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National Lottery

Mr. Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to refuse consent to Camelot to offer a facility to make cash payments for utilities and other services through National Lottery terminals. [325863]

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

Royal Parks Agency: Finance

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 997W, Royal Parks Agency: finance, what revenue has been raised by the Royal Parks Agency in each Royal Park from (a) car park charges, (b) fixed penalty notices, (c) other fines and (d) other revenues in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009. [323897]

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Margaret Hodge: Revenue raised from parking charges, excess charge notices and other revenue during the 2008-09 financial year has been provided by The Royal Parks (TRP) in the following table:

Royal Park Car parking Excess charge notices( 1) Other revenue( 2)

Hyde Park




St. James's Park(3)




Kensington Gardens(3)




The Regent's Park




Greenwich Park




Richmond Park




Bushy Park








(1) The excess charge figure is also included in the car parking figure
(2) These figures exclude grants from agency-wide projects, which are managed centrally.
(3) Parking charges are not applicable at these parks because there is no public parking.

There is no charge at present for parking in Richmond or Bushy Parks. TRP does not receive revenue from fixed penalty notices or other fines, but receives revenue from catering and other concessions, from fees for events, permits and licences and from rents. The excess charge notices figure is included in the figures for car parking.

Television: Scotland

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultation was undertaken by his Department on the transfer of the Scottish Borders television region to the Scotland pilot scheme; when the transfer will take place; what (a) technical and (b) regulatory process will be required to effect the transfer; and if he will make a statement. [325457]

Mr. Bradshaw: As part of the announcement of the procurement process for the independently funded news consortia (IFNC) pilots the Government said they wanted to look at the option for a news service for the whole of Scotland subject to costs and technical feasibility.

The IFNC proposition is about an enhanced local news service that is relevant for audiences. The option of transferring the Scottish borders regional news service remains under review. No decisions have yet been made about whether or not a transfer will take place or the timing. If a decision is taken to transfer the news provision, then any necessary technical and regulatory processes will be addressed.

Tourism: Essex

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote tourism in South East Essex; and if he will make a statement. [324390]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information requested regarding the promotion of tourism in South East Essex is not held centrally. Responsibility for tourism in the regions was taken over by the regional development agencies (RDAs) in 2003.

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I have therefore asked the chief executive of the East of England Development Agency to write to the hon. Member directly. Copies of the response will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

In 2009-10, DCMS contributed £3.4 million to the RDA single budget, in respect of tourism support in the regions. This money is not actually ring-fenced for tourism, but is intended to support the broader tourism promotion investment of the RDAs, which totalled £60 million in 2009-10.

The overall level of public sector investment in tourism from local, regional and national sources is likely to significantly exceed £2 billion in the current spending review period-2008-09 to 2010-11 (including resources made available for skills development).

In partnership with the industry and the wider public sector, the DCMS has a clear and coherent policy framework for industry growth. This includes branding and marketing; skills development; driving up product quality through accommodation grading schemes; and promoting sustainability and accessibility.

In addition a number of other DCMS programmes contribute to tourism. DCMS sponsors "Sea Change", which has allocated £38 million to 32 seaside resorts, to support projects for cultural regeneration and the visitor economy. The "Renaissance in the Regions" programme is a ground-breaking initiative to transform England's regional museums. Renaissance has seen an investment of £242.8 million from 2002-09 and it is anticipated that nearly £300 million will have been invested by March 2011.

Letter from Deborah Cadman, dated 8 April 2010:

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