Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th May 2013.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to prevent the closure of local theatres as a result of local authority spending reductions.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

holding answer sent 14 May 2013

Decisions on funding for the arts in this country are made at arm's length of Government by Arts Council England (ACE). ACE works closely with local authorities to share and discuss priorities, but this Government firmly believe that it is for local authorities to determine, in consultation with their communities, their priorities for spending.

ACE funds 179 theatre organisations through Grant in Aid funding, including the Civic in Barnsley, and also invests lottery funding in the theatre sector: Catalyst funding, which helps arts organisations increase their fundraising capacity, has been awarded to 49 theatre organisations; a strategic touring fund of £15 million per year from 2012, has, in its first year, supported 17 theatre touring projects; and five of ACE's 17 digital R and D fund awards have been made to theatre projects.

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