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Museums and Galleries: Finance

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has for the funds within the Renaissance budget for 2008-09 which remain unallocated; and if he will make a statement. [221673]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Renaissance programme is managed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and is covered by the Funding Agreement with the Department for 2008-09 to 2010-11. As at 31 July, £1,325,000 was unallocated in MLA’s Renaissance programme contingency fund.

The MLA expects to commit the majority of this contingency during the second half of this financial year, subject to end-year flexibility arrangements agreed with the Department.

National Lottery Promotions Unit: Finance

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the National Lottery Distribution Fund has paid to the National Lottery Promotions Unit in each year since it came into being. [221044]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 22 July 2008]: The national lottery distribution fund has not made any direct payments to the national lottery promotions unit (NLPU). Under the terms of the licence to operate the national lottery, the NLPU receives the contribution to its funding on behalf of distributors by means of deductions from the operator’s payments into the lottery distribution funds. The amounts received by the NLPU in respect of the distribution funds in each year were as follows:

£

2003-04

194,860

2004-05

2,044,203

2005-06

1,530,933

2006-07

1,448,594

2007-08

1,812,900


Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the National Lottery Promotions Unit has received from (a) Arts Council England, (b) the Arts Council of Wales, (c) the Scottish Arts Council, (d) the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, (e) Sport England, (f) the Sports Council for Northern Ireland, (g) Sport Scotland, (h) the Sports Council for Wales, (i) the Heritage Lottery Fund, (j) the UK Film Council, (k) Scottish Screen, (l) the Big Lottery Fund, (m) UK Sport and (n) the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund in each year since it came into being. [221045]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 22 July 2008]: Contributions to the funding of the national lottery promotions unit (NLPU) in respect of the lottery distributing bodies are made by means of deductions from the operator’s payments into the lottery distribution funds. It is not possible, therefore, to disaggregate in respect of individual distributors. From the establishment of NLPU in 2003-04 to the end of 2005-06, contributions in respect of the lottery distributing bodies met 50 per cent. of NLPU’s funding costs. With effect from 2006-07, the contributions in respect of the lottery distributing bodies have met 66.66 per cent. of NLPU’s operating costs.

Quality of Life

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's definition of quality of life is. [220696]


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Margaret Hodge: In 2007 Defra along with other Government Departments, devolved administrations and other stakeholders developed a common understanding of what wellbeing means in a policy context. This is now used across Government.

The common understanding across Government is that wellbeing is a positive physical, social and mental state, it is not just the absence of pain, discomfort and incapacity. It requires that basic needs are met, that individuals have a sense of purpose, that they feel able to achieve important personal goals and participate in society. It is enhanced by conditions that include supportive personal relationships, strong and inclusive communities, good health, financial and personal security, rewarding employment, and a healthy and attractive environment.

Along with the common understanding Defra released a provisional wellbeing indicator as part of their sustainable development indicators in your pocket 2007 (SDIYP). Last year DCMS contributed data on cultural and sporting participation by adults to the wellbeing indicator.

Royal Parks

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Transport on the implications for the Royal Parks of the proposals in the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation document; and if he will make a statement. [221758]

Margaret Hodge: DCMS has had no discussions with the Department for Transport on the proposals. The Royal Parks have responded to the consultation document.

Sports

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people who participated in 30 minutes of moderate intensity sport (a) once a week, (b) twice a week, (c) three times a week, (d) four times a week and (e) five times a week, broken down by (i) Government region and (ii) local authority area in each of the last three years. [223658]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 15 September 2008]: Information on participation since 2005-06, broken down by frequency and by region is available via the Active People Survey, commissioned by Sport England. Data relating to 2005-06, collected as part of Active People Survey 1 can be found on the Sport England website at the following link

Full detailed results are available via Active People Diagnostic, Sport England's online reporting and analysis tool, which is freely available to all. Due to the success of the Active People Survey 2005-06, Sport England is repeating the survey, and it will now run as a continuous annual survey. The second year of the survey commenced on 15 October 2007 and is due to report in November 2008.


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Sports: Equal Opportunities

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards increasing participation in sport among people (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting disability, (c) from low socio-economic groups and (d) who are female; and what steps he plans to take to make further progress in these areas. [223476]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 15 September 2008]: The DCMS ‘Taking Part’ survey provides national data on sports participation.

The most recent results were published in June 2008 and provide provisional estimates from year 3 of the survey. The following tables provide a comparison between final baseline figures from year 1, final estimates from year 2 and provisional estimates from the first six months of year 3. There have been no statistically significant differences between the baseline and latest estimates for either of the two measures.

