Government Achievements

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th June 1986.

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Photo of Mr Norman Buchan Mr Norman Buchan , Paisley South 12:00 am, 16th June 1986

Will the Minister add to his expected lists of achievements the following? Does he accept that we have seen the disappearance of the best supporters of the arts — the GLC and the metropolitan counties — due entirely to the Government's actions? Will he add to his achievements the crisis into which he has plunged theatres such as Sadler's Wells for the future, despite the present position? Will he add to his list of achievements the fate of arts administrators, who have to spend their time, as they tell us, squabbling for alternative sources of funding as a result of Government cuts? Is it an achievement that our National theatre had to close one of its theatres and allow itself to be saved by the GLC? Is he aware that the director of one of our major museums tells us that for the first time he is running into the red? Is he happy that funding of the arts over seven years has collapsed by 4·7 per cent. in real terms if we use the honest indicator of the retail prices index?