English National Opera: Finance

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 1st December 2022.

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Photo of Lord Freyberg Lord Freyberg Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government with whom Arts Council England consulted prior to their decision to withdraw all national programme funding from English National Opera.

Photo of Lord Freyberg Lord Freyberg Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government whether Arts Council England discussed with English National Opera a plan of transition from their base in London, prior to their decision to withdraw all national programme funding from the organisation.

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To ask His Majesty's Government whether the London Coliseum is under public (1) ownership, or (2) control; and if so, (a) what is its legal status, and (b) whether Arts Council England or any other public body retain any residual control or ownership rights, including the power to sell the venue.

Photo of Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Decisions about which organisations to fund, and by how much, through its Investment Programme are taken by Arts Council England at arm’s length from His Majesty’s Government.

Arts Council England has a robust process to determine how funding decisions are made. The decisions were made in line with its published guidance and in response to its ten-year strategy, ‘Let’s Create’. Assessments were carried out by Arts Council England, and decisions were made by its Area and National Councils, which include both local representatives and people who work in the sector.

The London Coliseum is owned freehold by English National Opera and is not under public ownership or control. The property can be used according to the terms as set out in agreements between English National Opera and each of its funders. This includes Arts Council England.

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