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Hemel Hempstead (Revenue)

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was allocated by her Department to Hemel Hempstead constituency for (a) capital projects and (b) revenue funding in each of the last eight years. [25738]

Mr. Lammy: Apart from the National Museums and Galleries, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not allocate funding directly to any of our sectors. Instead money allocated to us by Parliament is channelled through our various non-departmental public bodies who are responsible for deciding how and where it is spent. For instance Arts Council England, East has allocated £184,339 to the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead over the last eight years. Similarly between 1995 and 1999 English Heritage allocated £92,108 to the constituency and a proportion of its £170,618 in strategic grants to Hertfordshire would also have benefited the town. According to the Department's Lottery Award database (using information supplied by the Lottery distributors) a total of just over £8 million in lottery has been awarded to Hemel Hempstead since 1997.

Library Lending

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) videos, (b) DVDs and (c) CDs were lent by public libraries in (i) Dacorum and (ii) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997. [25819]

Mr. Lammy: This information is not held centrally. However, the table shows the number of loans of sound recordings (encompassing music and talking books) and Videos and DVDs for Hertfordshire for the period
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1997–98 to 2003–04. This information is drawn from the Public Library Statistics, published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. These are collected at library authority level and do not contain comparable details for the Dacorum borough area.

Sound recordingsVideos/DVDs

Olympic Games

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) public and (b) Lottery funding allocations are planned for young athletes preparing for the 2012 Olympics for each year between 2006–07 and 2010–11. [25909]

Mr. Caborn: UK Sport's World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) will provide £22.5 million of lottery money for high performance athletes from 2005 to 2009, in the run up to the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic games. The annual figure of £5.625 million may rise to £6.952 million in April 2006 following a comprehensive review of its athlete personal awards scheme.

Over the same period, UK Sport intends to provide £75.3 million (£32.3 million exchequer and £43 million lottery money) to the National Governing Bodies for Olympic and Paralympic sports as part of their one stop plans, which will directly benefit athletes.

UK Sport will review its funding for each sport at the end of this four year cycle, after the Beijing games. Government have not yet determined the level of funding for the London games cycle (2008–12).

UK Sport will take responsibility from Sport England for the performance pathway in April 2006. Currently, individual sports decide how much to allocate to athletes with the greatest potential through the whole sport plan process. UK Sport will make a decision about how much to allocate to sports for this part of the pathway early next year.

In addition, UK Sport will take responsibility for the talented athlete scholarship scheme (TASS) in April 2006. Funding is currently in place for TASS until 2008. It is currently expected that UK Sport will allocate £5 million to TASS a year between April 2006 and April 2008, £1 million of which will be lottery money.

Private Art Projects

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Government funding has been directed towards private art projects in each year since 1997. [25883]

Mr. Lammy: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not fund the arts directly, but through Arts Council England, who are responsible for distributing
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public money from Government. Arts Council England allocates grant-in-aid funding to their portfolio of regularly funded organisations.

The following figures supplied by Arts Council England provide a breakdown of the information requested.

Arts Council England, London regularly funded organisation budgetHavering regularly funded organisations allocation

(17) Due to restructuring, with effect from 1 April 2003, Arts Council England transferred most national office clients to their regional offices.

There are no Arts Council England regularly funded organisations in Romford.

School Sports

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to encourage the participation of pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary state schools in England in (i) baseball, (ii) basketball, (iii) volleyball, (iv) handball and (v) softball. [25647]

Mr. Caborn: The Department for Culture Media and Sport and the Department for Education and Skills share a joint Public Service Agreement target to increase participation in physical education and sport in school as part of the national PE and school sport strategy.

Club Links, one of the national strategy work strands, aims to increase the number of 5–16 year olds from School Sport Partnerships (primary and secondary schools) taking part in high quality club sport. This programme is delivered in partnership with the governing bodies of 22 sports and with dance and fitness organisations.

The PESSCL 2004–05 school sport survey showed that 22 per cent. of pupils in school sport partnerships had links with clubs, which is an increase of 15 per cent. since the last survey. 25 per cent. of schools provided links with basketball clubs, 2 per cent. of schools with volleyball clubs and 1 per cent. of schools to softball clubs. No schools in the survey reported providing club links for baseball or handball for their pupils in 2004–05.

The survey also showed the range of sports which schools provided for their pupils. 63 per cent. provided basketball for their pupils; 25 per cent. provided volleyball and 16 per cent. of schools provided softball. No schools in the survey reported providing baseball or handball for their pupils in 20040–05. Overall, schools provided an average of 15 different sports for their pupils.
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The results of the survey were published In September this year and copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Swimming Pools

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which applications are being considered for new public and competition swimming pools in each county in England; and what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the location of the proposed new Olympic swimming pools is a deciding factor when current applications are considered. [25649]

Mr. Caborn: Funding applications for new public sector swimming pools currently at the pre-award stage of consideration by Sport England are listed in the table:
AvonBristol—50m pool
Cleveland and Tees ValleyRedcar—25m pool
DevonPlymouth—50m pool;
Torrington—25m pool
DurhamConsett—25m pool
HampshirePortsmouth—50m pool
NorthumberlandBlyth Valley—25m pool
Glendale Sports and Leisure Association—community pool
WarwickshireCoventry—25m pool

Sport England is also working with the Amateur Swimming Association to consider swimming pool provision in London, including the impact of the Olympic Games pool provision.

There will be a permanent Aquatics facility in Stratford which will serve as the main competition pool for the Olympic Games and provide post-Olympic legacy facilities of two 50m pools and diving facilities. A further five temporary pools are planned for the Games which will be redistributed against an agreed legacy strategy.

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