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British Council: Performing Arts

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding his Department provided to the British Council to sponsor British musical and theatrical artists to perform overseas in each year since 1998. (225518)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provided £190 million grant in aid funding to the British Council in 2007-08. However, it does not hold detailed records on funding for musical and theatrical artists to perform overseas. The British Council currently has three key programme areas: intercultural dialogue, climate change, and supporting the UK's creative and knowledge economy. The British Council's financial systems do not currently hold information at the level of detail to provide this specific breakdown and to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.