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Written Parliamentary Questions: 16th May 2006

Millennium Projects
Q:To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2006, Official Report, columns 1358–59W, on millennium projects, if she will collect information on the performance of each project; and what monitoring of the performance of each project is undertaken. (John Hemming)

A:Like all lottery distributing bodies, the Millennium Commission takes decisions independently on which projects to support with national lottery proceeds. Under Financial Directions from the Department, the Commission is required to undertake appropriate monitoring and evaluation of projects to make sure that, among other things, lottery funds are being used for the purposes intended, that they represent value for money and that they are delivering the benefits identified in the application to the Commission. Under the Directions, a report on monitoring and evaluation studies carried out by or for the Commission must be included in the Commission's annual report to Parliament.

In view of the Commission's independent status, the Department does not collect information on, or separately monitor the performance of, the Commission's projects. (Richard Caborn, Minister of State (Sport), Department for Culture, Media & Sport)

Non-emergency Situations
Q:To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer given by the hon. Member for Salford (Hazel Blears) on 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 322W, on non-emergency situations, if he will take steps to ensure that the criteria for deciding whether (a) drug taking, (b) drunken behaviour, (c) harassment and (d) intimidation should be treated as (i) emergency and (ii) non-emergency situations are established by Ministers.(John Hemming)

A:I refer the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Salford (Hazel Blears) on 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 322W. (Liam Byrne, Minister of State, Home Office)

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