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Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Minister for the Arts what is the proposed level of financing for the arts in Yorkshire in 1988–89; and what are the comparative figures for each of the last five years.

The level of financial support for the arts in Yorkshire is not determined centrally. Grants are made to Yorkshire arts organisations by the Arts Council, the British Film Institute, the Museums and Galleries Commission and the Crafts Council. In 1983–84 Yorkshire received £4,251,943 from these four bodies; in 1984–85, £4,542,710; in 1985–86, £5,477,704; in 1986–87, £6,848,620; and in 1987–88, £7,057,380. Figures for 1988–89 are not yet available. In addition, the arts in Yorkshire receive considerable support from local authorities, in association with Yorkshire Arts.