,821||a) 398,849|
|b) 194,046 c)1,015,919||a) 424,372|
|National Gallery||a) 400,000|
|b) 625,000 c)3,275,000||a) 398,129|
|c) 3,446,871||a) 410,000|
|National Maritime Museum||a) 136,367|
|c) 399,224||a) 330,760|
|National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside||a) 257,878|
|b) not available|
|c) 442,122||a) 238,000|
|c) 349,000||a) 2 11, 000|
|c) 331,000||a) 246,371|
|c) 458, 190|
|National Museum of Science and Industry||a) 914,902|
|c) 1,563,994||a) 1,075,032|
|c) 1,519,481||a) 1,290,498|
|Natural History Museum||a) 628,205|
|c) 1,130,768||a) 585,389|
|c) 1,049,068||a) 693,595|
|c) 2,366,151||a) 289,720|
|c) 1,951,593||a) 961, 450|
|c) 4,932,690||a) 767,609|
|Victoria and Albert Museum||a) 215,097|
|c) 1,118,345||a) 202,894|
|c) 986,622||a) 216,827|
|c) 1,048,208||a) 291,406|
|b) 249, 192|
a) number of children
b) number of over 60s
'Major' has been defined as those museums and galleries in recept of £10 million or more grant in aid of the current financial year.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of her Department's efficiency review of national museums and galleries; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: The Efficiency Review of national museums and galleries sponsored by my Department, and which was undertaken in 19992000, has been instrumental in improving the quality of performance measures included in the funding agreements that my Department negotiates with its sponsored museums and galleries, and in the development and refinement of targets for each museum and gallery. Through the funding agreements my Department is better able to assess the performance of sponsored museums and galleries in the delivery of key Government priorities.
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