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Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Lottery funding has been awarded to organisations in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. 
Barbara Follett: Full details of lottery funding for organisations in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997 can be found at the National Lottery Grants Database:
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has provided for the regeneration of seaside towns in each of the last three years; and what plans there are for such funding in the next funding round. 
Barbara Follett: My Departments contribution to the Governments work in support of the regeneration of seaside towns is through the £45 million (£15 million per annum over the next three years) Sea Change Programme. This has only been in place since 1 April 2008, but £29.3 million has been made available for regeneration of seaside towns through this initiative since then as set out in the table:
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Mr. McNulty [holding answer 26 March 2009]: Most benefits, including income-based jobseekers allowance, are managed through Annually Managed Expenditure (AME). AME is public expenditure for which multi-year spending limits are not seen as appropriate, and which is instead subject to regular review.
Available information on future jobseeker's allowance expenditure up to 2010-11 is shown in the table, taken from the forecasts published at the Pre-Budget Report in November. The figures will be updated after the Budget on 22 April 2009.
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John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training for employment officers his Department plans to provide to external providers of the Flexible New Deal; and what budget has been allocated for this training. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 11 March 2009]: The successful flexible new deal providers will be contracted to deliver their own service delivery model, involving support tailored to the needs of each individual.
As such employment officer status will be an integral part of contractors job roles and it will be the employers responsibility to provide and fund any necessary training. The same situation applies in current new deal contracts and employment zones.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Pensions Ombudsman requires relevant case evidence to be submitted before it may exercise its discretion not to investigate cases. 
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many hardship payment awards his Department has made (a) in each region and (b) at each payment level in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions asking how many hardship payment awards his Department has made (a) in each region and (b) at each payment level in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available and how many hardship payment awards his Department has made in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Jobcentre Plus has management information relating to Jobseekers Allowance hardship payments. However, this information is not available prior to July 2002. The information held does not distinguish between the payment levels. The available data is attached at Annex 1.
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