Regional Arts Associations

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st October 1985.

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Photo of Mr Norman Buchan Mr Norman Buchan , Paisley South 12:00 am, 21st October 1985

We are all pleased to learn that at least the Minister for the Arts is in a better condition than I fear most of the arts are. We pass on our good wishes, and no doubt we shall meet him in a few weeks' time. Will the Under-Secretary of State remind him that the arts crisis, the cataclysmic collapse in arts funding. is the worst ever? Will he also remind him that this is due to the abolition of the metropolitan counties and the GLC? Thirdly, will he remind his hon. Friend of the promise given to me on 2 August last year by the previous Minister that the present level of public support for the arts would be maintained? When are we to get that assurance from the present Minister?