To ask the Minister for the Arts whether he has any plans to increase the funding of the public lending right scheme; and if he will make a statement.
As I announced in answer to a written question on 5 November, at column 848, the annual fund will be increased by £0·75 million to £3·5 million from 1988–89. This represents an increase of 27 per cent. and is the second substantial increase in three years. It will raise the fund in real terms to its highest level since the scheme was implemented.