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Volume 453: debated on Monday 20 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the role of art and culture in regeneration. (100895)

Art and culture can play a significant role in regeneration. Examples of this can be seen across the country, such as the Lowry in Salford, the Sage in Newcastle-Gateshead and the Bellenden renewal area in Peckham, South London. My Department's publication “Culture at the Heart of Regeneration” highlighted how culture can drive regeneration by reviving town centres, drawing communities together and promoting economic development. The role of culture in regeneration has been strengthened by a joint agreement on sustainable communities, signed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, my Department and a number of its key non-departmental public bodies in July this year.