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Arts

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was allocated to the arts in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997; and what the percentage change was between each year. (130959)

Funding provided for the arts in Northern Ireland in each year since 1999-2000 is shown in the following table, together with the percentage change between each year. Data for previous years are not readily available. The figures include both revenue funding and capital funding.

Financial year

Total funding provided by Departments

Percentage change

1999-00

8,461,181.46

2000-01

8,245,611

-2.54

2001-02

9,067,800

9.97

2002-03

11,078,537.13

22.17

2003-04

15,151,520.90

36.76

2004-05

14,277,212.91

-5.77

2005-06

14,890,675.62

4.3

2006-07

115,348,890.08

3.1

1Provisional

The information provided in the table may be incomplete as the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety do not hold full information prior to 2003-04.

The Department for Social Development has also provided funding for the arts under Peace II for which details are only available in calendar years. In 2006 £52.4k was provided to the Community Arts Forum. The funding provided by DSD under Peace II for other arts based projects for the period 2002 to date is £565.6k. These figures are not included in the table.