HC Deb 18 June 1979 vol 968 cc904-5
28. Mr. English

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for which quasi-autonomous national government organisations he is responsible as Minister for the arts.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

I have a substantial financial responsibility in relation to about two dozen executive and advisory organisations. With permission, I shall publish the list in the Official Report.

Mr. English

Are all the organisations within the scope of public audit? If not, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to bring them within its scope?

Mr. St. John-Stevas

I cannot give a categorical reply in respect of all those organisations. I shall look into the matter and write to the hon. Gentleman.

Mr. D. E. Thomas

In the exercise of his ministerial responsibility for the Welsh Arts Council, and in particular in respect of the allocation of finance, will the Minister have regard to that council's bicultural and bilingual obligations?

Mr. St. John-Stevas

I shall bear in mind what the hon. Gentleman has said. I shall consult my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales on the important issues which the hon. Gentleman has raised.

Following is the list: