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Arts Funding

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Minister for the Arts what is the breakdown between the public and private sector of funding of the arts in the last financial year of which records are available and 1978–79.

Central Government expenditure on the arts has increased from £129 million in 1978–79 to £439 million in 1989–90 (a growth of 240 per cent.). There are no comprehensive figures for private funding of Arts activities but I welcome the evidence that it has been expanding, particularly in the areas of sponsorship and of sales.