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Solar Panels

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new homes have had solar panels installed during their construction in each of the last three years; and how many of these were subsidised with public funding. [116783]

Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 18 January 2007]: The Government do not hold information on the number of solar panels installed in new constructions. Under the Solar PV Major Demonstration Programme, the following installations were completed over the past three years.

Installed capacity (Mw)







Under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme, the following installations were completed over the past year.

Installed capacity (Mw)



The majority of the installed capacity has been for retrofit constructions.

Westinghouse Engineering

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps were taken to estimate the market value of Westinghouse Engineering before its sale in 2006; and who advised the Government on the sale. [116997]

Malcolm Wicks: BNFL’s advisors N. M. Rothschild presented a detailed valuation of Westinghouse for the BNFL Board to consider at its monthly Board meeting on 26 May 2005. As part of its responsibility for the BNFL shareholding, the Shareholder Executive handled the sale on behalf of Government. The Shareholder Executive has in-house investment banking and accountancy expertise to handle transactions of this type but the team also used Deloitte for strategic investment advice and had direct access to N. M. Rothschild throughout.

Culture, Media and Sport

Church Music

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what resources are available for the preservation and promotion of church music; and if she will make a statement. [117474]

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Mr. Lammy: Government support for church music is primarily channelled through Arts Council England. From 2003-04 to 2005-06, Arts Council England has funded activity with a choral/gospel element or focus in excess of £1.45 million. This has supported the development, touring and promotion of choral and gospel music throughout England.

In addition, Government funds grants for 80-85 exceptionally talented young choristers to attend independent Cathedral or Collegiate Choir Schools each year, helping to maintain Britain’s renowned choral heritage. The total grant allocation for the scholarship scheme in the school year 2006-07 is £151,000. Government also provide funding of around £50,000 per year to Choir schools to fund outreach activities. On 16 January 2007, the Secretary of State for Education and Skills announced extra money to significantly extend this outreach activity at the Music Manifesto “State of Play” conference in London.

The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme gives grants to churches and faith groups equal to the VAT that is incurred in making repairs. While the scheme primarily supports fabric repairs, in the 2006 Budget, the scheme was extended to cover some fixtures and fittings, including organs. To date, almost £103,000 has been paid out towards organ repairs. Overall, the scheme has made grants of around £52 million since 2001.


Mr. Galloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates Ministers in her Department made official visits to the London boroughs of (a) Tower Hamlets, (b) Newham and (c) Waltham Forest in each year since 1997. [115732]

Tessa Jowell: Details of visits undertaken by current DCMS Ministers in 2006 are provided in the tables. The information requested for earlier years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Secretary of State

24 January 2006

Waltham Forest

31 January 2006


6 April 2006


19 April 2006

Tower Hamlets

20 June 2006


6 July 2006


30 October 2006


27 November 2006


Minister for Sport

15 February 2006

Tower Hamlets

5 September 2006

Tower Hamlets/Newham

Minister for Culture

3 May 2006

Tower Hamlets

14 June 2006


The Minister for Creative Industries and Tourism did not visit any of the boroughs during 2006.

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Government Art Collection

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pieces from the Government Art Collection have been stolen in each of the last 10 years; what the value of the art stolen was; and what measures have been taken to recover them. [115350]

Mr. Lammy: The only works of art in the Government Art Collection which have been reported stolen over the last 10 years are five paintings from the UK ambassador’s temporary residence in Buenos Aires, in 2001. The estimated value of these works was £240,000. The police authorities were informed, the works were placed on the Art Loss Register, and the art market is monitored for their possible reappearance.


Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many libraries closed in each borough in the Greater London area in each year since 2000. [110668]

Mr. Lammy: This information is not held centrally, as focusing on the number of closures is less helpful as a measure of overall provision than the net number of public library service points in each year. This data, broken down by individual London borough, is published annually in the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Public Library Statistics Actuals. Copies are held in the House Library.

Olympic Games

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) public private partnerships and (b) private finance initiatives are planned as part of the preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games. [115688]

Tessa Jowell: The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) will investigate public-private partnerships and private finance initiatives as part of individual procurements subject to the overarching constraint to deliver the games on time. This means that the ODA will seek private sector investment in utilities and other assets which have long-term investment potential.

