Culture Media and Sport
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of24 April 2006, Official Report, columns 1358-59W, on millennium projects, if she will collect information on the performance of each project; and what monitoring of the performance of each project is undertaken.
Richard Caborn (Minister of State (Sport), Department for Culture, Media & Sport; Sheffield Central, Labour)
Like all lottery distributing bodies, the Millennium Commission takes decisions independently on which projects to support with national lottery proceeds. Under Financial Directions from the Department, the Commission is required to undertake appropriate monitoring and evaluation of projects to make sure that, among other things, lottery funds are being used for the purposes intended, that they represent value for money and that they are delivering the benefits identified in the application to the Commission. Under the Directions, a report on monitoring and evaluation studies carried out by or for the Commission must be included in the Commission's annual report to Parliament.
In view of the Commission's independent status, the Department does not collect information on, or separately monitor the performance of, its projects.