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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of each public consultation held by his Department in the last three years. (203006)

The Department spent £38,270 on consultation exercises in financial year 2005-06. These were:

The 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols of 1954 and 1999;

The BBC Charter Review Green Paper - A strong BBC, independent of government;

Consultation Paper on a Cultural Test for British Films;

National Lottery Shares 2009 Consultation.

We spent £53,496 on printed consultations in 2006-07. These consultations were:

Welcome>Legacy: A Tourism Strategy for the 2012 Games—a Consultation;

Understanding the Future: Priorities for England’s Museums;

Heritage Protection for the 21st Century—White Paper.

These figures do not include the costs of any public meetings or research associated with consultations or the staffing costs of carrying out online web consultations. In financial year 2007-08 all consultations were web-based.