Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Mr Jonathan Croall

  I am a freelance writer and journalist with a particular interest in the public funding of the arts. Over the last year I have been both surprised and concerned at the ill-considered and dogmatic approach that the Arts Council appears to be taking in seeking to re-structure the funding system and abolish the Regional Arts Boards. I was pleased to see that the Select Committee is taking an interest in this subject and would ask you to read the enclosed article copied from The Times. Although I don't agree with every word in the article I do believe that it contains some important arguments which, thus far, the Arts Council has failed to answer. The Regional Arts Boards are of varying quality but, in general, they are more efficiently run than the Arts Council which is seeking to destroy them.

  I do hope that the Select Committee will give the Arts Council a thorough grilling; it appears to be behaving in a destructive and high-handed manner.

10 January 2002

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