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Lottery Grant (Gloucestershire)

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many lottery grant applications were made by organisations in Gloucestershire, broken down by parliamentary constituencies (a) since its inception and (b) since January 2001; [33305]

Mr. Caborn: Comprehensive information on applications for lottery grants is not centrally held at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Public Service Broadcasting

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information she has (a) received

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and (b) is seeking about the definition of public service broadcasting in (i) other EU states and (ii) other countries. [33317]

Dr. Howells: Officials in my Department are in regular contact with their opposite numbers in those states which are party to the Council of Europe's European convention on transfrontier television, as well as the other member states of the European Union. They also, from time to time, meet representatives from other countries to discuss issues which include public service broadcasting.


Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she (a) has made and (b) will make of the numbers of licence fee payers who are able to access BBC online at their place of residence. [33315]

Dr. Howells: I have made no such assessment and have no plans to do so. However, we know that an estimated 97.5 per cent. of households have television and therefore have or should have a television licence. Oftel's latest estimate, which was published on 29 January, is that 45 per cent. of households in the UK are now connected to the internet. All such homes will therefore be able to access BBC online.

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment she (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the (i) benefits and (ii) disadvantages to licence fee payers of (A) BBC Choice, (B) BBC Knowledge, (C) BBC Parliament, and (D) BBC News 24; [33312]

Dr. Howells: Any proposed new BBC public service requires approval by the holder of my office, who assesses it against criteria designed to ensure that the service is compatible with the BBC's primary public service role. A programme of reviews of such services against the approvals given, starting with BBC News 24, was announced by my predecessor as part of the licence fee settlement in February 2000. The terms of reference

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for the first review will be announced shortly. BBC Knowledge will be replaced soon by the new BBC4 service which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State approved in September 2001 and which will be reviewed in 2004. She is currently considering a further application for approval of a new BBC3 service which would replace BBC Choice.

BBC1 covers the BBC's online, interactive and text services. A review of BBC online will be undertaken as part of the programme of reviews to which I have already referred.

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will include methods other than the licence fee to fund the BBC as part of the process leading to a decision on the renewal of the BBC charter. [33316]

Dr. Howells: Yes.

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she (a) has made and (b) will make of the numbers of licence fee payers who are able to (i) receive and (ii) view (A) BBC Choice, (B) BBC Knowledge, (C) BBC Parliament, and (D) BBC News 24 at their place of residence. [33314]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 4 February 2002]: BBC digital services are broadcast free-to-view on digital terrestrial television, on digital satellite and are usually available on basic digital cable subscription packages. I provided information on digital television take up and on digital television coverage in my answer to the hon. Member for South Suffolk on 6 December 2001, Official Report, column 501W.

Lottery Funding

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the ventures in the Edinburgh, West constituency that have benefited from lottery money within the last 12 months. [32155]

Dr. Howells: There have been 25 lottery awards made to the Edinburgh, West constituency, amounting to £4,628,512.00 over the past 12 months. A list of these awards is set out in the following table.


