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Barbara Follett: Sport England and Arts Council England advise that their financial systems do not easily allow disaggregation of advertising from other recruitment costs. To undertake a manual search would incur disproportionate costs.
Barbara Follett [holding answer 30 October 2008]: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by my predecessor my right hon. Friend the Member for Barking (Margaret Hodge) on 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 830W.
Barbara Follett: VisitBritain inform us that they employ seven full-time equivalent members of staff on press and communications functions in the UK. 23 posts in overseas offices also have press or communications roles.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff work for VisitBritain; and how many staff are planned to work for VisitBritain in each of the next three years. 
Barbara Follett: [holding answer Thursday 30 October 2008]:VisitBritain employed an average of 403 staff during the last financial year. As it is currently undertaking a restructuring exercise it is difficult to provide figures in the requested manner, but VisitBritain inform us that staffing in the VisitBritain/VisitEngland's Thames Tower headquarters is expected to reduce by 40 per cent. from 228 to around 135, and staff posts in overseas offices are expected to be reduced by 25 per cent. from 194 to around 145. These predictions are likely to be affected by market forces and business needs during the three year period in question.
Barbara Follett: VisitBritain was created on 1 April 2003, formed by the merger of the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council. VisitBritain inform us that the average number of people they have employed is as follows:
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VisitBritain inform us that prior to 2003, the average number of people employed by the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council (from 1999-2003; and the English Tourist Board before that) were as follows:
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Figures provided by VisitBritain from Statutory accounts.
Barbara Follett: VisitBritain have provided the information in the following table. The headcount list includes permanent and contract staff. VisitBritain inform us that they do not hold information for the period since April 2007.
|Staff employed in VisitBritains overseas offices from April 2003 to April 2007|
|As at April each year|
|(1) Office moved from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in early 2007.|
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