To ask the Minister for the Arts what plans he has to increase investment in arts facilities for people with disabilities.
My aim is for the arts to be accessible to everyone. In December 1988 I gave £150,000 to the Carnegie Trust's adapt fund for the improvement of facilities for disabled people in arts venues. By use of challenge grants the fund aims to encourage additional, and at least equal, financial contributions for local communities. In addition, the Arts Council has published a report on arts and disability to encourage arts organisations to take account of the needs of disabled people in their planning. A copy of the report is available in the Library of the House.