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Dance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

6. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to assist the development of dance. (204453)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support his Department provides to dance as a cultural activity. (204466)

DCMS sponsors Arts Council England to promote and invest in the development of the arts, including dance. Arts Council England’s investment in dance in 2008-09 is £46.5 million, an increase of almost 100 per cent. since 1996-97. This funding will support dance companies and organisations across the country.

At the same time, the recent Government response to Tony Hall’s dance review has committed £5.5 million to youth dance and dance in schools (over the next three years).