Departmental Public Bodies

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th April 2011.

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Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell Shadow Minister (Olympics and London), Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

(1) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the merging of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the Design Council;

(2) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships;

(3) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites;

(4) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the UK Film Council;

(5) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Theatres Trust;

(6) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Public Lending Right;

(7) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council;

(8) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Legal Deposit Advisory Panel;

(9) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Horserace Totalisator Board;

(10) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Football Licensing Authority;

(11) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the abolition of the Advisory Council on Libraries;

(12) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the change in function of Visit England;

(13) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the change in function of S4C;

(14) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the change in function of the Horserace Betting Levy Board;

(15) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the merging of Sport England and UK Sport;

(16) what estimate his Department has made of the level of savings which will accrue from the merging of the Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission.

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

The reform of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) public bodies is part of a cross-Government drive to improve the accountability of public bodies and to seek to reduce their cost and number, with a view to simplifying the public bodies landscape.

In view of the range of reforms that have been announced and the different periods over which they will be carried out, the benefits will be realised over different time scales, with some delivering net savings beyond the current spending review period.

Estimated savings are in the following table. These estimates are subject to ongoing review as the final details of the implementation of the reforms are agreed.

ALB Proposed reform Savings anticipated
S4C Amend current RPI/funding link DCMS savings of around £230 million are expected over the spending review period (including a transfer of funding of £152.3 million from the Exchequer to the television licence fee).
Gambling Commission/National Lottery Commission Merge Reforms including co-location and merger are estimated to generate savings of approximately £600,000 to £900,000 per annum (Note: neither costs nor savings fall to the Exchequer).
Horserace Betting Levy Board Modify functions to remove Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport's role in determining the levy No significant costs or savings anticipated for taxpayer, although costs of political lobbying to bookmaking and racing industries will reduce significantly.
Football Licensing Authority Abolish current NDPB and transfer expertise and functions to another body No significant costs or savings anticipated.
Horserace Totalisator Board Declassify and transfer from public ownership No administrative costs or savings to the Exchequer, but capital receipt expected from disposal.

For reforms relating to the UK Film Council, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, Public Lending Right, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Sport England and UK Sport the costs and benefits are subject to ongoing analysis and while we expect they will generate material savings no final figures are yet available.

DCMS also has a number of advisory NDPBs that have either little or no associated costs. Reforms relating to these bodies will not therefore generate any significant savings, but likewise will be achieved at little or no cost. In some cases, such as the Theatres Trust, it is important to note that the bodies are not being abolished but will be declassified, as the NDPB status is not necessary for the body to carry out its functions. The correct proposed reforms for our advisory bodies listed are:

Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships: No longer an NDPB-Declassify and transfer functions

Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites: No longer an NDPB-Abolish and transfer functions in relation to England to English Heritage

Advisory Council on Libraries: No longer an NDPB-Abolish body and functions

Visit England: Retain-Modify constitution to increase representation of destinations on Visit England Board

Theatres Trust: No longer an NDPB-Continue as a charity

Legal Deposit Advisory Panel: No longer an NDPB-Abolish body and functions (was abolished in August 2010)

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