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We aim to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries.


As the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, we are responsible for Government policy on, or the management of: Architecture, Archives, Arts, Broadcasting, Creative industries, Export licensing of cultural goods, Film, Gambling, Government Art Collection, Historic buildings and sites, Humanitarian assistance, Libraries, Licensing, Museums and galleries, Music industry, National Lottery, Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2012, Press freedom and regulation, Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph, Royal Parks Agency, Sport, Tourism.


Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury by Command of Her Majesty, May 2007.


Cm 7104 £18.00


© Crown Copyright 2007

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Contents


Foreword by the Secretary of State 4

Foreword by the Permanent Secretary 6

The year’s highlights 7

Performance and delivery 32

Managing resources 53

Index 74

Enquiries 75

Acknowledgements 76


About DCMS – the Department for Culture, Media and Sport


Our aim


DCMS aims to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries.


Our responsibilities


Our responsibilities include the arts, sport, the National Lottery, tourism, libraries, museums and galleries, broadcasting, press freedom and regulation, licensing and gambling and the creative industries from film to the music industry.


We are also responsible for the export licensing of cultural goods, the management of the Government Art Collection, the Royal Parks Agency and the historic environment, including the listing of historic buildings and scheduling of ancient monuments.


As part of our commitment to sport, we are responsible for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.


We also manage humanitarian assistance in the event of a disaster, such as the London bombings, as well as the organisation of the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph.


In 2006, we took legislation through Parliament to reform the National Lottery and set up the Big Lottery Fund, which replaced three earlier grant-giving bodies.


We share responsibility for Ofcom (a public corporation) and the Design Council (an executive NDPB), with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Our functions are delivered through our three public corporations, two public broadcasting authorities, one executive agency (the Royal Parks Agency) and 57 non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs).


Our objectives


Our strategic objectives are to:


Children and young people

Further enhance access to culture

and sport for children and give them the opportunity to develop their talents to the full and enjoy the benefits of participation.


Communities

Increase and broaden the impact of culture and sport, to enrich individual lives, strengthen communities and improve the places where people live, now and for future generations.


Economy

Maximise the contribution that the tourism, creative and leisure industries can make to the economy.


Delivery

Modernise delivery by ensuring our sponsored bodies are efficient and work with others to meet the cultural and sporting needs of individuals

and communities.


Olympics

Host an inspirational, safe and inclusive Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and leave a sustainable legacy for London

and the UK.


Foreword


This year’s Annual Report has a new format. It uses the words of people around the country to illustrate some of the changes in our society that DCMS has helped to bring about. It covers a busy year with some significant landmarks.


The BBC gained a Royal Charter and will soon have a new licence fee. Work to get the country ready to switch to digital TV is on track. And getting London ready for the 2012 London Games and Paralympic Games has moved ahead at an impressive rate.


We believe that the 2012 Olympics will be the greatest show on earth. The budget is now settled; we’re way ahead of where Athens or Sydney were when they were planning their Olympics, as work has already started on the London site; we are developing a Cultural Olympiad – a four-year celebration of the UK’s cultural life; and are taking full advantage of the opportunity to boost the UK economy by transforming one of the most deprived parts of the country – the Lower Lea Valley, in East London.


After 2012, London and the UK will never be the same again. The Olympics will leave an impressive legacy of regeneration. They will create new facilities, a new city and a new national mood of optimism and excitement about sport, culture, our environment and design.


Success in the arts continues to thrive – as culture and creativity are at the heart of our lives in the UK. Record numbers of the public are attending exhibitions and British artists and performers are winning awards and acclaim all over the world. This is supported by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who heralded a ‘golden age’ in the arts and creative industries. High expectations, and the knowledge that the UK can become – and remain – the world hub for culture and creativity are the rationale behind our continuing case for public investment to keep us there.


Since 1997, the UK’s cultural life and creative industries have been transformed. Record investment from the Government and soaring private sector support have reaped a high dividend that has touched the lives of a large proportion of the UK population. The arts impact in many key areas of Government policy including education, regeneration, youth engagement and tackling social exclusion.


I want to thank all the staff at DCMS and our colleagues at our partner organisations. This includes the ministerial team – Richard Caborn, David Lammy and Shaun Woodward. I would also like to welcome our new Permanent Secretary Jonathan Stephens, who joins us from the Treasury. He has already settled into his post admirably and is destined to be a huge asset to the Department.


Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP

Secretary of State for Culture,

Media and Sport, and Minister

for the Olympics


Foreword


This is the Department’s first Annual Report to Parliament since I was appointed Permanent Secretary. Most of this year’s achievements were secured under the leadership of my predecessor, Dame Sue Street, who led the Department so effectively from 2001 to 2006.


In my first five months in DCMS I have been impressed by the enormous scope of this relatively small Department. In my first month alone I visited the Olympic site for the first time, viewed the collections at the V&A and Tate and stared into the football sized eye of a giant squid at the Natural History Museum.


Alongside this extraordinary diversity, DCMS has continued to deliver over the last year. Work on the Olympics has progressed apace, with the development of the Olympic Park remaining on schedule and £200 million funding allocated by the Treasury to support our elite athletes in their preparation for the Games. We delivered a new Charter for the BBC, which will make it stronger and more independent, and agreed the new Licence Fee settlement. We exceeded our PSA target of 75 per cent of school children spending a minimum of two hours a week on sport, and we launched a major review of how we protect our national heritage with the publication of the Heritage White Paper.


