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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:13 am on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Nickie Aiken Nickie Aiken Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster 11:13 am, 25th June 2020

Following the question asked by Kevin Brennan, my right hon. Friend is aware that theatres and cultural venues are suffering greatly during the covid-19 crisis. Without support, some of our most famous theatres may have to close. Members with theatres in their constituencies will be aware that for every £1 spent in theatres, £5 is spent in the local economy. Given that my constituency is home to the west end’s theatreland, with more than 30 theatres, the impact on the local economy cannot be overstated. Will the Government bring forward a statement or debate on support for theatre owners and producers, to ensure that it is not the final curtain for our theatres?