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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the Answer of 1 November 2006, Official Report, column 421W, on playing fields, how many planning applications have been approved affecting sites which either were too small or of the wrong shape to accommodate a playing pitch as currently defined in each year since 2004-05. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has allocated to public libraries in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) England in each of the last five years. 
This information is not held centrally. However, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) publishes figures of total revenue expenditure and total revenue income for each library authority in its report Public Library Statisticsthe figures are provided per thousand population. When used with resident population statistics (also provided in the publication), the amount of core funding allocated by Hertfordshire county council to its public libraries
can be calculated. The House of Commons Library holds copies of the report, including the most recent edition which contains estimated figures for 2007-08 and actual data for 2006-07.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has policy responsibility for public libraries, but core funding for public libraries is paid to the 149 library authorities in England as part of the Local Government Finance Settlement, administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Local authorities net current expenditure on public libraries, as advised by DCLG, is set out in the following table.
|Net current expenditure: public libraries, England|
|Historic prices||Current prices( 1)|
|(1) Calculated using gross domestic product deflators 2007-08 supplied by Her Majestys Treasury.|
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which meetings (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) his officials have had with the Church Commissioners on alternative uses for places for worship in the last three years. 
Barbara Follett: The Secretary of State and his predecessor, the right hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (James Purnell), both met the Bishop of London to discuss access to funding to support alternative uses of places of worship.
The future of closed and closing Church of England church buildings, including alternative uses, is settled by the Church Buildings (Uses & Disposals) Committee of the Church Commissioners, on which the Secretary of State has a nominee. The Secretary of State's nominee meets regularly with Departmental officials.
Officials are regularly party to discussions with officials from the Commissioners and the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) on specific church buildings already redundant or approaching redundancy, which are being considered for alternative use or which might justify preservation in the interests of the nation by vesting in CCT.
Officials have attended all or part of annual tours in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 whereby the Church Commissioners have visited church buildings which, among others, are already in alternative use, or are redundant churches being considered for alternative uses.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Heritage Lottery Fund has provided for places of worship in each year since 1995, expressed in (a) cash terms and (b) 2008-09 prices. 
The information requested, provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is set out in the table.
The figures refer to funding to cathedrals, churches, chapels, and non-Christian places of worship.
|Award in cash terms||Award in 2007-08 prices( 1)|
|(1) 2008-09 prices are not yet available.|
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by the Royal Parks Agency on employing press and communications officers in each of the last five years. 
Barbara Follett: For information on the spend on press and communications officers by the Royal Parks in financial years 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Barking (Margaret Hodge) on 31 March 2008, Official Report, columns 540-41W.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on S4C in each year since 1997-98; and how many viewers it is estimated S4C had in each year. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the PE and school sport national professional development programme on the standard of swimming teaching in England. 
The PE and sport professional development programme is a key part of our national strategy for PE and sport and aims to raise standards of teaching and learning in the subject across the country. As part of the programme, over 11,000 swimming resources have been accessed by teachers since January 2005. In addition, around 9,000 teachers will have benefited from the Amateur Swimming Association's National Curriculum Swimming training course over the last five years.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his estimate is of the number of adults who participated in moderate intensity sport at least three times a week in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding (a) the National Lottery and (b) his Department has allocated to support (1) (i) individual athletes and (ii) athletics national governing bodies in each year since 1997; 
Barbara Follett: DCMS exchequer funding does not directly fund individual athletes, and exchequer funding for National Governing Bodies is channelled through UK Sport and Sport England. National lottery funding for individual athletes and National Governing Bodies is channelled primarily through UK Sport and Sport England.
UK Sport has advised that the following funding has been granted towards elite athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, gymnastics, hockey, rowing, sailing and tennis since 1997.1 have asked Sport England to write with details of the allocated funding in their areas of responsibility.
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