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"The Arts Are Your Business"

Volume 23: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the cost to public funds of the publication of the booklet "The Arts Are Your Business"; how many of these booklets have been printed; and how they have been circulated; and at what price.

"The Arts Are Your Business" was first printed in 1980, when 25,000 copies were produced at a cost of £11,000. These were distributed free as part of the Government's campaign to encourage business sponsorship of the arts and copies were sent on request to a wide range of organisations in local government, business and the arts.

In response to continued demand a revised edition of 5,000 copies was produced in the autumn of 1981 at a further cost of £3,321. About 1,000 of these have been distributed so far, mainly in connection with the Government's new campaign to encourage sponsorship in the regions.