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19. Mr. Geraint Howells

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will give a regional breakdown of grant-in-aid for the arts, specifying in particular how much was given to Wales and how much to London.

Mr. Macfarlane

Details for all regions are not available, but this year the Arts Council expects to spend some £23 million in London and has allocated £4.9 million to the Welsh Arts Council which also receives grants from the Crafts Council and British Film Institute.

23. Mr. Neubert

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will take steps to alter the system of public grants for the arts in order to ensure greater accountability.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

The present system ensures full financial accountability in accordance with the requirements of Parliament. Responsible and authorita- tive bodies such as the Arts Council have been set up to represent the public interest and 1 am confident of their ability to do so.

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