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Arts (Accessibility)

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture. Media and Sport what plans he has to make the arts more accessible to a wider range of people. [13453]

Access is at the heart of my policies. I believe strongly that the public has a right to better access in return for the public funding which goes into the arts. I have made a number of specific proposals aimed at increasing access to the arts. These include plans to pilot open theatre nights and an Artscard scheme for young people. I will be announcing the results of our review of access to national museums and galleries within the next few weeks.