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Business Sponsorship Scheme

Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Minister for the Arts whether he is satisfied with the progress of the business sponsorship scheme for the arts.

The business sponsorship incentive scheme has proved highly successful in raising £12·4 million of new money for the arts and attracting over 400 first time sponsors. A total of 70 per cent. of BSIS money has gone outside the London area. I believe that the scheme can attract still more sponsors for the arts and, as I indicated to the House during the debate on the arts on 12 March, I have decided to continue the scheme in 1988–89.