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Departments: Pressure Groups

Norman Baker: To ask the Leader of the House if he will list the meetings between Ministers from his Office and outside interest groups which took place between 1st January and 31st March. [132438]

Mr. Straw: Ministers from the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons met with representatives of outside interest groups nine times during the period specified. I have set out details of those meetings in the following table. This includes, where appropriate, certain speaking engagements.

Date of Meeting Outside Interest Group or Body M et

Thursday 15th February 2007

Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK

Thursday 15th February 2007

Hindu Council UK

Tuesday 20th February 2007

Hansard Society

Wednesday 21st February 2007

New Local Government Network

Thursday 22nd February 2007

Public and Commercial Services Union

Thursday 8th March 2007

Trade Union General Secretaries

Thursday 15th March 2007

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan

Thursday 22nd March 2007

Muslim Council of Britain

Friday 23rd March 2007

Electronic Data System Ltd.


Culture, Media and Sport

Archaeology

Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with English Heritage on the creation of regional depositories of archaeological archives and material from excavations. [132576]

Mr. Lammy: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not had any discussions with English Heritage on the creation of regional repositories of archaeological archives and material from excavations, although officials have had some discussion. The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is the Government's lead advisory body on archives policy.

BBC: Public Appointments

Richard Ottaway: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Sir Michael Lyons' application for the post of chairman of the BBC Trust was received by the closing date of 31 January. [132971]


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Tessa Jowell: I can confirm that Sir Michael Lyons's application for the post of chairman of the BBC Trust was received by the closing date of 31 January.

Departments: Hospitality

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on hospitality by her Department in the financial year 2006-07. [133267]

Mr. Lammy: The Department's accounts for 2006-07 have not yet been finalised or audited. However, our records show that the Department spent £64,990 on hospitality in 2006-07 as follows:

£

Official functions

6,188

Hospitality—general

57,101

Hospitality—committees

961

Hospitality—speakers

739


Horserace Totalisator Board

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department is making with the sale of the Tote; and what the timetable is for the sale. [132560]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 19 April 2007]: The Government have received and are currently considering an offer for the Tote from a consortium of racing interests and from the staff and management of the Tote itself.

Museums and Galleries: Government Assistance

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much museums received in Government funding in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) each region and (c) each London borough in each of the last five years. [132139]

Mr. Lammy: The Department funds 22 sponsored museums and galleries in England:

Gran t in aid for DCMS sponsored museums
£ million

2002-03

268.35

2003-04

279.90

2004-05

284.85

2005-06

296.87

2006-07

320.14


The Department, through the renaissance in the regions programme, allocates funding to museums and galleries in each English region:


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Grant in aid allocations
£ million
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

East Midlands

0.33

0.61

1.00

1.24

1.89

East of England

1.04

0.81

1.76

1.57

1.98

London

1.32

0.89

2.11

1.80

2.51

North West

0.97

0.89

1.71

1.86

2.54

South East

1.32

1.16

2.13

2.08

2.88

Yorkshire

0.98

0.84

1.33

1.58

2.02

North East

1.00

1.37

2.97

3.65

4.02

South West

0.88

2.04

3.91

5.54

5.81

West Midlands

0.94

1.97

4.21

5.77

6.10

Notes:
1. Renaissance in the regions funding that cannot be directly attributed to a region is excluded from the table.
2. Certain funding allocations included in the table relate to two-year, or three-year periods.

Information on funding of museums within each London borough is not held centrally.

National Lottery

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what proportion of Lottery money was spent in the areas of (a) health and (b) education in each of the last five years; [132554]

(2) what proportion of Lottery money she expects to be spent in the areas of (a) health and (b) education in each of the next two years. [132555]

Mr. Caborn: The health, education, environment and charitable purposes good cause is a broad one. Big lottery fund programmes and grants often cover two or more of these areas and we do not plan or report on the amount spent on each one separately.

The amounts raised by the national lottery for distribution by the big lottery fund and its predecessors in each of the last five completed financial years, and the amounts that may be raised in each of the next two years according to Department's current projections, are given in the following table. The figures include both income generated by the Lottery operator, Camelot, and income from investment of the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDF) balance. Subject to the approval of Parliament, funds will be transferred from the NLDF to the Olympic lottery distribution fund after January 2009 and this will reduce the amount available for distribution for this cause.

£ million( 1)
Community fund New opportunities fund Big lottery fund Totals

2002-03

250

418

668

2003-04

224

458

682

2004-05

234

483

717

2005-06

238

476

714

2006-07

139

283

209

631

2007-08(2)

665

665

2008-09(2)

660

660

(1) Rounded to nearest £1 million (2) Projected

Olympic Games: Greater London

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has held to consider links between Liverpool Capital of Culture and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. [133521]

Mr. Lammy: Officials from this Department are engaged in ongoing discussions with both the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and the Liverpool Culture Company to consider links between Liverpool Capital of Culture and the 2012 Games.

Parks Fund

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made by the National Lottery Heritage Fund team in assessing the Parks Fund application submitted by the hon. Member for Castle Point; and when she expects a decision will be made. [132558]

Mr. Lammy: The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has received no formal application from the hon. Member for Castle Point. A pre-application form was submitted on 7 June 2006 after an initial meeting with the HLFs’ regional manager for the east of England.

On 14 June 2006, HLF wrote advising that it would discuss possibilities for park development with the potential applicants.

Two subsequent meetings took place: on 5 October 2006 with the hon. Member for Castle Point, the chief executive of Castle Point borough council, HLF's regional committee chair and the regional manager, and on 4 December 2006 between HLF's development team and council officials, where the possible application was discussed.

To date no application has been received by HLF.

Wales

Departments: Pressure Groups

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the meetings between Ministers from his Department and outside interest groups which took place between 1 January and 31 March 2007. [132434]

Mr. Hain: Ministers at the Wales Office met with the following non-governmental organisations between 1 January and 31 March:


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