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Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1987

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asked the Minister for the Arts if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have specifically benefited the arts in the borough of Bournemouth.

The Government's arts policies have benefited individuals and arts organisations in all parts of the country.The public library service provided in Bournemouth by Dorset county council has benefited, as have the public library services elsewhere, from research and studies in library and information matters initiated by my Office. The results have been published in HMSO's library and information series.The area museum council has made grants in Bournemouth totalling £19,400. The Arts Council has continued its support of the Bournemouth symphony orchestra, now located in Poole. In 1986–87, the proportion of the orchestra's grant which related to concerts given in Bournemouth was £180,000.