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Department Branding

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department and its predecessors spent on branding the Department between 1997–98 and 2003–04, broken down by

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(a) consultancy fees, (b) design and orders for new stationery, (c) website design and (d) other material featuring new logos. [154076]

Mr. Caborn: The information is as follows:

1997–98

Branding the Department broken down by:

(a) Consultancy fees—The cost of producing a new visual identity for the Department was £26,000. This included all design costs, development of the logo and the layout of all internal and external documents and stationery.

(b) Design and orders for new stationery—The cost of £26,000 included the design and layout of new stationery. Before 1998–99 no record was kept of specific office supplies such as stationery.

(c) Website design—There were no costs incurred for website design during 1997–98.

(d) Other material featuring new logos—The DCMS identity appears on all DCMS external and internal publications and other publicity related items such as backdrops. The spend on publicity materials during 1997–98 was £338,761.

2003–04

Branding the Department broken down by:

(a) Consultancy fees—No moneys have been spent on consultants in relation to DCMS branding during 2003–04.

(b) Designs and orders for new stationery—There were no design costs for stationery during 2003–04. The cost of stationery items carrying the DCMS branding such as: letterhead paper, compliments slips, business cards, folders and various forms is £18,460 to date in this current financial year.

(c) Website design—There was no cost for implementing the DCMS identity on the website as the work was done in-house.

(d) Other materials featuring new logos—The DCMS identity appears on all DCMS external and internal publications and other publicity related items such as backdrops. The spend on publicity materials to date during this current financial year is £295,570.99.

National Lottery

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the largest amount of National Lottery money is that has been awarded to an organisation since its inception. [154292]

Estelle Morris: The organisation which has received the most Lottery money is the New Millennium Experience Company Ltd. It received five grants to a value of £628 million, of which £603 million was drawn upon.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many organisations in Southend, West who have applied for National Lottery funding have had their application turned down; and on what grounds these decisions were made. [154293]

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Estelle Morris: This Department has never collected comprehensive information on either the number or value of applications for Lottery grants received by the Distributing Bodies.

Decisions on Lottery grants are made at arm's length from Government and are matters for those organisations.

Picketts Lock

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money was spent on the Picketts Lock stadium in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. [154123]

Mr. Caborn: The only public money spent on the Pickett's Lock stadium was for a feasibility study conducted in 2000–01. Sport England have estimated that the study cost £1.5 million.

As a result of the study, it was decided that the cost of the proposed National Athletics Stadium could not be justified. However, Picketts Lock has successfully applied to become the London High Performance Centre for Athletics. Both primary school children and the local community will benefit from the centre.

Royal Parks Police

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether staff transfers will be covered by Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations when the Royal Parks Police is merged with the Metropolitan Police; [153309]

Mr. Caborn: Merger of the RPC with the MPS will not happen until the necessary primary legislation is in place. Until then, the RPC will continue to exist and will work alongside an MPS Operational Command Unit which will be in place from 1 April 2004. All those currently working in the RPC will be able to continue to

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do so, subject to continuing fitness and satisfactory performance, until the legislation to wind up the RPC comes into force.

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 ("TUPE") do not automatically apply to the merger, but we intend to ensure that, where appropriate, the transfer arrangements are consistent with the principles of TUPE.

The MPS has made clear its intention to offer jobs to all RPC staff when the RPC is wound up, subject to satisfaction of their eligibility criteria. The precise arrangements, including those for RPC staff who do not pass the MPS health screening process, those who are over 60 at the date of the merger, those who have previously retired from the MPS on grounds of their age and those occupying lodges in the Parks, are being finalised and will be addressed in a staff consultation which we expect to take place this month.

Train Travel

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last used a train in connection with her ministerial duties. [155164]

Tessa Jowell: I last travelled by train during the course of my official duties on 10 February 2004. I travelled to Bradford from Kings Cross in order to meet the members of Bradford City Council, and visit the National Film and Photographic Museum, the World Heritage Site at Saltaire and the Specialist Sports College in Menston.

All travel by Ministers in this Department is made in line with the guidance set out in Chapter 7 of the Ministerial Code and the accompanying guidance document Travel by Ministers, using the most efficient and cost-effective mode of transport and bearing in mind security considerations. We will continue to do so.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Bushmeat

Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make representations to the European Commission to implement the European Parliament's resolution on Petition 461/2000 concerning bushmeat. [153213]

Mr. Gareth Thomas: There is much in this resolution on Petition 461/2000 that the Government would wish to support. The Department for International Development works closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on bushmeat and livelihoods issues. Officials will be following up with the European Commission about the action they have taken and intend to take on this matter.

Commonwealth Development Corporation

Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the proposals in his

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Written Statement of 8 January 2004 on reorganisation of CDC will require parliamentary approval; and if he will make a statement. [153420]

Hilary Benn: The proposals described in my Statement of 8 January 2004 do not require parliamentary approval. Nevertheless, I intend to continue to keep Parliament fully informed about these changes as they are implemented.

Departmental Budget

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's total annual budget was in each year since 1997. [154264]

Hilary Benn: In line with changes to Government accounting systems, DFID moved from a cash based budget to a resource based budget in 2001–02. The figures for all years are as listed.

DFID Budget

Total (£ million)
Cash budget
1997–981,870
1998–991,999
1999–20002,217
2000–012,363
Resource Budget
2001–022,573
2002–033,024
2003–043,699
2004–053,809
2005–064,556


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