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The Royal Parks Agency

Volume 569: debated on Thursday 29 February 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the Secretary of State for National Heritage has examined and approved the Royal Parks Agency's recent review of organisation and structure, and the growing importance it intends to attach to commercial estate management, income generation and the realisation of these national assets [viz. the Royal Parks] and whether these proposals are in full accord with Dame Jennifer Jenkins' recommendations.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage
(Lord Inglewood)

The Chief Executive of the Royal Parks is currently examining the recommendations of the recent review of the organisation and structure of the Royal Parks. The chief executive will submit his recommendations to Ministers in due course.The comments about income generation and commercial estate management in the report reflect the consultants' personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ministers or the chief executive. Although the agency must consider how it can maximise income from the Royal Parks in order to meet the financial targets set by Ministers, the chief executive proposes to achieve such targets within the parameters of the agency's existing policy, including the recommendations of the Jenkins Reviews that Ministers have already accepted.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the Royal Parks Agency will now publish a complete list of all its consultancy contracts, including those entered into by the agency before it was set up, and those entered into by its primary and other contractors, together with all relevant dates and details of action subsequently taken or not taken.

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.