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Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of deduction of tax at source from the remuneration payable to self-employed contractors in the arts field who were previously regarded as freelancers; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has made no assessment of any impact of deduction of tax at source from the remuneration payable to self-employed contractors in the arts field who were previously regarded as freelancers.
Mr. Woodward: Government officials had discussions with the BBC Trust Unit about the European Commissions request for a review of BBC Jam. However, the decision to suspend the service was a matter for decision by the Trust.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the implications for the BBC Trusts public service broadcasting obligations of its decision to suspend its BBC Jam services; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: None. It is the responsibility of the Trust to determine, within the framework of the Charter and Agreement, how the BBCs obligations are best fulfilled. It is disappointing that the Jam service has been suspended but we understand the reasons for the Trusts decision.
Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the visitor numbers recorded for the British Library were for the latest year for which figures are available; and what change this represents from (a) the previous year and (b) each of the previous five years. 
|Number of visits to reading rooms( 1)|
|(1 )Comprising manual tickets issued to readers at St. Pancras; headcounts taken three times a day for the open access reading rooms at St. Pancras; daily counts of visitors to reading rooms at Boston Spa, Colindale and Philatelic Section.|
|Number of visits to on-site public access facilities( 1)|
|(1) Comprising number of visits to the exhibitions, auditorium events for the public and piazza events. 2005-06 Exhibition gallery visits adversely affected by terrorist activities in the vicinity.|
|Number of learners attending educational sessions( 1)|
|(1) Number of individual learners (schools/FE colleges) who have participated in a workshop, outreach visit or project activity.|
|Website visitors( 1)|
|(1) Best approximation of the use made of the BL website by individuals. Figures not available for 2001-02|
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what response she has made to the recent Ofcom report on the trend in levels of spending on domestically-originated television programming for UK children; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: None. The data on spending on domestically-originated programming for UK children represent one strand of the Ofcom review of children's television. I await the conclusion of the review with interest.
Colin Burgon: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action English Heritage is taking under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 to protect and enhance the Barwick in Elmet Earthworks. 
In July 2006, using its powers under Section 17 of the Act, English Heritage provided a grant for the site to be cleared of scrub and rubbish, for fencing to be erected, steps to be repaired and access improved. These works were completed satisfactorily. The site was also successful in attracting Heritage Lottery funding for a Local Heritage Initiative to, among other
things, increase access. A programme of community involvement is in development to supplement this and a Scheduled Monument Consent application is currently being considered for the installation of notice and information boards.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if her Department will take steps to include measures required to accommodate the effects of climate change on heritage sites and the historic environment in future heritage protection legislation. 
Mr. Woodward: We do not envisage that any future heritage protection legislation to enact the reforms proposed in the White Paper, Heritage Protection for the 21st Century, will include specific measures on climate change. However our proposals for reform will enable more flexible management arrangements for historic assets and allow for a wider range of historic assets to be protected. Both of these measures could be used to accommodate measures to address the effects of climate change.
DCMS is also looking to initiate a project in consultation with its NDPB's, including English Heritage, which will record and summarise their current activities to mitigate and support adaptation to climate changes and produce an estimate of the Department's and NDPB's carbon footprint.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will issue guidance to relevant organisations to which her Department provides funding on matters concerning the impact of climate change on heritage sites and the historic environment. 
Mr. Woodward: DCMS is currently scoping a project to address potential climate change impacts on all our sectors, including heritage sites and the historic environment. The findings from the project will help to shape any recommendations to the organisations to which DCMS provides funding. English Heritage, the Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment, is developing a website tool to help the public understand the implications of climate change for older buildings in private ownership, and is planning a major conference on climate change early next year.
Mr. Woodward: The White Paper, Heritage Protection for the 21st Century, published in March, set out our policy to develop an improved system of UK-wide marine heritage protection. We will be seeking parliamentary time for legislation to introduce these reforms. DCMS has also been closely involved with DEFRA throughout the development of proposals for a Marine Bill.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times her Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: Personal health records are confidential. 2 per cent. of people working in DCMS have declared a disability. DCMS is a very small Department so we are unable to provide specific information about epilepsy requested, on the grounds of confidentiality.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of her Departments special advisers were on (a) paid and (b) unpaid leave in order to assist with party political matters under section 22 (iii) of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers on 16 May 2007; and how many days leave each adviser was granted. 
Mr. Lammy: Special advisers involvement in party political matters is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, including section 22 (iii), and the guidance issued by the Cabinet Secretary in December 2006 and May 2007, copies of which are in the Libraries of the House.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what operating grants were allocated to each of the non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible in each of the last five years; and what change this represented in each case from the previous year. 
|Operating grant allocated to DCMS non-departmental public bodies|
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