HC Deb 25 October 1999 vol 336 cc758-9W
Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the Culture Consortiums to be fully functional. [95198]

Janet Anderson

We announced the appointment of the Chairs of the Regional Cultural Consortiums on 8 October 1999. They are:

Consortiums Appointees
East of England Graham Creelman
East Midlands Venu Dhupa
North East George Gill
North West Felicity Goodey
South East Sir David Watson
South West Adrian Vinken
West Midlands Baroness Christine Crawley
Yorkshire and Humberside Chris Heinitz

The Chairs are now considering the appointment of members to the Consortiums. We expect that all the Consortiums will have held their first meetings before the end of the year. In London, under the GLA Bill currently before Parliament, instead of a Consortium, the Mayor will be responsible for appointing a Cultural Strategy Group for London to advise him or her.