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Arts Council

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on reform of the Arts Council. (81232)

[holding answer 3 July 2006]: The Arts Council underwent a Peer Review in 2005 which identified a number of key areas for reform. These included the role and structure of its national office, how the Arts Council engages with its stakeholders and how it works with Government.

The Arts Council is responding in each of these areas. A new structure and role for the Arts Council's national office will be in place by the autumn. Engagement with its stakeholders will be improved by addressing issues that arise during an extensive consultation exercise with the sector and the public more widely over the coming months. A new Funding Agreement between my Department and the Arts Council will provide a central focus for the way the Arts Council works with Government.