Skip to main content

Regional Cultural Consortia

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for South West Surrey of 16 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1390-91W, on regional cultural consortia: finance, what assessment has been made of the extent to which regional cultural consortia have provided value for money since their establishment. (256468)

Since their establishment, the performance of the Regional Cultural Consortiums (RCCs) has been monitored on an ongoing basis through regular feedback to my officials, and reported on each year through their annual reports and accounts.

In early 2002, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport conducted a review of the consortiums to assess the effectiveness of their operations. The review found that the consortiums were performing a key role in the regions.

Following further consideration of the collaborative working of the Department’s regional agencies, the Secretary of State decided in July 2008 that the consortiums should be replaced with new regional arrangements led jointly by Arts Council England, English Heritage, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Sport England.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for South West Surrey of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1391W, on regional cultural consortiums: finance, what the administrative cost of each consortium was in each year from its establishment to its dissolution. (256497)

My Department has provided the following grant in aid to each of the Regional Cultural Consortiums, in each financial year since 2003-04.

Regional cultural consortiums outturn

£000

Outturn

Regional Cultural Consortium

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Living East

180

209

233

215

230

Culture South East

205

209

224

215

260

Culture North East

197

210

221

215

220

Culture North West

208

209

223

215

230

Yorkshire Culture

208

209

221

215

230

Culture East Midlands

141

210

236

215

243

Culture South West

206

209

222

215

230

Culture West Midlands

223

209

261

215

223

We expect all the consortiums to be wound up by the end of 2008-09, at which point accounts for this period will be prepared.