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Christmas

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. [237490]

Barbara Follett: The Department has spent the following in the last 12 months:

The Royal Parks Agency has spent the following in the last 12 months:

Departmental Marketing

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. [237457]

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.

Departmental Research

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects have been commissioned using his Department’s Joint Research Budget; and what the estimated total cost of each project is. [238030]

Andy Burnham: To date no projects have been commissioned.

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. [238149]

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.

Departmental Training

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department received media training during the last 12 months. [238034]

Andy Burnham: The information requested is as follows:


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Digital Switchover Help Scheme: East Midlands

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. [237905]

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.

European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects have been undertaken in England as part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. [237589]

Barbara Follett: Almost 100 projects have been undertaken as part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue in the UK with over 80 of these taking place in England.

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.

I am arranging for a copy of the full list of projects to be deposited in the Library of both Houses.

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council: Employment Agencies

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. [231344]

Andy Burnham: The Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has provided the information in the following table for spend on recruitment consultants.

Financial year Cost of recruitment agencies £

2003-04

(1)Not available

2004-05

(1)Not available

2005-06

119,949

2006-07

262,742

2007-08

167,127

Total

549,818

(1) The MLA has advised that the figures for 2003-04 and 2004-05 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The recruitment companies used were:


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National Lottery: Play

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 Children’s Play initiative has been (a) committed and (b) spent. [238362]

Barbara Follett: The Big Lottery Fund has now committed all funding under the Children’s Play Initiative. The Big Lottery Fund has provided the following committed and spent details:

£

Committed

Children’s Play Portfolio

123,093,923

Playful Ideas

12,076,642

Play Infrastructure

15,288,077

Paid to date

Children’s Play Portfolio

28,792,390

Playful Ideas

3,704,517

Play Infrastructure

7,609,205


Remembrance Day

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. [236849]

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 laid a wreath on behalf of the whole nation, including the Crown dependencies.


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A number of other wreaths were laid throughout the day.

Wreath layers


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