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Departmental Reviews

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) taskforces his Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake; on what date each (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; and what the purpose is of each. (169500)

Details of current and scheduled consultations, reviews and taskforces in my Department are summarised in the following table.

Name

Type (review, taskforce, consultation)

Start date

Scheduled completion

Purpose

Current

Consultation on draft regulations for museums on the publication of information about cultural objects on loan under part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Consultation

21 September 2007

21 December 2007

To invite comments on the content of draft regulations for museums on the publication of information about cultural objects they intend to borrow from abroad for temporary exhibitions and which will be immune from seizure under part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. The consultation also invites views on how far in advance museums should be required to publish the information

Consultation on proposal to introduce a simplified process for minor variations to premises licences and club premises certificates

Consultation

28 November 2007

20 February 2008

To reduce the administrative burden on applicants for making small alterations to premises licences or club premises certificates under the Licensing Act 2003, where those changes will have no impact on the statutory licensing objectives. This is expected to result in cost savings to licence holders of £1.5 - £2.8 million

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Byron Review

Review reporting jointly to DCMS and the Department for Children, Schools and Families

September 2007

March 2008

The aim of the review is to assess the risk to children of exposure to harmful or inappropriate material online and in video games, to assess existing measures of protection and explore what changes or additional actions should be taken

McMaster Review of Excellence in the Arts

Review

August 2007

December 2007

To consider:

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

Sport England Review

Review

28 November 2007

End December 2007

To review how Sport England will deliver a world-class sporting infrastructure of excellent sports clubs, coaches and volunteers to sustain and increase participation and develop people’s talent

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Regional Work of Public Bodies

Review

12 November 2007

Mid-January 2008

To highlight areas for collaborative working, and identify opportunities for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the regional presence

World Heritage Review

Review

March 2007

March 2008

To determine our future approach to identifying, protecting, managing and promoting World Heritage Sites in the UK, its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories

Convergence Think Tank

Taskforce

Early 2008

Late 2008

To consider the policy implications of convergence in broadcasting and communications

Creative and Cultural Education Advisory Board

Taskforce

November 2006

December 2007

To construct a more coherent creativity and culture offer that builds strong connections between existing work and the emerging policy contexts

Digital Radio Working Group

Taskforce

Early 2008

December 2008

To consider the future of digital radio in the UK

Scheduled

AVMS Directive

Consultation

To be confirmed

To be confirmed

Implementation of certain areas of the new directive by December 2009