CULTURE PROGRAMME 2007-2013 (11572/04)
Letter from the Chairman to Rt Hon Tessa
Jowell MP, Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and
Thank you for your letter dated 20 December
which was considered by Sub-Committee G on 12 January.
We are glad that partial political agreement
was reached at the Education, Youth and Culture Council meeting
on 14/15 November 2005 on what appear to be satisfactory terms.
We note that final agreement on the programme is expected during
the current year, following consideration of the outstanding budgetary
aspects and Second Reading by the European Parliament. We look
forward to your further report on these developments in due course.
We are also grateful to you for confirming your
view that priorities and objectives of the Programme are sensible
and should have lasting impact. We hope that the robust evaluation
expected to result from the incorporation of SMART principles
will ensure good value for money from this complex and ambitious
programme. We are also glad to see the administrative processes
are being simplified and look forward to scrutinising the interim
evaluation of the new Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive
Agency in due course.
12 January 2006
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