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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the role of the cultural ambassador for the United Kingdom is; if he will break down the allocated budget by mission statement priorities; and what prior discussions were held with the British Council on respective responsibilities and avoiding duplication. [178216]

Margaret Hodge: The World Collections programme, which will be chaired by Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, (acting as a cultural ambassador for the UK), will share the best of British cultural excellence and expertise with museums in Africa and Asia.

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The programme will receive £3 million over three years from April 2008. This will be spent on supporting activities agreed by the six partner organisations (British Museum, British Library, Tate, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Natural History Museum and V&A) with further details to be determined.

We have worked closely with the British Council and others in developing this programme, which is fully supported by all involved.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms. [174988]

Margaret Hodge: Near-cash and non-cash are essentially used as Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) budgetary control concepts and are not specifically identified with voted resources in Estimates. However, we have been able to break down net total resources for each section in the Part II: Subhead detail table of our Main and Winter Supplementary Estimates.

Line F, funding for the Royal Parks Agency in RfR1 includes non-cash costs of £2.571 million which did not increase in the Winter Supplementary Estimate. Similarly Line 1, relating to Administration and Research has non-cash costs totalling £5.947 million that have not increased in year. All other provision in the Estimate is near cash.

Domestic Visits

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list each event attended by the Minister for Sport in an official role since June; and what the cost of facilitating attendance was in each case. [166020]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The following table lists each event I have attended in an official role since June 2007:

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Date Event

6 July

Langley House Trust Awards Ceremony, Bradford

8 July

British Grand Prix, Silverstone

17 July

Northampton Racecourse Park Changing Facilities Opening Launch

28 July

Bulls vs St. Helens, Challenge Cup Semi Final, Huddersfield

3 August

Grand Prix Athletics, Crystal Palace

4 August

England vs Wales, Twickenham.

5 August

Manchester United vs Chelsea (Charity Shield), Wembley

25 August

St. Helens vs Catalan Dragons, Carnegie Challenge Cup Final, Wembley

26 August

UK School Games, Coventry

5 September

Your Game reception, 11 Downing Street


Visit to Warrington Town FC and Warrington Wolves

7 September

Junior Whitter vs Vivian Harris, Doncaster

12 September

England vs Russia, Wembley Stadium

14 September

England vs South Africa, Stade de France

15 September

Racing at Doncaster

2 October

British Olympic Association Annual Ball, London

8 October

Boston Celtics Reception, Foreign Office

9 October

Gamcare Annual Conference, London

10 October

Boston Celtics vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA exhibition match, 02 Arena, London

13 October

Super League Grand Final, Old Trafford

15 October

Annual Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards, Lords Cricket Ground

16 October

Visit to English Institute of Sport, Loughborough

17 October

Wheel Appeal Launch, London

20 October

England vs South Africa World Cup final, Paris

22 October

Boxing Writers Club dinner, London

24 October

EU Sports Ministers Conference, Estoril, Portugal

30 October

Responsibility in Gambling Trust Seminar, London

1 November

FT Sports Industry Cocktail Reception, London

2 November

Sport and Recreation Association Moulin Rouge Charity dinner, Bradford

3 November

Joe Calzaghe vs Mikkel Kessler, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

7 November

Visit to Olympic Park, Stratford

8 November

Visit to Silverstone Circuit

12 November

World Class Coaching Conference dinner, Sutton Coldfield

13 November

Stewards of the National Greyhound Club Dinner, London

14 November

Society and the Value of Sport Conference, London

14 November

Remote Gambling Association AGM, London

14 November

Business in Sport and Leisure Lunch, London

15 November

World Anti-Doping in Sport Conference, Madrid

20 November

Institute of Licensing Conference, Bristol. Visit to Bath University sports facilities

21 November

England vs Croatia, Wembley

22 November

BACTA Convention, London

24 November

Visit to Haydock racecourse

26 November

Visit to Fulham FC training ground, New Malden

28 November

DCLG Living Places Launch, London

28 November

Surf Life Saving Great Britain and rescue 2010 Great Britain reception, London

29 November

Angling Awards Ceremony, London

2 December

PFA Centenary Event, Manchester

3 December

Yorkshire Sports Awards, Brigg

5 December

Launch of Coping Through Football, Emirates Stadium, London

6 December

Queensbury Rugby League Dinner, Bradford

9 December

BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Birmingham

12 December

Sports Journalists Association Award Lunch, London

12 December

Annual UK Coaching Awards, London

15 December

Red card against racism event, Valley Parade, Bradford

19 December

BBC Sports Weeks Lunch

Details of costs for each individual case is not held centrally by the Department. However, details of any expenditure in 2007-08 will be available when the Department's resource accounts are fully audited and laid before Parliament.

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All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers.

Music: Young People

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has (a) taken since 1997 and (b) plans to take in each of the next three years to make music studios more accessible to young people; what discussions he has had since June 2007 with representatives of the music industry about this issue; and if he will make a statement. [177120]

Margaret Hodge: The Government recognise the importance of young, developing musicians having access to affordable and professional facilities to rehearse and perform live music. That is why, following a recommendation by the Live Music Forum, we recently asked Feargal Sharkey, the ex-chair of the Forum, to work with local authorities, the music industry and other partners over the next two years to establish a number of pilot music rehearsal spaces across the country. £500,000 has been allocated to assist with the cost of setting up these pilots. In the longer term, we will continue to explore what other funding streams may be available for this purpose, such as our proposed unclaimed assets scheme. As part of this initiative, my officials have spoken to representatives of the British phonographic industry, the Association of Independent Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) who have agreed to assist.

Olympic Games 2012: National Lottery

Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of National Lottery funding for good causes will be allocated to hosting the London 2012 Olympic Games in each relevant year. [177110]

James Purnell: As announced on 15 March 2007, and subject to parliamentary approval, we intend to transfer £1,085 million from the national lottery distribution fund to the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund. The profile of these transfers by year is as follows:

£ million











In addition, the Sport Lottery distributors will be spending £340 million on Olympic-related projects, the profile of which is at their discretion; and £750 million is being raised from dedicated Olympic Lottery products from 2005-06, the timing of which is dependent on the commercial view of the operator and the regulator.

On current projections, the £2,175 million total contribution to the Olympics represents less than 20 per cent. of expected Lottery income over the eight years from 2005-06 to 2012-13.

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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions (a) he and (b) the Minister for Tourism has met (i) VisitBritain, (ii) the Tourism Alliance and (iii) other tourism related organisations in the last 12 months. [176898]

Margaret Hodge: Over the last 12 months my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and his predecessor held the following meetings:


22 January 2007

Meeting with Christopher Rodrigues, Chairman, Visit Britain

12 March 2007

Attended the launch British Tourism week

13 March 2007

Attended the British Travel Fair in Birmingham

24 April 2007

Meeting with Christopher Rodrigues, Visit Britain

18 July 2007

Meeting with Christopher Rodrigues and Tom Wright, Visit Britain

7 August 2007

Meeting with the Tourism Industry Emergency Response group (TIER)

14 August 2007

Breakfast meeting with TIER

18 October 2007

Meeting with Christopher Rodrigues and Tom Wright, Visit Britain

15 November 2007

Meeting with Brian Wisdom, People 1st

I and my predecessor held the following meetings:

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