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Arts Council of England: Standards

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria Arts Council England uses when assessing the artistic quality of the work of their regularly funded organisations. (179700)

Arts Council England operates at arm’s length from the Government and decisions about which arts organisations to fund are entirely for them.

In October 2006 Arts Council England published guidance on how it assesses artistic quality. A copy of the guidelines will be placed in the Library of the House.

This is also available on Arts Council England’s website at:

Arts Council England is reviewing these guidelines this year following the publication of the McMaster Review.