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Departmental Manpower

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many permanent staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are classified as (i) staff without posts and (ii) part of a people action team. [233613]

Mr. Sutcliffe: In the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its agency the Royal Parks, there are no permanent staff who are (i) classified as staff without posts and (ii) part of a people action team.

Design: Apprentices

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to increase the uptake of apprenticeships in the design sector. [234031]

Barbara Follett: In our strategy document, “Creative Britain: New Talents for a New Economy”, we commit to encouraging employers to establish up to 5,000 apprenticeships in the creative industries by 2013. This includes employers in the design sector. Representatives from both Creative and Cultural Skills and the Design Council will sit on our official-level Apprenticeship Working Group. This will look at how to increase the number of apprenticeships in existing frameworks, whether there is demand for new frameworks and whether it is possible to convert existing employer-led training schemes into Government-supported apprenticeships.


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Digital Broadcasting

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on advertising the digital switchover. [233843]

Andy Burnham: The public information campaign for digital TV switchover is being handled by Digital UK, an independent, not-for-profit organisation, established by the broadcasting industry to lead the switchover programme.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Carmichael) on 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 324W.

Remembrance Day

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on Remembrance Day in each of the last 10 years. [233841]

Barbara Follett: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been responsible for co-ordinating arrangements for the national Remembrance Sunday ceremony since 2005. The costs of preparing for the day and the ceremony itself are met by a number of Departments and organisations. DCMS is responsible for funding the provision of some of the infrastructure of the day, and the amount spent by the Department each year is set out in the table.

£

2005

86,682.16

2006

89,974.11

2007

88,497.03


Sports: Disabled

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to fund elite athletes with a learning disability who are ineligible to receive funding from the National Lottery Sports Fund from other sources; and if he will make a statement. [230111]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 27 October 2008]: UK Sport is the Government body that funds elite athletes. Its funding is primarily focused on athletes eligible to compete at the Olympics and Paralympics. Funding is not currently provided to elite athletes with a learning disability as they not eligible for the Paralympics. Should athletes with a learning disability be re-introduced to Paralympic competition the provision of funding will be considered by UK Sport.

Sports: Finance

Mr. Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of mechanisms in place for the funding of the development of elite athletes. [233876]


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Andy Burnham: UK Sport have developed an investment strategy, which targets funding primarily at those sports and athletes likely to win medals. Additionally, UK Sport’s Mission 2012 mechanism is in place to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of that strategy and the investment made in each Olympic and Paralympic sport. The Minister for Sport and his officials regularly meet with UK Sport to review progress.

Sports: Hemel Hempstead

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has provided for (a) amateur sports clubs and (b) sport in schools in Hemel Hempstead since 1997. [233837]

Mr. Sutcliffe: My Department does not provide any direct funding of grassroots sport; funding is channelled through Sport England. Sport England have advised that they do not hold specific information about grants benefiting amateur sports clubs and sport in schools in Hemel Hempstead and the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, Sport England can identify the specific projects they have supported in Hemel Hempstead and Dacorum local authority. The total value of these awards is £6,000,764 (£5,975,104 Lottery funding and £25,660 Exchequer funding).

Of this total, some awards made specifically to amateur sports clubs and sport in schools. The value of these awards is £446,864 to £98,716 to amateur sports clubs and £348,148 to schools.

While only a limited number of awards have been identified as being made specifically to amateur sports clubs or schools sports projects, amateur sports clubs and school sport projects would have benefited significantly from other grants within the overall figures provided.

Swimming: Grants

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what forecast he has made of the take-up by local authorities of grants for free swimming for people aged (a) over 60 years and (b) under 16 years. [234968]

Andy Burnham: The closing date for local authorities to confirm their participation in all elements of the Free Swimming Programme has now passed. We are collating responses and I will be issuing a statement shortly.

Television Companies: Finance

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent in grants for each of the terrestrial television stations in each of the last 10 years. [233883]

Andy Burnham: This Department has only provided grants to S4C in the last 10 years. The following figures are the audited outturn figures.


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£ million

1998-99

75,127

1999-2000

75,127

2000-01

75,127

2001-02

76,817

2002-03

80,217

2003-04

85,217

2004-05

92,217

2005-06

92,217

2006-07

92,217

2007-08

92,817


Television: Licensing

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were prosecuted in each of the last five years for failing to purchase a television licence. [233704]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 6 November 2008]: The following data have been provided by the Ministry of Justice and derived from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. Data are given on the basis that these offences were the principal offence for which the persons were dealt with. Data for 2007 will be available at the end of November 2008.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts in England and Wales for offences relating to TV licence evasion

Number

2002

110,138

2003

93,754

2004

115,597

2005

139,052

2006

129,878


Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had on the television licence fee in the last seven days. [233890]

Andy Burnham: None.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Art Works

Mr. McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the contribution to the economy of the domestic art market; how many people are employed in the UK art market; what estimate he has made of the UK’s share of the (a) global and (b) European art markets; and what progress the (i) Government and (ii) European Commission has made on securing an international agreement on artists’ resale rights. [234192]

Mr. Lammy: The Government commissioned the Intellectual Property Institute to produce an independent report on the effect on the UK art market of the introduction of artist’s resale right. I refer my right hon. Friend to the written ministerial statement given by the then Minister of State for Science and Innovation on 2 April 2008, Official Report, columns 59-60WS.


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The UK Government continue to support the European Community and its member states’ proposal to the ‘World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights’ that it should consider artist’s resale right as part of its future work.

Dementia: Research

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1057W, on dementia: research, how much of the intended £30 million Medical Research Council (MRC) and Wellcome Trust funding into neurodegenerative diseases is to be funded by (a) the MRC and the Wellcome Trust and (b) by medical research charities; how much is to be spent in each year of the research programme; and how much is to be spent on research into each form of neurodegenerative disease. [234666]

Mr. Lammy: Of the £30 million to be made available for research into this neurodegenerative disease initiative, the Medical Research Council (one of the main agencies through which the Government support medical and clinical research) will provide £10 million and the Wellcome Trust (the UK's largest medical research charity) £20 million. Awards will be made jointly.

The type of proposals that are submitted will determine whether other medical research charities contribute and, if so, how much they will contribute.

The amounts to be spent in each year and the amounts to be spent on each form of neurodegenerative disease will depend on the proposals submitted. Research proposals in all areas of neurodegenerative disease will compete for the funding available. Awards will be made according to their scientific quality and importance to human health.

Departmental Information Officers

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on salaries for press and communications officers in (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its agencies in each of the last three years. [231340]

Mr. Simon: (a) The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was established in June 2007 and as a result we are only able to provide information from June 2007 to March 2008. The salary cost for employing press officers in the Department was £267,095.52 and the cost of employing communications officers was £659,021.77.

(b) and (c) For much of its business, the Department operates through a number of arms length bodies including 20 non-departmental public bodies and other agencies. It is the responsibility of each body to manage its staff and costs. Therefore the Department does not hold the information requested centrally and there would be a disproportionate cost to gather the information requested.


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Departmental Pensions

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes. [229531]

Mr. Simon: The information is set out in the following table.

Pension scheme Number of staff Proportion (percentage)

Classic

555

69

Premium and Classic Plus

200

25

NUVOS

33

4

Total

788

98


The numbers exclude 25 staff in Government Skills, who transferred to my Department from Cabinet Office, whose pension details are not currently available.

The Department does not hold details of individual numbers of staff in the Premium and Classic Plus schemes nor information on numbers of staff in each scheme in its two agencies. This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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