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Non-Departmental Public Bodies

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 57W, on non-departmental public bodies, what the 19 requests were received by his Department for approval to incur expenditure over the delegated limits set out in the financial memoranda of his Department’s non-departmental public bodies; and whether each request was accepted. (254337)

The 19 requests mentioned in my reply of 26 January are listed as follows:

British Museum: request for approval of North-West Development project—currently under consideration;

English Heritage: request to make grant—currently under consideration;

English Heritage: request to grant compensation following a refusal of Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent—approved;

English Heritage: request to grant compensation following a refusal of Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent—approved;

English Heritage: request for approval of contract at Chiswick House—approved;

English Heritage: request for approval of a contract at Chapter House, Westminster Abbey—approved;

Sir John Soane’s Museum: request for approval of Soane Masterplan project—approved;

Tate: request for approval of National Art Collections Centre project—currently under consideration;

Visit Britain: request for approval of a contract—currently under consideration.

In addition to these, my reply included 10 requests from the Olympic Delivery Authority to incur expenditure. These were made under the standard procedure whereby the Olympic Projects Review Group examines and makes recommendations on the budget of each Olympic project where the value is in excess of £20 million. These requests were as follows:

Security Project III—currently under consideration;

Landscape and Public Realm—approved;

Olympic Route Network—approved;

Olympic Village—approved;

Security Project II—approved;

International Broadcast Centre/Media Press Centre—approved;

Velodrome—approved;

Gas, Water and Duct Networks—approved;

Primary Sewer and Pumping Station—approved;

Security Project I—approved.