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(b) The breakdown by category of publication follows:

Category of publication Cost (£)

Reports

318,814.23

Leaflets

28,769.35

Consultations

18,772.73

Statutory reports and select committee responses

272,000.25


Departmental Sick Leave

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) the non-departmental
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bodies for which it has responsibility have taken sick days due to (i) stress and (ii) mental health and behavioural disorders in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of staff of each body this figure represented in each such year; and if he will make a statement. [216153]

Mr. Sutcliffe: As part of the Department's Diversity and Health and well-being policies, we have a range of initiatives and programmes in place to support staff and to manage stress, mental health and behavioural issues.

Furthermore, in order to raise awareness of stress and mental health issues we have implemented a range of initiatives and guidance for managers and staff to manage mental health problems in the workplace including an initiative to tackle the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

We regularly monitor sickness absence and reasons for absences as a means to tackle attendance issues and provide support to our staff. This support ranges from a 24 hour employee assistance programme, occupational health referral, rehabilitation programme for staff and reasonable adjustments to work or the working environment.

Our work-life balance and lifestyle programme supports our “stress at work” policy allowing staff to manage stress through achievement of effective work-life balance.

We have robust procedures in place to manage sickness absence within the Department and the policy includes guidance for staff on how to preserve and maintain their own and others’ mental well-being, this includes information on preventing and identifying stress.

The Department has completed a stress audit recently and the overall departmental analysis shows that there are no areas of high risk stress across the Department, and only three areas of medium risk. We are now in the process of drawing up an action plan to address the issues highlighted in the report. We will also be running a health event in November which will aim to raise awareness of health and well-being issues.

The Department's sick pay policy pays for sickness absence on full pay for up to six months in any period of 12 months absence—followed by half pay for sickness of up to a maximum of 12 months in any period of four years or less.

Table 1: Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Stress Mental and behavioural

Number of staff Proportion of staff( 1) (Percentage) Number of staff Proportion of staff( 1) (Percentage)

2003-04

7

1.4

6

1.2

2004-05

5

1.0

5

1.0

2005-06

8

1.6

5

1.0

2006-07

8

1.5

2

0.4

2007-08

6

1.2

2

0.4



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Table 2: The Royal Parks Agency
Stress Mental and behavioural

Number of staff Proportion of staff( 1) (Percentage) Number of staff Proportion of staff( 1) (Percentage)

2003-04

6

2.5

1

0.4

2004-05

11

6.8

8

4.9

2005-06

3

2.3

2

1.6

2006-07

3

3.0

2

2.0

2007-08

2

2.0

0

0.0

(1) Proportion of staff—this figure is based on average staff in post for each year.
Notes:
1. Table 1 shows the results for DCMS only. DCMS only holds sickness absence data dating back to 2003.
2. Table 2 shows the results for The Royal Parks Agency—DCMS's executive agency only. The Royal Parks Agency only holds sickness absence data dating back to 2003.

The information in relation to the non-departmental public bodies could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

Departmental Surveys

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of (a) his Department's most recent annual staff survey, (b) the staff perception of the Department's ability to manage change and (c) the staff perception of communications within the Department and with NDPBs; and if he will make a statement. [224773]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department held its last staff survey in June 2007. The results were analysed and presented to the Executive Committee in September 2007. The results showed that in both areas of change management and communication there is scope for improvement, and this has been reflected in the resulting action plan. We have also introduced a programme of regular pulse surveys to ensure that we continue to monitor progress against the action plan, including communications with our NDPBs.

Digital Switchover Help Scheme

Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with broadcasters on introducing talking menus as part of the digital switchover. [231653]

Andy Burnham: There have been no recent discussions with broadcasters about talking menus. However, a talking Electronic Programme guide is being developed by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and its industry partners. My Department is keeping this development under review and will consider the case for including the new equipment in the Digital Switchover Help Scheme at a suitable point in the future.

Football: Management

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many recommendations Lord Burns' review into the Football Association made; and how many of his recommendations have been implemented in the areas of (a) corporate governance and (b) transparency. [230851]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 27 October 2008]: Lord Burns' independent review, commissioned by the Football Association (FA), recommended a number of
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measures designed to reform their decision-making structure in order to make it a more modern, effective and representative governing body for football. His recommendations fell into five main areas: a reformed FA board headed by an independent chairman; a broader, more representative FA Council to act as the "parliament of football"; a new semi-autonomous regulation and compliance body; the creation of a Community Football Alliance to bridge the governing body functions for the professional and national sides of the game; and a funding formula to clearly set out the distribution of FA surpluses.

