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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the change in the annual cost to his Department of maintaining the empty public buildings owned by his Department as a result of the April 2008 changes to empty property rate relief. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department regularly listens to views from a wide range of stakeholders, including the public. A list of campaigns that have been formally or informally supported by the Department is not held in the manner requested.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what capital funding his Department has brought forward from its (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 budgets for use in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10; and to what ends this funding has been allocated. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the (a) production and printing and (b) other costs to his Department of producing its most recent (i) departmental annual report and (ii) autumn performance report. 
(i) Departmental annual report£26,600 for production and £6,736 for printing
(ii) Autumn performance report£1,694 for production and £661 for printing
2007: 54 per cent.
2008: 69 per cent.
Ian Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Departments budget for scientific advice and research is in 2008-09; for what purposes the equivalent budget for 2007-08 was used; and how many people employed in his Department have a science or engineering degree. 
Barbara Follett: The DCMS budget for scientific advice and research in 2008-09 is £1,000,000. The equivalent budget in 2007-08 was used to fund a variety of projects ranging from demand for culture, attitudes to the Olympic legacy to climate change impacts on our sectors and purchasing tourism statistics.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of measuring compliance with its targets under its public service agreements in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Data are drawn from a number of sources, none of which are collected solely for the purpose of measuring compliance. In a number of cases, the data sources are funded by other Departments or organisations.
Furthermore, the information used to measure the Departments PSA targets would be compiled regardless
of PSA reporting requirements, as they relate to key areas of departmental performance which we monitor on an ongoing basis.
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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, which are the most recently available figures.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the British Museum's monitoring of potential treasure finds on eBay; and if he will make a statement. 
Barbara Follett: No formal assessment has been made of the British Museum's monitoring of potential treasure finds on eBay. However, I welcome the fact that, since the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and the British Museum concluded an agreement with eBay in October 2006 to monitor the site for cases of unreported treasure, the number of instances of potential treasure identified for sale on the site by the British Museum has decreased.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions the Government has had with representatives of eBay to prevent antiquities being sold unlawfully through eBay; and if he will make a statement. 
Barbara Follett: The Government have not held any recent discussions with eBay on this issue. In October 2006 the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and the British Museum (BM) concluded an agreement with eBay for the BM to monitor the site for cases of unreported treasure. The British Museum has continued to do so since that date.
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Government have not given any recent consideration to any specific change in the regulatory powers of the Gambling Commission. However, the regulatory framework is kept under regular review to ensure that the Commission has the necessary powers to regulate gambling in Great Britain effectively.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 974W, on departmental bank services, what the monetary value is of the contract between his Department and Goldman Sachs. 
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The totals show all revenue from gambling machines in LBOs. This revenue is not limited to that derived from category B2 gambling machine play, but includes other types of gambling machines/play previously and currently utilised in LBOs.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Permanent Secretary of his Department has authorised expenditure on travel costs for the parliamentary assistant to the Minister for the East of England in accordance with the circumstances envisaged in the Cabinet Secretary's letter to Permanent Secretaries of 2 December 2008. 
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations his Department has received on the effect of radio licensing fees on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. 
I understand that the RNLI pays fees for the radio channels it uses in its own right on the same basis as other maritime users such as ports and marinas but, as a charity, the RNLI receives a 50 per cent. discount. Under proposals of the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the RNLI and other charities will continue to benefit from the 50 per cent. discount. It will also be possible under the proposals for large, geographically spread users to save costs by getting a volume discount, and taking out UK-wide licences. Since the initial
consultation opened, Ofcom clarified that the proposals they were consulting on would actually see the level of fees that the RNLI pays, halved.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer given on 22 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1584-5W, on St. George's Day (1) what recent representations he has received on the promotion of St. George's Day; and which (a) groups and (b) individuals submitted such representations; 
As I stated in my response of 22 January to the hon. Member, it is possible that further correspondence could mention St. George's Day as a secondary issue, but this correspondence could be identified only at disproportionate cost.
Andy Burnham: This is a matter for the BBC and my Department does not hold this information. We normally estimate this on a constituency basis, but this would not be appropriate to answer this question. I have, therefore, asked the BBCs head of revenue management to consider the question raised by the hon. Member and to write to him direct.
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