ANGRY arts groups claimed yesterday that a policy review to be staged by the Government next week would be a farce. The public review of arts policies is to be launched on Monday and run until the end of June with the publication of a 95-page consultation paper that will recommend the establishment of an Arts Council. It recommends the extension of the Government's responsibilities from performance arts to visual and literary arts by reorganising the existing Council for Performing Arts into an Arts Council. Only two pages are devoted to the issue of freedom of artistic expression and the paper recommends the Government maintains its neutral stance. But arts groups say the Government has failed to provide any real solutions to their problems and most people will not understand the consultation paper. The chairman of the steering committee of the Hongkong Cultural Sector Joint Conference, Mr Richard Tsang Yip-fat, said he doubted the Government's sincerity in the review as it has not prepared resources for consultation. A member of the steering committee, Miss Bernadette Tsui Wing-suen, said a better orchestrated consultation campaign was vital as it was not easy to collect opinions from the arts community. But the Government told the arts community that it was looking for primarily qualitative views from them only and that there was no budget allocated for a consultation exercise.