HC Deb 26 January 1987 vol 109 cc19-20
40. Dr. Twinn

asked the Minister for the Arts if he will make a statement on progress of revitalising the South Bank arts complex.

Mr. Luce

The South Bank Board of the Arts Council has made great strides since it took over in April 1986. I am confident that the imaginative plans of the board will be increasingly justified by events as they come to fruition in the years ahead.

Dr. Twinn

Will my right hon. Friend accept the congratulations of Conservative Greater London Members of Parliament who have seen the energetic programme introduced by the committee at the South Bank Centre since it took over from the Greater London council, inheriting a mess when it did so?

Mr. Luce

I agree with my hon. Friend. The board, under the leadership of Ronnie Grierson, has shown great imagination in planning the longer term future of the South Bank. If we look back to the gloomy prognosis given by so many Opposition members over a year ago, we find the situation is quite different and that the plans for the future of the South Bank are exciting.

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