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Culture Leadership Programme

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the performance of the cultural leadership programme; and if he will make a statement. (204162)

The Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP) is formed from the Partnership of Arts Council England, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Creative and Cultural Skills. Funding has been channelled through Arts Council England, which has assessed the programme as part of the ongoing review of its work and priorities. A mix of formal and informal learning opportunities has been created and is supported by the programme, including placements, courses, online information, advice and guidance; as well as work-based support including coaching and mentoring opportunities.

The programme is having a good impact on leadership development, in terms of both the new opportunities offered to emerging, mid-career and established leaders, and increasing awareness of the benefits of targeted leadership development for these important areas of the UK life and economy.

The programme has been delivered by a very small team, ensuring that an investment of over 85 per cent. of the £12 million made available has been spent directly on activities that will support leaders, and keeping administration and support costs to a minimum. The programme was launched just two years ago in June 2006, and the first phase ends in June 2008. The Department expects to receive a formal evaluation of the CLP soon after the end of this first phase.