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Grants (London Boroughs)

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list (a) each category of grant and (b) the amount of each grant paid by his Department to each London borough in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000 and (iv) 2000-01; and what the projected figure is for 2001-02. [155431]

Mr. Chris Smith: Information about the various grants awarded by non-departmental public bodies such as the Arts Council of England, Sport England and English Heritage can be obtained from those bodies.

Information about grants awarded by the DCMS/ Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge Fund and the Designated Museums Challenge Fund are described in the following tables:

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DCMS/Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge Fund--awards to London library authorities

Local authority1997-981998-991999-20002000-01
Barking and Dagenham------60,000
Brent63,000----49,758 and (11)116,823
Camden----(11)109,233(11)160,739 and (11)116,823
City of London--------
Hammersmith and Fulham------(11)116,823
Haringey86,419----(11)160,739 and (11)66,649
Islington----(11)109,233(11)149,645 and (11)160,739 and (11)66,649
Kensington and Chelsea------(11)116,823
Merton------32,225 and (11)7,482
Richmond Upon Thames--------
Tower Hamlets------(11)160,739
Upper Norwood--------
Waltham Forest------(11)160,739

(11) The authority was a partner in a consortium of authorities which received the amount indicated. It is not possible to say what proportion of consortium awards benefited a particular partner authority

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We cannot give projected figures for 2001-02 as DCMS/Wolfson is a challenge fund and considers projects from across England on the basis of merit.

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Designated Museums Challenge Fund(12)

City of Westminster
Courtauld Gallery507575200
London Transport Museum52.59595.5243
Total City of Westminster102.5170170.5443
LB of Camden
University College London, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology62105119286
Jewish Museum508565200
Sir John Soane's Museum09582.5177.5
Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art08533.5118.5
Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons06049109
Total LB of Camden112430349891
LB of Lewisham
Horniman Museum10099.563.5263
City of London
Museum of London0131.5218.5350
LB of Greenwich
Royal Artillery Museum of Rotunda008989
LB of Southwark
Dulwich Picture Gallery528060192

(12) Allocations have been made to institutions in London between 1999-2000 and 2001-02 (the life of the fund)

(13) Rounded to the nearest £500


The figures reflect the Designated Museums Challenge Fund allocations made to museums and galleries in London in those years. These are not necessarily the figures drawn down by the institutions concerned in those years.

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Departmental Policies (Southwark)

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the London borough of Southwark, the effects on the London borough of Southwark of his Department's policies and actions since May 2 1997. [155981]

Mr. Chris Smith [holding answer 2 April 2001]: Since May 1997 my Department has introduced and developed a variety of initiatives which will impact on my right hon. Friend's constituency which promote our objectives of access, excellence, education, and creativity and employment. We have published our strategies to take this forward in "Tomorrow's Tourism" and "A Sporting Future for All", which was recently followed up by "The Government's Plan for Sport". We have tackled the issue of social inclusion taking forward the recommendations of Policy Action Team 10 on Arts and Sport and developing social inclusion policies across all our areas which is recognised within the most recent progress report "Building on PAT10."

We have given more support to the cultural and sporting infrastructure. The Spending Review 2000 secured a doubling of the budget for sport and the largest ever increase for the arts: an increase of 80 per cent. from £186 million in 1997-98 to £336 million in 2003-04. In taking forward our aim to develop the educational

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potential of culture and sport £40 million has been allocated to developing Creative Partnerships; we have established through lottery funding, the £30 million National Foundation for Youth Music; and secured an additional £130 million for primary schools sports and arts facilities through the Space for Sport and the Arts programme. With £120 million of central Government and Lottery funding we will be providing a school sports co-ordinator in one in four secondary schools to work with local primary and special schools to improve sporting provision and physical education for children in the most deprived areas. We have delivered free access to national museums for children and the over 60s and additional money will be provided to allow this to be extended to everyone in December 2001. We have commissioned a Task Force which is currently considering the issues facing non-national museums in the regions.

We have made improvements in the way the Lottery is spent to ensure a fairer distribution. The introduction of the New Opportunities Fund for spending on health, education and the environment has made a real difference to communities everywhere. For instance it has invested £120 million to support the People's Network, which will enable all 4,300 public libraries to offer free public internet access through UK online learning centres; and a further £50 million to stimulate development of content to support the Network.

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We have established the Greater London Authority and an elected Mayor for London. The Mayor now has responsibility for most aspects of culture in London and has appointed a Cultural Strategy Group to advise him and to draw up a cultural strategy for London.

We have published a Green Paper "Culture and Creativity: The Next Ten Years", setting out how individual creative talent can be given the support it needs from childhood to flourish; how artists and cultural institutions can be freed from bureaucratic controls; and how the freedom to explore and enjoy creativity and culture can be made available to all.

Through their commitment to public service broadcasting, the Government have helped to foster an environment in which a creative, commercially successful broadcasting industry provides a wide range of UK-made, high quality, original programmes catering for all viewers and listeners. We have ensured a secure funding base for the BBC and S4C, while giving them the freedom to develop commercial operations which complement and support their public service remit. We have made clear in the Communications White Paper that public service broadcasting will continue to have a key role to play in the digital future. The Government have introduced free television licences for people aged 75 or over from 1 November last year.

My Department sponsors the British Tourist Authority (BTA) which continues to promote Britain effectively as an attractive tourist destination for overseas visitors. The BTA's successful marketing activities are aimed at bringing benefits to all parts of the UK, including the London borough of Southwark.

In delivering these initiatives we aim to make cultural and sporting activities inclusive ones, boosting participation and improving the quality of life for all.

London borough of Southwark

According to the information supplied to us by the distributing bodies for the national lottery awards database, there have been 470 national lottery awards to the London borough of Southwark totalling £52,454,303.

158 Millennium Award Winners have been identified from the London borough of Southwark and between them they have received grants totalling £400,323.

Under the Space for Sport and Arts scheme, Southwark local education authority has been allocated up to £2.2 million towards providing improved facilities for sport and arts in primary schools which can also be used by the wider community.

English Heritage (EH) Grants awarded since 2 May 1997:

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The Dulwich Picture Gallery has received the following allocations from the DCMS sponsored Designated Museums Challenge Fund:


Additional DCMS resources are being allocated to its sponsored national museums and galleries to enable those that charge for admission currently to go free from 1 December 2001. This will include the Imperial War Museum's Lambeth Road Headquarters subject, as elsewhere, to the agreement of its Trustees.

Information on the number of beneficiaries of free television licences by borough is not available, but estimates based on the 1991 Census indicate that there were approximately 5,600 people aged 75 or over living in the North Southwark and Bermondsey constituency.

There are other initiatives in the wider area which may have an effect on the London borough of Southwark. These are:

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