London Arts Funding

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th June 1991.

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Photo of Mr Timothy Renton Mr Timothy Renton , Mid Sussex 12:00 am, 10th June 1991

The hon. Gentleman is being less than honest and less than frank. The Almeida theatre has had its funding increased by 8 per cent. by Greater London Arts, which is indirectly funded by my office. He should know that and he should recognise it. The body that is riot increasing the theatre's funding is Islington borough council. As I have told the hon. Gentleman before, he should bring his influence to bear to ensure that Labour councillors do not simply push their arts clients over the table into the waste paper basket when there are financial difficulties—often created by the councillors themselves—in their area.