By Claire West

David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, today announced a review of the Design Council.

The Minister and the Design Council Chair, Lord Bichard have invited Martin Temple, Chairman of the 600 group, to lead the review. It will consider the future role and status of the Design Council as the national strategic design body.

Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts said:

“The UK is a world leader in design and the Design Council has played an important role in promoting the value of design to the economy With the forthcoming Spending Review it is right that we take this opportunity to assess the role of the Design Council and consider options for the future.

“I have asked Martin Temple to lead the review - he brings a wealth of business experience, as well as knowledge of the Design Council through his role as a board member”.

Design Council Chairman Lord Bichard said:

“I believe design will play a key role in driving renewal of economic growth and efficient, customer focussed public services. It is a rising force on political agendas around the world, in Europe, the US and most notably the Far East, where there is significant national investment in building support infrastructure and growing design capability. The economic importance of design in the UK is not in question, nor is there doubt about the existence of market failures and the need for support; it is a question of how this support is best delivered.”

Review Chair Martin Temple said:

"I am delighted to lead this review. I am a huge supporter of design and the review is an opportunity to reflect on the role of the Design Council as the national strategic design body and to think radically about delivery options going forward."

Mr Temple will present his recommendations to Ministers in September 2010.