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Chapter 20 of the comprehensive spending review (CSR) White Paper, published on 9 October 2007, announced total grant in aid (within the £9.325 billion) from Government of £1,559/£1,104/£1,050 million in 2008-09 to 2010-11. The distribution of the remaining Government contribution (within the £9.325 billion) for 2011-12 to 2013-14 will be confirmed in subsequent spending reviews. The balance of the funding requirement
will be met, as announced in March 2007, by contributions from the Mayor of London (GLA and LDA); and from the Lottery.
Details of progress across the Olympic programme, and sources of funding, can be found in the July 2009 Quarterly Economic Report on the games. The next Quarterly Economic Report on the games will be published later this month.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the land acquisition and disturbance compensation costs incurred by the London Development Agency on the Olympic Park. 
Tessa Jowell [holding answer 29 October 2009]: The latest London Development Agency (LDA) land commitments budget was discussed by the LDA Board on 16 September 2009. I am arranging for copies of the minutes of that meeting to be deposited in the House Libraries. The minutes can also be found on the LDA website:
http://www.lda.gov.uk/upload/pdf/Public_Item_02_1_ Olympic_Land_commitments_ and_revised_budget_2009_10.pdf
Margaret Hodge: In the three months to August 2009 (the latest period for which figures are available), there were 7.7 million visits to the UK, an increase of 3 per cent. when compared with the previous three months, and a decrease of 5 per cent. when compared with the three months to August 2008.
Expenditure by overseas visitors in the three months to August 2009 was £4.1 billion which increased by 1 per cent. when compared with the previous three months and increased by 2 per cent. when compared with the three months to August 2008.
The Government assessed the level and importance of regional news on television during the development of the Digital Britain White Paper published in June 2009, which was informed by Ofcom's second public broadcasting review and statement on short term regulatory decisions. The Government propose
to deliver independently funded news consortia on a pilot basis to start with to help secure the plurality of nations, local and regional news.
Margaret Hodge: We plan to publish the library report as a consultation document very soon. We are grateful for the work of the Library Review Project Board and the Advisory Council on Libraries, which provides a good foundation for further discussion of key issues and concerns. I now want to consult on these issues, with a view to publishing a response and proposals in the spring.
Mr. Bradshaw: I regularly receive representations on all aspects of the BBC, including the BBC Trust. I have already said that I have concerns about the Corporation's regulatory structure and I am clear that this must be a key issue for the next Charter review.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many page hits have been recorded by the (a) Arts Council England and (b) British Film Council website in each year since their creation. 
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(b) The UK Film Council have supplied the data below. They undertook a major re-development of their website with a new service provider which went live in January 2008. They have not kept statistics related to the former website and service provider prior to this date.
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Margaret Hodge: Government continue to provide strong financial support to the arts throughout the recession. We are investing nearly £450 million in the arts this year through Arts Council England. This represents a real-terms increase of 83 per cent. since 1997. This will rise to £463 million in 2010-11.
Arts Council England have made a swift and innovative response to the economic situation by introducing the sustain scheme. This is providing an additional £40 million to enable arts organisations to continue to provide high quality artistic programmes despite the current economic situation.
Margaret Hodge: The Government support awards for young people through the Arts Council and their Art Award scheme. This scheme enables young people aged 11 to 25 to develop their creative skills. 22,000 young people have gained an Art Award since the qualification began in 2005. The scheme is growing quickly in popularity with almost 13,000 awards gained in this calendar year.
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While there is currently no overall percentage figure on the number of households in the United Kingdom that have access to high speed broadband internet, approximately 12 million households have connection to fast broadband via Virgin Media's cable network. This covers approximately 50 per cent. of all UK households. BT announced its plans to invest £1.5 billion in a fibre-based super-fast broadband network. They plan to have the service available to one million households by March 2010 and the service should be available to around 40 per cent. of the UK's homes and businesses by 2012. They are currently rolling out super-fast
broadband to 10,000 homes in Ebbsfleet and have a 40Mbps service pilot scheme to 15,000 homes in Muswell Hill and Whitchurch.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on employing an independent consultant to review and report on the Correspondence Management Unit in his Department in September 2009. 
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on the UK City of Culture programme in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: In the last 12 months, my Department has spent £55,690 on the UK City of Culture programme. The programme is intended to encourage bidding cities to work within existing resources and budgets. DCMS funding has therefore been used to support bidding cities so to minimise their local expenditure. This money has been spent on paying expert assessors who work with bidding cities and on hosting events where cities can learn from the success of Liverpool as the European Capital of Culture.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what timetable he has set for a public consultation on exemptions from the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 for low risk live entertainment. 
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what official visits he has made to the European Capital of Culture in 2009; and at what cost to the public purse. 
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on its aims related to heritage (a) in cash terms, (b) in real terms and (c) as a percentage of its annual expenditure in each year since 1997. 
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|(1) Costs in 2008-09 prices. Calculated using GDP deflators|
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