The recommendations were approved by the FA Council in October 2006 and by the AGM in May 2007. Since that time the new FA board has been introduced, with five representatives for each of the professional and national game, alongside the FA CEO and Lord Triesman as the FA's first independent chairman. In addition, the FA Council has expanded to incorporate greater representation for players, supporters, managers, referees, ethnic minorities, disability football, women's football and other areas of the game. The new Football Regulatory Authority acts as an oversight body for the FA's governance and regulation activities. The funding formula is also now in operation and measures have been putt in place to bridge the gap between the professional and national games.

As part of the monitoring process the FA will review the changes they have put in place at Council, Board and Football Regulatory Authority level by 2012.

Freeview Service: Hemel Hempstead

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the availability of Freeview in Hemel Hempstead; and if he will make a statement. [231895]

Andy Burnham: Most of Hemel Hempstead and its surrounding areas receive signals from the ‘Hemel Hempstead’ transmitter at Bedmond. This transmitter already broadcasts digital signals and digital terrestrial television (DTT) coverage and should be generally good. There is a small area in the centre of the town where terrain and tall buildings screen viewers from the main Hemel Hempstead transmitter. In that area, viewers receive signals from the much smaller ‘Hemel Hempstead Town’ relay transmitter. Hemel Hempstead Town only broadcasts four analogue services at present and therefore DTT reception will not be possible for viewers that rely on it.

When switchover occurs, Hemel Hempstead Town relay will be converted to broadcast digital services and the power of the digital services from the transmitter at Bedmond will also be increased. These two measures should improve the reception reliability of the digital services and extend their reach to match that of the analogue services they replace. Switchover is due to occur in the ITV London region in 2012.

Gaming Machines

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice the Gambling Commission has issued on the use of gambling terminals; and if he will make a statement. [231975]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: I understand that the Gambling Commission has not issued any formal advice on the use of gambling terminals.

Further details of the Gambling Commission’s research programme and published advice are available at:

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of whether betting shop gambling terminals comply with the Government's licensing policy objectives. [232166]

Mr. Sutcliffe: In July the Gambling Commission advised me of the results of an initial desk-based exercise which looked at international research on the risks associated with high stakes, high prize gaming machines.

The Commission does not consider there to be any research that establishes whether there is a causal link between high stake machines and problem gambling, though the existing research shows that such machines are particularly attractive to those at risk of problem gambling and those with a gambling problem.

The Commission is continuing its research on the impact of high-stake, high-prize gaming machines including category B2 machines formerly known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. The work programme includes qualitative research and quantitative analysis of existing data. It is also convening an international panel of experts to help develop the future research programme. The Commission will provide me with an update next summer.

Heritage Protection Bill

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to publish the draft Heritage Protection Bill. [231345]

Barbara Follett: The Government published the draft Heritage Protection Bill on 2 April 2008.

London 2012: Learning Disability

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with (a) other Government Departments and (b) non-governmental organisations on the provision of funding to elite athletes with learning disabilities to facilitate their participation in the London 2012 Olympics following the announcement by the International Paralympics Committee that such athletes will be eligible to compete. [230112]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 27 October 2008]: The Government welcome the joint statement by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and International Sports Federation for People with an Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID) on 13 September and notes that inclusion of athletes with an intellectual disability in future Paralympics will be considered by the IPC General Assembly in November 2009.

The Government are fully supportive of the efforts to see athletes with an intellectual disability competing once again in the Paralympics and the Minister for Sport and Minister for Disabled People have met previously
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with the President of the IPC and INAS-FID to discuss this issue and to encourage early resolution.

Since the joint statement there have been no discussions between my Department and other Government Departments or non-Government organisations regarding the provision of funding to these athletes to facilitate their participation in London 2012.

Powers of Entry

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many powers of entry have been (a) introduced and (b) abolished by his Department through legislation since 1997. [228160]

Barbara Follett: (a) Since 1997, my Department has introduced powers of entry in five different Acts. These are:

Act Section number(s) Number of powers

Communications Act 2003

366

1

Gambling Act 2005

306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315

10

Licensing Act 2003

59, 90, 96, 97, 108, 179, 180

7

London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006

22, 28, 31

3

Olympic Symbol etc Protection Act 1995 (as amended by the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006)

8A

1

Total

22


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