Unesco

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th February 1988.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Shadow Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow Spokesperson (Defence) 12:00 am, 15th February 1988

To ask the Minister for the Arts what discussions he has had regarding the effect on the arts of the United Kingdom's non-menbership of UNESCO.

Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Shadow Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

Does the Minister not agree that the continued self-exclusion of the United Kingdom from UNESCO is damaging to the arts in Britain? Does he not also agree that if we wish to see changes in UNESCO we would be better involved now, rather than standing on the sidelines, especially as UNESCO is now under different direction?

Photo of Mr Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham

As the House knows, I am not responsible for decisions on UNESCO. That is the responsibility of my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary. Having said that, I must tell the House that in the past when we have been a member of UNESCO there has been no particular benefit for the arts in Britain.