§ 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.