HC Deb 15 April 1991 vol 189 cc23-4W
Mr. Pendry

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make it his policy to place advertisements for the posts of trustee for the Foundation for Sport and the Arts in the appropriate national journals or newspapers; what method and timescale he proposes to adopt for making appointments to the foundation; and if he will place in the Library a list of trustees to the foundation, together with the date on which they were appointed;

(2) what measures are included in the draft articles of association for the Foundation for Sport and the Arts; if he will place a copy of the draft articles of association in the Library, and a copy of the final articles of association once these have been agreed; if he will list in full the bodies he proposes to consult before agreeing the articles of association; and if he will make it his policy to include in the articles of association details of the ratio of allocation of the foundation's resources between sport and the arts.

Mr. Mellor

The proposal from one of the pools promoters was for a foundation set up as a trust by all three member companies of the Pools Promoters Association. In the first instance, it will be for the association to consider the detailed terms of the trust deed although, as the Chancellor made clear in his Budget statement on 19 March, Official Report, column 175, we will wish to establish that these are satisfactory before we could agree to a cut in pool betting duty. The procedures for appointing trustees will similarly be for the members of the association, acting within the terms of the trust deed. I will discuss with the pools promoters how best to ensure that hon. Members can be informed of the details of the trust and of the names of the trustees.