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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money was spent on advertising and promotional literature for her Department's initiatives, broken down by year since 1997. [183806]

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Mr. Caborn: The Department has not spent any money on promotional advertising in this period. The spend on departmental publications and events since 1997 broken down by year is as follows:
Amount (£)

(31) Provisional pending final annual accounts

Ancient Monument Damage

Mr. Flook: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate the Department has made of the number of scheduled ancient monuments that have been damaged by (a) illicit metal-detecting and (b) looting in each of the last five years. [184647]

Estelle Morris: The DCMS does not keep statistics of this nature centrally. However, English Heritage is in the process of designing a system that will compile and record this type of information.

Archaeological Thefts

Mr. Flook: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many prosecutions there have been for theft of artefacts from archaeological sites in each of the last five years. [184646]

Estelle Morris: This information is not currently available. English Heritage, however, is in the process of designing a data system that will compile and record these statistics centrally.

Departmental Administration Costs

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of printing her Department's headed notepaper in (a) 1997–98 and (b) the last year for which figures are available. [184373]

Mr. Caborn: A record of expenditure at this level of detail within the overall stationery budget for 1997–98 is no longer available. The expenditure on headed notepaper in 2003–04, the last full year for which information is available, was £3,500.

Departmental Annual Report

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many copies of her Department's annual report were printed in each year since 1997; how many were sold in each year; and what the (a) publication costs and (b) sales revenue were. [183877]

Mr. Caborn: The costs relating to DCMS annual reports since 1997 are set out in the table. Sales revenues are a matter for TSO and do not fall to the Department.

Design, typesetting and pdfs etc.n/a38,66446,14240,21245,14456,10545,52440,813
Print (buy back copies from TSO)n/a16,80025,00018,31024,64824,774(32)18,140(32)16,187
Number of copies soldn/a687592531576483700500
Number of copies printedn/a1,6001,6002,0002,0002,0001,5001,500

(32) DCMS was responsible for the print for the 2003 and 2004 annual reports as this was found to be a more cost effective option than using TSO.
(33) The costs for the 2002 annual report included the development of a new design template which the Department has followed for three years.

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Departmental Publications (Storage)

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many departmental publications are in storage; and where they are located. [183865]

Mr. Caborn: DCMS does not hold any publications in storage. Departmental policy is to print sufficient copies for the identified audience for each publication in order to be as cost effective as possible. Wherever possible we also refer people to the DCMS website where all publications are available free.

The retention and storage of any DCMS publications produced by TSO are a matter for the publisher.

Employment Tribunals

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many cases against her Department, the agencies for which it is responsible and its predecessor organisations have been brought to employment tribunals in each year since 1997 in relation to (a) equal pay, (b) sex discrimination, (c) race discrimination, (d) disability discrimination and (e) unfair dismissal; how many cost awards were made against (i) respondents and (ii) applicants; and how much has been spent (A) settling and (B) contesting claims. [181470]

Mr. Caborn: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Royal Parks Agency have had a total of eight claims issued against them since 1997. Three of these claims were withdrawn before the case was heard by an employment tribunal. There were no costs awarded against (i) respondents or (ii) applicants. Details of the nature of each claim are set out in the table. The total legal costs incurred by the Department and agency of contesting the claims were £166,714.13. Claims brought by one applicant were settled, but the amount of the settlement has been withheld under Exemption 4 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
Nature of claim
1997Unfair dismissal
1997Race discrimination
2000Sex discrimination
2000Race discrimination
2001Victimisation (contrary to the Race Relations Act)
2001Sex discrimination/victimisation
2002Sex discrimination
2002Victimisation (contrary to the Sex Discrimination Act)

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Government Art Collection

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the latest valuation of the Government's art collection. [184375]

Estelle Morris: It is not possible to give an accurate estimate of the value of the Government art collection, which has no current market valuation. The current monetary value of a work of art can be accurately assessed only at the time of purchase or sale or by professional valuation. In the former case, the collection is not actively traded; in the latter, it would not be justifiable expenditure of public funds to have the whole collection valued professionally.

Healthy Eating in Schools

Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list Lottery-funded projects which promote healthy eating in schools. [184447]

Estelle Morris: National Lottery funding has been made available through The School Fruit Pilot Programme to support the promotion of healthy eating in schools. This £42 million New Opportunities Fund programme has been rolled out to five regions. The aim of the programme is to help improve the diet of children and to reduce their risk of heart disease and cancer later in life.

Heritage Bodies

Ann Keen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with heritage organisations on their educational programmes and initiatives. [183435]

Estelle Morris: DCMS has been working on a range of different projects with various Heritage organisations in order to embed core policies at the heart of their activity to increase access and engagement, especially to children and young people, and to those who feel excluded from enjoying the historic environment.

English Heritage's (EH's) educational programmes and initiatives are included within its Funding Agreement with DCMS, which includes agreement to:

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EH has set up a new outreach team to engage audiences who have traditionally felt excluded from visiting the historic environment. This will include working with the Civic Trust to develop Heritage Open Days.

In August 2003 DCMS/DfES set up a Joint Advisory Committee on Built Environment Education (JACBEE) to improve the profile and use of the built environment as a learning resource for all. JACBEE will be making its recommendations to Ministers later this summer.

The Department has also supported the Attingham Trust's project to assess the provision of learning opportunities in the historic environment sector. The report titled Opening Doors: Learning in the Historic Environment was published in June and surveys education and interpretation in historic buildings and sites today in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

In partnership with DfES we have also been developing a new Museums and Galleries Strategy to unlock the full potential of museums and galleries to support education and learning. This process has involved discussion and consultation with the museums and galleries sector on the content and priorities for the strategy. The strategy is due to be published later this year.

On 25 March 2004 we hosted a World Heritage Site Education Conference at Kew Gardens to provide a forum for site managers and education officers at UK World Heritage Sites to share best practice and experiences. We are currently developing an action plan for an overall World Heritage Site Education programme.

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