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Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment she has made of the use of the Radio Joint Audience Research system of audience measurement to calculate the amount of levy on the qualifying revenues of national commercial radio stations; 
(3) what assessment she has made of the effect on revenue from the levy on qualifying revenues of national commercial radio stations of moving from the Radio Joint Audience Research system of audience measurement to a system of electronic audience measurement. 
Estelle Morris: None. The calculation of qualifying revenue is a matter for Ofcom acting in accordance with the provisions of the Broadcasting Act 1990. Ofcom (formerly the Radio Authority) is required to draw up and from time to time review a statement setting out the principles to be followed in calculating qualifying revenue. Before doing so, Ofcom must consult the Secretary of State and the Treasury. This statement was last reviewed in November 1995. I understand there are currently no plans for further revisions.
Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will ask Ofcom to conduct a study into the accuracy of the Radio Joint Audience Research system of audience measurement. 
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distributors to compete with (a) mainstream products and (b) products distributed from Hollywood studios; 
(3) what steps her Department is taking to support the independent distribution sector in making available more prints of independent films; 
(4) what steps her Department is taking to create incentives for exhibitors to show more independent films. 
Estelle Morris: The UK Film Council, the Government's strategic agency for film, has recently announced a comprehensive Distribution and Exhibition Strategy costing £24 million over the next three years aimed at widening audiences for film and ensuring a broader and more diverse range of films is available.
£14 million of this funding will be allocated, in partnership with the Arts Council of England, to a Digital Screen Network which will enable the exhibition of a wider range of films, through the provision of equipment enabling the digital exhibition of films.
The strategy also includes a Specialised Print and Advertising (P&A) Fund, with £1 million per annum over the next three years, to assist distributors to widen the availability of films defined as "specialised". These are films characterised by an innovative cinematic style, or which engage with challenging subject matter, offering audiences a different experience of cinema from that provided by mainstream US studio-originated material. Support will be available under this fund to enable a distributor to increase the print run and media investment (P&A) for specialised films.
The £1 million UK Film Distribution Programme is another strand of the strategy which is aimed at assisting distributors to increase the theatrical release of indigenous UK films that are aimed at a wide, commercial market.
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funding has been awarded on average to London boroughs in each year since 1997. 
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to visit the Imperial War Museum North seminar on Nuclear Weapons Past and Future to be held on 11 February. 
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value is of Lottery revenue used to support Government-sponsored projects within her Department since 1997. 
Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to re-appoint Michele Verroken to a position dealing with the campaigns against the misuse of drugs in sport in the United Kingdom. 
|Venue||Purpose of meeting|
|Liverpool||To attend the LGA Conference|
|Bradford||To meet Bradford city council|
|Berlin||To have a bilateral meeting with the German Culture Minister and will attend the Treptow event|
|Harrow||Visit to Headstone Manor and Ladbroke Racing HQ.|
|India||To lead a British film delegation to the Frames film and entertainment festival|
|Nottingham||to attend the National Sports Development seminar|
|N Ireland||To attend Sports Cabinet|
|Cyprus||To visit the BOA training camp in advance of the Olympic games|
|Birmingham||BBC Charter Review Consultation|
|Leicester||BBC Charter Review Consultation|
|York||BBC Charter Review Consultation|
|Tate Modern||Terry Frost exhibition|
|Photographers Gallery||Citigroup Photograph Prize|
|Royal Festival Hall||Concert|
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Mr. Caborn: It is too early to consider the celebrations that will mark Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. At an appropriate time the Government will begin discussions with the Palace as to the nature of these celebrations and the necessary preparations will be made.
Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the extent to which the royal family features in material to promote tourism in Britain. 
Mr. Caborn: Britain's royal heritage plays an important role in VisitBritain's work to promote Britain overseas as a tourism destination. Many of the publications and campaign materials produced by VisitBritain feature occupied Royal Palaces as well as historic buildings and castles with links to the monarchy. To celebrate the Golden Jubilee in 2002, VisitBritain published a map of 'Britain's Royal Heritage' featuring a foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales. In addition members of the royal family have supported the tourism industry through visits to VisitBritain's overseas offices and other promotional events such as Royal Tourism Day in June last year
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