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Local Theatres

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th June 1988.

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Photo of Mr Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham 12:00 am, 13th June 1988

I recognise the importance of the theatres, which have grown in number considerably in the past 20 or 30 years. There has been an average of one new theatre every year for the past 30 years and I recognise that many of them are very fine. However, it is for the managers of the theatres, the arts councils, where they are involved in funding, and the local authorities to play their part. Local authorities have an important role to play in the refurbishment of existing theatres.