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The Arts

Volume 889: debated on Monday 24 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the total amount spent on the arts by central Government in each year since 1968.

The table below gives details of the expenditure carried on the Arts Vote for England, Wales and Scotland for the years 1968–74:

Year endedNational Museums and GalleriesArts Council and other ArtsTotal
31st March 19686·3137·72914·042
31st March 19696·8918·37315·264
31st March 19708·0479·04517·092
31st March 197110·25910·78021·039
31st March 197211·86913·72525·594
31st March 197313·94916·24230·191
31st March 197412·746*20·35633·102
*The total is smaller than for 1973–74 because of the hiving off of the British Library in 1973–74.
These figures do not include expenditure by the Government on the buildings of the national museums and galleries, which is largely borne on the vote of the Department of the Environment, nor do the figures take account of Government expenditure on ancient monuments or historic houses. Taking all these items into account, my report last year entitled "Fruits of Patronage" showed that central Government expenditure in 1974–75 is more than £50 million.