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Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many playing fields that were in use in 1997 in the Bridgwater constituency are no longer used for that purpose. 
Mr. Caborn: According to information provided by Sedgemoor district council, the following playing fields that were in use in Bridgwater in 1997 are no longer in use todaynone of which have been sold for development:
|2 football pitches||Bath Road||Sold to Bridgwater college. The land is being used to create an artificial turf pitch and other field sport use.|
|1 football pitch||Victoria Park||Lack of use. One pitch was re-orientated to improve the quality of the remaining pitch. The land accommodating the second pitch reverted back to informal recreational open space within the park.|
|3 football pitches||Bristol Road||Lack of use. Pitches were also of poor quality and were prone to frequent flooding.|
Alan Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the ministerial group on better public buildings last met; what assessment she has made of the work of the group; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Caborn: Since its launch in October 2000 the Better Public Buildings initiative has achieved much by better embedding design quality at the heart of Government construction programmes. Most Government Departments have produced action plans which outline their commitment to architectural design standards. The Ministerial Design Champions Group last met on 20 January 2003 at HM Treasury. The Ministerial Group is supported by a group of senior officials from all relevant Departments and the officials group last met in March 2004.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Government funding is available towards the building of (a) full all-weather pitches, (b) running tracks and (c) sports stadiums for football and rugby. 
Mr. Caborn: By 2006, Government will have committed over £1 billion to developing new or refurbished public sports facilities. This funding is being channelled through New Opportunities for PE and Sport, the Community Club Development Programme, Space for Sport and the Arts, Active England and the Football Foundation.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many letters Television Licensing have issued in each of the last 10 years threatening legal proceedings; how many of these have led to prosecutions; and how many prosecutions have been successful. 
The BBC has statutory responsibility for the administration of the television licensing system and TV Licensing carries out the day-to-day
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administration under contract to the Corporation. I have therefore asked the BBC's Head of Revenue Management to write to the hon. Member direct, placing a copy of the letter in the Libraries of both Houses.
Based on the currently available information, the number of people in England, Scotland and Wales 1 proceeded against for offences under the Wireless Telegraphy Acts 2 in each of the last 10 years was:
|Proceeded against||Found guilty|
Estelle Morris: TV Licensing, which administers free television licences for people aged 75 or over as agent for the BBC, is not able to provide geographical breakdowns of the number of free licences issued. However, the number of households with at least one person aged 75 or over claiming the winter fuel payment in the Leicester, South constituency in 200304 was 4,660, according to Department for Work and Pensions records.
Angela Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in each ward of Wallasey constituency (a) are entitled to free television licences and (b) have claimed free television licences. 
Estelle Morris: TV Licensing, which administers free television licences for people aged 75 or over as agent for the BBC, is not able to provide geographical breakdowns of the number of free licences issued. However, the number of households with at least one person aged 75 or over claiming the winter fuel payment in the Wallasey constituency in 200304 was 5,445, according to Department for Work and Pensions records. Winter fuel payment data at ward level relate to census wards rather than electoral wards and consequently do not correspond precisely to constituency boundaries.
Mr. Caborn: DCMS provides a range of support. For example, visitor attractions benefit from VisitBritain's overseas and domestic marketing effort, to which DCMS contributed £45.9 million in 200304. Many attractions benefit from grant in aid to museums, galleries, the heritage sector and RDAs. In addition, DCMS works closely with this sector to support improvements in productivity, particularly through initiatives aimed at raising skills and quality levels as well as the standard of data.
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