Does my hon. Friend agree that the GLC's attempt to expel the Arts Council of Great Britain— which has to prepare important art exhibitions two or three years ahead— from the Hayward gallery at a few months' notice is an act of uncivilised vandalism, which shows that the GLC is wholly unfit to run any serious art gallery, or anything else?
The GLC group concerned has made rather a fool of itself over this issue. The matter is subject to litigation. The Arts Council may be serving writs the other way. Such reputation as the GLC has in this area has been severely damaged by its behaviour over the Hayward gallery.
Is the Minister aware that some 18 months ago the Arts Council, in the form of its chair, said that it wanted to get out of both the Hayward and the Serpentine galleries? Is he also aware that the GLC has said that all contractual obligations to the Arts Council will be honoured? I do not see how that fits in with the question.