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Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) the Heritage Lottery Fund and (b) English Heritage spent on recruitment consultants in each of the last five years; and which companies provided these services. 
|Financial year||Cost of recruitment agencies (£)|
The recruitment companies used were: Accountancy Additions Ltd., Accountancy Divisions Ltd., Adecco UK Ltd., Alexander Hughes UK Ltd., Alexander Lloyd Ltd., Allen and York Ltd., Alpha Personnel, Andersen Leigh Associates PLC, Aptus Personnel Ltd., Arts and Business, Beaver Employment Ltd., Brook St. Bureau, Capita Resourcing Ltd., Castle Employment Agency Ltd., Charity People Ltd., Charterhouse Recruitment Ltd., Covent Garden Bureau, Dovetail Human Resource Services, English Country Gardeners, ESP Recruitment, Gallery Resources Ltd., Hamlin Knight, Hays Accountancy Personnel, Hays Montrose, Hewitson Walker, HR Personnel Partnership, Hudson Global Resources Ltd., Hudson York Farrell, Huxley Associates Ltd., Inspired Selection Ltd., Judd Farris Ltd., Katy Carter, Michael Page International, MGM International Ltd., Office Angels, Office Team, Ortus HR, Oryx Executive Search Ltd., Outsource UK Ltd., Principle Partnership (UK) Ltd., Public Finance Management Ltd., Quest Search and Selection Ltd., RBH Recruitment Ltd., Reed Employment Plc, Reed Personnel Services Plc, Richmond Associates UK Ltd., Ritz Recruitment Ltd., Robert Half Finance and Accounting, Robert Walters Ltd., Rowan Charles Ltd., Senitor Associates Ltd., Strong Recruitment, Talisman, Talisman Marketing Solutions Ltd., The Job Partnership, TPP Newman Ltd., Travail Employment Group, Vanley Burke, VMA Search and Selection Ltd., Witton Recruitment, WP Recruitment Ltd.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press and communication officers are employed by (a) the National Lottery Commission and (b) the Gambling Commission. 
The National Lottery Commission currently employs three full time equivalent (FTE) staff within their communications team.
The Gambling Commission currently employs six FTE staff within their communications team.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people visited the national museums in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by his Department has (i) amended and (ii) enhanced existing powers of entry since May 1997. 
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support his Department provides to libraries to increase their popularity as places to read; what assistance is given to enable libraries to work with the private sector towards this goal; and if he will make a statement. 
In 2003 DCMS published Framework for the Future, the Government's 10-year public library strategy for England. This provided a broad vision to enable libraries to modernise through promoting reading and learning; enabling access to digital skills and services;
and encouraging community cohesion and civic values, as well as looking for the scope for capacity building. Framework for the Future has been underpinned by work funded through the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), including the training programme Leading Modern Public Libraries, and library service peer reviews.
In the context of Framework, on 9 October 2008 the Secretary of State announced that the DCMS would undertake a Library Service Modernisation Review to define the Government's vision for a modern, world-class public library service and set out some of the necessary steps to achieve this vision. This review, which is expected to report in the spring of 2009, aims to support local authorities in delivering modernised, responsive and appealing library services for their communities, and to improve performance and increase usage. The private sectorparticularly publishers and booksellersare playing an important part in this project, and library services are increasingly working with private sector partners to improve their services.
The BIG Lottery Fund £80 million Community Libraries Programme is an investment across England to improve community learning opportunities through libraries. Part of this is offering the types of opportunities that are essential to the promotion of reading activities. These include learning opportunities and activities to attract new library users such as reading groups, writing groups, language classes and family learning activities.
Libraries have played a central role in the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) funded National Year of Reading, for which DCMS provided valuable policy support. This has promoted a broad range of themed events and activities, and as part of a membership drive signing up over one million new library members since April 2008.
There are also a significant number of programmes funded by Departments, sponsored organisations and third sector partners which promote the increased use of public libraries. DCMS (through the MLA) and other Government Departments have provided funding for the Summer Reading Challenge, Book Ahead, Fulfilling their Potential, Vital Link and Families Love Libraries. In addition DCMS has given policy support to programmes funded directly by other Departments (namely DCSF) including Bookstart, Boys into Books and Booked Up.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the Government's initiative to assist regeneration in seaside towns, how much has been allocated to each town since the inception of the initiative. 
|Wave one large grants programme|
|Local Authority||Seaside Town/Resort||Grant Awarded|
|(1) Development grant|
(2) Feasibility grant
Barbara Follett: Throughout the Regional Cultural Consortiums, staff will occasionally work on communications at all levels, but there are no members of staff employed in this capacity on a full time basis. There is one communications officer employed in a part time role, and three other consortiums employ external consultants to deal with press and communications issues as needed.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much each regional cultural consortium spent on employing press and communications officers in each of the last five years. 
Barbara Follett: The figures in the table reflect how much each regional cultural consortium has spent on employing press and communications officers, including freelance and consultancy staff, in each of the last four years. There are no figures available for 2004-05.
|Regional cultural consortium||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09( 1)|
|(1) Expenditure to date.|
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