§ Mr. Peter Ainsworth
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to ensure that the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council co-operates with local authorities and with their representative bodies. 
§ Mr. Chris Smith
[holding answer 14 March 2000]: One of the key strategic objectives of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLAC) as set out in their consultation document of January 2000 is
Consortium/Members East of England Cultural Consortium Chair: Graham Creelman Managing Director, Anglia TV Amanda Arrowsmith English Heritage Regional Commissioner Peter Battrick East of England Environment Forum Jonathan Bowman Chair, East of England Tourist Board John Burgess Chair, of Sport England (East) Julian Campbell Regional Screen Commissioner Jeremy Clover Suffolk County Council Lorna Davies Chair, COVER (Home Office sponsored voluntary sector network) Barry George Regional Library Service Irene Macdonald Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council Anthony Rowlands St. Albans City and District Council Jacqualine Russell East of England Development Agency Wendy Silby Cambridgeshire County Council Hazel Simmons Luton Borough Council Elizabeth Stazicker Chair, Regional Archives Council Stuart Timperley Chair, Eastern Arts Marion Williams Area Museums Council East Midlands Cultural Consortium Chair: Venu Dhupa Executive Director, Nottingham Playhouse Sandra Barnes South Northamptonshire District Council Heather Broughton Head of Museums and Arts, Leicestershire County Council Ted Cassidy Deputy Chairman, East Midlands Development Agency Ian Croft Lincolnshire County Council Devon Daly BBC Radio Nottingham John Dickie Northampton Borough Council Tim Garfield Regional Director, Sport England (East Midlands) HRH Duke of Gloucester English Heritage Regional Commissioner David Johnson Year of the Artist David Lathrope Assistant Director, Libraries, Archives and Information, Nottinghamshire County Council Alan McAinish Chief Executive, Castle Ashby, Northampton Ian McLennan Nottingham City Council Ned Newitt Leicester City Council Christine Rose Chesterfield Borough Council Rachel Watson County Archivist, Northamptonshire County Records Office Janet Wootton Independent Television Commission (Midlands) Culture North East Chair: George Gill Leader of Gateshead MBC John Burton Sedgefield District Council Patrick Conway Regional Library System Jane Darbyshire Chartered Architect Sarah Drummond Head of BBC Radio Newcastle David Fleming Director, Tyne and Wear Museums Scott Henshall Fashion designer Deborah Hunter Freelance film producer George Loggie Northern Arts Winnie Lowes Northumberland County Council Hugh Morgan Williams One North East Bob Pendlebury Northumbria Tourist Board Liz Rees Chief Archivist, Tyne and Wear Archive Services Ione Rippeth Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
to develop new links and partnerships within and outside the sector.
I am certain that MLAC will explore the ways in which constructive relationships can be forged between the local authorities and their representative bodies and MLAC.