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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on the operation of the portable antiquities scheme of the decision to maintain funding for the scheme at 2007-08 levels in 2008-09. 
Margaret Hodge: I have made no such assessment
The portable antiquities scheme (PAS) is funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and administered on their behalf by the British Museum. Any assessment regarding the scheme is, therefore, a matter for the MLA and the British Museum. The MLA recognises that the PAS is of national importance and will be conducting a review of the scheme in partnership with other stakeholders.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been paid to Culture 24 for services relating to the Engaging Places project. 
Margaret Hodge: Culture24 has been paid £23,500 to produce an Engaging Places editorial strategy and online web portal of heritage and built environment education opportunities that will be made available to schools later this year.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding he has allocated for the Engaging Places project; and how much of this has been allocated to the provision of online resources to accompany the project. 
Margaret Hodge: In 2007-08 DCMS provided £75,000 of support towards research, piloting a network of learning providers and the development of an online website portal in partnership with Culture24. Other funding support came from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and English Heritage. Out of the total budget for Engaging Places £50,000 was allocated towards the research, design and development of a web portal. Culture24 is providing the web portal and consultancy services.
In 2008-09 DCMS will contribute £100,000 to support the next phase of Engaging Places. This will support the appointment of a new online editor for the Engaging Places website and the development of a network linking learning providers and schools with an interest in heritage and the built environment. Additional support will come from CABE and English Heritage.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value of works of art owned by Arts Council England was in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08. 
Margaret Hodge: Arts Council England's (ACE) collection was formed in 1946 for the purpose of promoting and enriching the nation's knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, through touring exhibitions and loans to galleries and public buildings throughout the country. The collection consists of over 7,600 pieces and its value was:
These figures have been provided by ACE. The figures for the years 2005-06 and 2006-07 are audited valuations; the 2007-08 figure is based on a valuation that has not yet been audited.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England awarded in grants in each year since 1997. 
Margaret Hodge: This information has been provided by Arts Council England (ACE) and is set out in the table. The figures have been sourced from ACE's published annual accounts. Aside from grant making, ACE also expends grant in aid monies directly on arts activities.
|Year||GIA grants awarded||Lottery grants||Total grants|
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1137W, on betting shops, how much and what percentage of the Tote's revenue came from these terminals in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Category B2 gaming machines (formerly called Fixed Odds Betting Terminals) in betting shops did not contribute to the Totes revenues before 2002-03. Since 2002-03 their contribution to gross profit has been as follows:
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what restrictions are placed on the number of slot machines in land-based casinos established under the Gaming Act 1968; and if he will review them. 
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 1 May 2008]: In October 2005 the number of category B gaming machines which casinos licensed under the Gaming Act 1968 are permitted to offer was doubled to 20. Alternatively, they are permitted to offer an unlimited number of category C and category D machines. There are no plans to revisit these allocations.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will provide a break down of the sources of funding for the Sea Change programme. 
The £45 million Sea Change fund (£15 million a year over three years 2008-11) will come from DCMS departmental funds made available through the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.
Partnership funding for large grants will come from regional development agencies and other public and private sources. Local authorities will be encouraged to seek partnership funding for projects eligible under the open application programme from a variety of public, private and voluntary sector sources.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments VisitLondon made to (a) Mandate Communications and (b) AS Biss and Co in each of the last five years; and on what dates and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. 
Margaret Hodge: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not have responsibility for Visit London affairs; any matter relating to this body falls under the remit of the Mayor of London.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate has been made of the value of those parts of Oceanic house for which his Department is responsible; and what progress has been made on a possible sale. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: No valuation has been placed on the parts of Oceanic house that the Department had occupied as the areas were leased. The Department is not involved in the sale of the property but is at present negotiating its exit from the lease agreement with the landlords agents.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of building services was to his Department in each of the last three years; and how much he expects them to cost in each of the next three years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Building services have been taken to mean facilities management, catering, security, reprographics and mail room services. The total costs to the Department are as follows.
|(1) Departmental resource accounts are still being processed and this estimate may be subject to minor change.|
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what savings his Department has identified as part of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review value for money programme; and when he expects these savings to be realised. 
Andy Burnham: The Department has identified £149.4 million value for money (VfM) savings. This exceeds our target from HM Treasury of £148 million savings. Further details of these savings, including when we expect to realise them, can be found in our VfM Delivery Agreement, copies of which are available in the House Libraries.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the last 12 months; and what his Department's expenditure on energy was in (a) the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available and (b) the immediately preceding 12 months. 
Margaret Hodge: The Department has developed an energy strategy with a detailed action plan with key action dates and assigned responsibilities.
As part of the Department's refurbishment of its Headquarters at Cockspur Street we installed energy efficient light fittings. This is 30 per cent. more efficient than previous fittings. The Ground Floor was installed with the manufacturer's advanced light fitting which is 60 per cent. more efficient.
The Department is supplied with 100 per cent. renewable electricity supplied under the OGC Buying Solutions contract.
The Department was accredited to the Carbon Trust administered Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme.
Energy expenditure is a follows:
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many freedom of information requests made to his Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days, (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information in each year since the act came into force. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Ministry of Justice has published two annual reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests received by monitored bodies (including central Government Departments) in 2005 and 2006. These reports can be found at the following address:
The 2007 annual report is currently being drafted for publication in June 2008. However, statistics on requests received in each quarter of 2007 have been published and can be found via the MOJ website:
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