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Departmental Websites

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of maintaining her main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months. [46300]

Mr. Lammy: The information is as follows:

Maintenance costs


Unique visitor numbers to the site

January57,316
February193,522
March251,237
April236,966
May212,858
June221,181
July251,224
August193,665
September226,160
October277,926
November324,624
December260,952


 
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English Heritage

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was allocated to English Heritage in 2005–06. [46354]

Mr. Lammy: A total of £9,521,177 for three projects has been allocated to English Heritage by the Heritage Lottery Fund in the period April 2005 to January 2006. No other lottery distributor has allocated funding to English Heritage in that period.

Film Council

Mr. Forth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list films to which the UK Film Council has given financial assistance in each of the last five years; and how much each received. [45704]

James Purnell: A complete list of the films that have received financial assistance from the UK Film Council in each of the last five years, and the amounts received, is available on the UK Film Council website at www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk . I am also arranging for the complete list to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Mr. Forth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria the UK Film Council uses to determine eligibility for financial assistance to film-makers. [45705]

James Purnell: The UK Film Council provides financial assistance to film projects to help deliver a consistent flow of high quality and culturally significant films. All film projects are selected according to an assessment of their cultural and creative merits. Funding will generally be given only to projects that are wholly or substantially capable of certification as a 'British' film. However, the UK Film Council is able to exercise discretion and may still elect to finance a film if there are other strong cultural reasons for doing so. Full details of the eligibility criteria for individual funding schemes are available on the UK Film Council website at www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk

Government Art Collection

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government's art collection is catalogued; and if she will make a statement. [46835]

Mr. Lammy: The Government Art Collection (GAC) maintains a catalogue and database of the collection in line with the documentation standards of the Museums Accreditation Scheme administered by Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

The GAC has a website that includes an on-line catalogue of works in the collection. All original works and impressions of all modern prints in the collection are included; historical prints are currently being added.

In addition, the GAC has published a range of books about the collection including a summary catalogue of original works from the 20th century (published 1997).

The GAC and the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) are planning a volume of the PCF's ongoing series of catalogues Oil Paintings in Public Ownership" to include the GAC's holding of paintings.
 
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Green Ministers

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what work her Department's green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in an official capacity within that role. [45439]

James Purnell: I met with representatives from South Hams district council in October to discuss a sustainable approach to tourism and I chaired two meetings of the Tourism Reform Implementation Group (TRIG) at which the sustainability sub groups recommendations were discussed.

In November 2005 in my capacity as DCMS member of the EE(SD) committee I had a bi-lateral meeting with the Minister for Climate Change and Environment (Elliot Morley). I am currently preparing my Department's sustainable development action plan.

Hampton Court Green

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what notice was given to residents at Hampton Court Green of Historic Royal Palaces' intention to allow the parking of vehicles on the Green for the Christmas event within the walls of the Palace from 1 to 11 December 2005; and whether an application was made to Richmond upon Thames borough council in relation to parking for this event. [45774]

Mr. Lammy: Historic Royal Palaces did not give any specific notice to local residents of their intention to allow parking on Hampton Court Green for the Christmas event, although residents living in the vicinity of Hampton Court Green were sent promotional leaflets which showed the Green as the location for the main car park. Historic Royal Palaces did not make any application to Richmond upon Thames borough council in relation to parking for the Christmas event. It is the responsibility of the event organisers, contracted by Historic Royal Palaces, to obtain any necessary consent that may have been required. The council was aware of the event, and no application was made by the event organisers.

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many days each event held by Historic Royal Palaces on Hampton Court Green lasted in 2005, including time for setting up and dismantling. [45775]

Mr. Lammy: In 2005 Hampton Court Green was used for events under licence from Historic Royal Palaces for 52 days (37 event days and 15 days for setting up and dismantling.) The 2005 events were as follows: nine days for a funfair at Easter (five days for the event, four for set-up and dismantling), 14 days for a circus during the May holiday (11 and three days respectively), 11 days for a country affair at the August bank holiday (three
 
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and eight days respectively), seven days for temporary car parking for the Hampton Court Palace flower show and 11 days for temporary car parking for a Christmas affair.

Information and Communication Technology

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Arts Council England spent on information and communication technology projects for each year since 1997; what (a) the nature of the project, (b) commencement date, (c) planned completion date and (d) actual completion date was in each case; whether contractors were involved in each project; and if she will make a statement. [46031]

Mr. Lammy: Information and Communication Technology expenditure since 1997:
Expenditure (£)
1998–99100,000
1999–20002,310,000
2000–012,294,000
2001–021,797,000
2002–031,823,000
2003–04553,000
2004–051,775,000

Project details

Year 2000: Ensuring IT systems were compliant for the year 2000 changeover. Work was carried out during 1998–99.

ARTIS:

A finance and grants management system replacing those in place prior to 1996–97. The initial phase went live on 1 April 2001 with further phased releases during 2001–02 and 2002–03.

Telephone system:

Harmonisation of the telephone network following the merger with the 10 Regional Arts Boards in 2002. This was implemented during 2002–03 and 2003–04. Installation was completed in line with the original timetable.

Thin client:

Creation of a thin client IT infrastructure following the merger of the Arts Council of England with the 10 Regional Arts Boards in April 2002. This was rolled out during 2003–04 and 2004–05. Installation was completed in line with the original timetable.

Single system:

A new system for finance, grants and management information following the merger of the Arts Council of England with the 10 Regional Arts Boards in April 2002. The planned implementation date is September 2006.
Expenditure (in £) by project

Year 2000ARTISTelephone systemThin clientSingle system
1998–99100,0000000
1999–200002,310,000000
2000–0102,294,000000
2001–0201,797,000000
2002–0301,362,000461,00000
2003–0400353,000180,00020,000
2004–050018,00034,0001,723,000


 
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The Arts Council made use of contractors for all of the above projects, as the cost of retaining a permanent IT staffing resource of specialist expertise to deliver projects of this type is prohibitive. Exact records of commencement, planned and actual completion dates were not retained.


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