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Culture, Media and Sport

Departmental Surveys

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on staff surveys in each of the last five years; and which company was contracted to conduct each such survey. [259679]

Mr. Sutcliffe: DCMS has spent the following on staff surveys in the last five years:

Survey Company Cost (£)

2005

Staff Opinion Survey

ORC

20,000

2007

Staff Opinion Survey

ORC

21,540

2008

Stress Audit

Clarion

2,056



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In addition, the Department undertakes limited scope follow-up pulse surveys on a quarterly basis to a representative sample of staff. These surveys are internally delivered, using an online survey tool resource.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 3 February 2009 on noise limits for musical performances. [261365]

Mr. Sutcliffe: A response has been sent to the hon. Member today 6 March 2009.

Stonehenge: Olympic Games 2012

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has for a temporary tourism facility at Stonehenge during the London 2012 Olympics. [260619]

Barbara Follett [holding answer 4 March 2009]: The Government have stated their commitment to delivering environmental improvements at Stonehenge, including new visitor centre facilities by 2012. To this end, the Stonehenge Project Board has recommended to Ministers a location for the new visitor centre, following a public consultation. I am currently considering the recommendation and an announcement will be made in due course.

Video Games: Classification

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what impact assessment his Department has undertaken of options for changes to the system of age classification for video games. [261467]

Barbara Follett: A preliminary impact assessment of the options for change was published with the video games classification consultation in August 2008. This can be viewed using the following link:

In the meantime work is being done to develop the evidence further on the impact of the various options. A final impact assessment will be published as soon as a decision has been made.

International Development

Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid has been provided by the Government to Bangladesh in each of the last five years; and how much is planned to be provided in 2009-10. [259932]

Mr. Michael Foster: Details on DFID’s bilateral expenditure and imputed share of multilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) are contained in
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the DFID publication “Statistics on International Development”. This publication is available from in the Library and online at

Relevant figures are produced in the following table.

DFID expenditure in Bangladesh, 2003-04 to 2007-08
£000

Total DFID Bilateral Programme DFID Imputed Multilateral Shares

2003-04

55,383

28,162

2004-05

127,904

22,538

2005-06

123,368

40,093

2006-07

109,313

45,435

2007-08

129,392

41,923


DFID’s future spending allocations were laid out in DFID’s annual report 2008, published in May 2008. A copy of this publication is available online at

and is also available in the Library. DFID has allocated £125 million for the Bangladesh programme in 2009-10.

Overseas Aid: Finance

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Government response to the International Development Committee’s report on HIV/AIDS and his Department’s new strategy, HC 235, what the Government’s imputed share of core contributions to multilateral organisations was in the last 12 months, broken down by recipient organisation. [260659]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department for International Development’s (DFID) imputed share of multilateral expenditure on health systems in 2007-08 are reproduced as follows.

DFID imputed share of multilateral ODA to the health sector, 2007-08
(£000)
Multilateral organisation Percentage of health spending (2007 values) Imputed DFID share of health spending (2007-08)

European Commission

3.7

32,000

World Bank (International Development Association)

6.2

30,662

African Development Fund

1.5

923

Asian Development Fund

2.8

790

UNAIDS

100.0

19,000

UNICEF

45.6

11,861

World Health Organisation

100.0

5,500

UN Population Fund

100.0

20,000

UNDP

3.2

1,983

General budget support provided through multilateral organisations(1)

26,875

Total

149,594

(1) 15 per cent. of general budget support is assumed to fund health systems.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's (a) funding contributions in the last 12 months and (b) planned funding contributions in the period up to 2015 to multilateral organisations will form part of the Government's £6 billion spending commitment on health systems strengthening. [260660]


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Mr. Michael Foster: In 2007-08 the Department for International Development's (DFID) multilateral contributions accounted for 20 per cent. of total spending on health systems. No formal projections for the remaining period to 2015 have been made. More information on DFID's overall funding of multilateral organisations to 2010-11 was laid out in DFID's annual report 2008. A copy of this publication is available in the Library or online at www.dfid.gov.uk. Future decisions on health systems funding will consider the most appropriate split between bilateral and multilateral channels to deliver the optimal development outcomes without compromising the overall spending commitment.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of its imputed share of core contributions to each multilateral organisation which it funds in each year up to 2015. [260662]

Mr. Michael Foster: No formal projections for the period up to 2015 have been made. More information on DFID's overall funding to multilateral organisations up to 2010-11 was laid out in DFID's annual report 2008. A copy of this publication is available from the Library or online at

St. Helena: Airports

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to make a final decision on the construction of an airport on St. Helena; and if he will make a statement. [260285]

Mr. Michael Foster: We are reviewing whether it is right to proceed with this project in the present difficult economic climate. We will announce the outcome of our considerations just as soon as we are able to.

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has undertaken into the (a) economic, (b) financial and (c) social consequences for St. Helena of a decision not to proceed with the construction of an airport on St. Helena; and what the nugatory costs to the public purse of such a decision would be. [260333]

Mr. Michael Foster: The 2005 Feasibility Study, which is in the public domain, examined the economic, financial and social consequences of both sea and air access.

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what private sector financial assistance has been offered to his Department to help fund the construction of an airport on St. Helena; and if he will make a statement. [260332]

Mr. Michael Foster: The St. Helena Leisure Corporation Ltd. (SHELCO) has written to the Department with ideas for private sector participation. I met representatives on 2 March for a discussion to clarify its proposition.

St. Helena

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department’s total budget allocation to St. Helena was in each of the last 10 years. [260213]


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Mr. Michael Foster: Details on DFID’s bilateral expenditure and imputed share of multilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) are contained in the DFID publication “Statistics on International Development”. This publication is available from in the Library and online at

Relevant figures are produced in the following table.

DFID expenditure in St. Helena and Dependencies, 1998-99 to 2007-08
£000

Total DFID Bilateral Programme DFID Imputed Multilateral Shares

1998-99

8,805

1999-2000

9,363

2000-01

10,116

2001-02

10,106

2002-03

9,555

7

2003-04

10,525

15

2004-05

14,481

2005-06

13,564

2006-07

15,692

1,298

2007-08

17,550

198


Duchy of Lancaster

Children: Employment

Ms Buck: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of children of school age who undertook part-time employment in each region in (a) 1990, (b) 2000 and (c) 2007. [259757]

Kevin Brennan: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated March 2009:


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