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Museums and Galleries: Yorkshire and Humberside

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. [152185]

Margaret Hodge: Grant in aid for the national museums which fall within (a) Yorkshire and Humber and (b) the City of York is as follows.


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£000
Museum 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

National Coal Mining Museum of England(1)

n/a

n/a

n/a

1,152

1,332

2,073

2,408

2,445

2,539(2)

2,528

2,659

National Media Museum(3,4)

2,977

2,969

3,907

3,723

3,683

4,180

4,523

4,187

4,214

4,979

4,661

National Railway Museum(3)

9,126

3,647

3,758

3,932

4,708

5,664

6,759

6,967

6,598

7,753

7,605

Royal Armouries Leeds(5)

5,223

3,723

4,807

5,227

5,945

6,157

6,286

6,887

7,276

7,654

8,312

Total

11,515

10,036

11,599

14,000

15,568

17,967

19,150

20,179

20,479

22,057

23,863

(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.

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people visited each of the national museums in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1997. [152200]

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.

Table 1
Museum 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02

National Coal Mining Museum for England(1)

n/a

n/a

n/a

65,802

60,032

National Media Museum(2)

298,901

83,613

962,899

969,822

823,309

National Railway Museum

420,079

434,566

467,880

485,785

587,862

Royal Armouries Leeds

349,000

296,000

173,500

185,710

280,867

Total

1,067,980

814,179

1,604,279

1,707,119

1,752,070


Table 2
Museum 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

National Coal Mining Museum for England

107,282

121,822

116,553

119,627

128,960

National Media Museum

768,161

723,273

658,991

615,431

677,029

National Railway Museum

767,299

740,217

885,406

744,472

903,188

Royal Armouries Leeds

302,527

277,105

301,809

244,469

225,417

Total

1,945,269

1,862,417

1,962,759

1,723,999

1,934,594

(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.

National Lottery: Play

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. [152089]

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.

After the September 2007 application window, the Big Lottery Fund will ascertain any underspend and a decision on how to allocate this will be taken by the Fund’s Board in due course.

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. [152090]

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 Fund’s 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 children’s play initiative has been (a) committed and (b) spent. [152092]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The figures in the table reflect the proportion of money which has been committed and spent under Big Lottery Fund’s children’s play initiative.

£
Programme name Current award value (committed) Total paid to date (spent)

Play infrastructure

14,663,933

4,359,562

Playful ideas

4,884,167

310,616

Children’s play

46,209,437

708,413

Total

65,757,537

5,378,591


The total money available for the Children’s Play initiative is £155 million. 42 per cent. of it has been committed and 3.5 per cent. has been spent.


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Planning: Broadcasting Reception

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. [151423]

James Purnell: I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a range of issues.

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.

Royal Opera House: Directors

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. [152177]

Margaret Hodge: The roles of chair and chief executive of the Royal Opera House are separate. My Department plays no part in either of these appointments.


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Tourism: Poole

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. [151583]

Margaret Hodge: We are not aware of any tourism events in Poole attended by Ministers from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the last 12 months.

Prime Minister

10 Downing Street: Charity Receptions

Shona McIsaac: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the official and charity receptions held at 10 Downing street in the financial year 2006-07. [153392]

The Prime Minister: I have today published a list of official and charity receptions held at 10 Downing street for the financial year 2006-07.

The total cost of official and charity receptions held by my predecessor at 10 Downing street and Chequers for the financial year 2006-07 was £87,000.


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