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Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of changes in the number of theatres since 1997. (108162)

No estimates have been made on the change in the number of theatres since 1997.

The Arts Council England commissioned an economic impact study of UK theatre, published in 2004, which estimates that 541 theatres make up the building-base of UK theatre. This includes commercial theatres, local authority venues and subsidised theatres.

The number of theatre organisations receiving regular funding from Arts Council England has increased from 192 in 1996-07 to 234 in 2006-07.