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Regional Arts Councils: Disclosure of Information

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the dissemination of information to the public by regional arts councils. (186811)

It is a long standing, fundamental principle that the Arts Council operates at arm’s length from the Government, which ensures that decisions about the arts are taken by people in the Arts Council whose job it is to develop and support the arts, and not by Ministers. The Arts Council is committed to a policy of openness and transparency and makes information available to the public on a routine basis. Among others, this can include Council minutes, advice and guidance on funding programmes and research reports. The Arts Council’s publication scheme gives details of what information is publicly available and can be found on their website:

www.artscouncil.org.uk/publications/publication_detail.php?sid=1&id=413

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