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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been successfully prosecuted as a result of the "name that tag" campaign; and how much reward money has been paid out as a result. 
Table 2e of the "Crime in England and Wales 20032004" Home Office Statistical Bulletin 10/04 shows that the proportion of people perceiving high
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levels of vandalism, graffiti and other deliberate damage to property in their local area has decreased from 35 per cent. according to the 200203 British Crime Survey, to 28 per cent. according to the 2003/04 BCS.
Ms Blears: Operation Scrap-It started in October 2003 and will run until March 2006. It entails building up the infrastructure (pound space, removal trucks, skills and knowledge) across all London boroughs to meet the agreed target that nuisance vehicles will be removed within 72 hours of reporting by October 2004. The rest of the country will then be able to learn from this good practice.
Ms Blears: Graffiti can lead to an area becoming more and more run-down, with a corresponding increase in crime and fear of crime. Untackled graffiti undermines faith in the services that authorities provide.
That is why Sections 4852 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 enable a local authority to serve a "graffiti removal notice" on the owners of street furniture, statutory undertakers and educational institutions whose property is defaced with graffiti. If the owner does not remove the graffiti in compliance with the notice, the local authority may do so and recover its costs.
In response to concerns about the regulatory impact of these powers, we are currently piloting the new powers in 12 areas of the country. The pilots began on 31 March 2004 and we will consider further roll-out once these are completed. The 12 authorities piloting these powers are:
Barnsley metropolitan borough council
Bristol city council
Cambridge city council
Dartford borough council
Doncaster metropolitan borough council
Epping Forest district council
Kirklees metropolitan borough council
London borough of Merton
London borough of Westminster
Northampton borough council
Southampton city council
Wansbeck district council (with Northumberland county council)
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents were reported to the police in which hatred of transsexual individuals is involved in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by police authority. 
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which art galleries, broken down by region, have received funding from arts councils in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available; and how much funding was granted in each case. 
Estelle Morris: Over 1,300 arts organisations receive funding from Arts Council England on an on-going basis. The Arts Council has a funding agreement with these organisations which is reviewed regularly to ensure the funds invested are meeting the terms of the agreement. Regular funding to arts organisations is paid out of grant-in-aid.
In total, 245 Visual Arts organisations receive core funding from Arts Council England. The full list is too long to be printed in Hansard, but copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. A breakdown of funding by region is provided in the following table. Regularly funded organisations are awarded funding towards core costs for the period mirroring the Treasury's spending review cycle. The most recent announcement of allocations to Regularly Funded Organisations was made in March 2003, and provides funding up to 200506.
|Region||200304 (£)||200405 (£)||200506 (£)||Total number of organisations|
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list for each year since 1997 the number of miles flown by each Minister in her Department on official departmental business. 
However, since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. The Government have also published on an annual basis the cost of all Ministers' visits overseas. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House. These report information reaching back to 199596. Information for 200304 is currently being assembled and will be published shortly. All ministerial and civil service travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers, and Civil Service Management Code, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.
The only parks for which the Department is responsible are the eight Royal Parks. Plans for their upkeep and refurbishment are set out in the Royal Parks Corporate Plan 200405, copies of which will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses shortly.
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Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the recruitment costs of (a) the chairman of the Film Council, (b) the chairman of Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries and (c) the chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment were; and what (i) the salary of each chairman and (ii) the combined salary cost of each chairman's staff was in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Estelle Morris: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for North-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Moss) on 21 July 2004, Official Report, columns 30304W. The chairs of the three bodies concerned do not have dedicated support staff.
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