Arts Council

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st October 1983.

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Photo of Mr Norman St John-Stevas Mr Norman St John-Stevas , Chelmsford 12:00 am, 31st October 1983

Does my hon. Friend realise that the proposed abolition of the Greater London council and the metropolitan councils is likely to create a major financial crisis for the Arts Council and the arts in general? What plans has his noble Friend to assist organisations other than the big nine listed in the White Paper which, if left to the miserly mercies of minor local authorities, are likely to collapse?