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|Financial year (to 31 March)||Places of worship except cathedrals||Cathedrals (C of E and RC)||Total|
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These figures are for grants offered. English Heritage makes offers against which the grantee can then claim. A number of years may elapse between a grantee receiving a grant offer and actually claiming it.
|Number of awards over #48k||4||19||50||62||135|
|Total number of awards||6||25||67||102||200|
The figures above include every award contracted or commissioned by NESTA to 31 March 2002 (the most recent date for which audited figures are available). The total size of award includes funding that has been released directly to the awardee or to cover the costs of commissioned areas of work but does not include added value expenditure such as the cost of mentoring. It includes any agreed release of contingency funding, but not any reserved contingency which may or may not be spent in the future. It treats as distinct any separate awards to the same project which have involved separate funding decisions.
Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if there will be a difference in cost between a premises licence which incorporates permission to provide entertainment and one which does not. 
Dr. Howells: A premises will be able to obtain permission for live music at no extra cost to the fee for obtaining permission to sell alcohol. Furthermore, the introduction of a single integrated licensing scheme is estimated to save industry #1.97 billion over the first ten years.
(3) how much was received by each local authority from the issue of public entertainment licences in the last year for which figures are available. 
Dr. Howells: The information that has been requested is not held centrally and to obtain it would represent a disproportionate cost to the Department. However, The Chartered Institute of Public Finances and Accountancy estimated that approximately 46,000 public entertainment licences were issued in 200001 by the local authorities and that #16 million was received in connection with these.
Licences are reviewed annually and a fee is paid both for each grant and on each renewal. Fees are set by local authorities at their own discretion and in many cases a single fee is not set. Fees are often set in bands on the basis of the capacity of the venue.
Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 4 December, ref.84617, what criteria were used to decide on which organisations to consult on the White Paper, Time for Reform; and for what reason Salisbury District Council was not included. 
Dr. Howells: The publication of the White Paper, Time for Reform, in April 2000, was followed by a well-publicised, open public consultation announced in both Houses of Parliament and which resulted in 1,215 responses being received. Copies of the White Paper were specifically sent to those organisations, including a number of district councils, which had written to us with their views during the review that took place prior to publication and which raised issues relating to licensing generally. Salisbury District Council did not fall into these categories. The Local Government Association, with whom we had established a good working
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relationship, was also sent a copy of the White Paper with the expectation that they would consult their members, including all local authorities.
Dr. Howells: The Government intend to publish draft guidance in Spring 2003. We are currently working with an advisory group of key stakeholders to assist us in meeting this timetable. Detailed framework guidance was published on the Bill's First Reading on November 14.
Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the financial impact on the hospitality industry of the measures included in the Licensing Bill [Lords]. 
Dr. Howells: Appendix 4 of the White Paper XTime for Reform: Proposals for the Modernisation of our Licensing Laws" published in April 2000 estimated, using figures supplied by industry, that the hospitality and leisure industry would benefit from savings of #1.9 billion over the first 10 years of the licensing regime proposed in the Licensing Bill. The calculations used were subsequently refined and the Regulatory Impact Assessment published alongside the Bill and placed in the Libraries of both Houses estimates total savings of #1.97 billion over the first 10 years.
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Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many letters he has received (a) supporting and (b) opposing the (i) Midlands New Site Option contained within the National Consultation on the Future of Air Transport in the UK: Midlands and (ii) the closure of Birmingham International Airport, as proposed in the National Consultation on the Future of Air Transport in the UK: Midlands. 
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department will take to ensure that those who have responded to the consultation are (a) informed of the forthcoming Gatwick consultation paper and (b) able to adjust their submissions accordingly. 
Mr. Jamieson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport announced to Parliament on 28 November 2002, Official Report, columns 47475, that the consultation on airports capacity will be kept open until we have consulted on options for new runways in relation to Gatwick.
Those who have already responded to the consultation will be able to amend, add to, or replace their response having considered the new document. We will set out our plans for the remaining stage of the consultation process, including how we will inform respondents, when we publish the further consultation paper in the new year.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the implications of airport policy options for the South East for the (a) rail and (b) road networks. 
Mr. Jamieson: The South East and East of England Regional Air Services Study included an assessment of the type of road and rail infrastructure that would be needed both to connect the airport options to the strategic network and the type and scale of improvements that might be required on the strategic network.
The results of these appraisals are summarised for each of the published options in XThe Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom (South East)" main consultation document, and further details are contained in supporting reports.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 8 November on Edinburgh airport; and for what reason the reply has been delayed. 
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Mr. Jamieson: We have received a large number of responses to our consultation The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom, both from Members of Parliament and from members of the public. Latest estimates put the figure at over 35,000 including letters and electronic responses. These are all being processed as quickly as possible.
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