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Greater Manchester

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to the Manchester, Gorton constituency, the effects on that constituency of his Department's policies since 1997. (322132)

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 Manchester, Gorton constituency since 1997 include:

£316,615 given from Arts Council England to organisations based in Gorton in 2008-09 through the Grants for the Arts programme.

Digital Switchover has been completed in the Gorton region, and by 2012, 98.5 per cent. of households nationwide will be able to receive digital TV—the same number that can currently receive analogue.

£1,416,994 of Exchequer investment to the Gorton constituency provided through Sport England since 2002.

Over £20 million of national lottery grants made to applications from the constituency since 1995.

The Big Lottery Fund and its predecessor bodies have awarded £5,694,522 to projects located in the constituency since the 1996/97 financial year. This includes an award made in 2008-09 of £446,140 for an active project to redevelop Levenshulme. United Reformed Church into a multi-purpose community centre.

£117,483 of English Heritage grant offers to the Gorton constituency in 2008-09.

The Manchester, Gorton constituency has also benefitted 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.

Over 2 million free swims taken in the north-west region since the Free Swimming programme was introduced.

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.