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Culture: Liverpool

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much financial support the Government provided to Liverpool's Capital of Culture year; and if he will make a statement. (251716)

DCMS and Arts Council England (ACE) committed £10 million over the period 2005 to 2009 to support Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year. In addition Liverpool received a grant of £1,200,000 from the Urban Cultural programme. In 2008 DCMS and ACE contributed an additional £509,000 to support delivery of the remaining arts programme. The Northwest Regional Development Agency has provided £3.4 million since 2005-06.

I am delighted that Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year was such a magnificent success generating an £800 million boost to the regional economy and one which leaves an exciting cultural and physical legacy.