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My Department sets broad policy objectives for the arts but does not organise or fund directly any cultural or artistic events. This is done through Arts Council England. Arts Council England and its predecessor organisations have funded the Notting Hill Carnival in two ways:
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|Funding to other regularly funded organisations|
|Raising the profile of carnival arts. Production of a documentary film about artists involved in carnival in London.||50,000|
|Towards one-off awards for individuals and organisations for costumes and presentations celebrating the anniversary.||55,000|
|Towards a special 40th anniversary edition of Soca news.||15,000|
|Towards events including Trafalgar Square launch and showcasing carnival in Black History Month.||40,000|
|Towards an initiative placing carnival costumes in London's public buildings.||10,000|
Due to pending applications for funding, no total figure for 200506 is yet available, but to date, £239,890 has been awarded through Lottery Grants for the Arts for individuals and organisations involved in the 2005 Notting Hill Carnival. Please note that further applications for carnival funding are currently pending for 200506.
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24 regularly funded carnival organisations in London have been allocated a total budget of £545,133 for 200506. This includes £55,000 for the Notting Hill Mass Bands Association for the 2005 Grand Carnival Splash at Alexandra Palace.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) subject matter and (b) dates were of opinion survey research undertaken by the Department and its agencies in the last 12 months; if she will place copies of the results of each survey in the Library; which companies were used in conducting the research; and how much each was paid. 
In some cases, the surveys are not exclusively around opinions, but have a wider function of understanding an aspect of behaviour in relation to a departmental policy area. Surveys included are those which have been completed in the past 12 months. Not all have yet been published, as they may form part of a wider piece of work. Links to reports available on the internet are attached, while hard-copy only reports will be placed in the Library now, or when published.
Mr. Lammy: The Government are committed to protecting playing fields wherever possible. Recently published statistics show that the legislative changes we have introduced are working. In 200304 there was a reduction in the number of playing field losses to non-sporting developments compared with 200203 figures and a net overall gain in school and community playing field provision. This is the first year that we can say that more playing fields are being created than lost.
|Total number of planning|
|Number of approved applications:|
|received relating to playing fields use||considered|
|representing a net gain or no change to sporting provision||detrimental to playing fields|
We are committed to improving playing fields and protecting them wherever possible. The legislative changes we have introduced have reduced the loss of school and community playing fields. More playing fields are now being created or improved than are being lost.
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