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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff there were in (a) his Department's predecessor in 1997 and (b) his Department on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: According to the published civil service statistics for 1997, the Department (then called the Department for National Heritage) had 1,004 full-time equivalent staff (44 industrial and 960 non industrial) and of these 666 were in executive agencies (at the time Historic Royal Palaces and the Royal Parks).
There have been some structural changes in the Department since then and the Department lost the Football Licensing Authority and Gambling Commission; and created the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) to oversee the whole Olympic programme in 2006.
The Royal Parks Executive Agency: 105
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff took paternity leave from his Department in each of the last five years; and what the average duration of such leave was in each such year. 
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Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what employee reward schemes are offered to staff of his Department; what the purpose of each scheme is; how many staff participate in each scheme; and what the cost of operating each scheme was in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport offers two such schemes: (a) special bonuses to reward outstanding contributions in particularly demanding tasks or situations, and (b) consistent with the general civil service principles of performance-related pay, to reward highly successful performance over a whole year. All permanent employees of the Department are eligible to receive either, subject to meeting the performance criteria. The costs of running this scheme for the past five years are set out as follows:
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Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many sick days were taken by staff of his Department in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse of such absences was in each such year. 
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John Mason: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many external training courses were attended by staff of his Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each course. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The number of external training courses attended by staff totals 180. The total cost of external training over the last 12 months was £216,274.91. The cost for each session is set out in the following table.
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