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public sector spending will be required to construct the athletes’ village for the London 2012 Olympics. [116000]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 16 January 2007]: The amount of public funding will depend on the outcome of current negotiations between the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and their private sector partners in the project. The ODA is working to minimise the amount of public funding that will be required, in the context of existing contractual arrangements and the discussions about their development partner for the project.

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Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her current estimate is of the security budget for the London 2012 Olympics. [116003]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 16 January 2007]: It is too early at this time to provide firm figures for security costs for London 2012. Those costs are being reviewed, and we will continue to work with all relevant security organisations, including the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police Service and other agencies—together with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary—to clarify and verify longer term issues, actions and costs, and to ensure we have a safe and secure games.

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public sector investment will be required to (a) build and (b) convert the broadcast and media centre for the London 2012 Olympics. [116004]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 16 January 2007]: The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has advised that the exact layout and configuration of the international broadcast centre and media and press centre is still being finalised with the International Olympic Committee. It is therefore not possible to give a precise figure at this stage. The ODA has also advised that to provide figures at this point could be prejudicial to obtaining best value for money from the tendering process which will not begin until later this year.

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will provide a breakdown by main budget heading of the new Olympic Delivery Authority budget that she gave in evidence before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 21 November 2006. [104517]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 28 November 2006]: The new or additional elements of expenditure for the Olympic Park that make up the £900 million that I announced at the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 21 November 2006 include provision for:

These cost increases will be reflected in the ODA’s budget which is due to be determined in the next few
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months. They do not include VAT or programme contingency, which as I told the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 21 November, are a matter for discussion in Government.

Quality of Life: Coventry

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action her Department (a) has undertaken and (b) is planning to improve quality of life in Coventry, with particular reference to sporting and cultural activities. [116073]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 18 January 2007]: The programmes supporting sporting and cultural provision offered by my Department and its non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) are available in all towns of England, including Coventry.

Some examples of the many actions we have undertaken or plan to improve quality of life in Coventry include:

The UK Film Council has made a number of awards supporting film and cinema in the Coventry area, including the Cinema Access Programme Equipment award which was for the installation of captioning and audio-description equipment in Coventry odeon. This award was made as part of the UKFC’s scheme to improve accessibility to cinema for people with sensory impairments.

Screen West Midlands provides cultural support to Coventry in a number of ways, including supporting children’s projects with the ‘Little Herberts’ at the Herbert gallery, animation projects with BBC Coventry and ‘Sent to Coventry’ a project designed to develop and showcase new talent on the Community Channel. Screen West Midlands has also used its funding to encourage diversity in film, through ‘Screen Rootz’ a film-making project targeting black and Asian ethnicities.

English Heritage has given significant support to several schemes within Coventry in recent years. Grants totalling £300,000 have been offered to historic buildings in Coventry since 2000 including the two cathedrals. English Heritage worked in partnership with Coventry city council and the developers in the Millennium square development, the focal point of the Phoenix project, to create this new open space in the centre of the city.

The Listed Places of Worship grant scheme, which returns the equivalent of the VAT incurred in repairing listed church buildings, has contributed £3,964 to works at Coventry cathedral, and £60,133 to Holy Trinity church.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has made awards totalling £11,221,240 to Coventry since 1994. These include grants totalling £4,787,000, awarded to Coventry city council for the ongoing redevelopment of the Herbert Art gallery and museum and a further £999,000 which has helped to regenerate the Coventry Transport museum as part of the city’s wider Phoenix Initiative.

Coventry South parliamentary constituency has received 457 awards from the national lottery since 1 May 1997, totalling £49 million.

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Sport England awarded over £93,000 to the Coventry sports centre in November 2005.

Big Lottery Fund awarded over £1,400 to the Coventry Carer’s Society in December 2006.

We are committed to the potential benefits of the 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games being maximised across the whole of the UK, and are working closely with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Nations and Regions Group, which brings together representatives from every nation and region. Coventry and Warwickshire have also set up their own 2012 Management Group, to pursue 2012 opportunities for the county.

Coventry will host the UK Schools games in 2007.


Government Regulation

9. Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next expects to meet representatives of business organisations in Scotland to discuss the impact of central Government regulation. [116350]

David Cairns: I frequently meet representatives from business organisations in Scotland to discuss a range of matters, including regulatory issues.

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