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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to prevent the Zimbabwean military increasing its arms capacity. 
Dr. Howells [holding answer 1 May 2008]: We believe that, against a backdrop of increasing tension and state-sponsored violence against civilians, it is quite the wrong time for any arms sales to Zimbabwe. We have therefore, with our EU partners, been actively promoting the need for states to refrain from such sales. We raised this issue at the UN Security Council on 29 April. Our embassy in Beijing has also raised our concerns with the Chinese Government. We hope all states will be able to agree to a moratorium on arms sales to Zimbabwe until a democratic Government is in place.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of conservation areas in England at the latest date for which figures are available. 
Margaret Hodge: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on 1 May, 2008, Official Report, column 663W, on conservation areas, by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Iain Wright).
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed in his Department in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The table shows the staff in post in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 1 April each year from 1997 to 2008.
|Staff in post|
Staff in post rose significantly between 1 April 2001 and 1 April 2002 reflecting machinery of government changes and a resulting transfer of staff from the Cabinet Office and Home Office.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department spent on wages and salaries in each of the last three years, broken down by departmental division. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Departments expenditure on wages and salaries, analysed by divisions, in financial years 2005-06 to 2007-08 is set out in the table. The figures relating to financial year 2007-08 are subject to finalisation of annual accounts.
During the three years shown, there have been numerous transfers of functions, projects and other pieces of work between divisions. For instance, in 2005-06, Information Systems was part of Human and Business Resources before becoming a division on its own right. It should not, therefore, be inferred that changes in the levels of expenditure necessarily represent shifts in resources to or from a particular function.
|Division||2005-06||2006-07||( 1) 2007-08|
|(i) (1)2007-08 figures subject to finalisation of annual accounts|
(ii) All figures include wages, salaries, overtime, special bonus payments and inward secondee costs.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the funding provided to his Department by each of its non-departmental public bodies for (a) his Departments joint research budget and (b) the Taking Part survey comes from (i) their departmental allocation and (ii) National Lottery income. 
Margaret Hodge: Funding provided to the Department by each of the participating non-departmental public bodies for (a) the Departments joint research budget and (b) the Taking Part survey is as follows:
|Body||(a) Joint Research Budget||(b) Taking Part Survey||Total|
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