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Financial Irregularities

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2006, Official Report, column 2520W, on financial irregularities, how much was involved in each case. [60855]

Mr. Lammy: The information is in the following table.

Financial year
Financial irregularities
Costs (£)
2000–0100
2001–0211,823
2002–0323,200 and 1,100
2003–04(14)1(15)40,000
2004–0500


(14)In the RPA.
(15)This case was identified during 2003–04, which may have been ongoing for several years. The cost was an estimate of the maximum loss.


FM Radio Contracts

Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment she has made of the recent decision by the Office of
 
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Communication to award the new FM radio contract for Plymouth to Diamond FM, an Australian-based company, in preference to bids from local companies; and whether she plans to intervene; [60074]

(2) what powers she has to set aside or amend decisions made by the Office of Communications on the awarding of FM radio contracts. [60076]

James Purnell [holding answer 21 March 2006]: These are matters for Ofcom under legislation. They have published an assessment of the winning application.

Museums/Galleries

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will encourage public museums and galleries to co-operate by making available exhibits to other museums and galleries; and if she will make a statement. [61431]

Mr. Lammy: By 2008 we will have invested almost £150 million in the Renaissance in the Regions programme which is transforming regional museums across England. That investment has already helped to strengthen partnership working, loans and shared exhibitions between regional and national museums and will continue to do so.

My Department's joint programme of Strategic Commissioning with the DfES also supports loans and exhibitions which benefit young people and communities, including for example an educational project involving the Lewis Chessmen from the British Museum, which will by the end of this year have been exhibited in Tyne and Wear, Exeter, Hampshire, Leicester, Lincoln and Luton.

In addition, the Government Indemnity Scheme already provides encouragement for the lending of works between museums within the UK, as well as for the borrowing of works from abroad and from private collections worldwide.

National Lottery

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what account is taken of levels of deprivation in particular areas in allocating Lottery grants. [61097]

Mr. Caborn: Distributors of National Lottery funding are required to comply with relevant legislation and policy directions issued by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. These differ for each distributor but generally require them to take into account the scope for reducing economic and social deprivation at the same time as creating benefits for the sector in which they operate.

The largest programme to address deprivation has been fair share", operated by the former Community Fund and New Opportunities Fund. With a total value of £179 million, including a £50 million 10-year expendable endowment, many rural areas, former coalfield areas and seaside towns have already benefited.
 
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National Sports Foundation

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the funding announcement of £34 million for a new national sports foundation will be allocated to Wales. [61671]

Mr. Caborn: The National Sports Foundation will not allocate funding to Wales as its remit covers England only.

Pornography

Mrs. James: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Home Office about the availability of pornography in the UK; and if she will make a statement. [60816]

James Purnell: DCMS officials along with colleagues at the Home Office and the Department of Trade and Industry held a meeting on 8 March with representatives of the trade associations of magazine retailers and wholesalers about the sale, display and placement in shops of magazines and other publications containing sexual material. As a result, the trade associations will be reminding their members that some material can cause offence, and that they should be mindful of the sensitivities of some customers and particularly the need to safeguard the interests of children when deciding what to stock and how to display it.

The availability of pornographic material on film and video, or broadcast is governed by the Obscene Publications Act 1959, the Video Recordings Act 1984 and the Communications Act 2003.

Sustainable Building

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of her Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the 2004–05 financial year. [58757]

Mr. Lammy: The Department has not allocated any of its building programme budget to either (a) energy self-generation or (b) water recycling measures in the last financial year. The Department, however, is committed to achieve the targets under the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate Part C Water and Part E Energy.

In order to achieve these targets, the Department has developed an energy strategy, which involves identifying potential savings through effective procurement; monitoring and targeting our consumption by analysing data; carrying out energy surveys of usage; capital investment in energy saving measures such as time controls; and an awareness campaign amongst staff led by the Department's team of environmental champions.

The Department is also taking advantage of the planned refurbishment of its Cockspur Street offices to incorporate energy efficient measures such as passive infra red lighting controls.

The Department is already supplied by 100 per cent. renewable energy.
 
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Television Licence

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will fund a concessionary television licence fee for refuge centres that shelter women and children from domestic violence. [57195]

James Purnell: As indicated in the BBC Charter Review White Paper published on 14 March, responses to last year's Green Paper consultation identified a range of groups with a case for concessionary TV licences, pensioners below the age of 75; people on low incomes; partially sighted people; students; people in hostels for homeless people; members of the armed services; and catering staff in communal accommodation. However, there was no clear consensus on how such concessions should be allocated or funded and the White Paper therefore proposes no changes to the existing concessions. The draft Charter and Agreement was published along with the White Paper and as my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has made clear there is the possibility of representations on all these issues.

UKworldheritage Site

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the www.ukworldheritage.org.uk site in each of the past five years; and how many hits the site received in each of these years. [61660]

Mr. Lammy: www.ukworldheritage.org.uk was set up in November 2004. The site was developed in-house using existing resources. The only maintenance cost is the price of the domain name, which is £20 every two years.

Unique visitor numbers to the site are as follows:

PRIME MINISTER

Official Guests (Chequers)

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the guests he has officially entertained at Chequers since 1 May 2005. [59410]

The Prime Minister: A list of those who have attended official dinners at Chequers since May 2005 is set out as follows:

25 June 2005


 
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