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House of Commons Hansard
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29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many persons were employed by the BBC in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [324379]

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According to the BBC annual report and accounts, the number of staff employed by the BBC in each of the last three years is set out in the following table.

Number

2008-09

22,874

2007-08

23,101

2006-07

23,037

Detailed information on the nature of the roles undertaken by BBC staff is not held by my Department.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent research he has undertaken on public opinion on the BBC and the licence fee as a means of funding it; and if he will make a statement. [324383]

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The Government undertook extensive research on public attitudes to the BBC and the licence fee as part of the Charter review process, which ran from 2003-06. This research was taken into account in determining the current six-year funding settlement, implemented from 1 April 2007.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals to allow commercial advertising on BBC channels; what recent representations he has on this issue; what response he gave; and if he will make a statement. [324385]

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Under the terms of the BBC's Charter and Agreement, the BBC cannot show commercial advertising on its licence fee-funded channels without the express approval of the Secretary of State. I have neither been asked for nor given such approval.

I regularly receive representations on various aspects of the BBC. Whenever the issue of advertising is raised, my response is that I have no intention of amending the current arrangements.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the 2006 Agreement between the Secretary of State and the BBC; what discussions he has had with the BBC since January 2010 on broadcasting standards; what response he received from the BBC; if he will place in the Library a copy of the note taken of each meeting; and if he will make a statement. [324386]

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I have had no discussions with the BBC on broadcasting standards since January 2010.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he last met the (a) Chairman of the BBC Trust and (b) Director General of the BBC; what issues were discussed; whether a record of the meeting was kept; and if he will make a statement. [324389]

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I last met the Chairman of the BBC Trust on 19 October 2009, when we discussed a range of current issues.

I last met the Director-General of the BBC on 8 March 2010 when he provided a brief summary of the BBC’s Strategy Review, which had been published on 2 March.

According to standard departmental procedure, all ministerial meetings are recorded.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what account he will take of commitments to ensure (a) efficiency savings and (b) the prevention of inflation of staff and talent costs at the BBC in determining the future level of the BBC licence fee; and if he will make a statement. [324422]

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The Government will take all relevant matters into consideration in setting the future level of the licence fee.

Under the terms of the BBC Charter and Agreement, it is the responsibility of the BBC Trust to ensure that the BBC delivers financial efficiency and hold the Executive to account for its performance in delivering value for money.