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Departmental Public Bodies

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when his Department completed its review into its relationship with its non-departmental public bodies; and if he will publish its findings. (249812)

The March 2007 report of the Department's Capability Review recommended that the Department should develop a more robust, risk-based approach to engagement with its sponsored bodies and to managing performance. We have responded by carrying out risk assessments of our public bodies and tailoring the relationship with each body to the level of risk; working to reduce the number of reports required of sponsored bodies, and setting up an Advisory Board of sponsored-body representatives which considers strategic issues and ways to improve our working relationship. The Capability Review team will be looking at this as part of its re-review of the Department in February and March, and will publish a report of its findings.