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Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the national museums in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York received in Government grants in each year since 1997. 
|(1 )The Government started providing grant funding to the National Coal Mining Museum England through the National Museum of Science and Industry in 2000-01.|
(2 )This figure differs from the one given in the answer of 20 October 2004, Official Report, column 732W, as it includes an additional £113,000 in capital funding.
(3) Formerly the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.
(4) The Government provide grant in aid to the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI) of which the National Media Museum and the National Railway Museum are branch museums. Funding to its branch museums is allocated by the NMSI. The figures shown here differ from those given in the answer of 20 October 2004, Official Report, column 732W, as they include capital allocations and, from 2002-03 to 2006-07, also contain outturn figures for resource grant in aid as opposed to the estimates used in the previous answer.
(5) This is the total allocation for the Royal Armouries, which includes its Leeds, Fort Nelson and the Tower of London branches. Royal Armouries in Leeds is the headquarters.
Margaret Hodge: Visit numbers for the national museums which fall within the Yorkshire and Humber region are as follows. Table 1 shows figures from 1997-98 to 2001-02. Table 2 covers 2002-03 to 2006-07.
|(1) Visit figures for National Coal Mining Museum England for years prior to 2000-01 are not available.|
(2) The National Media Museum was partially closed in 1997-98 and 1998-99 for refurbishment.
Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what will happen to any unallocated monies from the Big Lottery Fund funding for play projects when the September deadline for applications passes. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: In March 2007, The Big Lottery Fund wrote to the Chief Executives of all local authorities asking them to inform them if they were not planning to take up their allocation for the play programme. However, none of the local authorities have informed the Big Lottery Fund of not taking up their allocation.
Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the rules governing the application process for grants from the Big Lottery Fund for play projects. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: No assessment has been made by DCMS on the effectiveness of the rules governing the application process for the play initiative. This is an internal operational matter for the Big Lottery Fund. The application process for this programme is consistent with the Funds practices and procedures.
The Big Lottery Fund have funded Play England, an England-wide support and development infrastructure, to provide support to local authorities to develop appropriate play strategies. In addition, the Big Lottery Fund has carried out regional workshops to help local authorities with the application process.
Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the money available under the Big Lottery Fund childrens play initiative has been (a) committed and (b) spent. 
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Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the account taken in planning decisions of the effect of proposed developments on existing television signals. 
Management of the spectrum, including matters of reception and interference, is for Ofcom. Ofcom recommends that planning authorities take potential disruption to TV reception into account when considering planning applications for large structures, but has no formal role in the planning process.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the appointment of the (a) chairman and (b) chief executive of the Royal Opera House what account was taken of the recommendation of the 2003 Higgs review of the effectiveness of non-executive directors that the role of chairman and chief executive should be separated; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) purpose, (b) date and (c) location was of each tourism event attended by Ministers in his Department in the constituency of Poole in the last 12 months; which Ministers attended each event; and if he will make a statement. 
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