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Lost Property (Royal Parks)

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) level and (b) source was of departmental income arising from unclaimed lost property in the Royal parks in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. [52577]

Mr. Lammy: When the Royal parks constabulary policed the Royal parks, unclaimed lost property was auctioned off periodically and the income from sales went to the Royal parks. Income from lost property for 2003–04, the last year that the Royal parks constabulary policed the parks, amounted to £2,574. The income for 2003–04 came from two sources, Lloyds International Auction Galleries (£2,282) and cash found in the parks (£292).

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) took over policing the Royal parks in April 2004. Since then unclaimed lost property has been dealt with centrally and that which is saleable is eventually auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Police Benevolent Fund.

Monuments and Statues

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much central Government funding has been used to establish new monuments and statues in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater London in each of the last seven years. [52477]

Mr. Lammy: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is not aware of any central Government funding used to establish new monuments and statues in (a) Romford and (b) Havering between 1999 and the present.

During the period from 1999 to the present, the following monuments and statues, all of which have been, or are planned to be erected in Greater London, have been funded either directly or indirectly by central Government:

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Furthermore, in March 2005 the Chancellor announced the Memorials Grants scheme, which returns to charities and faith groups the equivalent of the VAT incurred in erecting and maintaining memorial structures. The scheme has been operational since November and funding of £5 million p.a. is available until 2008. On 16 December 2005, £3,325.90 was paid towards the construction of a memorial to the Siege of Malta in Tower Place, Tower Hill, City of London. Currently, no payments have been made for structures in Romford or Havering under this scheme.

National Gallery

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was provided by her Department to the National Gallery in each of the past seven years. [52460]

Mr. Lammy: Grant in Aid allocated by DCMS to the National Gallery over the past seven years was:
£ million

Funds are also available to DCMS sponsored museums through specific project funding streams. The National Gallery has received Strategic Commissioning funding to promote partnerships with regional museums as follows:

In 2004–05 the National Gallery was also awarded £296,300 from the DCMS/Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.

Olympic Funding

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funding she expects will be needed to establish each sporting arena for the 2012 Olympics. [52401]

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Mr. Caborn: The most up to date breakdown of the costs of the sporting arenas needed for the 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games was published in table 6.6.2b of London 2012's candidate file which was submitted to the International Olympic Committee in November 2004. This is available on the website of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic games:

Figures shown in the candidate file are given at 2004 prices. The funding package for the games allows for inflation in venue costs of 37.18 percent.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funds have been allocated to the British Olympic ski team in each of the last seven years. [52312]

Mr. Caborn: Since 1999, the Government and national lottery distributors have allocated a total of £2,743,502 to the British ski team, which includes snowboarding.

The funding has been allocated to individual athletes directly, and to Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport GB, the National Governing Bodies for skiing and snowboarding.

The precise allocation of Exchequer and lottery funding for the British ski team, through UK Sport and SportScotland, is set out in the two tables.
UK Sport




(4) From 2003–04 onwards, the total figure includes funding for a national coaching post. The amount given for this post was £27,247 in 2003–04, £40,000 in 2004–05 and £56,000 in 2005–06.

Sports Facilities (Havering)

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the provision of sports facilities in Havering; and what improvements are planned over the next five years. [52265]

Mr. Caborn: Sport England's active places database shows there are 10 swimming facilities and 15 sports halls in Havering—this includes public, private and school facilities.
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Since 1994, this Department and lottery distributing bodies have invested over £5.5 million in sports facilities in Havering.

We are unable to predict what investment will be given to Havering over the next five years but all funding requests for sports facilities will be given due consideration and assessed in line with the priorities outlined in the Regional Sports Board plan.


Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action she is taking to support the provision of public swimming baths in (a) Swindon and (b) England. [52287]

Mr. Caborn: Access to good quality sporting provision, including swimming pools, is an essential part of enabling people to lead healthier lives and to participate in sport. There are currently over 4,400 swimming facilities across England which are open to the public. Since 1997 Government and Lottery distributing bodies between them have invested over £3billion in physical activity and sport, and in that time £249 million of Lottery investment has gone to swimming—the largest amount given to any sport. Sport England has a swimming strategy in place and is working with local authorities to help them implement it. I understand that Sport England are in discussion with Swindon Council about the needs assessment that the Council is undertaking which includes examining its swimming provision.

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