London Arts Funding

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th June 1991.

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Photo of Mr Timothy Renton Mr Timothy Renton , Mid Sussex 12:00 am, 10th June 1991

I very much agree with my hon. Friend's sensible and balanced comments. The Arts Council—and Greater London Arts, shortly to be replaced by the London Arts Board—are doing their stuff as regards funding arts organisations in London. I agree with him that where it has gone wrong in recent months has been with the London boroughs grants scheme and it is for precisely that reason that, in an answer to an earlier question, I said that I am discussing with ministerial colleagues whether the LBGS should continue in its present form or whether there is some better means of directing that funding to arts clients in London without creating a greater London authority mark 2—as the Labour party would, with about 20,000 civil servants, if past experience is anything to go by.