Arts: Funding

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with representatives of the tourist industry to ascertain the effects of the reduction of arts funding on their future growth prospects; and what was the outcome of those discussions.

Photo of Baroness Rawlings Baroness Rawlings Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Ministers and officials of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport meet representatives from the tourism industry on a regular basis. However, the spending review settlement for Arts Council England was not discussed with representatives of the tourism industry before it was announced.

By limiting cuts to the cultural core to 15 per cent over four years, and taking into account the separate but parallel increase in income for the arts good cause from the National Lottery, the department is confident that the arts can continue to make their valuable contribution to the visitor economy.

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