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Over the same period, 140 sites opened with 1,438 screens.

Cultural Leadership Fund

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which projects have been funded to date by the Cultural Leadership Fund; what the cost has been of administering that fund; what the cost was of the Call for Ideas; how many responses were received; who the Core Group of Stakeholders were which co-launched the appeal; and if she will make a statement. [109518]

Mr. Lammy: The following projects have been funded by the Cultural Leadership Fund to date:

Clore Leadership Programme Short Courses: £1,137,500 over two years.

The Clore Leadership Programme, working with selected universities and business schools in England, is delivering a series of 13 two-week intensive residential courses designed to cultivate the skills of emerging cultural leaders.

Catalyst... Unleashed... in partnership with Unilever: £45,000.

Practitioners from the cultural sector have joined Unilever’s in-house team to take part in two pilots for leadership development. This creative leadership development programme has offered the opportunity for a commercial business and cultural sector collaboration in learning.

Creative Knowledge Lab: £2,500,000 over two years.

CKL is being developed by Creative & Cultural Skills to provide a unique and comprehensive web- based resource for cultural leaders at all stages of their careers to develop and manage their leadership progression and potential.

Leadership Development Networks: £1,029 over two years.

Piloting leadership development through network activity and identifying shared ambitions. Fourteen pilot networks have been funded so far spanning the full range of industries from craft to design, performing and visual arts, libraries and museums.

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The remaining programme resources will be spread across the six priority areas and there is a commitment to ensuring that the largest possible resources reach leaders in the sector directly.

Administration costs

2005-06—£83,000 which included developing, promoting and reviewing the Call for Ideas as well as staffing, publicity distribution and consultation to establish and agree the parameters for the programme.

2006-07—these are estimated at under £150,000.

Call for Ideas

The Call for Ideas was conducted from July to October 2005 and elicited 170 written responses and 75 interviews with stakeholders as well as current and emerging leaders across the cultural sector.

Core Group of Stakeholders

The Cultural Leadership Programme was developed by a Steering Group comprising: Arts Council England (ACE), Clore Leadership Programme, Creative & Cultural Skills (CCS), Department for Culture, Media and Sport, HM Treasury and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

Since June 2006, the three sector lead organisations, ACE, CCS and the MLA have formed the Cultural Leadership Delivery Partnership, a unique cross-sector collaboration to support the programme.

Culture Online

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of Culture Online in 2005-06; and how many hits it has had in the last 12 months. [109357]

Mr. Lammy: The cost of Culture Online (COL) was £6,392,718 in 2005-06. Hits to COL's websites numbered 121,763,900 in the last 12 months. Three projects do not collect hits—Origination, Playground Fun and Plant Cultures. There is no direct correlation between the cost of Culture Online and hits to the websites.

COL's work also includes substantial outreach activity and largely focuses on hard-to-reach audiences.

Culture West Midlands

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who elected the board of Culture West Midlands when it became a company limited by guarantee. [109332]

Mr. Lammy: Board members were appointed by the Chair of Culture West Midlands, Dr. Brian Woods-Scawen, in accordance with guidance issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of sending the Culture West Midlands delegation to Brussels; and who was on the delegation. [109365]

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Mr. Lammy: The total cost to Culture West Midlands was £5,600. The delegation consisted of:

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost was of rebranding Culture West Midlands. [109367]

Mr. Lammy: The cost of rebranding, carried out in conjunction with the publishing and launching of Culture West Midlands' regional action plan, is estimated to have been £2,500.

Departmental Equipment

Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of her Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period. [109213]

Mr. Lammy: In each of the last nine years my Department has had the following laptops and computers stolen:

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The total value of stolen computers and laptops was approximately £13,573. We do not hold the exact figures. The values quoted are based on other, similar items purchased at the time.

There were no computers or laptops stolen in 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000, 1999 and 1998.

Departmental Survey

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost to date has been of her Department’s survey Taking Part; and how many responses to the survey her Department has received. [109576]

Mr. Lammy: To date, the total cost is £3,200,000 and just fewer than 40,000 interviews have been achieved. The Taking Part survey started in July 2005.

