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Dancing Schools

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his estimate is of the number of dancing schools in (a) London and (b) England and Wales; if he will break them down by styles of dance predominantly taught; what funding is available for ethnic minority schools of dancing; and what the level of public expenditure was on each variety of dance in each of the past five years. [151627]

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Mr. Alan Howarth: The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET), an independent body representing dance training providers, accredits courses at vocational dance training schools. CDET's membership includes 24 vocational dance schools in England: 13 in London, five more in the south-east, and six in the midlands or north-west. Ten of these focus on musical theatre (dance), six on ballet, four on contemporary dance, three on both musical theatre and ballet, and one on these three styles. In addition, the CDET is aware of at least 10 other schools in England which say they offer vocational training. Information on Welsh schools is a matter for the devolved Administration.

Funding for dance is provided through a range of public and private sources, at central Government and local levels. DCMS support for dance is undertaken by the Arts Council of England and the regional arts boards. The information is not readily available in the form requested, but the Arts Council has provided the following breakdown of grant in aid for specific dance causes, and headline figures for Arts Lottery expenditure on dance, as follows:

Grant in aid


Arts Council Lottery dance expenditure/awards total £133,074,167. It includes:

Sport England provides some support for ballroom and Latin dancing, and some physical movement related dance forms. Grant in aid provision totalled over £300,000 in the last five years, with Lottery awards of at least £420,000, although the overall figure is likely to be higher where dance has featured as part of broader Lottery applications.

Sites and Monuments Records (Internet)

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure local authorities maintain and develop comprehensive sites and monuments records and post them on the internet. [151865]

Mr. Alan Howarth: A recommendation that the Government should ensure that local authorities have access to comprehensive records of the historic environment and that such information should be widely available through the electronic media was included in English Heritage's recent report "Power of Place". The Government are considering all the recommendations made in that document and plan to issue a policy statement during the spring.

Football Supporters Trusts

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial and other

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resources the Government have provided for the establishment of football supporters trusts in England; to whom the Government provided such resources; and on what dates. [152071]

Kate Hoey [holding answer 5 March 2001]: Supporters Direct was established last year to offer advice to those wishing to form supporters trusts. Supporters Direct receives no funding from the Government. The Football Foundation has allocated funding of £250,000 to Supporters Direct for 2000-01, and funding arrangements for 2001-02 and subsequent years are under discussion.


Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published. [152103]

Janet Anderson: In common with all other Government Departments, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will submit details of timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers. The Green Ministers' report is published annually and will make specific reference to timber procurement.

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Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents. [152119]

Janet Anderson: To answer the parliamentary question would incur disproportionate cost. Departments do not yet have systems in place to provide the data on the proportion of certified timber purchased over the last six months. The interdepartmental working group on timber procurement is working to develop a common reporting template, which will form the basis for the future reporting on timber procurement.

Regional Arts Boards

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the administration costs as a percentage of total expenditure were of each of the regional arts boards in each of the last three years; and what the forecast figures are for the current year, including the underlying data, on which the calculations are based. [152620]

Mr. Chris Smith: The information requested is in the table:

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East England ArtsEast Midland Arts Board London Arts Northern Arts Board North West Arts Board Southern Arts Board South East Arts Board Arts Board South WestWest Midlands Arts Board Yorkshire Arts Board Average
Total administration and overheads1,172,567907,9991,788,8261,153,4091,346,020987,085837,9201,062,3461,163,1081,098,290--
Total expenditure5,672,0415,039,04314,864,1208,267,0169,667,5944,396,5633,386,6804,980,5926,468,1627,641,412--
Admin. and overheads as percentage of total expenditure2118121414222521181418
Total administration and overheads1,306,1921,022,9982,148,3601,191,1431,467,8661,152,5451,105,7941,076,8341,222,7271,232,622--
Total expenditure5,921,2445,168,31914,872,4387,891,79411,219,2654,503,9993,615,5205,238,1976,822,6597,774,146--
Admin. and overheads as percentage of total expenditure2220141513262821181619
Total administration and overheads1,356,8801,122,3041,967,7431,153,4091,548,1971,214,4851,133,4051,278,5641,277,3461,315,188--
Total expenditure5,639,7745,365,20314,811,1188,267,01610,078,2395,079,6503,761,8615,297,0397,000,9278,021,625--
Admin. and overheads as percentage of total expenditure2421131415243024181620
Total administration and overheads1,627,4481,674,6672,329,8401,304,9181,685,9401,447,1911,474,5301,843,8411,480,8361,464,843--
Total expenditure6,293,5727,006,54416,015,9169,405,89911,546,4415,819,4154,398,1276,183,1898,145,2668,814,294--
Admin. and overheads as percentage of total expenditure2624151415253430181722
Total administration and overheads2,028,8381,534,0753,214,9621,407,1152,071,8891,565,0381,642,9131,426,4841,637,7771,665,275--
Total expenditure9,690,1699,598,01931,498,33712,623,24018,643,25311,278,6927,210,1079,266,95113,766,02612,775,457--
Admin. and overheads as percentage of total expenditure2116101111142315121315

(21) Forecast


1. Total administration and overheads figure includes staffing costs, costs related to premises, office costs, travel and subsistence and company costs. It excludes everything which may be considered to be direct arts spend.


All figures are taken from RAB audited accounts, with the exception of 2000-01 which are taken from RAB business plans

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Television Audio-description Services

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the level of audio-description services available to blind people with television sets. [151849]

Janet Anderson: The Broadcasting Act 1996 sets a 10 per cent. target for audio description to be reached by the 10th anniversary of the start of the digital terrestrial television (DTT) service. The Independent Television Commission (ITC) has set an interim target for at least 2 per cent. of programmes on DTT to be audio described by the start of the second year of the service. The BBC's policy is to at least match these targets. I understand from the ITC that the 2 per cent. target has been met, except by those channels which have been granted special exemption.

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