Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department and (b) its agency have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in the last 12 months. 
(a) Christmas cards: £2,284 (including typesetting and print);
(b) Parties: £11,600 for Secretary of State Christmas Reception at The Royal Festival Hall and £1,637 journalists drinks reception;
(c) Decorations: £541Christmas trees for three sites plus decorations.
(a) Christmas cards: £2,526 (Christmas e-card, including design);
(b) Parties: zero spend;
(c) Decorations: zero spend.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department are responsible for branding activity; and what the cost of employing such staff was in 2007-08. 
Barbara Follett: Brand activity is spread across the Department's Corporate Communications team. The estimated time spent on brand activity was 0.75 full-time equivalent staff. The staff cost was £36,346 in 2007-08.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects have been commissioned using his Departments Joint Research Budget; and what the estimated total cost of each project is. 
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when his Department completed its strategic analysis of the first six months of its Joint Research Budget; and if he will place a copy of the report in the Library. 
Andy Burnham: No strategic analysis of the Joint Research Budget has been undertaken. The budget is a source of funding for the commissioning of strategic research to underpin the development of policy in culture and sport.
(a) 19 March 2008 and 7 October 2008.
(b) No other media training has been undertaken by other DCMS Ministers.
Mr. Skinner: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the percentage of households in the East Midlands that will qualify for assistance under the Digital Switchover Help Scheme. 
Andy Burnham: The Digital Switchover Help Scheme assesses the numbers of eligible households by ITV region, which in this case is the Central ITV region, and includes the West and East Midlands. The Digital Switchover Help Scheme advises that 1,030,000 households in the region are eligible to receive assistance from the scheme. Figures for the total number of households in the region, and therefore the percentage eligible, are unavailable.
Liverpool's project, Intercultural City, which forms part of Liverpool's Capital of Culture programme, was chosen by the European Commission as the representative UK national project for the year, and received funding from the Commission. This is a year long project throughout 2008.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council spent on recruitment consultants in each of the last five years; and which companies provided these services. 
|Cost of recruitment agencies £
|(1) The MLA has advised that the figures for 2003-04 and 2004-05 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Convent Garden Bureau
Ethnic Media Group
GWT Media Services
Inst of Field Archaeologists
Millennium Three Consultancy Ltd.
MJ Magazine Recruitments
MKH Advertising, Museum Ass
Odgers Ray & Berndston
Pearson Press Ltd.
People Management Services
Route Productino Ltd.
Tribal Resourcing Ltd.
Vee Tee Ay (Media Resources)
Workmates Consulting Hr Cons.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the funding available under the Big Lottery Fund Childrens Play initiative has been (a) committed and (b) spent. 
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday 2008; by whom they were laid; on whose behalf they were laid; and whether wreaths were laid directly or indirectly on behalf of (a) the Isle of Man, (b) Jersey, (c) Guernsey, (d) Alderney and (e) Sark. 
Barbara Follett [holding answer 18 November 2008]: A list of those who laid wreaths at the Cenotaph as part of the national ceremony of Remembrance 2008 on 9 November is as follows. This list is also available on the DCMS website at:
Her Majesty the Queen
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
HRH The Prince of Wales
HRH Prince William of Wales
HRH The Duke of York
HRH The Earl of Wessex
HRH The Princess Royal
HRH The Duke of Kent
The Prime Minister
The Leader of the Opposition
The Leader of the Liberal Democrats
The Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party
The Representative of Plaid Cymru (also on behalf of the Scottish National Party)
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Their Excellencies the High Commissioners, or their deputies, for:
Antigua and Barbuda
Commonwealth of Dominica
Papua New Guinea
St Christopher and Nevis
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, First Sea Lord
General Sir Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff
Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, Chief of the Air Staff