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Mr Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport by how much and in what proportion the budget of the Arts Council is to be reduced in 2010-11; how much funding his Department allocated to the Arts Council in the last three financial years; and how much funding it will receive in 2010-11. 
Mr Vaizey: The overall budget for Arts Council England in 2010-11 has been reduced by £10 million (2%) to £459 million. Total budget figures which include all Exchequer funding but exclude lottery funding for this year and the previous three years are in the table:
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Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to send to the Editor of the Official Report for publication the text of each letter sent in response to questions for written answer from hon. Members on the work of the Arts Council. 
Mr Vaizey: The Department is currently reviewing how it answers written parliamentary questions about its non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs). However, we have no current plans to send to the Official Report for publication copies of previous substantive answers to questions from hon. Members on the work of the Arts Council. However, copies of the substantive answers have been placed in the House Libraries.
Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials from his Department attended the Ascot Festival 2010 in an official capacity. 
John Penrose: No Ministers or officials attended the Ascot Festival 2010.
Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the number of bingo clubs which have closed in each of the last five years. 
John Penrose: The Department does not hold this information. However, a range of statistics on the gambling industry, including the number of bingo clubs in operation, has been published annually by the Gambling Commission since 2005-06 and can be found at:
Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what (a) gifts and (b) corporate entertainment and hospitality (i) he, (ii) other Ministers and (iii) officials from his Department have received on each date since 11 May 2010. 
John Penrose: Gifts, corporate entertainment and hospitality received by Ministers in the Department since 11 May 2010 are shown in the table:
Wimbledon Championships, on invitation from All England Lawn Tennis Association
One-night stay, High Commissioner's Residence, South Africa.
Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
Dinner, courtesy of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Ticket to Ivor Novello Awards and Awards Lunch, courtesy of British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors
Ticket to Rambert at Sadler's Wells, courtesy of Sadler's Wells
Travel from London to the Founders Forum Symposium, Hampshire
Two-night stay, food and concert tickets at Aldeburgh Festival, courtesy of Britten Pears Foundation
Mr Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport by what proportion his Department's budget will be reduced in 2010-11. 
Mr Jeremy Hunt: As a consequence of the recent £6.2 billion budget reduction announced on 24 May 2010, my Department's overall DEL (Departmental Expenditure Limit) budget will be reduced by 4% (£88 million) in 2010-11.
Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport with reference to his Department's press notice of 17 June 2010, on its cost savings, whether the decision not to proceed with the projects referred to will have Barnett consequentials for Wales. 
Mr Jeremy Hunt: Of the projects that I decided not to proceed with, as announced in the press release of 17 June, the following have a Barnett consequential for Wales:
Stonehenge Visitor Centre
Find Your Talent
A Night Less Ordinary
Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what (a) individual officials of each grade and (b) sections of his Department are responsible for gambling and gambling licences. 
John Penrose: The Department is not responsible for gambling licences. The Gambling Commission and local authorities hold this responsibility.
Gambling and gaming policy forms part of the DCMS Leisure Sector Team. In total, eight of my officials are fully or partly responsible for gambling policy issues. These include one deputy director, one grade A (upper), two grade As, three grade Bs and one grade C.
Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has received recent representations from (a) local authorities and (b) the Local Government Association on gambling and gambling licences. 
John Penrose: According to our records, the Secretary of State has received no recent representations from local authorities or the Local Government Association on gambling and gambling licences.
Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what correspondence his Department has had with (a) the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and (b) the Department for Communities and Local Government on gambling licences and betting shops; 
(2) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Business, Innovation and Skills and (b) Communities and Local Government on gambling licences and betting shops since his appointment. 
John Penrose: The Secretary of State has held no discussions with his counterparts at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), or the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) on gambling licences or betting shops since his appointment.
Officials at the Department have previously held discussions with colleagues in CLG on the clustering of betting shops. They have not specifically been in correspondence with officials from BIS about betting shops, but are in regular contact on broad issues around gambling regulation.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons the Rwandan Flag was not included in the display of Commonwealth Flags on Horse Guards Parade on the occasion of the official birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. 
John Penrose: Rwanda joined the Commonwealth in November 2009. There are now 54 Commonwealth nations, and only 53 flagpole sockets on Horseguards road.
We have commissioned the necessary works, and the Rwandan flag will be flown at the next state occasion.
Mr Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether the implementation of proposals to build an extension to (a) Tate Modern and (b) the British Museum is to be funded (i) at the level and (ii) to the timetable set out on 16 October 2009. 
Mr Vaizey: The Government provided £28.707 million towards the extension to Tate Modern and £10.68 million towards the British Museum's World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre in the years 2008-10. I have taken no decisions to change the level at which these projects are funded or the timetable to which they should be completed. Decisions for future years will be a matter for the forthcoming spending review.
Mr Bradshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the administration costs were of each lottery funding distributor in the last three financial years. 
John Penrose: Lottery distributors' administration costs can be found in their annual reports and accounts but, for the convenience of the right hon. Member's researchers, are reproduced as follows. However, they are not recorded on a consistent basis making direct comparison between distributors difficult. Reducing these costs and ensuring more money gets to the good causes is a priority for the Government. The first step will be working with the lottery distributors over the coming months to develop a uniform and transparent measure of administrative costs.
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|(1 )Big Lottery Fund's 2006-07 accounts also include costs of delivering non-lottery programmes. This is the revised figure produced in the 2007-08 accounts that excludes non-lottery costs.|
(2) Not DCMS bodies
The latest annual accounts show the above figures (although they are not directly comparable).
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