(2) how many awards have been given as part of the Creative Pioneer Academy; and for what purposes these awards have been used;
(3) what the total cost was of the Creative Pioneer Academy in each of the last three years.
[holding answer 15 November 2007]: I have been asked to reply.
The Creative Pioneer Academy was a programme set up by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and responsibility for NESTA transferred to my Department in June 2007.
I have been advised by the chief executive of NESTA that the academy, which has now closed, was attended by 30 pioneers in 2004, 25 in 2005 and 30 in 2006. A total of 48 awards of up to £35,000 were awarded to enable the participants to put the knowledge acquired into practice and to implement their business plan. The total cost of the academy was £824,000 in 2004-05, £912,000 in 2005-06 and £757,000 in 2006-07.