asked the Minister for the Arts if he will make a statement on the future of co-operation between the Arts Council and the regional arts associations.
Co-operation between the Arts Council and regional arts associations is already effective and has been substantially increased by the council's policies for regional development. To further these aims, I have decided to appoint three regional representatives to the council, each of whom will represent the regional arts associations in a broad geographical band. They will be able to answer for the regional arts associations and to put the regions case at the council. The first three appointees under these arrangements will be Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas, who is already serving, Mr. Robin Guthrie and Mr. Denys Hodson.