Distributing body Recipient Project title Award dateAward amount
Community FundEdinburgh Volunteer Tutors OrganisationThis three-year project will provide one to one support for children (5–14 years) who are on the margins of school and community life, and whose behaviour or development is giving serious cause for concern.9 February 200197,139
Scottish Arts CouncilCarnegie Youth TheatreThis group provides a platform for young people to join and participate in youth theatre. The grant will be used to fund advertising, hire of theatre, scenery, costumes, sound system and orchestra.22 February 20014,900
Sport ScotlandCraigmount CougarsThis group provides young people with the opportunity to play American football both in friendly and competitive matches. The grant will be used to purchase helmets with face cages, shoulder pads, practice pants and lower pads.22 February 20013,675
Heritage Lottery FundNorth West HeritageThis group encourages awareness of local heritage to the local community by giving presentations, creating archives and researching local history. The grant will be used to purchase archive storage drawer, filing cabinets, tape recorders, transcriber and stationery.22 February 20011,379
Community FundPartners in AdvocacyThis project will expand the number of volunteers recruited and trained to advocate for people with learning disabilities and support them in self advocacy in Dundee, Glasgow and West Lothian, establish a new base in West Lothian and create strong publicity.23 March 2001247,505
Heritage Lottery FundScottish Wildlife TrustScottish Wildlife Trust Reserves27 March 20013,691,000
Community FundCorstorphine Village PlaygroupThis group provides pre-school education and play opportunities for children. The grant will allow the group to purchase chairs.5 April 2001760
Scottish Arts CouncilEdinburgh College of Piping TrustThis group provides opportunities for people to practice and perform piping. The grant will be used to purchase musical instruments including practice chanters, pipes, drum and maintenance supplies.5 April 20014,975
Community Fund17 Platoon Royal Scots ACFThis group provides growth and personal development opportunities for young people. The grant will be used to purchase equipment and fund training and publicity material. 8 June 20015,000
Community FundKids Around The WorldThis group provides opportunities for children to experience cultural diversity through summer educational programmes. The grant will be used to purchase equipment and materials and fund sessional workers, transport, entrance fees and venue hire. 8 June 20015,000
Community FundInvisible Disability GroupThis group provides social and recreational opportunities for young adults with invisible disabilities. The grant will be used to fund social activities, group work support, training and publicity.8 June 20015,000
Scottish Arts CouncilCommon Ground ArtsThis group provides opportunities for people of all ages to participate in a wide range of arts, working particularly with people with disabilities and mental illness. The grant will be used to purchase computer equipment, art materials and equipment and fund refurbishment of shop space and workshop space, publicity, administration and exhibition costs.8 June 20014,950
Scottish Arts CouncilEdinburgh Chinese Dance and Culture Youth GroupThis group provides opportunities for education, tuition and participation in chinese dance and arts. The grant will be used to fund venue hire, tutor's fees, transport, accommodation and costumes.8 June 20013,100
Scottish Arts CouncilThe Castle Concert OrchestraThis group provides opportunities for people to participate in orchestral music. The grant will be used to fund fees for musicians, conductor and soloist, material and equipment hire, music/score hire, venue hire, publicity, promotion and administration.8 June 20013,285
Heritage Lottery FundQueensferry History GroupThis group seeks to stimulate interest in local history and to research and record the history of the local area. The grant will be used to fund the production of a 'Guided Walk' booklet.8 June 20015,000
Community Fund134 Merchiston Scout GroupThis one year grant will fund the purchase of tents, cooking utensils, table and benches, navigation and orienteering equipment, emergency cards, ropes and stopwatches, a parachute and football strips. This project will enable the group to purchase new equipment to host a special 50th anniversary camp involving members and other community groups in a range of social and physical activities aimed at improving young peoples confidence and leadership skills. The new equipment will also allow greater diversity.6 July 20014,997
Community FundDrylaw/Telford Community AssociationThis project aims to develop the centre's volunteer programme, increase the level of community participation in the centre by extending the number of times the cafe operates weekly and increase the capacity of the organisation to support volunteers and three existing and three new groups in their group development to develop their ideas further and identify where they can find the resources to take these ideas forward.20 July 2001100,198
Community FundBlack Community Development ProjectThis project will support black and minority ethnic people in Greater Pilton, especially women, to overcome poverty, gain independent access to key resources (employment, training, services) and participate more fully in the community.20 July 2001152,141
Sport ScotlandBaseball ScotlandThis group promotes, develops and administers baseball in Scotland. The grant will be used to purchase team strips and caps, bats and balls for coaching clinics and to fund stadium rental, promotional costs, travel and accommodation for competitors.9 August 20015,000
Scottish Arts CouncilNorth Edinburgh ArtsTowards the cost of the Oyster project to provide opportunities for leisure and learning in the context of a festival6 September 200168,964
Scottish Arts CouncilAspects Art ProjectThis group enables people from the local area to participate in a public arts project in order to design and install art works in a new community building. The grant will be used to fund sessional art workers and professional fees.4 October 20015,000
Community Fund21st South Queensferry (City of Edinburgh) Scout GroupThe project aims to build a new scout hall on land leased from Edinburgh city council. This will give larger and more flexible accommodation as well as full disabled access.23 November 200170,000
Community FundRoyal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent InstitutionThis project will allow the organisation to employ additional welfare staff to assess increased applications for support from farmers and their families in Dumfries and Galloway who have been affected by the foot and mouth outbreak.23 November 2001130,765
Community FundHamari PechaanThis group seeks to promote the well being of young Asian women, providing information and advice and organising cultural and social activities. The grant will be used to purchase computer equipment, and to fund fees for sessional tutors and workshop facilitators, administration, volunteer expenses, cultural outings and transport.6 December 20015,000
Community FundRatho Community Centre AssociationThis group provides a varied programme of social and recreational activities in the local community centre. The grant will be used to purchase a bouncy castle and disco equipment.6 December 20013,779

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