Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the implementation of the McMaster Review of excellence in the arts.

Photo of Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism)

holding answer 2 April 2008

Work is already under way within DCMS, Arts Council England and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and across the sector more widely on many of Sir Brian McMaster's recommendations.

A number of the recommendations can be implemented swiftly, for example DCMS has now completed an audit of its sponsored bodies and already meets the recommended target of two artists or relevant practitioners on each board.

Some of the other recommendations will take longer to develop and implement, for example the new judgment-based system of assessment—encompassing peer review and self-assessment—is expected to take around a year to develop, test and evaluate before being fully implemented.

To help facilitate this work a Programme Board and Steering Group have been convened to discuss the details of implementing some of the longer-term recommendations in Sir Brian's review. The Programme Board will meet for the second time later this month to approve the complete delivery plan, which we hope will be launched before the summer.

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