To ask the Minister for the Arts what progress the business sponsorship incentive scheme has made in the north-west; and if he will make a statement.
Twenty three arts organisations in the north-west have received awards under the BSIS since it began in 1984; £340,000 raised in sponsorship has been matched by £170,000 BSIS, giving a total of £510,000 new money for the arts in the region.
To ask the Minister for the Arts what plans he has to improve the effectiveness of the business sponsorship incentive scheme in Wales.
Thirty two arts organisations in Wales have already benefited under the BSIS, which has channeled £556,000 new money to the arts in Wales. I have agreed to support the opening of a Welsh office for the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts to promote the scheme and I hope this will open in the new year.