South Bank Complex

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th January 1987.

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Photo of Dr Ian Twinn Dr Ian Twinn , Edmonton 12:00 am, 26th January 1987

asked the Minister for the Arts if he will make a statement on progress of revitalising the South Bank arts complex.

Photo of Mr Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham

The South Bank Board of the Arts Council has made great strides since it took over in April 1986. I am confident that the imaginative plans of the board will be increasingly justified by events as they come to fruition in the years ahead.

Photo of Dr Ian Twinn Dr Ian Twinn , Edmonton

Will my right hon. Friend accept the congratulations of Conservative Greater London Members of Parliament who have seen the energetic programme introduced by the committee at the South Bank Centre since it took over from the Greater London council, inheriting a mess when it did so?

Photo of Mr Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham

I agree with my hon. Friend. The board, under the leadership of Ronnie Grierson, has shown great imagination in planning the longer term future of the South Bank. If we look back to the gloomy prognosis given by so many Opposition members over a year ago, we find the situation is quite different and that the plans for the future of the South Bank are exciting.