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My Department is engaging in active and constructive dialogue with the British Amusement Catering Trade Association, the main trade body which represents the gaming machines and seaside arcades
sector, and other trade bodies with an interest in the sector, such as the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions, to gain a full understanding of the current trading conditions in the gaming machine and seaside arcades sector.
I have made it clear to these organisations that I will be happy to consider any evidence they can provide in relation to the difficult trading conditions that some arcade operators say they are currently experiencing, and any proposals for remedial action.
However, the Government's principal priority remains to protect the public. We will need to be satisfied that any proposals put forward for remedial action by the industry do not have an adverse impact in terms of the licensing objectives of the Gambling Act 2005.
Mr. Anthony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average premises licence fees levied on (a) family entertainment centres and (b) adult gaming centres by local authorities was in 2006-07. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The average premises licences fees for (a) family entertainment centres and (b) adult gaming centres by local authorities are set out in the table. These data is calculated from fee data returns collected by my Department from 95 per cent. of licensing authorities. Full details of all premises licence fees are available on the DCMS website
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Mr. Sutcliffe: Under the Licensing Act 2003, a premises licence holder is required to display the most recent summary of the premises licence (or a certified copy of it) and a notice specifying the position held by the person who has custody of the premises licence itself (if that person is not the licence-holder). There are similar requirements for the holder of a club premises certificate. A person who gives a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) must display the TEN itself, or in lieu thereof, a notice identifying the person with custody of the TEN.
The holder of a premises licence or club premises certificate is therefore required to display a minimum of one, and a maximum of two notices under the 2003
Act. A person who gives a TEN is required to display at least one notice.
A premises licence holder may also need to display notices in order to comply with legislation other than licensing legislation. These include notices as regards prices of food and drink under the Weights and Measures Act 1985, notices concerning the prohibition of smoking under the Health Act 2006, notices concerning business names under the Business Names Act 1985 and notices under Health and Safety legislation.
Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) publicly funded and (b) charitably funded (i) art galleries, (ii) museums and (iii) archives (A) closed and (B) opened in each local authority area in England in each of the last five years. 
Margaret Hodge: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) by my hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr. Lammy) on 26 April 2007, Official Report, column 1256W, in respect of museums and galleries sponsored by the Department. The only addition is the opening of the International Slavery Museum (August 2007), part of National Museums Liverpool.
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 17 December 2007]: The following table shows spend on museums and galleries in the west midlands through the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and its predecessor body:
Museums are a discretionary local authority service and their core funding is a matter for the 14 single tier and county councils and 24 district councils in the west midlands. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance
and Accountancy's (CIPFA) Statistical Information Service surveys local authority museums and the findings are available in its Leisure and Recreation Statistics Estimates publication that is in the House Library.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the reporting of treasure in England and Wales of the proposal by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council to maintain the funding for the Portable Antiquities Scheme next year at its current level; and if he will make a statement. 
The PAS is of national importance and the MLA is committed to seeing it thrive and evolve. The MLA will continue to work with the British Museum and other stakeholders to build on the success the scheme has had in its goal of advancing archaeological knowledgefor finders, museums and, most importantly, the wider public.
The MLA believes the scheme fits with the wider Renaissance in the Regions agenda and intends to maintain current levels of support for 2008-09, while considering options for future funding in the context of wider priorities for museum collections and public participation.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the level of public funding for (a) sport and (b) women's sport has been in each of the last five years; and which sport received the most money per participant. 
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