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Arts: Publicity

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers and public affairs employees were employed by (a) the Big Lottery Fund, (b) the Arts Council, (c) the Heritage Lottery Fund, (d) Sport England, (e) UK Sport and (f) the UK Film Council in each of the last three years; and at what cost. (206727)

[holding answer 20 May 2008]: Figures for the number of press officers and public affairs employees in each of the last three years, and their cost, as provided by the bodies in question, are set out in the following table. Some of these bodies cover the whole of the United Kingdom and others cover only England. The figures represent the total number of individuals employed during each financial year, not the number of full-time equivalents. Many of these individuals spent only a small proportion of their time on press and/or public affairs work, and some were only in post for part of a financial year.

2007-082006-072005-06

Number

Cost (£)

Number

Cost (£)

Number

Cost (£)

Big Lottery Fund

18

606,009

15

538,473

15

509,350

Arts Council England

8

172,484

9

157,002

9

253,050

Heritage Lottery Fund

6

240,193

6

222,820

5

211,472

Sport England

4

164,819

7

183,924

5

239,101

UK Sport

5

168,798

4

152,271

4

119,528

UK Film Council

2

75,136

2

69,404

2

82,009