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In 2005, the Department allocated £1.8 million in strategic commissioning funding to the Arts Council for England for the development of youth theatre for the period 2005-08. The Young People's Participatory Theatre project received £1.58 million of this funding up to the end of 2007-08.
Culture Online, a DCMS programme, established in 2002 and ending in March 2007, received £13 million of funding from the Department for the strategic commissioning of a range of projects. Further details of this funding can be found in the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Barking (Margaret Hodge) to the hon. Member on 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2124W.
Andy Burnham: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him on 15 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1298-1300W by my hon. Friend the Minister of Sport about the material financial transactions recorded on our systems relating to rental income. The identification of additional transactions could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department can provide only partial information on the total expenditure as some transactions have been amalgamated into general travel and subsistence claims and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The figure provided is the total amount spent on individual government procurement cards for the last 12 months up to and including the end of September 2008.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which were the three most expensive appointments in relation to recruitment advertising in each of the last three years; and how much was spent in each case. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date. 
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which locations have been selected to host mixed media centres as set out in the cross-departmental report, New Talents for the New Economy. 
Barbara Follett: In Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy we outlined six venues that would be used as indicative case studies. They are Broadway, Nottingham; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool; Sheffield Media and Exhibition Centre, Sheffield; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and Watershed, Bristol.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Heritage Lottery Fund has received from the National Lottery Distribution Fund in each year since 2000 in 2007-08 prices. 
|Amounts drawn down by HLF from the NLDF (2007-08 prices)|
The Department continues to receive a number of letters from hon. Members and members of the public on general licensing issues. More specifically,
two recent consultations on minor variations and proposals to allow the removal of the requirement for a designated premises supervisor for village and other community halls, attracted 83 and 67 responses respectively.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department, (b) Sport England, (c) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (d) English Heritage and (e) Arts Council England contributed to the Living Places Partnership in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Information from the Living Places Partnership, is that DCMS, SE, MLA and EH contributed £20,000 in 2007-08, and ACE provided £82,254. In 2006-07, some Living Places partner organisations contributed in-kind through their time on developing the plans for Living Places. There were no formal partnership subscriptions for Living Places in 2005-06.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has had discussions on the possibility of introducing a UK-wide British Day; and if he will make a statement. 
The Prime Minister asked Lord Goldsmith to carry out a review of citizenship as part of the Governance of Britain programme. Lord Goldsmith reported to the Prime Minister in March 2008. Among his recommendations was considering the case for creating a national day focused on ideas about shared citizenship.
A number of Lord Goldsmiths recommendations merit further consideration across Government and will be taken into account in discussion and debate on policy development in these areas. However, there are no plans to introduce a national day at the present time.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government plans to take to develop new sporting talent to participate in the London 2012 Olympics. 
Andy Burnham [holding answer 9 October 2008]: The Government and UK Sport are providing significant exchequer and lottery funding to Olympic and Paralympic sports through the World Class Performance programme. This funding supports podium level athletes with medal winning capabilities at 2012, development level athletes with medal winning prospects at future Olympic and Paralympic games, and the identification of athletes who have the potential to become podium and development level athletes.
In addition, UK Sport, in partnership with the English Institute of Sport and Paralympics GB, has developed a number of specific talent identification and development programmes for 2012, including Pitch2Podium, for example, which aims to recruit released academy footballers onto fast track Olympic development programmes.
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