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Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that residents of multiple dwelling units can access digital television prior to analogue switch-off; and if she will make a statement. 
Estelle Morris [holding answer 31 January 2005]: One of the challenges in completing digital switchover will be to make sure that residents in flats and other multi-dwelling units can access digital television services. Many residents living in multi-dwelling units already access digital television services either through communal systems that are capable of transmitting digital signals or through the use of other antennae.
In order to help identify the issues for residents who live in multi dwelling units, we established a dedicated Housing Communications Group as part of the Digital Television Action Plan. The Housing Communications Group includes representatives from leading housing bodies including the Chartered Institute of Housing, the National Housing Federation, the National Landlords Association, tenants groups such as TPAS and TAROE and representatives from the Digital Television Group.
In June 2004, DCMS and DTI wrote to all local authorities, registered social landlords and around 70 housing bodies to alert them to digital switchover and to encourage them to factor this in when preparing plans to develop new housing stock or refurbish or upgrade existing stock.
In August 2004 we commissioned NOP to carry out a research project to investigate the progress made by social landlords. This research will enable us to have a better assessment of what is needed and to get a representative picture of when social landlords believe they will be able to upgrade systems for digital switchover. We hope to publish the findings of this study very shortly.
We have also started work, in association with the Chartered Institute of Housing, to produce comprehensive new guidance later this year setting out the options available to landlords who have properties
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with analogue communal systems which need to be upgraded. The guidance will be aimed at both the private and social sector landlords and housing developers. We also plan to issue separate guidance for householders which will cover the issues for tenants living in MDUs.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 24 January 2005, Official Report, column 44W, on digital switch-over, what the few remaining issues relating to digital switch-over are that require to be resolved prior to the Government confirming the timetable for switch-over. 
Estelle Morris: The remaining issues include the precise coverage requirement (number of transmitters to be converted, mode and power combinations), the regional order, the Technical Trial in Wales and most of all, consideration of the interests of the most vulnerable consumers.
Mr. Caborn: The Annual Public Library Statistics, published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy for the years 19992000 to 200203 (the latest available) show the overall expenditure by Wakefield libraries as follows:
The expenditure will be underpinned by funding from a number of sources, national, local and self-generated.
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Non ring-fenced core funding for public libraries is paid to the 149 library authorities in England as part of the Local Government Finance Settlement. DCMS does not hold a precise figure but I understand that Wakefield has added some uplift to the 200405 libraries budget and I commend them for that. I also understand that the Library Service itself has been energetic in forming partnerships and accessing external funding; this is also highly commendable.
Additionally, my Department is funding the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council £5 million over the three years ending 200506 to implement the Framework for the Future Action Plan and Library Improvement Programme which is designed to encourage improvement across the public library sector in England generally.
Mr. Fisher: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many objects have been loaned to (a) other UK museums and galleries, (b) museums and galleries in other EU countries and (c) non-EU foreign museums and galleries by national museums and galleries in the UK in each of the last five years. 
Estelle Morris: We do not collect figures on the number of loan objects. In agreement with our sponsored museums and galleries, we record the number of loan venues, which presents a better measure of regional reach. The figures are provided by our sponsored museums and galleries.
The table shows the number of UK and overseas loan venues for all DCMS sponsored museums and galleries from 19992000 to 200203 and in 200304, following a change of target, the number of venues in England to which objects from the collection were loaned.
|Imperial War Museum||177||180||180||200||127|
|Museum of London||106||105||108||111||91|
|Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester||3||3||3||7||6|
|National Maritime Museum||83||68||97||109||93|
|National Museums Liverpool||93||99||42||95||65|
|National Museum of Science and Industry||254||259||245||259||217|
|National Portrait Gallery||72||86||103||115||90|
|Natural History Museum||3,697||3,116||2,264||2,610||61|
|Sir John Soane's Museum||10||11||9||8||8|
|Tyne and Wear Museums(1)||n/a||80||55||41||44|
|Victoria and Albert Museum||309||295||292||315||255|
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research has been conducted regarding those communities which feel unable to accept funding derived from the National Lottery because of religious or cultural belief. 
We would like Lottery funding to benefit as many people and communities as possible. However, we fully respect the decision of those groups who choose not to apply for National Lottery funding, and indeed those individuals who choose not to play the Lottery.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will conduct a survey to ascertain the effect which the absence of potential funding has on those communities unable to accept direct funding from the National Lottery. 
We would like Lottery funding to benefit as many people and communities as possible. However, we fully
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respect the decision of those groups who choose not to apply for National Lottery funding, and indeed those individuals who choose not to play the Lottery.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total spending on administration costs at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts was in each year from 19992000 to 200304; how much was spent on grants in each year; what estimate she has made of (a) administration costs and (b) grant expenditure in each year from 200405 to 200708; and if she will make a statement. 
Estelle Morris: The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) exists to pioneer ways of supporting and promoting talent, innovation and creativity across science, technology and the arts. It supports awardees both through financial grants and added value assistance that maximises the projects chances of success. Added value assistance includes mentoring and specialist advice.
|Programme support costs(6)||2,152||3,478||3,758||4,669||6,117||9,052|
|Other projects directly delivering statutory objects(7)||||||3,105||4,613||4,283||4,125|
|Total programme costs||4,100||8,389||12,377||16,553||19,385||23,653|
|Non-programme costs as a percentage of total expenditure||30.7||13.1||8.9||7.1||7.0||6.8|
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