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Playgrounds: Schools

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Zoneparcs are in operation; and how much funding for these projects has been (a) allocated and (b) spent. [239627]

Barbara Follett: The Youth Sport Trust advise that there are 425 Zoneparcs in operation, for which (a) £8,250,000 has been allocated and of this (b) all has now been spent.

Playing Fields

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. [239692]

Barbara Follett: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Public Libraries: Finance

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. [239348]

Barbara Follett: 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 Statistics”—the 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
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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
£000

Historic prices Current prices( 1)

2006-07

889,382

916,605

2005-06

865,161

915,660

2004-05

825,327

891,388

2003-04

796,169

883,278

2002-03

757,737

864,602

(1) Calculated using gross domestic product deflators 2007-08 supplied by Her Majesty’s Treasury.

Religious Buildings

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. [239589]

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.

Religious Buildings: Finance

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. [239380]

Barbara Follett: The information requested, provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is set out in the table.
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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)

1995-96

7,688,695

10,393,885

1996-97

27,974,963

36,469,280

1997-98

19,967,111

25,364,221

1998-99

25,616,366

31,862,660

1999-2000

21,553,597

26,292,370

2000-01

30,851,439

37,147,292

2001-02

28,845,563

33,974,592

2002-03

28,546,881

32,572,847

2003-04

48,817,073

54,158,148

2004-05

20,626,540

22,277,488

2005-06

21,676,818

22,941,877

2006-07

26,831,108

27,652,139

2007-08

41,901,444

41,901,444

(1) 2008-09 prices are not yet available.

Royal Parks Agency: Information Officers

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. [227204]

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.

For 2007-08, the figure as supplied by the Royal Parks, is £40,866.05

S4C

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. [238434]

Andy Burnham: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Schools: Swimming

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. [239287]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I have been asked to reply.

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.


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Sport England: Research

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff Sport England employs to carry out research. [239583]

Barbara Follett: Sport England have advised that they employ six members of staff to carry out research.

Sports

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. [239625]

Mr. Sutcliffe: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Sports: Finance

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; [239378]

(2) (i) individual badminton players and (ii) badminton national governing bodies in each year since 1997; [239389]

(3) (i) individual boxers and (ii) boxing national governing bodies in each year since 1997; [239388]


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(4) (i) individual canoeists and (ii) canoeing national governing bodies in each year since 1997; [239386]

(5) (i) individual gymnasts and (ii) gymnastics national governing bodies in each year since 1997; [239377]

(6) (i) individual sailors and (ii) sailing national governing bodies in each year since 1997; [239376]

(7) (i) individual tennis players and (ii) tennis national governing bodies in each year since 1997; [239375]

(8) (i) individual rowers and (ii) rowing national governing bodies in each year since 1997. [239462]

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.

(a) Lottery f unding

UK Sport has provided the following information on lottery funding for athletes personal awards since 1997:

APA 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Athletics

723,840

1,468,287

1,252,896

934,238

732,800

777,895

826,921

729,917

596,489

754,828

817,201

Badminton

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

276,670

438,345

Boxing

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

284,511

317,792.

Canoeing

356,167

534,252

516,217

412,871

352,902

315,534

279,610

280,170

287,682

324,091

303,821

Gymnastics

194,183

376,451

590,655

390,553

266,540

273,545

263,010

206,762

70,302

85,299

142,006

Hockey

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

369,239

Rowing

618,113

810,182

1,066,880

1,068,962

729,680

789,888

911,595

786,043

647,967

819,254

1,024,240

Sailing

308,120

449,589

719,940

562,620

381,488

511,982

492,558

414,492

516,193

686,684

687,190

Tennis

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0


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