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Funding (Luton, South)

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what moneys have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which her Department has responsibility to the Luton, South constituency since 1997. [58583]

Dr. Howells: My Department and our sponsored bodies are responsible for supporting an enormous range of cultural and leisure activity and funding is available from a variety of sources.

(a) Moneys provided direct from the Department

Luton borough council have received the following awards from the DCMS Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge Fund:

£
1997–98264,248
1998–99120,000
Total384,248

(b) Moneys provided via sponsored bodies

According to the information supplied to us by the distributing bodies for the National Lottery awards database, there have been 85 National Lottery awards to Luton, South totalling £5,238,596 to 23 May 2002.

30 Millennium Award Winners have been identified from Luton, South and between them they have received grants totalling £49,987.

2 of three Luton Space for Sport and Arts (SSA) projects are in Luton, South:



English Heritage have awarded two grants to the Luton, South constituency since 1997:



National Lottery

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the administrative costs as a percentage of National Lottery income for each of the National Lottery distributing bodies in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. [59304]

Mr. Caborn: The following table shows estimated administration costs for each of the lottery distributing bodies for the year ended 31 March 2002 as a percentage of their total income from the National Lottery Distribution Fund. The figures have not been audited and may be subject to material adjustments prior to inclusion in the respective lottery distributor's final accounts.

Distributing bodyTotal income 2001–02 (£)Estimated administration costs (£)Percentage of total income
New Opportunities Fund479,770,40027,000,0005.62
Community Fund296,124,51824,000,0008.10
Sports Council (England)228,025,90121,750,0009.53
Arts Council of England207,764,72020,500,0009.86
Heritage Lottery Fund320,101,84617,824,0005.56
Millennium Commission123,760,54810,800,0008.72
Film Council(57)36,272,4695,600,00015.43
Scottish Arts Council23,451,4722,487,60510.60
Scottish Sports Council25,739,2781,805,2027.01
Arts Council of Wales15,153,1841,476,0009.74
UK Sports Council25,614,7401,406,0735.48
Sports Council for Wales14,171,443928,0006.54
Sports Council for Northern Ireland8,004,237558,3466.97
Arts Council of Northern Ireland9,208,707512,5305.56
Scottish Screen3,368,609236,0007.00

(57) The Film Council recouped some £4.7 million in 2001–02 giving it a total lottery income of some £41 million, meaning that administration costs were 13.66 per cent. of total income.


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Land Sales

Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the land that her Department is (a) offering for sale and (b) plans to offer in the next 12 months, giving its (i) location and (ii) size. [59055]

Dr. Howells: The Department for Culture, Median and Sport has no land available for sale at present nor in the next 12 months.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of ordinary written questions for her Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June 2001; and what proportion of questions for named day received a substantive answer on that day in each month since June 2001. [58990]

Dr. Howells: The information requested is shown in the table.

Percentage

Month tabledOrdinary written questions answered within a week of being tabledNamed day questions answered on the day specified
June 20017223
July 20014448
August 2001n/an/a
September 2001050
October 20015646
November 20017859
December 20013935
January 20025343
February 20024341
March 20024055
April 20026536

Correspondence

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many letters were received by each Minister in her Department in each month since June 1997. [59317]

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Dr. Howells: This information cannot be provided in the requested format without incurring disproportionate cost. However, the total number of letters received by DCMS Ministers in each month since June 1991 is:

MonthLetters received
June 19973,232
July 19972,227
August 19972,757
September 19972,592
October 19972,780
November 19973,396
December 19972,843
January 19983,265
February 19982,957
March 19983,097
April 19982,955
May 19981,884
June 19983,040
July 19982,696
August 19981,678
September 19982,078
October 19982,751
November 19981,850
December 19981,539
January 19991,840
February 19992,562
March 19992,742
April 19992,039
May 19991,567
June 19992,107
July 19992,228
August 19992,023
September 19991,808
October 19992,031
November 19992,320
December 19991,639
January 20001,575
February 20002,271
March 20002,004
April 20001,306
May 20001,584
June 20001,590
July 20001,481
August 20001,417
September 20001,366
October 20001,742
November 20001,549
December 2000977
January 20011,749
February 20011,624
March 20012,072
April 20012,031
May 20011,850
June 20011,246
July 20011,551
August 20011,543
September 20011,604
October 20011,946
November 20011,848
December 20011,284
January 20021,731
February 20021,459
March 20021,313
April 20021,426

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Gambling

David Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department undertook into the risk of an increase in problem gambling before it published "A Safe Bet for Success". [59809]

Mr. Caborn: The available research evidence was set out in the report of the Gambling Review Body (Cm 5256).

David Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings her Department held with groups working with problem gamblers before the publication of "A Safe Bet for Success". [59810]

Mr. Caborn: We held one meeting on problem gambling issues which was attended by 11 people who either represented bodies working with or researching problem gamblers or were themselves expert practitioners. We held a further meeting with GamCare.

Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultation her Department had with groups working with problem gamblers before the publication of "A Safe Bet for Success". [59722]

Mr. Caborn: We received and considered submissions on the report of the Gambling Review Body from 12 bodies working with or expressing concerns on behalf of problem gamblers, including GamCare, the Centre for Research into the social impact of gambling, the Methodist church and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department have taken to ensure that gambling deregulation does not lead to an increase in (a) problem gambling and (b) organised criminal activity. [59865]

Mr. Caborn: I refer my hon. Friend to the measures set out in paragraphs 10.22 and 10.23–10.27 of "A Safe Bet for Success" (Cm 5397), which deal respectively with crime and problem gambling. The proposed Gambling Commission will have greater powers than are currently available to the Gaming Board to vet the suitability of applicants for personal and operating licences; and it will also regulate bookmaking and other sectors of gambling which are currently outside the board's remit. We have emphasised to the gambling industry the importance of supporting the new charitable trust which will fund work to prevent and treat problem gambling; and the trust is this week inviting tenders for work to develop effective strategies for the delivery of research, education and support services.

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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Barnsley West and Penistone, of 13 May 2002, Official Report, column 411W, on gaming machines, when she will introduce legislation to implement the Government's decisions on the recommendations in the Budd report. [59755]

Mr. Caborn: We shall bring forward a Bill when parliamentary time allows. So far as decisions which do not require primary legislation are concerned, I refer the honourable Member to the reply I gave to the honourable Member for South Suffolk on 10 April 2002 [Official Report, Col 326–327W].


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