More will be expected of us in the future and I am committed to ensuring that the Department fulfils its potential. The Department’s first Capability Review provided a great opportunity to focus on how we do this. I want DCMS to be clear about the value we add to our sectors and be driven by clear, consistent priorities. We should capitalise on our size by ensuring that it allows us to act quickly and be agile in reallocating resources, and we need to develop a more integrated and strategic approach to working with our sponsored bodies.


The Capability Review Team recognised the great talent, motivation and potential of our staff. Our successes are down to their commitment and contribution, working alongside our Ministerial team.


Jonathan Stephens

Permanent Secretary


The year’s highlights


‘The roadshow was brilliant. I can’t wait for 2012!’


Lizzie

Age 21


Visitor to the ‘Be Part of 2012’ roadshow, Leeds


Community engagement


A focal point of the year was the first anniversary on 6 July 2006 of London’s winning bid and the launch of the ‘Be Part of 2012’ roadshow. Organised in partnership with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the 22-day roadshow travelled over 5,000 kilometres across the UK, visiting every English region and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, highlighting the benefits the Games will bring to many communities.


The roadshow started in Trafalgar Square, where thousands had cheered London’s success a year before. It finished with an impressive firework display in Liverpool on 27 July 2006, six years to the day of the Opening Ceremony.


Enthusiasm and public support were confirmed with a UK-wide survey in December 2006 showing that 79 per cent of the population support the Games taking place in London in 2012 – higher than at any point since winning the bid.


All milestones met


In April 2006 London hosted the first full visit of the International Olympic Committee’s Co-ordination Commission. The Co-ordination Commission team visited a number of Games venues and received detailed reports on progress across a range of areas, from transport to culture. They warmly praised London’s progress and our success in delivering all key milestones since winning the bid to host the 2012 Games.


At the end of the visit, Denis Oswald, Chair of the Co-ordination Commission, commended London’s “ambitious and visionary project”, recognising the “energy and excitement that this project is bringing to the city and the country”.


In April, the Olympic Board also agreed its shared vision and objectives for the Games – to host an inspirational, safe and inclusive Games and to leave a sustainable legacy for London and the UK. In March 2007 the Secretary of State announced the final budget for the Olympic Delivery Agency, the body with responsibility for building venues for 2012 and delivering wider infrastructure improvements.


Olympic Park on schedule


The first major project began on site in April 2006. This is crucial to the overall regeneration of the area. Two tunnels are being constructed to take the 13 kilometres of powerlines that currently cross the Lower Lea Valley on 52 pylons. In April 2007 the first tunnel was completed on schedule and all tunnelling work is on track to be completed by summer 2007.


By December 2006, 93 per cent of the land needed for the Olympic Park had been secured and demolition work was underway. A new sports centre will be built to provide a training area during the Olympic Games. This will also host tennis and archery during the Paralympic Games and will benefit the local community after the Games.


The final Olympic Park Masterplan was agreed in June 2006. At the beginning of February 2007, the planning application for the Olympic Park was submitted. At 10,000 pages and 15 volumes, it is one of the largest ever applications in Europe and demonstrates the scale of our vision for the site. Meanwhile, work continued on the main sporting venues. Iconic designs were agreed for the Aquatics Centre and procurement began for the centrepiece Olympic Stadium and the Velopark (the cycling stadium).


Sustainable development remains integral to the development of the Park as well as the Games overall. Within the Park, this means that we will ensure that the biodiversity is enhanced, reviving the extensive waterways and restoring the plant habitats, whilst ensuring that it is accessible to all and that all elements of local communities are engaged in developing and using the Park and facilities. The Olympic Delivery Authority’s Sustainable Development Strategy was approved by the Olympic Board and launched by the Prime Minister in January. It sets ambitious targets for low carbon emission, low waste and sustainable transport during the construction of Games venues and infrastructure. The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 has been set up by the Olympic Board to report independently on sustainability for the overall programme.


Top: The first underground powerlines tunnel completed on the Olympic Park site earlier this year.


Above: The agreed design for the London 2012 Aquatics Centre which will host the swimming, diving and synchronised swimming events.


Paralympic hopes


Wheelchair rugby is Britain’s fastest growing Paralympic sport, GB Team ranked fourth in the 2006 world championships.


Wheelchair rugby team The Bulls were voted the North East’s favourite Lottery-funded project and made it to the UK final of The National Lottery Awards 2006.


Name: James

Location: UK League play-offs


‘When I became paralysed I thought life was over, wheelchair rugby has given me a new lease of life, and one I thoroughly enjoy!’


‘My ambition is to be a pro dancer. If you like something – do it!’


Jovan

Age 17


Participant of Ballet Hoo! Birmingham


Ballet Changed My Life: Ballet Hoo!


The most high profile of the DCMS Cultural Pathfinder initiatives was the ‘Leaps and Bounds’ project which set out to show that the power of the arts, combined with effective partnership working, can transform lives. The project was filmed and in September 2006 the resulting documentary, Ballet Changed My Life: Ballet Hoo! (conceived by Neil Wragg of Youth at Risk, and Roy Ackerman of Diverse Productions), was broadcast on Channel 4.


The project took 200 young people in Birmingham, identified by local youth workers as ‘at risk’, and provided them with life coaches, a fitness regime and introduced them to the basic principles of ballet. Just under 100 participants enrolled for the much more intensive second stage which involved training at the Birmingham Royal Ballet for six months. It culminated on 28 September 2006 in a live performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. The show achieved ratings of over one million people per episode. One of the participants summed up the profound effect of the experience: “I used to be a nobody – now I’m a somebody”.
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