HC Deb 22 March 1960 vol 620 cc217-8
19. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement on the appointment of a new chairman of the Arts Council.

Mr. Amory

Not yet, Sir.

Mr. Jeger

When making this appointment, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that he should choose someone who has sufficient strength of character and will to stand up to the whims and vagaries of the Secretary-General of the Arts Council who, by his continually changing policy, has brought a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty into the artistic world?

Mr. Amory

I cannot at all accept the views which the hon. Gentleman has expressed and I should not wish to associate myself with them in the least. I will, of course, take all proper factors into consideration.