Digital Switchover

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of residents in Whitehaven who will qualify for targeted assistance for the switch to digital; and when she expects such assistance to be paid. [106480]

Mr. Woodward: We estimate that around 8,000 households affected by the switchover in Whitehaven will be eligible for assistance from the Digital Switchover Help Scheme.

We are working with key stakeholders, including the BBC, to ensure that the help scheme is delivered effectively to those eligible in order to support the transition to digital-only broadcasting which will take place in Whitehaven in October and November 2007.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 22 November 2006, Official Report, column 113W, on digital switchover, what factors contributed to the increase in eligibility for targeted assistance from the 6.5 million reported in the Government Response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s Report on Analogue Switch-Off, presented to Parliament in June 2006; and if she will make a statement. [106742]

Mr. Woodward: The estimate of the number of households eligible for assistance from the Digital Switchover Help Scheme covers the period from the end of 2007 with the switchover in Whitehaven until the end of 2012.

The estimate is based on benefit statistics published by DWP and adjusted by future forecasts of the number of over-75 households, and the number of people receiving the qualifying disability benefits. The most recent estimates—revised since June 2006—take account of more recent DWP data, including revisions to forecasts of disability benefit and pension credit and the proportion of households.

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Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the digital switchover. [109696]

Mr. Woodward: We have received around 200 letters from the public on a range of digital switchover issues in recent months.

We also work closely with key stakeholders, including consumer groups, to ensure that their concerns are addressed.

Football Sponsorships

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Gambling Commission is expected to report on sponsorship of football clubs by gambling companies. [109410]

Mr. Caborn: We are keenly aware of the concerns that are being raised on this issue, and wish to expose them to public debate well before the Gambling Act comes fully into force later next year. To this end, the Gambling Commission will be inviting views on the potential impact on children and other vulnerable people of branded football and other sporting strips as part of its wider consultation on advertising, including its potential uses for public education on responsible gambling.

Historic Ships

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the development of (a) an advisory committee and (b) a policy on historic ships; and whether (i) the acquisition of new vessels and (ii) the support of privately-owned vessels are covered by the policy in its current state of development. [109374]

Mr. Lammy: The chair of the Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships, Dr. Robert Prescott, was appointed by the Minister for Culture on 12 April 2006, and eight committee members were appointed on 12 July 2006: Roger Hanbury, John Kearon, Dr. Campbell McMurray, David Newberry, Martin Parr, John Robinson, Matthew Tanner and Captain Simon Waite. Further appointment processes are being undertaken to select committee members to represent Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It is not the Government's policy to provide funding for historic ships directly, other than through grant-in-aid to centrally funded museums which hold vessels of historic significance in their collection. However, through the activities of the Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships, the Government aim to deliver a policy which enables the identification of priorities for the preservation of historic vessels; ensures that guidance on preservation and recording strategies is widely available; and promotes public interest in ships, and their educational value. The committee will therefore advise the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on national historic ship preservation and funding priorities. It will also provide leadership and strategic vision across the national historic ships community and wider maritime sector by
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acting as a focus for advice on aspects of preservation, helping both public and private owners achieve a sustainable future for their historic vessels. The committee is currently consulting on its document ‘Understanding Historic Vessels’, which is a first step in establishing criteria through which historic ships can be properly recorded, understood and, wherever possible, preserved.

Capital funding for historic ship projects will continue to be dealt with by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and other public and private grant-giving bodies. However, the committee will act as a source of advice to the HLF on preservation priorities and individual applications it receives to fund historic ships, and to other public funding bodies.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has provided funding for the running costs of the committee from 2005-06 to 2007-08, and in 2006-08 there is allowance for a revenue challenge fund of £80,000 per annum to support activities relating to the preservation of historic vessels.

Horserace Betting Levy Board

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how funds raised by the Horserace Betting Levy Board were spent in 2005-06; and if she will make a statement. [109368]

Mr. Caborn: Full details are set out in the Levy Board's annual report, a copy of which is available in the House Library. A copy is also available via the Board's website: <>.

Kenneth Budd Mural, Kettering

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to preserve for the nation the Kenneth Budd mosaic mural in Kettering. [110010]

Mr. Lammy: This is a local matter and therefore it would not be appropriate for me to intervene.

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