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McMaster Review

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects Sir Brian McMaster’s review of how the Government supports the arts to be published. (155758)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the terms of reference are for the review being carried out for his Department by Sir Brian McMaster. (156705)

The Secretary of State has asked Sir Brian McMaster to consider three main themes in his review:

How the system of public sector support for the arts can encourage excellence, risk taking and innovation;

How artistic excellence can encourage wider and deeper engagement with the arts by audiences;

How to establish a light touch and non-bureaucratic method to judge the quality of the arts in the future.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated cost of the review being carried out for his Department by Sir Brian McMaster is; on what date he expects Sir Brian to report; and what opportunities have been provided for stakeholders and others to contribute to the review. (156706)

We expect the review to incur cash costs of approximately £50,000. In addition, numerous organisations and stakeholders are contributing their time and resources to the review in kind. The Secretary of State has asked Sir Brian to report by the end of 2007.

All of Arts Council England’s regularly funded organisations have received letters inviting them to contribute to the review, as have the national and regional hub museums. There will also be a series of interviews and group meetings with stakeholders in order to inform Sir Brian’s thinking ahead of the review’s publication.

In addition to this, we will shortly be publishing information about the review on the departmental website, along with details of how members of the public can contribute their ideas.