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Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Figures for identifiable general government spending on health and personal social services for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the five years to 1996-97 were published in Public Expenditure: Statistical Analyses 1998-99 (Cm 3901).
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Comprehensive Spending Review set out departmental expenditure limits and current and capital budgets for each department for the three years to 2001-02. The allocation of spending inside these budgets is the responsibility of each individual department and its ministers. Within these budgets there are no fixed allocations of spending between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland other than that spending allocated to those departments. It is therefore not possible to provide a breakdown of the new spending plans by country.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Government's Response to the Report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Public Service (Cm 4000) has been published today. The Select Committee's report represents a thorough and wide-ranging examination of the changes that have taken place within the Civil Service over the last 30 years, and the impact of those changes on standards of conduct and the public service ethos, and provides a very helpful contribution to our own thinking. The Government are grateful for the work of the committee in this important area.
The response reaffirms this Government's commitment to maintaining the key principles--impartiality, integrity, honesty and objectivity--underlying the tradition of a permanent, politically impartial Civil Service. The Government believe that the strong sense of public service ethos felt by civil servants and other public servants is of great value and should not lightly be cast aside. We regard the retention of the public service ethos as the fundamental strength of the Civil Service. We plan to build on this strength by creating more flexible and efficient structures in which staff can work to the best of their ability providing a high quality service to their customers.
The Civil Service plays a vital part in our constitution. Civil Servants' advice to Ministers on the development of the Government's policy programme, their role in implementing those policies and in delivering public services are essential elements in the governance of our country.
Where and when the vacancy for the post of Chairman of the Arts Council of England was advertised; and[HL2685]
Who was the executive search consultant used to seek applications for the post of Chairman of the Arts Council of England; and[HL2686]
What was the total cost of the recruitment process for the post of the Chairman of the Arts Council of England; and[HL2687]
How the new Chairman of the Arts Council of England was appointed and by whom; and[HL2688]
Whether interviews were held for the post of Chairman of the Arts Council of England; and, if so,
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Chairman of the Arts Council of England was appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport following an open competition. The firm of Goddard Kay Rogers and Associates Ltd. was selected by competitive tender to provide executive search services. Advertisements for the post of Chairman were placed in the Sunday Times on 16 November 1997 and in The Times on 20 November 1997. A total of 19 applicants was identified. Shortlisted candidates were interviewed by a panel consisting of Sir Hayden Phillips, then Permanent Secretary at the Department, Sir Len Peach, Commissioner for Public Appointments, and Lord Attenborough. Interview panels are selected for their knowledge of the sector, the organisation concerned and the appointments process. Sir Len Peach, in his capacity as Commissioner for Public Appointments, was content with these arrangements. Direct costs of approximately £45,500 were incurred for executive search services and advertising. In addition, there were associated staff costs.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Key achievements listed for national museums and galleries in the annual report for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are drawn from the funding agreements which the department negotiates each year with those institutions. The department reviews performance against funding agreement targets at annual corporate planning meetings with the relevant institutions.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The jurisdiction and powers of consistory courts and chancellors are laid down in ecclesiastical legislation and the Government are not answerable for the way in which they are exercised. We are nonetheless aware of the concern prompted by a recent case involving the award of costs against one of the national amenity societies. It would not be right for me to comment on that case in view of the possibility of its becoming the subject of an appeal. However, we are following developments with interest. If it appears that any general issues arise out of the case, my department will take these up with the General Synod in the course of continuing discussions on last year's Newman Report on the ecclesiastical exemption.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The current regulations regarding the export of works of art are explained in my department's booklet, Export Licensing for Cultural Goods: Procedures and Guidance for Exporters of Works of Art and other Cultural Goods, a copy of which was sent to the noble Lord's office on
15 July at the request of his office.
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