HC Deb 11 July 1994 vol 246 c466W
18. Mr. Nicholls

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how he intends to improve the accountability of the Arts Council.

Mr. Brooke

I have explored with the chairman of the Arts Council ways in which the council's accountability can be improved. The council has agreed a programme to implement a number of proposals, including an annual Arts Council lecture, twice-yearly public meetings outside London and a series of meetings on each of the different art forms. I welcome these proposals, as a positive move to improve public understanding of the council's operations and decisions.