Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Keith Hill Keith Hill Labour, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Streatham constituency, the effects on Streatham constituency of changes to his Department's policies since 1997.

Photo of Siôn Simon Siôn Simon Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

My Department's aim is to improve the quality of life for everyone through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries. The impact of bodies and policies of my Department on the Streatham constituency since 1997 include:

£364,206 given from Arts Council England to organisations based in Streatham in 2008-09 through the Grants for the Arts programme.

Digital Switchover is due to take place in Streatham in 2012. By the time switchover is complete at the end of 2012, 98.5 per cent. of households nationwide will be able to receive digital TV-the same number that can currently receive analogue.

£4,990 of Exchequer investment to the Streatham constituency provided through Sport England between 2002-03 and 2009-10.

Over £18 million of national lottery grants made to applications from the Streatham constituency since 1997.

The Streatham constituency has also benefited from other policies and spending whose impact cannot be broken down by constituency. This includes:

£4 billion of Exchequer funding spent on culture.

More than £5.5 billion invested in sport by the Government and the national lottery since 1997.

Almost 1 million free swims taken in London in the first six months of the Free Swimming programme.

A 68 per cent. increase in national museum visits from 1998-99 to 2008-09-10 per cent. of which were by adults from lower socioeconomic groups.

£416.6 million in grants allocated by English Heritage since 1997.

48 per cent. of buildings on the original 1999 Buildings at Risk Register having their future secured.

90 per cent. of all pupils taking part in at least two hours of high quality PE or sport per week in 2008 from an estimated 25 per cent. in 2003-04-exceeding our target.

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