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The Arts

Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 8 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the responsibilities of his Department with respect to the arts in Scotland.

Grants to Scottish organisations concerned with the arts are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. In consultation with him I am concerned with general matters of arts policy which concern both countries and for grants to bodies constituted for Great Britain.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the industrial and commercial organisations about which he has information which have contributed financial support to the arts, locally and nationally, in each year since 1970 indicating how much has been contributed in each case and in total.

My Department does not collect this information. It would be invidious to single out only those of whom I have heard at secondhand. I am discussing these matters with the CBI and with other bodies and individuals concerned, and I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation of those industrial and commercial organisations which have supported the arts either nationally or locally.