Regional Arts Associations

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st October 1985.

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Photo of George Young George Young Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Environment) 12:00 am, 21st October 1985

I reject the assumption behind the hon. Gentleman's question. In our manifesto in 1983 we said that we would keep up the level of support for the arts, and our record shows that we have done better than that. From 1978–79 to date the central Government arts budget has more than doubled in cash terms, that is, a real terms increase of nearly 18 per cent. This year's budget is almost 6 per cent. up in cash terms on last year's budget. In the context of the very difficult decisions that the Government have had to take on public expenditure, the arts have done quite well.