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UK Film Council

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by the UK Film Council in (a) south-east England, (b) Brighton and Hove and (c) West Sussex in each of the last five years; and which projects have been supported. (88041)

The UK Film Council disperses a combination of Lottery and Grant In Aid (GIA) funding to each of the English regions through nine Regional Screen Agencies. Screen South is the agency tasked with supporting film activity in the south east of England. In each of the last five years the UK Film Council has invested in Screen South as follows:

£

GIA

Lottery

Total

2001-02

35,632

67,733

103,365

2002-03

432,000

447,267

879,267

2003-04

432,000

405,000

837,000

2004-05

432,000

305,000

737,000

2005-06

432,000

305,000

737,000

In each of the last five years Screen South has made lottery awards of:

Lottery awards (£)

2001-02

n/a

2002-03

256,671.65

2003-04

260,836.00

2004-05

244,025.11

2005-06

242,440.00

Note:

Between 2001-02, the regional investment fund for England was being set up, hence the reason why we do not have any figures available for this period of time.

In addition, the difference between the lottery awarded to Screen South by UK Film Council and that given out by them can be accounted for by the time lag between funds being given by the UK Film Council and eventually drawn down by successful applicants to Screen South. It can also be attributed to the overheads of the organisation. The UK Film Council’s lottery awards to Screen South provide the core funding for the organisation and enable it to attract and administer funds from a wide range of sources.

Specifically, Screen South has invested in West Sussex as follows:

£

GIA

Lottery

Total

2001-02

n/a

n/a

n/a

2002-03

10,500

10,500

2003-04

8,447

8,447

2004-05

18,200

18,200

2005-06

20,125

20,125

And in Brighton and Hove as follows:

£

GIA

Lottery

Total

2001-02

n/a

n/a

n/a

2002-03

90,000

63,720

153,720

2003-04

73,000

47,030

120,030

2004-05

58,000

58,106

116,106

2005-06

58,000

74,850

132,850

A detailed breakdown of the projects supported by Screen East in the south-east region and in Brighton and Hove and West Sussex is included with this response. It is important to note that Brighton and Hove is a cultural hub of the region, and that the density of awards made in this area reflects the concentration of film-making activity and film makers submitting applications. A short note is also included outlining the two projects receiving direct grant in aid investment.

The UK Film Council has also made lottery awards, both directly and through its delegates Skillset and First Light, to organisations and film makers based in the South East. In each of the last five years these amounted to:

In Brighton:

£

Lottery awards

2001-02

407,266.00

2002-03

389,642.00

2003-04

1,004,589.00

2004-05

1,908,038.00

Beyond detailing the two projects in Brighton, which were individual and specific to the area, it has not been possible within the time or cost limit to analyse the regional impact of grant in aid funds. This is because such funds are invested in schemes and activities which take place across the region, or in the case of the British Film Institute, the whole of the UK.

I am arranging for a detailed breakdown of the projects supported by this funding to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.