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Further details on the new arrangements to strengthen the relationship between the Welsh Assembly Government and its cultural quangos were outlined today by the Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport, Alun Pugh.

Following the wide-ranging review of quangos, it has been decided that a new Culture Board will be established to provide greater accountability and ensure that the Assembly Government's objectives are fully implemented by its cultural quangos.

The Culture Board will be chaired by the Minister and will comprise the Chairs and Chief Executives of the Arts Council, National Library of Wales and National Museums and Galleries of Wales. It will also include representation from the, WLGA and the Welsh Books Council.

The new arrangements will also include the transfer of strategic planning functions from the Arts Council to the Assembly, while the Minister will become responsible for directly funding of six Arts bodies that have a national remit, to sit alongside other directly-funded Arts projects. These organisations are:

The Welsh National Opera
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

The Arts Council will retain responsibility for Lottery functions and the vast majority of grant distribution, within the strategic agenda set by the Welsh Assembly Government.

"The review into the structure and function of the quangos has been very helpful indeed. It tested their functions against our published criteria designed to enhance democratic accountability, but in doing so, it allowed us to take a closer look at the link between government policy and delivery on the ground," said the Minister.

"As Minister, I want to see more people having access to the Arts and to use the Arts as a platform for promoting Wales in the World. That is why the Assembly directly funds the new Wales Millennium Centre as a World-class performance venue, as well as projects such as the Artes Mundi and Dylan Thomas prizes and the recent Theatre Clwyd tour of Communities First areas."
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Thursday, December 02, 2004back

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