The first table indicates the percentage of people from the named groups that take part in active sport. The active sport indicator is defined as at least one occasion of participation in an active sport during the past four weeks.

Percentage

Year 1 (annual) Year 2 (annual) Year 3 (six months)

Black and minority ethnic

53.3

51.9

52.4

Limiting disability

32.3

31.2

30.0

Lower socio-economic

43.4

42.2

43.5

Females

47.7

46.2

46.0

All adults

53.7

53.4

53.3


The second table indicates the percentage of people from the named groups that take part in moderate level intensity sport. The moderate level intensity sport indicator is defined as participation in moderate intensity level sport for at least 30 minutes on three separate days during the past week.

Percentage

Year 1 (annual) Year 2 (annual) Year 3 (six months)

Black and minority ethnic

19.2

19.6

19.0

Limiting disability

9.5

9.4

9.8

Lower socio-economic

15.2

15.3

15.4

Females

18.5

18.3

17.6

All adults

20.9

21.5

21.6


A key element of Sport England’s new three-year strategy (2008-11) is to get one million people doing more sport by 2012-13 and they will work with and through National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) to deliver this target. NGBs will be challenged through the Whole Sport plan process to consider how they can encourage the participation of under-represented groups.


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Sports: Finance

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Big Lottery Fund has given to sport related activities in each of the last three years. [220511]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 21 July 2008]: The Big Lottery Fund has advised that the following awards have been made for physical education and sport related projects through the Big Lottery Fund's sport and physical activity programmes in each of the last three financial years:

£
Financial year Awards

2005-06

£357,753,130

2006-07

£266,503,102

2007-08

£143,604,930


Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £100 million funding for young people’s sport announced by the Prime Minister in 2007 has been (a) allocated and (b) spent to date; and on what such funds have been spent. [223568]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 15 September 2008]: All the funding announced by the Prime Minister has been allocated through the PE and Sport Strategy for Young People for the 2008-11 period.

Since April 2008, £11.7 million of the £12.9 million allocated to the DCSF and £3.9 million of the £14.5 million allocated to the DCMS for the 2008-09 financial year has been spent.

This funding is to support a range of programmes within the PE and Sport Strategy for Young People, including Sport Unlimited; Professional Coaches; FE Sport Coordinators; Competition Managers; Multi-Sport Disability Clubs; Intra-School Competition; and School Sport Partnerships.

Stress

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements his Department has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace. [222175]

Mr. Sutcliffe: DCMS is committed to the well-being of its employees. It has a number of procedures in place to reduce stress at work. A stress management framework, based on the Health and Safety Executive’s management standards is available to all employees and gives easy to use advice on the successful prevention, recognition and management of stress at work.

Strip Clubs

Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Licensing Act 2003 has been subject to a gender impact assessment, with particular reference to the licensing of lap dancing clubs. [212218]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: The Licensing Act 2003, which received Royal Assent in July 2003, and subsequent related legislation have all been subject to required impact assessments. This would have included elements of equality impact, although there has been no gender impact assessment specifically related to entertainment of an adult nature such as lap dancing and similar performances.

Supporting Excellence in the Arts

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the meetings of the Programme Board and Steering Group convened to discuss the details of implementing the recommendations of Sir Brian McMaster’s review, Supporting Excellence in the Arts. [223475]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 15 September 2008]: I will place a copy of the minutes in the Libraries of both Houses.

Swimming: Finance

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what central funding will be given to local authorities to meet the Government’s pledge of offering free swimming to the over 60s and under 16s; and what mechanism and methodology will be used to calculate the funding to each local authority. [222836]

Mr. Sutcliffe: £15 million per annum will be provided according to a formula based on the size of the local 60 or over population to those local authorities who choose to provide free swimming for this group. £25 million per annum will be available to provide free swimming for those aged 16 or under. Allocations will be determined subject to expressions of interest.

In addition, we are providing a total of £60 million for capital projects designed to modernise pool provision, which are integrated with free swimming.

Taxis

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency spent on taxis in the last financial year for which figures are available. [223029]

Margaret Hodge: All official travel is undertaken in accordance with rules set out in the Department’s Staff Guide under Travel and Subsistence and consistent with Civil Service Management Code.

The expenditure on taxis by the Department in financial year 2007-08 was £36,359.08. The figure represents expenditure on taxis provided by the Department’s contracted agent, black cabs and other taxis in London and elsewhere. In addition, some expenditure on black cabs and taxis is included in general travel and subsistence and cannot be separately identified except at disproportionate cost.

The Department’s agency, the Royal Parks, does not itemise expenditure on taxi separately on its accounting system and the cost of disaggregating this expenditure manually from the relevant travel claims would be disproportionate to the amount involved.


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