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Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average change in veterinary charges in abattoirs has been in each year since 2006-07. [291918]

Gillian Merron: The Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) is responsible for official controls in all approved fresh meat establishments in Great Britain to verify that Food Business Operators comply with hygiene and other legislation including animal welfare.

Total charges to abattoir operators (excluding cutting plants) for official controls carried out by the MHS were:

£ million







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Swine Flu

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the chemical composition is of the swine flu vaccine his Department is planning to issue to the NHS. [291494]

Gillian Merron: It is the manufacturer's responsibility to provide this information to the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) as part of licensing requirements.

For the licensed Glaxo Smith Kline vaccine named Pandemrix, the excipient list as listed at EMEA website is as follows:

After mixing, 1 dose (0.5 ml) contains:

AS03 adjuvant composed of squalene (10.69 milligrams), DL-a-tocopherol (11.86 milligrams) and polysorbate 80 (4.86 milligrams)

The suspension and emulsion, once mixed, form a multidose vaccine in a vial. The vaccine contains 5 micrograms thiomersal.

Suspension vial:

Emulsion vial:

Whole virion influenza vaccine, inactivated containing antigen of pandemic strain(1):

This is a muitidose container.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the availability of Tamiflu for dispensing on private prescriptions; and whether the increase in the NHS stockpile of Tamiflu affects this availability. [292902]

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Gillian Merron: The supply of Tamifiu has been kept under review since the pandemic was declared and only very limited amounts have been available in the supply chain to fulfil private prescriptions. Bulk purchases by the United Kingdom and other Governments globally have meant that, to date, stocks available for supply against private prescriptions have been very limited. However, this situation is being kept under review and we are in regular touch with the manufacturer.

Culture, Media and Sport

Archives: Internet

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure that the British Library and other institutions are able to build a digital archive which captures material published on the internet; and if he will make a statement. [293178]

Mr. Simon: We are currently considering the Legal Deposit Advisory Panel's recommendations on the "Collection and Preservation of UK Online Publications, free of charge and without access Restrictions". We are still awaiting recommendations from the Legal Deposit Advisory Panel on "E-journals and other commercial and protected online publications". Policy formulated in response to these recommendations will be published for public consultation. In the event that draft regulations result, they would be subject to affirmative resolution in both Houses.

Churches: Finance

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that grant-making bodies for which his Department has responsibility give preference to those places of worship which donated their bells as a contribution to munitions in the Second World War in awarding grants for the replacement of church bells. [292923]

Margaret Hodge: There are no plans to influence grant-giving policy in the way that is suggested. However, the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme makes grants equivalent to the VAT incurred in making repairs to places of worship that are listed buildings. Eligible works include repairs to bells, their ringing mechanisms and bell frames. Replacement of bells would only be considered under the scheme where they are damaged beyond economic repair. Another source of funding is the Heritage Lottery Fund that has awarded a total of £12,148,814 to 237 projects that have involved the repair, conservation and restoration of church bells and bell-frames throughout the UK.

Circuses: Licensing

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to his response to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee report on the Licensing Act 2003, if he will set a timetable for the introduction of portable licences for circuses; and if he will make a statement. [289355]

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Mr. Sutcliffe: As the Government's response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee suggested, we are currently looking at options for a portable licence for travelling entertainment such as circuses. Once we have developed these further, we will announce a timetable for progressing our proposals, including any necessary public consultation. In the meantime, I would be happy to meet the hon. Member to discuss how we can ensure that the views of circuses are fed into the development of these options.

Departmental Consultants

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to page 33 of his Department's Corporate Plan 2008, how many (a) policy and (b) expert advisers who are not special advisers are employed by his Department. [290810]

Mr. Sutcliffe: [holding answer 9 September 2009]: In addition to the 43 policy/senior advisers employed by DCMS the Department currently employs the equivalent of 1.3 (one at 0.8 and one at 0.5 hours) expert advisers on secondment from other organisations. 0.5 is shared with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Departmental Dismissal

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff have (a) been dismissed and (b) had their contract terminated by his Department in each of the last five years; what the reason for such action was in each case; and what the severance costs in relation to (i) dismissal and (ii) contract termination were in each such year. [290545]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information is as follows:

Number of dismissals Number of termination of contracts Estimated severance cost( 1 ) (£)





















(1 )The exact severance costs are held in Departmental offsite archives. Recalling this information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The information is obtained from the Department's central electronic database. Due to the lower number of dismissals, it is inappropriate for detailed reasons to be provided. The Data Protection Act 1998 requires these data to be treated on confidence.

Departmental Flexible Working

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what flexi-time arrangements were available to staff of his Department in each of the last five years; and how many staff participated in such arrangements in each such year. [290547]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Staff in DCMS are actively encouraged to work alternative working patterns, including part-time working, job-sharing and working from home. These are mainly arranged at local line management level and the Department does not hold comprehensive data
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centrally about the percentages of staff involved. DCMS have, recently, installed a new Human Resources Information System (Oracle), which will record this information.

Departmental Information and Communications Technology

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what IT systems have been in development for use within his Department in the last five years; what the reason for the development of each system was; how much has been spent on the development of each system; and which systems have been subsequently (a) implemented, (b) terminated prior to implementation and (c) terminated following implementation. [290542]

Mr. Sutcliffe: My Department has developed the following IT systems:

System Purpose Cost (£)


Electronic document and records management



The management of Freedom of Information cases and general correspondence


User Account Request

Provide electronic requests for IS services with approval workflows


Enterprise Search

Provide an integrated search across all DCMS internal data.



Staff Directory


Secure Sharepoint

To provide a method of collaborating securely with third parties such as NDPBs and delivery partners up to restricted level.



Information sharing for briefing and correspondence


All have been implemented except Secure Sharepoint which is in the final stages of development. None have been terminated.

This answer does not include systems that are procured as a service such as the accounting and HR services.

Departmental Logos

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reasons his Department has adopted a logo. [291500]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The DCMS logo is part of a wider visual identity that was adopted following the Department's name change in July 1997. The logo was refreshed in April 2006 in order to better explain the work of the Department to the public as well as improve the consistency and distinctiveness of DCMS communications.

Departmental Manpower

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the average length of employment of staff of his Department at each Civil Service payband. [290544]

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Mr. Sutcliffe: The table shows the average length of employment of DCMS staff at each civil service payband-time in grade at DCMS only, excluding previous departmental experience.

Grade Average length of employment/years
DCMS Civil service





Grade 6




















Grand total


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