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

My hon. Friend has put his finger on the problem. Many administrative difficulties are faced by English and British arts organisations when they go to the Soviet Union. I made it plain to Mr. Zakharov that until there is an improvement in the administration of the inflow of the visits it will be difficult to encourage more people to go. The National Theatre experience is just one example of that. I was struck by Mr. Zakharov's reaction to that and his desire to try to put it right in the best way possible.