Private Sponsorship

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th November 1984.

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Photo of Mr Christopher Murphy Mr Christopher Murphy , Welwyn Hatfield 12:00 am, 19th November 1984

asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts what is the current level of private sponsorship of the arts; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr William Waldegrave Mr William Waldegrave , Bristol West

The Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts estimated sponsorship at £13·5 million in 1983, excluding charitable donations by companies and private individuals. No later figures are currently available, but the new incentive scheme of my right hon. and noble Friend has given sponsorship a new impetus. He will be announcing the initial 12 award winners tomorrow.

Photo of Mr Christopher Murphy Mr Christopher Murphy , Welwyn Hatfield

I welcome the results of private sponsorship of the arts. Are the Government to give extra publicity to that?

Photo of Mr William Waldegrave Mr William Waldegrave , Bristol West

I shall certainly take up that matter with my right hon. and noble Friend and write to my hon. Friend on that point.