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Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she had with (a) local residents, (b) amenity societies and (c) other interested parties in advance of consent beinggiven for the Live8 concert to take place in Hyde Park; 
The Royal Parks Agency discussed the concert with the local authority, Westminster city council; with the Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens; with the local operational and safety planning group, which is chaired by Westminster city council and which includes representatives of the emergency and
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rescue services, and with the Princes Trust, whose Party in the Park was already booked to take place that weekend.
The event organisers will arrange for the concert site to be cleared during and after the concert. However, as part of Government-wide support for tackling the problems affecting Africa, the Royal Parks Agency will not be charging the organisers for clearing up Hyde Park after this genuinely one-off event. My Department expects to bear those costs arising from Live8 which the Royal Parks are unable to absorb within their existing budgets.
Decisions regarding the running costs of the Bid company London 2012 Ltd. are made by the company itself and the Government have not made separate funding available for this. The Government have made up to £20 million of public funds available to
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London 2012: £10 million from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and £10 million from the London Development Agency. In addition, London 2012 has raised in excess of £8 million in private finance.
Tessa Jowell: Public funding for London's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games consists of £20 million for the commercial company London 2012 and a further £10 million for bid-related supporting activities. To date, London 2012 has drawn down £17 million and £7.1 million of the bid support budget has been spent, giving a total spend of £24.1 million.
|Distributing body||Recipient||Project||Award date||Award amount (£)|
|Awards for All (England) Joint Scheme||Beacon FE||The organisation was recently set up to provide equipment and facility hire for under 10s football.||4 April 2005||2,373|
|Awards for All (England) Joint Scheme||William Sharp School||This school will use the award to set up and run an after-school dance club and centre of excellence for local primary schools. The award is for coaching fees, music resources, performance sessions, t-shirts and technical support.||10 May 2005||4,959|
|New Opportunities Fund||A veteran||A Second World War veteran from Nottingham has been awarded a grant towards travel costs for a veteran commemorative visit to Singapore and Thailand in November of this year. Funding has also been provided for a carer to travel with the veteran.||10 May 2005||2,100|
|New Opportunities Fund||A veteran||A Second World War veteran from Nottingham has been awarded a grant towards travel costs for a commemorative visit to France in May of this year. Funding has also been provided for a care to travel with the veteran.||10 May 1005||525|
|New Opportunities Fund||3 veterans||Three Second World War veterans from Nottinghamshire have been awarded a grant towards travel costs for a commemorative visit to Malta in September of this year. Funding has also been provided for two spouses to travel with the veterans.||18 May 2005||2,250|
Mr. Woolas: The Government see no reason why a transitional scheme for business should be subsidised by the general taxpayer. The Local Government Act 2003 made transition a permanent feature of non-domestic rates revaluations and required such schemes to be self-financing. Transition schemes from 2005 will therefore be funded by other non-domestic ratepayers.
|Supported borrowing for local authorities1, 2||617||955||1,022||1,819||684||785||837||795|
|Major Repairs Allowance(4)||||||||||1,587||1,529||1,459||1,406|
|Cash Incentive Scheme1, 3||53||31||2|||||||||||
|Housing Action Trusts(7)||66||53||45||71||68||75||60||45|
|Private sector renewal||192||166||165||0||21||8||8||5|
|Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders(8)||||||||||||||48||197|
|Disabled Facilities Grants||66||64||66||77||88||95||112||106|
|Arms Length Management Organisations||||||||||||56||322||575|
|Affordable Housing via Housing Corporation's|
In addition, Government sponsor other capital programmes which support the housing agenda by levering in private sector investment on housing or supporting infrastructure development. For example, since 1998 we have allocated credits in Housing PFI totalling £259 million between 199899 to 200405 in schemes that have been signed.
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|Approved Development Programme||667||603||635||727||799||925||1,590||1,600|
|Safer Communities Supported Housing Fund||0||0||0||0||9||27||27||11|
|Starter Home Initiative||0||0||0||0||2||67||172||7|
This table represents the investment the Government have made via the Housing Corporation to registered social landlords for the provision and repair of affordable housing for both rent and low cost homeownership.
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