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Mr. Lammy: In 2005-06, Arts Council England awarded a total of £269,040 to the BBC from its grant in aid funding. The majority of this was for the Roots project, aimed at raising the profile of arts and artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, profiling new artists and encouraging participation from BBC local radio audiences and wider communities. More details of the individual awards are in the table.
|BBC client||Title||Summary||Amount (£)|
Eleven cultural workers based in BBC local radio stations in England. Developing Black and Minority Ethnic talent producing and researching pieces for BBC programmes and supporting diverse arts events within communities.
Investigating views of young people, teachers and creative practitioners as they participate in creative learning through the added value of an intense multi media rich English curriculum. To build capacity of schools and teacher to work effectively and creatively.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the purpose was of the grant in aid arts award of £10,000 to the British Antarctic Survey; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: Arts Council England provides a grant of £10,000 (which increased to £12,000 this year) annually to the British Antarctic Survey to cover a stipend award to the artists participating in the Artists and Writers in Antarctica Programme. The aim of this BAS programme is to raise awareness and understanding of the extensive scientific research it undertakes in Antarctica. This award covers the costs of travel to and from the Falklands, accommodation, medical examinations and support for the artists towards exhibitions and outreach work.
Mr. Caborn: The information requested is provided in the minutes of the relevant Casino Advisory Panel meetings, which are available on the panels website (www.culture.gov.uk/cap/). The locations for the meetings were as follows:
|(1) Meeting continued on 15 November 2006 in Manchester.|
(2) Meeting continued on 8 December 2006 at the Birmingham NEC.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to ensure that newly proposed casinos are constructed in an environmentally friendly manner. 
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money has been spent on (a) libraries, (b) archives and (c) museums and galleries in each year since 1997, broken down into grant in aid and lottery funding. 
|Grant in aid( 1, 2)|
|Museums and Galleries( 3)||Libraries( 4)||Archives( 4, 5)|
|(1) Museums, Libraries and Archives Council spend that cannot be directly attributed to one of the three domains is excluded from the table.|
(2) The table does not include Local Government public expenditure on the three domains.
(3) Arts Council England also provides some funding for galleries. However these figures are not held in the format required.
(4 )The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) does not record data separately for libraries and archives and hence these figures are excluded In total, the NHMF has awarded £8.3 million to libraries and archives between 1997 and 2006.
(5) The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts became part of The National Archives from 1 April 2003, reporting to Ministers in the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
|Museums and Galleries( 1, 2, 3)||Libraries and archives( 2, 3, 4)|
|(1) Arts Council England also provides some funding for galleries. However these figures are not held in the format required.|
(2) The Millennium Commission also provided funding for museums and galleries, libraries and archives. However these figures are not available in the format required.
(3) Heritage Lottery Fund, New Opportunities Fund and Big Lottery Fund programmes, where spend can be directly attributed to these three domains (museums, libraries and archives) is included.
(4 )The Heritage Lottery Fund does not record data separately for libraries and archives.
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what basis her Department calculated that £600 million will be needed from the licence fee for digital switch-over; and if she will place the calculations in the Library. 
Mr. Woodward [holding answer 5 February 2007]: DCMS has developed a model for costing the digital switchover help scheme with the BBC and HMT. The costings make a number of assumptions including: household growth for people over 75; DWP forecasts of numbers receiving underlying benefits; equipment costs; level of help required and scheme take up rates.
This information is currently commercially confidential but a paper will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses once all the necessary contractual arrangements for the delivery of the help scheme have been finalised.
Ofcom estimate that from switchover (which will take place during 2012 for the region), coverage of digital terrestrial television will be increased to match substantially that currently achieved by analogue services (this is taken to equate to 98.5 per cent. of UK households).
Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) television and (b) radio coverage is provided by each transmitter in Shropshire; and when each is planned to be upgraded to digital. 
Mr. Woodward: This is the responsibility of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) as independent regulator for the communications sector. Accordingly, I have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the Chief Executives letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the merits of introducing small, limited sections of safe standing areas at football grounds; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Caborn: My Department considers all new evidence about the safety of spectators in sports grounds including any relating to the all-seater requirement. No new evidence has been presented to suggest that there is a single more effective way of achieving safety as well as public order than all seater stadia. The Government therefore remains fully committed to the current policy.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the recent international summit on remote gambling cost; and if she will place details of the costs incurred in the Library. 
Mr. Caborn: The total cost of the International Summit on Remote Gambling was £50,576, covering the venue, catering, technical and production facilities, interpreters, delegate materials and event management.
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the proposals to end the provision of golf in Regents park; what process the Royal Parks adopted before GOALS were appointed; when she last met the
chief executive officer of the Royal Parks; and what consultation was undertaken before the change of use from golf to football in Regents park. 
Mr. Lammy: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has received representations from local residents, hon. Members, the Friends of Regents park and Primrose Hill and users of the golf and tennis school.
In 2002 the Royal Parks consulted individuals and organisations regarding the Regents Park Sports Strategy, which included the proposal to relocate the sports facility on the golf and tennis school site. An outline proposal establishing the physical parameters of a new facility and the suggested provision of sports was submitted to Westminster city council for planning permission in August 2004. This was subjected to full public consultation. Park users were also consulted between the end of September and 17 November 2006 about the additional sports that could be made available at the new site. As the proposal has now been submitted for planning permission there will be a further opportunity for individuals to comment on the new facility.
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