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Northern Ireland Prison Service fuel expenditure

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Departmental Rail Travel

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance his Department issues on whether members of staff may claim for travel in first class carriages on trains if there are no seats in standard class. [268540]

Ann McKechin: Office guidance on rail travel requires staff to book tickets through a contracted travel agent. This is in order to ensure that the best value for money is achieved through taking full advantage of advance bookings and discounts for fixed time departures. Staff, who usually travel in standard class, would be permitted to upgrade to first class if no standard seats were available, at their manager's discretion. It would be for individual line managers to assess the relative cost of staff travelling first class against the importance and nature of the journey in relation to the Office's business.

All travel is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code.

Culture, Media and Sport


Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of (a) the gross annual revenue generated by bingo clubs and (b) the proportion of such revenue generated from (i) interval bingo and (ii) main stage bingo play in the latest period for which information is available. [272940]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department has not made any such estimates.

Cultural Heritage: Expenditure

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the World Collections programme since its inception; and on which activities. [272057]

Barbara Follett [holding answer 30 April 2009]: The World Collections programme has received funding of £1 million to date.

This funding has been distributed among the six partners in the programme—the British Museum, the British Library, Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. World Collections programme funding has been allocated to meet the aims and objectives of the programme, and has either funded projects delivered in challenging environments or has provided the initial money to develop strategic international partnerships.

It has contributed funding towards the following activity since it began on 1 April 2008.

Middle E ast :

World Ceramics at the Pera Museum, Istanbul

The fourth leg of a V and A touring exhibition of ceramic material ordinarily displayed in the permanent galleries at South Kensington (which are being refurbished).

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Museum Management seminar, Damascus

To coincide with the World Ceramics exhibition in Damascus, the World Collections programme partners held a four-day museum management seminar in Damascus with curators from Syria, Jordan and Palestine.

Middle Eastern Contemporary Art

A Tate-led research and relationship-building exercise between UK partners and artists and contemporary art institutions across the middle east. This exercise has included UK staff visits to the middle east (including to Kabul); a two-day seminar on the subject at Tate which involved artists, curators and museum professionals from a number of countries including Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Israel and the Gulf states; and seminars to bring together artists, curators and museum professionals in Sharjah and Dubai.

Digital photographic exhibition at the National Museum, Kabul

The World Collections programme (led by the British Library) is developing a sustainable exhibition of digital copies of photographic images held in the archives of the six partner institutions. A British Library curator will also write labels and an exhibition guide (all will be translated into Pashtu). The digital images will be printed and mounted in situ in Kabul to share skills, and digital copies of all images in the exhibition given to the National Museum, Kabul.

India :

Indian Life and Landscapes

A V and A-led touring exhibition to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) Mumbai and the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodphur. The World Collections programme also enabled the inclusion of a public programme, dual-language exhibition materials, and skills sharing and capacity building in exhibition display at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur.

Capacity building with the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

A V and A-led staff exchange to develop a partnership focused on joint exhibitions and conservation projects.

British Library in India

Digitisation of a selection of the India Office records held at the British Library, and a relationship-building visit to three cities in India to develop partnerships between the six organisations in the World Collections programme and Indian institutions.

Mewar Ramayana manuscript

Digitally reuniting the Mewar Ramayana manuscript which is held in four institutions—the British Library, CSMVS Mumbai, Baroda Museum and the Rajastan Oriental Institute.

Numismatic collections

Development of a series of internships for colleagues in academic institutions in south Asia to study the numismatic collections at the British Museum.

Natural History Museum and the National Natural History Museum, New Delhi

The World Collections programme is funding the initial development of a partnership between these two organisations.

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National Museums Kenya

A series of initiatives to develop a partnership with National Museums Kenya. This has included a joint project to enhance the cultural heritage storage facilities at the Nairobi Museum, enable staff exchanges between London and Nairobi, and develop a partnership between the Nairobi Museum and the Natural History Museum.

African Sound Archives

A joint project between the British Library and Kenyan National Archives to use the African heritage sound archives held at the British Library and, for the first time, use the audio-visual archives at the Kenyan National Archives. This project will make the archives available to public, provide new input into the British Library collection and assist in the development of the Nairobi-based collection.

National Museum, Addis Ababa

A British Museum-led programme to collaborate with the National Museum in Addis Ababa through the delivery of training in Addis Ababa on the subjects of gallery management, exhibition display and textile conservation.

Development of a partnership with the Institute of Ethiopian Studies

Funding a number of activities involving the British Museum, V and A, British Library and Institute of Ethiopian Studies to develop greater access to the UK-based Ethiopian collections for UK and Ethiopian audiences and the academic community. This has included staff exchanges and the provision of a digitised manuscript for the Institute of Ethiopian Studies.

Money in Africa

Developing links between numismatic collections in the UK and Africa through a number of activities including digitisation of the British Museum's East African coin collection and making this available to African institutions as research and display aids; a capacity building exercise to develop skills in mounting, display and cataloguing with museums in Axum and Addis Ababa; and assistance with training at the Iziko Museums in South Africa.

African Digital Plants Resources

RBG Kew is working to enhance collections-based digital resources relevant to African plant diversity in response to demands from stakeholders and specific feedback concerning existing resources. Main outputs will be a range of user friendly and attractive online ‘species pages’ for Africa, digitisation and analysis of African specimen information for selected species of conservation concern, and support for capacity building activities requested by African partners.

China :

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and China Seed Bank

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew worked in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to develop the China Seed Bank, which opened in Kunming in October 2008.

Natural History Museum and the Geological Museum of China, Beijing

The World Collections Programme is funding the initial development of a partnership between these two organisations.

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Internships with the International Dunhuang Project

A series of internships for colleagues from Indian and Chinese institutions to work with the International Dunhuang Project.

Multi-country projects :

International Training Programme

UK-based British Museum-led six-week training programme for 24 international curators, artists and museum professionals to work with specialist staff at the World Collections programme institutions and also develop skills in the basics of museum management. This project also involves Tyne and Wear Museums, Lincoln—The Collection, Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Glasgow Museums, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery and the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. The World Collections programme has provided funding for the 2008 and forthcoming 2009 training programmes.

Developing multi-lingual access to the collections :

The World Collections programme is providing funding to develop access to the collections in languages other than English.

Administration :

World Collections programme co-ordinator

The programme funds a part-time post, based at the British Museum, to co-ordinate and manage the programme.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what his most recent estimate is of his Department’s capital expenditure in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement; [271822]

(2) what his most recent estimate is of his Department’s resource expenditure in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [271823]

Andy Burnham: The data in table C11 of Budget 2009 give the Capital and Resource Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL) for Estimated Outturn for 2008-09 and Plans for 2009-10 and 2010-11 in £ billions as follows:

£ billion

Resource DEL Capital DEL

2008-09 Estimated outturn



2009-10 Plans



2010-11 Plans



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