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(b) Income received by DCMS in each year from the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund since it came into existence in 2005 is shown in the following table:
|Recovery of National Lottery Commission Grant-in-Aid||Recovery of DCMS costs|
|(1) The final allocation of costs between the NLDF and OLDF for 2007-08 is subject to completion of the audit of the fund accounts, which are expected to be published later in the year.|
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance he has issued to the National Lottery on the handling of funding bids from faith-based organisations; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: I have issued policy directions to all UK and England Lottery distributors, copies of which have been placed in the House Libraries. They direct each distributor on the persons to whom, the purposes for which and the conditions subject to which it distributes any money. They include no specific direction on the handling of funding bids from faith-based organisations.
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Government's policy is on the formation of a football team to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics. 
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 2008]: Any decision on whether a Great Britain football team participates at the London 2012 Olympic games is a matter for FIFA, the four Home Nations' Football Associations, and the British Olympic Association. Discussions between the various parties continue.
While we are proud of our individual traditions, the Government believe that a GB Olympic football team at the 2012 London Olympics could be very exciting for football fans and the general public.
The Government also believe this should not affect the rights of the four Home Nations to compete separately in international football tournamentsan important part of our footballing tradition.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government has taken to recognise the achievement of the Great Britain team in the 2008 Olympics. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: An Olympic reception was hosted by the Prime Minister at Lancaster House on 3 October to recognise the achievements of the Olympic athletes at Beijing 2008 and there is to be a similar reception for Paralympic athletes at the British Museum.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on children's play in each of the last three years; and how much he expects to spend on it in each of the next three years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: In each of the last three years my Department spent £500,000 on three contracts with national play organisations. These contracts ended in March of this year and following a tendering exercise we have awarded three new contracts relating to children's play, again totalling £500,000 in each of the next three years until March 2011.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions English Heritage has had with representatives of (a) the Baptist Church, (b) the Methodist Church and (c) the United Reformed Church on making funds available for the repair of listed buildings in their ownership. 
Barbara Follett: English Heritage has advised that it holds regular discussions with all faith groups and meets the main denominations, including the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, more formally through its Places of Worship Forum which sits four times a year. During the last nine months English Heritages Head of Places of Worship Policy has had individual meetings with representatives of all three denominations. During these meetings funding was discussed in relation to English Heritages Inspired! campaign. Denominations were also asked to encourage congregations to apply for Repair Grants for Places of Worship.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which boxing clubs received funds through Sport England in 2008. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England have advised that the following boxing clubs have received awards to date in 2008.
The McCrory Foundation (Glenn McCrory International School of Boxing): £59,810.
Exchequer Funding (Community Club Development Programme):
The National Smelting Company Amateur Boxing Club: £68,000.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated to support (a) sports for disabled people and (b) disabled athletes from (i) the National Lottery and (ii) his Department as grant-in-aid in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Funding in support of sports for disabled people, and for disabled athletes is provided by Sport England and UK Sport. Sport England and UK Sport have advised that detailed breakdowns of funding for individual athletes could be provided only at disproportionate cost, but they have provided figures for overall grants in each year since 1997 as follows:
|National lottery funding for disability sports since 1997|
|Financial year||Sport||Total (£)|
Exchequer funding for disability sports since 1997 is as follows:
|Financial year||Organisation||Total (£)|
|(1) No records|
|National governing body||Athletes personal award||National governing body||Total (£)|
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