§ Mr. Spring
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the Culture Consortiums to be fully functional. 759W
§ 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.