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BBC: Internet

Mr. Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that the BBC’s proposals to launch ultra-local web services do not distort local media markets. [223589]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 15 September 2008]: This is a matter for the BBC Trust. As part of the Public Value Test considering the proposal, Ofcom will conduct a market impact assessment.

British Grand Prix

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the minutes of his meeting with Bernie Ecclestone on 18 March 2008 on the British Grand Prix. [222690]

Mr. Sutcliffe: My meeting with Bernie Ecclestone of 18 March on the British Grand Prix was informal and as such no minutes were taken.

Creative Partnerships: Manpower

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed by Arts Council England (a) nationally and (b) regionally on Creative Partnerships. [224166]

Margaret Hodge: The information requested has been provided by Arts Council England and is set out in the table.

Organisation 2007-08

Arts Council—National Office

29

East

8

East Midlands

15

London

13

North East

11

North West

14

South East

22

South West

10

West Midlands

10

Yorkshire

10

Grand Total

142


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Cultural Leadership Programme

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff are employed by the Cultural Leadership Programme; and how much the programme spent on staffing in each of the last three years. [221047]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 22 July 2008]: Five members of staff are currently employed by the Cultural Leadership Programme: a director; acting assistant director; project manager; project co-ordinator; and administrator.

The Cultural Leadership Programme has provided the following figures for the amount spent on staffing in each of the last three years:

£

2005-06

83,329

2006-07

127,550

2007-08

278,000


The increase in staffing costs reflects the development of the programme from a call for ideas and early scoping phase, through development of provision through partners, to offering a full programme of learning to leaders in the cultural and creative industries at all levels. Core staffing and administration costs represent only 4 per cent. of the total budget.

Departmental Air Travel

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether those staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies who are entitled to business class or first class air travel are permitted to (i) travel in a cheaper class to the destination and (ii) benefit in monetary terms or kind from the saving. [221959]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Those staff in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and our agency, the Royal Parks who are entitled to business or first air travel are (i) encouraged to travel in a cheaper class to the destination but (ii) they would not be able to benefit in monetary terms or kind from the saving.

Departmental Appeals

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions his Department has instructed the Treasury Solicitor to seek leave to appeal to the House of Lords from (a) the Court of Appeal and (b) the House of Lords itself in each of the last 10 years; and on how many occasions the application was rejected. [220819]

Margaret Hodge: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not hold the requested information centrally and it could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has been heard in two appeals before Appellate Committees of the House of Lords in the last 10 years. In 2001, in Regina v. Independent Television Commission, Ex Parte
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TV Danmark 1 Limited [2001] UKHL 42, the Secretary of State intervened to support a successful appeal brought by the Independent Television Commission. In 2007, in Regina (on the application of Animal Defenders International) v. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport [2008] UKHL 15, the Secretary of State successfully defended an appeal brought by Animal Defenders International.

Departmental Buildings

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department’s policy is on improving the energy efficiency of the buildings which it (a) rents and (b) owns; what changes there have been in the energy efficiency of such buildings in the last (i) five and (ii) 10 years; and whether his Department has adopted targets on energy efficiency improvements in the buildings it occupies over the next (A) five and (B) 10 years. [221094]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department is committed to improving its energy efficiency and to deliver on the targets set down in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate. These are to: increase energy efficiency by 15 per cent. by 2010 relative to 1999-2000 levels; and to increase energy efficiency per square metre by 30 per cent. by 2020, relative to 1999-2000 levels.

To deliver on these targets, the Department has developed a detailed energy action plan which has identified areas where energy efficiency improvements can be made. To date, significant improvements have been gained in the installation of energy efficient light fittings, new main capital plant and the replacement of gas boilers. Automatic meter readers have been installed in DCMS buildings to enable us to monitor consumption half hourly.

The Department is accredited to the Carbon Trust’s Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme.

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what account his Department takes of the level of energy efficiency of buildings before entering into agreements to (a) rent and (b) purchase those buildings. [221110]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department has not entered into any new agreements to rent or purchase buildings since 1999.

If the Department does enter into new agreements to rent or purchase buildings in future it will ensure this is undertaken with full reference to the Office of Government Commerce’s Common Minimum Standards for the Built Environment.

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the location is of each office occupied by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies which has been (i) newly occupied and (ii) refurbished in the last 24 months; and what the floor area in square metres is of each. [222027]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information requested is as follows:

(a) In the last 24 months the Department has refurbished its office at 2-4 Cockspur Street, London. Floor area: 6,157 square metres.


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(b) In the last 24 months The Royal Parks has refurbished The Magazine in Kensington Gardens. Floor area: 300 square metres.

No offices have been newly occupied in the last 24 months.

Departmental Databases

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what use (a) his Department and (b) its agencies make of (i) MOSAIC data and (ii) ACORN data. [221957]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Since its launch in 2005, the Department's Taking Part survey has included ACORN codes. These data have been used to examine variations in sporting and cultural participation.

This month the Department purchased the additional Financial ACORN and Health ACORN codes as well as MOSAIC codes. These have been merged with the Taking Part survey data and results will be published later this year.

In 2006 the Royal Parks agency used ACORN codes to examine variations in the profile of park users against the profile of residents living in close proximity to the park.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the five most serious disciplinary breaches in his Department were in the last 12 months; and what steps were taken in response to each breach. [223055]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There were no formal disciplinary breaches in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the last 12 months.

Departmental Homeworking

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Upper Bann of 28 February 2008, Official
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Report,
column 1830W, on departmental home working, if he will make it his policy to collate and maintain central records of home working by his Department's staff. [222538]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department is currently reviewing its flexible working policies and as part of that HR has set up a central database to record staff working patterns, including home working.

Departmental Information

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what types of data have been sold by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations in the last 12 months. [221960]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Neither the Department for Culture Media and Sport nor its agency (the Royal Parks) has sold any data under the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations in the last 12 months.

Departmental Official Residences

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what permanent residential accommodation is provided for use by civil servants in his Department; how many residential dwellings are provided; where they are located; and for what grade of civil servant they are provided. [221958]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department does not provide any permanent residential accommodation for use by civil servants.

Departmental Overtime

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of overtime payments paid to staff in his Department was in each of the last 12 months, broken down by pay grade. [221297]

Margaret Hodge: The cost of overtime paid to staff in each month between July 2007 and June 2008 by grade is shown in the table.

£

Grade A(U) Grade A Grade B Grade C Grade D Total

2007

July

2,005

8,370

11,978

8,049

4,063

34,465

August

864

7,749

14,084

4,870

2,835

30,402

September

1,106

2,359

4,816

2,140

236

10,657

October

7,667

8,104

8,401

2,047

26,220

November

28

7,531

11,553

7,469

2,447

29,028

December

279

12,647

7,228

6,214

1,865

28,232

2008

January

6,366

4,562

4,476

1,101

16,506

February

8,142

7,617

6,680

2,575

25,014

March

13,108

5,059

5,640

1,869

25,677

April

9,730

6,889

4,966

2,304

23,889

May

12,546

5,590

7,222

1,337

26,695

June

12,829

5,625

9,902

2,890

31,247


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