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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 Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham 12:00 am, 16th June 1986

I am astonished by the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question. When I first became Minister for the Arts 10 months ago, the hon. Gentleman was preaching doom and despondency as a result of the abolition of the GLC and metropolitan authorities. He said that there was a major crisis in the arts, yet there has not been. Thanks to the co-operation, not only of the Arts Council, but of the regional arts associations and local authorities, the arts organisations are surviving—indeed, they are flourishing. Only last Friday the last outstanding problem on Merseyside was concluded with an injection of £1·7 million by the Arts Council and the local authorities into the region. That concludes the outstanding problems in all the regions following abolition. I think that the record is a fine one.