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Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Own Art scheme; how many outlets were participating in the scheme on the latest date for which figures are available; how many individuals have taken part in the scheme since its inception; and how much funding his Department provided for the scheme in each of the last three years. 
Margaret Hodge: Own Art is an Arts Council initiative. Through ArtCo Trading Ltd, the Own Art scheme has received £500,000 in 2005-06, £378,000 in 2006-07, and £366,000 in 2007-08, in grant funding. There are currently 230 Own Art member galleries in England. Since the launch in April 2004 to end January 2008, a total of 9,882 customers successfully applied for an Own Art loan.
The last full evaluation of the scheme was published in May 2007 and reported on the 18 month period 1 October 2005 to 31 March 2007. 28 per cent. of the customer base described themselves as first time buyers. 30 per cent. of Own Art customers were on income levels below the national average and 82 per cent. of customers said that the scheme had enabled them to make their purchase.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contribution (a) his Department and (b) the National Lottery made to the schools playgrounds scheme in each of the last five years; and what contributions he expects to be made in each of the next three years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: In April 2005 the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, announced a £2 million investment to extend the Sporting Playgrounds programme which is also funded through the DCSF. This scheme refurbishes existing primary school playgrounds to enhance opportunities for sporting activity. Over 600 primary school playgrounds have been developed since the programme began in 2001.
The following table shows the total value of grants on the Department's Lottery Grants Database during the last five completed financial years, where the name of the project title or description is recorded as either school playgrounds, schools playgrounds or school playground. Lottery distributing bodies make grant decisions independently of the Government.
|Financial year||Total grant value (£)|
|Regional cultural consortiums outturn|
|Regional cultural consortium||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08( 1)|
|(1) Following winter supplementary estimate.|
Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that members of the public are involved in developing strategies to encourage sport and physical recreation in their communities; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England has been asked by the Secretary of State to develop a new strategy and business plan for the delivery of community sport in England. During January 2008, Sport England invited existing stakeholders to submit views to the organisation on its future direction and strategy. Once the headline strategy has been agreed by the Secretary of State, Sport England intends to conduct further consultation. This will include another round with stakeholders and an open consultationfor the standard three month periodon the proposed resulting changes to lottery grant application criteria. The consultation process will offer any member of the public or group the opportunity to comment on and influence the proposed changes.
Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if he will take steps to ensure that the owners of sports grounds that have not been used for regular sporting activities for a period of more than two years are required to bring them back into use; and if he will make a statement; 
There is no power to either require owners of sports grounds to bring back into use grounds not used for regular sporting activities for a period of more than two years or to charge such owners if they are not so used. However, Sport England must be consulted if land has been used as a playing field in the
five years before the making of a planning application. Planning guidance to local authorities is clear: no playing field needed by the community should be removed. In addition, Sport England object to all applications that would result in a loss of playing fields, unless there is a clear benefit to sport.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, West (Mr. Amess) of 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1617-18W, on swimming pools, how many of the pools in each category in the table are or were in the (a) public and (b) private sector; and how many swimming pools there are in England. 
|Pools opened since 2004 by ownership type|
|Pools closed since 2004 by ownership type|
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) internationally recognised definition and (b) definition used by Sport England is of (i) swimming pool and (i) diving pool. 
A swimming pool is an enclosed area of water, indoor or outdoor, specifically maintained for all forms of water based sport and recreation, for example, general swimming, teaching, training, diving, club and school use.
We understand from the Amateur Swimming Association, the national governing body for swimming and diving, that there are no internationally recognised definitions for the terms swimming pool or diving pool.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many swimming pools listed on the Active Places website are co-located with one or more other pools on the list. 
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