§ 37. Mr. G. Jeger
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the terms of reference under which the Arts Council is to undertake a survey of the nation's needs in concert halls and theatres.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
This survey comes within the scope of the Arts Council as laid down by its Charter, and my right hon. Friend therefore does not think it necessary to give the Council formal terms of reference. There will be discussion with the Council from time to time on the manner in which the survey can best be conducted.
§ Mr. Brooke
The Arts Council is a body set up with the consent, I think, of all parties in the House to handle these 361 matters. It seems to me that as this matter lies within its terms of reference we should give the Council the opportunity of making a study of it and preparing a report.