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Goodison Report

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the recommendations of the Goodison report she has implemented; which recommendations relating to direct taxation she has implemented; and what plans she has to implement the recommendations not implemented to date. (78308)

The Goodison report contains a total of 45 recommendations. Of these, 29 recommendations are directed at a range of bodies, including: my own Department; the various funding bodies; the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA—formerly Resource); the Arts and Humanities Research Council (formerly—Arts and Humanities Research Board); the Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund/Heritage Lottery Fund; HM Revenue and Customs; and 16 recommendations relate to taxation and so are a matter for the Treasury.

The key areas in which the Goodison Report has been implemented are as follows:

my Department's administrative responsibilities for export licensing, the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art, the Government indemnity scheme and the acceptance in lieu scheme have all been transferred to the MLA;

the Renaissance in the Regions programme for regional museums has been extended to all nine English regions;

annual funding for the National Heritage Memorial Fund will increase to £10 million in 2007-08; and

the VAT refund scheme has been extended to university museums and galleries.