Departmental Policy

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what departmental policy reviews his Department has undertaken since 6 May 2010; on what date each such review (a) was announced and (b) is expected to publish its findings; what estimate he has made of the cost of each such review; who has been appointed to lead each such review; to what remuneration each review leader is entitled; how many (i) full-time equivalent civil servants and (ii) seconded staff are working on each such review; from which organisations such staff have been seconded; and how much on average such seconded staff will be paid for their work on the review.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

All of the Department's arm's lengthbodies were reviewed in the lead up to the spending review announcements in October, using existing resources. On 8 June, the Secretary of State announced that Nicholas Shott had been appointed to carry out an independent and pro bono assessment of the conditions necessary for commercially viable local television to emerge in the UK. He receives no remuneration from the Department but receives some support from four full-time equivalent DCMS officials who are working on the DCMS local TV project. Nicholas Shott presented the Secretary of State with his initial findings on 24 September, which can be found on the DCMS website at:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publications/NShott_InterimFindingsLocalTV_240910.pdf

Nicholas Shott's final conclusions are expected to be published in December 2011. On 20 July Mr Foster was asked to review abandoned betting accounts and other unclaimed winnings. He is not being paid to lead the review, and is working with two civil servants as part of their existing daily role. The report will look at how much money is left abandoned in betting accounts and uncover the value of unclaimed winning tickets, defining "dormant" and looking at how these funds could potentially benefit local communities through investment in sport. The report will be published by the end of 2010.

Also, on 19 July Tim Lamb, chief executive of the Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR) was commissioned to review both its voluntary code of conduct for sports broadcasting, with a view to generating a funding boost to grassroots sport, and the bureaucracy affecting sport. No civil servants work on these reviews and they have no direct cost to DCMS. The reports are expected to be published by the end of November and by the end of February 2011 respectively.

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