To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on changes to the lending policies of those banks recapitalised with public money in areas relevant to his responsibility. 
I have regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues on a range of current topics.
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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed by the BBC. 
The BBC annual report and accounts 2007-08 indicate that the average number of people employed was 24,331.
This is broken down as follows:
UK Public Service Broadcasting
BBC World Service and BBC Monitoring
BBC Orchestra and BBC Singers
Clothing: Greater London
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure (a) that London is a competitive centre for fashion and (b) those working in the industry are encouraged to continue to work in the UK. 
In February this year the Government published Creative BritainNew Talents for a New Economy, a strategy for the Creative Economy in the UK, which sets out in 26 commitments the Government's determination to move the creative industries from the margins to the mainstream of the UK economy. Fashion industry initiatives, both for London as a national and international fashion centre, and for those working in the industry in this country, are central to the strategy.
Creative Britain includes plans to tackle problems faced by the industry and to encourage and support its growth through education, access to technology and to business support, as well as a commitment to promote British fashion on the world stage.
For example, the strategy sets out plans to explore support for the British Fashion Council (BFC) to build on its strengths and become a central voice leading the fashion industry. We will work with the industry and with Skillfast UK, the Sector Skills Council for the fashion, textile and apparel industries, to create new apprenticeship opportunities as part of a new Creative Apprenticeships initiative. We will also help the London College of Fashion, the BFC, Skillfast and others to scope a project to develop a High-Fashion Hub for London; this project is intended to be a model for the fashion sector elsewhere in the country.
We will work with the Mayor of London to champion London Fashion Week and help it fight to retain its status as a focal event in the industry calendar amidst increasingly strong international competition.
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International Congress and Convention Association's rankings of countries and changes in those rankings over the last three years. 
London's position in the International Congress and Convention Association's (ICCA) rankings for 'number of meetings per city' has fallen over the past three years. However, the UK remained in the top four countries in the rankings of 'number of meetings held per country' over this same period. ICCA advises commentators not to interpret their statistics in isolation, as they only record events that take place regularly and rotate between at least three countries. These statistics do not take into account the corporate and inter-governmental sectors.
In partnership with the industry and the wider public sector, the DCMS has a clear and coherent policy framework for industry growth, including branding and marketing improvement led by VisitBritain.
The 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games presents the UK tourism industry with its greatest-ever opportunity. Early indications from eventBritain and Visit London are that much interest has been expressed in holding large international events and conventions in London in the period up to the games and beyond.
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on staff expenses in each of the last three years. 
The table sets out expenses incurred in respect of travel and subsistence, including minor incidental expenses to departmental officials.
All official travel is undertaken in accordance with rules set out in the Department's staff guide under Travel and Subsistence and is consistent with the Civil Service Management Code.
Total expenses £
Departmental Information Officers
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) work and (b) provide assistance for his Department. 
There are 13 full-time equivalent press officers working in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and they all provide assistance for the Department.
Departmental Public Expenditure
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse of his Department was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. 
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The total departmental spending (and therefore the cost to the public purse) of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in 2006-07 was £4,623,291,000.
The figures for 2007-08 are not due to be published until late 2008. The estimated outturn figure published in the 2008 DCMS annual report is £4,898,899,000.
For ease of reference the data can also be found on page 13 of the following link and page 52 of the annual report, under Total departmental spending: DCMS.
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on publishing in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) publication and (b) category of publication. 
The amount spent on publishing for each of the last three years was:
Spent on publishing (£)
(a) The breakdown by publication is as follows:
Cost (ex VAT) (£)
April 2005 to March 2006
Gambling Act 2005: What it means for Licensing Authorities
Listing CriteriaPublic Consultation
Hague Convention Consultation
Marine ConsultationAnalysis of responses
Treasure Annual Report
Human Remains Code of Practice
Open House Leaflet
Total Reward Leaflet
Sustainable Development Plan
DCMS Annual Report
Abolition of Slavery leaflet
Lottery Good Causes Consultation
Digital Housing Project (reprint)
Communicating with the over 65 years: Desk Research document
Digital Expert Group report document
The role of higher and further education in the Creative Industries full document
The role of higher and further education in the Creative Industries A4 summary
The role of higher and further education in the Creative Industries flyer
Market for Art: Government reply to 6th report CMS committee
Report on Theatre: Government response to CMS committee
Public Libraries: Government response to CMS select Committee,
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DCMS Resource Accounts
Export of objects of cultural interest
National Lottery Distribution fund
Government response to committee report on charter review
Spoliation Advisory Panel report
BBC White Paper
Broadcasting Cricket document
Spoliation Advisory Panel/4 drawings
Government response to Lords Select Committee on charter Review