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Arts And Design

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure was made by his Department on (a) the arts and (b) design in the last financial year.

[holding answer 21 December 1989]: A number of items of my Department's expenditure—for example, the provision and maintenance of prisons and programmes for prisoners, and the production of various publications—contain elements that could be classified as expenditure on arts and—or design, but in general it is not practicable to separate and cost those elements.All prison education departments provide courses in art and craft work, but, because these courses are part of the total education provision, it is not possible to identify separately expenditure on them. Expenditure on the annual Koestler Trust exhibition of prisoners' art and craft is estimated to have been £20,000 in 1988–89.