§ The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Tessa Jowell)
Stage 1 of the Quinquennial Review of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has been completed. Stage 2 of the Review will not take place, because the Heritage Lottery Fund (which is administered by the NHMF) is implementing its Strategic Plan 2002–07 which deals with the questions of improved efficiency and effectiveness which would have been the focus of Stage 2.
The Government welcome the Review and agree that the NHMF should continue in existence, subject to modernisation.
I am pleased to note the Review's recognition of the important role of the NHMF.
The Review was published today and I have placed copies in the Libraries of both Houses. The Review is also available on the DCMS website http://www.culture.gov.uk:/