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CULTURAL STRATEGIES PROGRESSING - BUT REGIONAL CONSORTIA 'A WASTE OF SPACE', SAYS TORY

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Hansard 10 July: Column 612 ...
Hansard 10 July: Column 612

All local authorities have been sent a mid-term report of the experiences of 14 authorities piloting the guidance on local cultural strategies, and good progress was being made, culture minister Janet Anderson has told MPs.

She praised Gravesham BC. 'I did not know until I went to Gravesend that Pocahontas is buried there under St George's Church, and I had a pleasant visit to the home of Charles Dickens, in which he wrote Great Expectations.'

Shadow culture secretary Peter Ainsworth said: 'We on the Conservative benches have nothing particularly against local cultural strategies, although a growing number of local authorities are coming round to our view that regional cultural consortiums are a waste of space and money.'

But the minister retorted they were working very well and had been widely welcomed. The move was an attempt to put cultural strategies and services at the heart of regeneration.
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