Letter: Arts Council drama

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The Independent Online
Sir: In her letter of 23 May, Jules Wright quotes my statement that members of the Arts Council's Drama Advisory Panel were "hand picked" by me. I should add that during my time at the Arts Council, anyone could apply for panel membership. The council is a publicly accountable body, and all applications were considered in careful consultation with the director of the artform, the chairman of the panel and, in the case of drama, the Secretary General.

THELMA HOLT

London, WC2

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