The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Ed Balls): The National Audit Office has been invited to carry out a review of the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which the Financial Services Authority has used its resources, when discharging its statutory functions. This review will be the first to be carried out under section 12 of the Financial Services and Markets Actthe Act that established the FSA, five years ago. The NAO will start work in July and the Treasury plans to lay a report before Parliament in the first half of next year.
internal performance management;
external joint working within the UK;
influencing and representation internationally;
financial crime; and
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Tessa Jowell): As indicated in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's five-year plan, which was deposited in the House Library on 17 March 2005, we undertook a public consultation between 25 November 2005 and 28 February 2006 about lottery funding for the good causes of arts and film, heritage and sport after 2009, and I am now announcing the outcome and my decision on future arrangements.
The public told us: there is overwhelming support for what lottery money is used for in the arts and film, heritage and sport; there is very strong support for the existing share balance; and people believe very strongly that each cause is important and want stability and continuity.
The UK Film Council will in future take on all film funding from Arts Council England and I will present a statutory instrument to Parliament to make a small adjustment to the percentage shares to reflect the present level of expenditure on capital grants for film of £3 million a year.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office (Hilary Armstrong): I am today announcing, with my right hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Constitutional Affairs (Baroness Ashton), that as a result of joint work between the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Cabinet Office, the National Archives and the Office of Public Sector Information will merge, under the joint name of the National Archives. This merger will take effect in October 2006.
The National Archives already plays a critical role in managing the UKs public records and archive management UK-wide. The Office of Public Sector Information (incorporating Her Majesty's Stationery Office) leads the management of Crown copyright, regulates the re-use of public sector information and, through its HMSO function, has responsibility for legislation and official publishing. This merger therefore presents opportunities to reinforce the growing links between our respective strands of information policy and advisory functions, whilst building on our specialist skills and expertise to provide a joined-up approach to information management and therefore benefit all who work in the information field.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Gerry Sutcliffe):
Today the Government are announcing the publication of the Race for Justice Taskforce Report. The taskforce was set up by the Attorney-General in response to one of the specific recommendations made in a report of the Gus John Partnership in 2003 entitled Race for Justice. That report recommended establishing a
holistic approach across the criminal justice system to the handling of racist and religious crimes.
The Office for Criminal Justice Reform has produced a cross-agency action plan and will establish a delivery
board to take forward the recommendations of the Race for Justice Taskforce Report.
We believe that through a more joined-up approach to handling these crimes, we can increase the trust and confidence of people from black and minority ethnic communities in the criminal justice system.