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Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the Arts Council England's budget was spent on financial support for gospel choirs in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Lammy: Arts Council England's total funding for gospel music for the financial year 200405 was £879,956 and was allocated through the Grants for the Arts programme. This accounted for 0.76 per cent. of the total amount spent through Grants for the Arts. While the final figure for total Arts Council England spend in 200405 has yet to be confirmed officially, we expect it to be around £367 million.
Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on (a) travelling circuses, (b) village halls and (c) village shops. 
James Purnell: The Licensing Act 2003 does not fully come into effect until November 2005. My Department has been working closely with a wide range of stakeholder groups and representatives including:
The deregulatory nature of the Act will significantly reduce bureaucracy by combining six existing licensing regimes into one integrated scheme. It is estimated that a total of £1.97 billion will be saved by those affected by the new regime over its first 10 years of operation.
Mr. Murphy: The Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) provides a wide range of services to the public, information industry, government and the wider public sector relating to finding, using, sharing and trading information. OPSI has been formed from the resource of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO). It has an extended remit to advise on and regulate the operation of the re-use of public sector information. HMSO continues to exist and fulfil its core activities including responsibility for the publication of legislation and the management of Crown copyright operating from within OPSI.
provides an Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) founded on the principles of openness, transparency, fairness, compliance and challenge. This helps re-users of public sector information to know that they will be treated reasonably and fairly by public sector information providers
My hon. Friend the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Lord Rooker, will be taking forward the implementation of the policy through the publication of the triennial action plan. This is scheduled to be launched in the autumn.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters (a) supporting and (b) opposing the findings of the Costello Report have been received by his Department; how many can be identified as pro forma letters in each case; and whether each pro forma letter received by his Department is treated as a single letter of support or opposition. 
Angela E. Smith: The Department has received over 200 letters on the new Post-Primary arrangements since the publication of the Report of the Post-Primary Review Working Group on 26 January 2004. It would not be appropriate to record these letters on the basis of whether they are supportive of or opposed to the new arrangements, due to the complexity of the various issues involved. The Department is aware of a number of letter writing campaigns. However, each letter is dealt with and responded to individually.
Angela E. Smith:
A report was published on 23 March setting out the consultation outcomes and next steps for reform of the domestic rating system in Northern Ireland. A copy of this report is available in the Library.
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