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Libraries: Digital Technology

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to assist in the establishment of the European Digital Library. [150789]

Margaret Hodge: Earlier this year, DCMS and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) jointly ran a workshop on digitisation, cultural resources and the creative industries. The impetus behind the event was the European Commission’s Conclusions on its European Digital Library (EDL) project. The workshop was attended by more than 100 key stakeholders from across the UK, representing museums, libraries, archives, academia, film, broadcasting, heritage, music, publishing and tourism, and other Government Departments. The Department is now considering how best to draw on the issues raised at the workshop to assist in the establishment of the EDL.

National Lottery: Grants

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects that received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund were subsequently abandoned in each year since 1997; how much funding was received for each such project; and if he will make a statement. [148589]

Margaret Hodge: Since 1994, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded funding to over 26,000 projects. Of these projects, 17 have not been successfully completed having already drawn down an element of funding.

The table gives funding details for each of the 17 projects.

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Project title Applicant Year project closed (FY) Grant awarded (£) Grant drawdown (£)

Blaenau Ffestiniog, Plas Tan Y Bwlch Historic Gardens

Plas Tan Y Bwlch Gardens Trust

1999- 2000



Williton Workhouse Conservation

Somerset Buildings Preservation Trust




Tower Environs Scheme—Approaching the Tower

Historic Royal Palaces




Astley Castle—Acquisition and refurbishment

Landmark Trust




Heritage Information Exchange

The Heritage Information Trust




Brackenhill Tower, Longtown, Cumbria

Brackenhill Trust Ltd.




Old Market Place CAPS

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council




St. Peter, Church Knowle, Dorset

St. Peter’s PCC




Bradford City Centre CAPS

Bradford Metropolitan District Council




Headstone Manor, Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre, Harrow

London Borough of Harrow




Manningham CAPS

Bradford Metropolitan District Council




Muswell Hill CAPS

London Borough of Haringey




Terra 2000

University of Plymouth




Congregational Church, Polesworth

Congregational Federation Ltd




First Presbyterian Church, Newry—Restoration

First Presbyterian Church, Newry




Food for Life!

Central Action




Warwick Bar THI

British Waterways




Radio: Digital Broadcasting

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will commission research into the use of digital radio mondiale compared to digital audio broadcasting. [150858]

James Purnell: We have no plans to do so. Ofcom are responsible for spectrum planning and have a duty to ensure the optimal use of spectrum. As such, they will need to consider whether DRM can be a platform for future radio broadcasting, in conjunction with broadcasters.

Sport England: East Sussex

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding was provided to Sports England East Sussex in each of the last five years; and what the projected funding allocation is for the 2008-09 financial year. [151436]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England operates at regional level through nine regional offices. Sport England South East covers the East Sussex area.

The table shows the Exchequer and Lottery funding which the Sport England South East Regional Office has awarded to East Sussex in the last five years to support and promote sporting activities and projects.

Lottery Awards are made on the basis of merit in response to applications so funding levels will fluctuate over time and depending on the quality of projects that come forward seeking funding.

Financial year Lottery (£) Exchequer (£)













Grand total



The total award budget for Sport England South East region 2007-08 is:

Projected funding for the 2008-09 financial year will not be known until the outcome of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

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Sports: East Sussex

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many community sports coaches there are in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex; and what steps he is taking to increase the number of such coaches. [151403]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Sussex County Sports Partnership advise that there are 41 Community Sports Coach posts in East Sussex. Eight of these posts are in Eastbourne and a further eight of these posts operate on a county wide basis.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) also provide grants to School Sports Partnerships (SSPs) to enable them to employ Community Sports Coaches. Three SSPs in East Sussex have received grants in 2007-08—Beacon/North Wealdon, Dorothy Stringer and William Parker.

Confirmation of continued DCMS funding for Community Sports Coaches is subject to the Comprehensive Spending Review. Further DCSF funding for coaches will be available from 2008-09 to deliver the five hour offer of sport to children and young people.

Visual Arts: Elderly

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote art as a way of improving the wellbeing of elderly people. [151095]

Margaret Hodge: The arts can play an important role in supporting the health and wellbeing of older people. There are many examples of excellent work which promotes art for elderly people across the country. The Arts Council and the Department of Health have jointly published ‘A prospectus for arts and health’ and a ‘Dance and health’ folder, which highlights a range of examples. Copies of these will be placed in the Library of the House.

The Arts Council is also planning to have a specific focus on older people in their next corporate plan.

Prime Minister

10 Downing Street: Official Hospitality

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister what the date was of each reception he and his predecessor have held since May 2005; what the (a) venue and (b) purpose was of each; who (i) hosted and (ii) paid for each; what the estimated attendance was at each; and what the cost to the public purse was of each. [151280]

The Prime Minister: Information on receptions hosted by my predecessor for the financial year 2006-07 will be published shortly. For information prior to this date I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my predecessor (the right hon. Tony Blair) on 11 October 2006, Official Report, column 788W.

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Delivery Unit

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 28 June 2007, Official Report, column 39WS, on machinery of Government: departmental organisation, for what reasons the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit now reports jointly to him and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. [151819]

The Prime Minister: I have nothing further to add to my written statement on 28 June 2007, Official Report, column 39WS.

Departments: Correspondence

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Prime Minister when his Office sent to the Home Department the correspondence dated 4 April from Mr R.N.R. of Aylesbury HP22 5NL, about the registration of a child as a British citizen, which the Direct Communications Unit of his Office acknowledged on 16 April. [152004]

The Prime Minister: My office received the letter on Thursday 12 April 2007 and passed it to the Home Office for action on Monday 16 April 2007.

Departments: Manpower

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the (a) responsibilities, (b) units and (c) personnel he is transferring to the Cabinet Office from his purview. [151689]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 2 July 2007, Official Report, column 945W.

Departments: Visits Abroad

Mrs. May: To ask the Prime Minister how many overseas visits were made by officials within his responsibility, and at what cost, in each year since 1997. [151644]

The Prime Minister: This information can be provided only at disproportionate cost. Since 1999, the Government have published on an annual basis, a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500, as well as the total cost of all ministerial travel overseas. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 2006-07 will be published in the normal way. All travel is undertaken in accordance with the “Civil Service Management Code” and the “Ministerial Code”. As set out in the new “Ministerial Code”, from next year, the list of overseas travel will cover all Ministers.


Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister on what date the Deputy Prime Minister vacated Dorneywood; and to what use the building is now being put. [151439]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my predecessor (the right hon. Tony Blair) on 12 June 2006, Official Report, column 883W,
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and to the press briefing given by my spokesman on 18 July 2007. A transcript of this is available on the No. 10 website ( and a copy has been placed in the Library of the House.

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