Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Third Special Report


Appendix 2

CULTURE MEDIA AND SPORT COMMITTEE

REVIEW OF REPORTS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND RESPONSES, 1997-2000

First Special Report, Session 2000-01

THE DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT AND ITS QUANGOS

MEMORANDUM BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE MEDIA AND SPORT

Revisions to Funding Agreements

1. Copies of funding agreements for the bodies sponsored by DCMS, incorporating revisions made after the first year of each agreement, have been deposited in the Libraries of the House (copies were also sent to the Committee Chairman). Only minor amendments have been made, agreed between DCMS and the bodies concerned, such as the addition of target figures following research in the first year to establish baselines.

2. The funding agreement is a living planning instrument that in its essentials remains firm throughout the three-year planning period, but that needs to accommodate refinements agreed between the parties in the light of experience. Rather than using Parliamentary answers whenever minor changes are made to the Agreements, the Department believes it would provide greater clarity to inform Parliament each year of the new Agreements being put in place, including those for the 2001-04 period and also to inform Parliament of any major changes to them during the period.

QUEST Reports

3. All QUEST reports have been published without amendment by the Department.

Monitoring of NDPB Performance against Funding Agreement Targets

4. Since our SR2000 bid went in before the end of the first year of the funding agreements, we had only early, interim indications to inform the bid. However, as the monitoring information becomes more comprehensive and robust it will provide one of the key inputs to the policy-making process, shedding light on the contribution that each sector makes, or can make, to Government objectives and so helping us make the right level of investment in particular areas. As for the funding of individual quangos, good or bad performance should not be crudely translated into more or less money, but how an NDPB performs will be one of the factors considered in deciding future allocations.

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