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Covid-19 Update - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:51 pm on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Razzall Lord Razzall Liberal Democrat 12:51 pm, 25th June 2020

My Lords, a number of noble Lords, including three of my Liberal Democrat colleagues, have raised the crisis facing performing arts organisations. It seems that the Government’s answer to this is simply that they are aware of the problem and that talks are going on. Does the noble Baroness not accept that the time for talking is probably now over? Furthermore, is she not aware of the letter in yesterday’s Times from over 60 leaders of arts organisations saying that, without “immediate and substantial” financial support, theatres and performing arts companies will close and tens of thousands of artistic careers will be cut short?