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The proportion which comes from (i) their departmental allocation and (ii) National Lottery income, is as follows:

2008-09
Departmental Allocation (£) Percentage National Lottery Funding (£) Percentage

Arts Council England

All

English Heritage

All

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

All

Sport England

286,200

45

349,800

44


Departmental Research

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual research budget for (a) his Department, (b) Arts Council England, (c) Sport England, (d) the Big Lottery Fund, (e) English Heritage, (f) the Heritage Lottery Fund and (g) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council was in each of the last three years; and how much he expects each to spend on research in 2008-09. [203089]

Margaret Hodge: The annual research budget for the Department and the named organisations (as provided by those organisations) in each of the last three years, and planned spend for 2008-09, are set out in the table. All figures are inclusive of VAT:

£
Financial year 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 Planned spend 2008-09

DCMS

1,501,000

2,796,000

1,891,000

(1)

Arts Council

470,000

925,000

805,000

(1)

Sport England

3,700,000

3,100,000

2,500,000

(2)1,800,000

BLF

100,000

125,000

130,000

166,000

English Heritage

7,451,000

5,561,000

5,731,000

5,579,000

Heritage Lottery Fund

563,000

561,000

493,000

552,000

MLA Council

461,000

475,000

590,000

485,000

(1 )To be determined
(2) For the period 2008-09 this is an estimated figure as the budgets are being compiled and the figure quoted is for half a year.

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Departmental Surveys

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of conducting staff surveys was for (a) his Department, (b) Arts Council England, (c) Sport England, (d) the Big Lottery Fund, (e) English Heritage, (f) the Heritage Lottery Fund and (g) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
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in each of the last three years; and how much he expects each to spend on such surveys in 2008-09. [203088]

Margaret Hodge: The annual cost of staff surveys for the Department and the named organisations (as provided by those organisations) in each of the last three years, and planned spend for 2008-09, are set out in the table. All figures include VAT. The figures include the costs of the main staff survey and do not include ad hoc requests for information.

Financial year
2005-06 2006-07 2007-08( 1) 2008-09

DCMS

20,000

0

21,540

0

Arts Council

28,000

23,400

18,300

(2)

Sport England

13,543

15,897

(3)

(4)

BLF

(5)

8,500

9,000

9,500

English Heritage

0

0

39,550

0

Heritage Lottery Fund

0

0

0

0

MLA Council

0

3,173

0

0

(1 )Planned spend.
(2 )Figures not available.
(3 )None undertaken.
(4) None planned.
(5 )No survey

English Sports Council: Finance

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the staff costs at each of Sport England's regional offices were in each of the last three year for which figures are available. [204150]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The costs were as follows:

Part 2: Regional staff costs for last three years( 1)
Region 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

North East

774,564

829,290

825,850

Yorkshire

699,675

768,683

767,205

East Midlands

792,948

880,039

828,087

East

701,932

862,778

793,141

London

846,095

1,025,970

1,052,293

South East

871,171

937,940

797,033

South West

882,430

890,032

845,956

West Midlands

749,063

857,871

844,785

North West

823,453

988,692

877,793

Total

7,141,330

8,041,296

7,632,143

(1) Includes salary, overtime, healthy life style benefits, employers pension and NI

Gambling Act, 2005

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Scoping Study for a UK Gambling Act 2005 Impact Assessment Framework was (a) commissioned and (b) planned to be published at the time it was commissioned. [203936]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Scoping Study for the UK Gambling Act, 2005 Impact Assessment Framework was commissioned in May 2006 and scheduled for completion in November 2006. DCMS did not stipulate a publication date. However, it was published on 26 February 2008 and has been placed in the House Libraries.

Lacrosse

Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage more young people to play lacrosse. [203636]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Lacrosse is one of 22 focus sports in the Step Into Sport programme (part of the Government’s PE and Sport Strategy for Children and Young People). Between April 2003 and March 2009 the English Lacrosse Association (ELA) will receive £78,000 from Sport England to develop volunteering and leadership opportunities as part of the Step into Sport programme. In addition, the ELA has been awarded £357,000 from Sport England’s club and coach funding to develop talent during the period 2008-11.

Lacrosse: Finance

Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was allocated to British elite lacrosse players in each of the last five years. [203622]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Lacrosse was identified as a ‘development sport’, due primarily to its potential to help people to start and continue to participate in sport. The English Lacrosse Association (ELA) submitted its Whole Sport Plan and was awarded £1.26 million for the four year period 2005-09. While the funding was primarily provided to grow and sustain grassroots participation in the sport, the English Lacrosse Association could, and indeed has, utilised some of the funding to support its England teams. It is for the ELA to decide how to utilise and deploy its Whole Sport Plan funding.

Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Sport England spent on supporting the development of lacrosse in each of the last five years. [203623]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England has spent the following amounts in the last five years supporting lacrosse.

Spent

2003-04

150,833

2004-05

299,000

2005-06

289,333

2006-07

297,000

2007-08

485,598

Total

1,521,764


Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when (a) he and (b) a Minister in his Department last met the English Lacrosse Association to discuss (i) funding of and (ii) participation in the sport. [203624]

Andy Burnham: Since their respective arrivals in post, none of the current Ministers in DCMS have met with the English Lacrosse Association.

National Lottery: Wirral

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was awarded to projects in Wirral South constituency in 2007-08. [203704]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Approximately £349,000 was awarded in Wirral South during 2007-08. This figure is derived from the Department’s Lottery Grants Database, which uses information supplied by the Lottery distributors and is searchable at :

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Big Lottery Fund’s outreach strategy in Wirral; and if he will make a statement. [203707]

Mr. Sutcliffe: No assessment has been made by DCMS on the effectiveness of the Big Lottery Fund’s outreach strategy in Wirral. This is an internal operational matter for the Big Lottery Fund.

I have asked Peter Wanless, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, to write to my hon. Friend on this matter.

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the ratio of lottery funding applications to grants in the last five years in Wirral South constituency; and if he will make a statement. [203831]

Mr. Sutcliffe: My Department does not collect data on the number of applications made to lottery distributing bodies and could obtain the information only at disproportionate cost, so no such estimate has been made. All lottery distributors are directed to make guidance on how to apply for lottery funds widely available.


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