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These figures are based on the Arts Council office responsible for monitoring each organisation; in practically all cases this is the region in which the organisation is based. However, this may not reflect the region where benefit is derived because of touring or travel to funded organisations and projects in a different region.
|Arts Council EnglandGrants for the Arts: spend per capita|
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members correspondence. The report for 2007 was published on 20 March 2008, Official Report, columns 71-74WS. Information for 2008 is currently being collated and will be published as soon as it is ready. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House.
We aim to respond to all letters from members of the public within 20 working days of receipt. Statistics on the percentage responded to within this target are available in our annual report. Information on average response times to letters from the public could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date. 
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Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which ICT projects his Department initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: In the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its agency the Royal Parks, staff working (a) in lunch breaks would be entitled to time off in lieu and those staff working (b) in evenings, and (c) at other times outside contracted hours, would either be paid overtime or receive time off in lieu.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Information relating to days off in lieu granted to staff in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions in the last 12 months Ministers in his Department have used their discretion to rule that a parliamentary question for written answer should be answered because it would be in the public interest to do so, even though to do so would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold of £700. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has not answered any questions where the cost of preparing the answer would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold as Ministers did not believe it to be in the public interest to answer such questions irrespective of cost.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Legacy Trust has raised since its establishment; and how much it has received from (a) trusts and foundations, (b) public funds, (c) lottery funds and (d) the private sector. 
The Legacy Trust UK was established with a £40 million endowment from the Millennium Commission, Big Lottery Fund, the Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to support a wide range of innovative cultural and sporting activities for all, which celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and leave a lasting legacy in
communities throughout the United Kingdom. Of this endowment, £29 million came from the Millennium Commission and Big Lottery Fund with the remaining £11 million from Arts Council England and DCMS.
Total identified from private sector: £2,527,000
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations his Department has received on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in each of the last three years. 
Barbara Follett: As stated in my response to the hon. Member for Bournemouth East on 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 604W, we have received representations from VisitBritain on behalf of small accommodation providers about the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and its impact on their establishments. We have also received a small amount of other correspondence from tourism establishments.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) buildings and (b) land are leased by Sport England; and what estimate has been made of the value of these assets. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Sport England have advised that they do not own any buildings or land. The Sports Council Trust Company (SCTC), of which Sport England is a member and controlling shareholder, underlease the following properties:
The SCTC is the Superior Landlord on the above premises which is underlet to The National Coaching Foundation (NCF) with an annual rent of £51,000. This current underlease is due to expire in April 2009 and SCTC are in negotiations to renew this lease for a further four years. The superior lease expires in 2018. Sport England does not receive any of the rental income derived from that premises and are not party to the lease agreement.
The SCTC rents out parts of Bisham Abbey including the Abbey, Sports Centre and external areas on the property to a total of 26 tenants which comprise of both sports club, associations
and individuals. The total annual rent derived from these leases is £272,586. Sport England does not receive any of the rental income derived from that premises and are not party to the lease agreements.
The Sports Council Trust Company (SCTC) rents out parts of Lilleshall to a total of four tenants which comprise of both sports clubs, associations and individuals. The total annual rent derived from these leases is £16,502. Sport England does not receive any of the rental income derived from that premises and are not party to the lease agreements.
Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will monitor the trends in the number of pay-and-play customers at sporting facilities during the economic downturn. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: My Department has no plans to directly monitor the number of pay and play customers at sporting facilities. However, from October 2008 Sport England's Active People survey has begun to monitor the impact of the economic downturn on sports participation more widely.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials from his Department have met representatives from (i) HM Treasury and (ii) UK Sport to discuss the £100 million of private sponsorship for elite athletes announced in the 2006 Budget; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The following dates have been identified where the Secretary of State met with UK Sport and the £100 million of private sponsorship for elite athletes was likely to have been discussed: 31 October 2006, 8 November 2006, 11 June 2007, 24 July 2007, 22 October 2007, 23 January 2008, 7 February 2008, 7 May 2008, 9 July 2008, 15 July 2008, 16 September 2008, 30 September 2008, 24 and 25 November 2008, 18 December 2008. I was also present at the meetings on 7 February 2008, 7 May 2008, 24 and 25 November 2008 and 18 December 2008.
DCMS officials have held discussions with UK Sport on the issue of the £100 million sponsorship on a regular basis. In addition, Ministers and officials have had a number of meetings on this issue at which HM Treasury has been represented.
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