Soviet Union (Ministerial Visit)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th July 1988.

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Photo of Mr Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham 12:00 am, 4th July 1988

I agree with my hon. Friend that cultural exchanges of one sort or another can do a great deal to improve understanding between countries. I am satisfied that the memorandum of understanding gives wide scope for exchanges between the two sides. On my hon. Friend's second point, it would be true to say that there are far more Soviet artistic events coming to Britain than is the case the other way. I should like to see that balance made more even in future. I am glad that Mr. Zakharov, the Minister of Culture, will come to Britain, and at that stage we shall review ways in which we can make things easier.