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Written Answers

Volume 489: debated on Thursday 5 November 1987

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Written Answers

Arts Funding 1988–91

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will announce levels of funding for the arts in 1988–89.

My right honourable friend the Minister for the Arts announced at Newcastle in July the start of a long-term plan for the funding of the arts. The aim of the plan is to maintain the level of support from public funds, but to encourage subsidised bodies to become more self-reliant in their development and growth. My right honourable friend is announcing today a new departure in arts funding which will carry that plan forward.The new departure consists of a three-year settlement of the arts budget. This is a special arrangement providing firm figures not only for the next financial year but for a three-year period from April 1988 to March 1991. This is to give arts bodies a firm base on which to plan their future activities and, if they are successful, their future growth. In order to create the right atmosphere and to get this new approach off to a good start, my right honourable friend is providing a substantial increase in funding in the first year.The three-year settlement covers much the greater part of the central government arts programme, including the national museums and galleries; the Arts Council, the British Film Institute, the Crafts Council and other arts bodies; and the running costs of the British Library and the Public Lending Right. It excludes the National Heritage Memorial Fund, for which my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment announced on 23rd October a special injection of £20m this year. It also excludes the costs of the British Library capital project at St. Pancras, which will continue to be reviewed annually in the usual way. But it covers all the rest.The essence of the three-year settlement is that the figures for the period up to March 1991 will not be reviewed in the course of the 1988 and 1989 expenditure surveys unless the situation changes substantially in ways that cannot be foreseen today. The Government will consider in 1988 what provision to make for the last year of that survey—i.e., for 1991–92; and similarly in 1989 what provision to make for 1992–93. We intend a rolling three-year programme.Thus, arts bodies will be able to plan their own future on a firm basis. We want them to know what the Government are going to do for them—and what they are not going to do; to plan the fund-raising and income generation which they should undertake on their own account; and to match their plans and priorities to a realistic view of the total resources that they can secure for themselves over the three-year period.That part of the budget to which the three-year settlement applies will rise from £336m in the current year to £394m in 1990–91: an increase of £58m or 17 per cent. To get the new approach off to a good start, the increase in the first year will be 10 per cent. It will not be evenly spread over all my right honourable friend's client bodies; most will go where he judges the case to be strongest. The central government programme as a whole, including the NHMF and the British Library's capital needs, will rise to £440m over the three-year period. That is a rise of £79m or 22 per cent. in total.The table below shows the main allocations over the three-year period. The Arts Council's grant will rise from £138m in the current year to £150m next year, £155m in 1989–90 and £160m in 1990–91. Over the three years, this is a rise of over 15 per cent. From this increase the Arts Council will be expected to deal with the financing of overseas tours by our major companies and to set aside sums rising to £7m by the third year for incentive funding schemes and for increased touring in the regions outside London. The grant to the British Film Institute will rise to £12m by the third year, an increase of nearly 20 per cent. The grant to the National Film and Television School will rise by 50 per cent. to £1.7m. The Crafts Council's grant will rise by nearly 19 per cent. to £2.4m.The provision for the Business Sponsorship Incentive Scheme will be increased from £1.75m to £3.0m. The provision for Public Lending Right will rise from £2.75m to £3.5m, a rise of 27 per cent., which will bring the fund to its highest level in real terms since its inception. The provision for the running costs of the British Library will rise from £51m in the current year to ?56m by 1990–91, a rise of nearly 10 per cent.The total provision for museums and galleries will rise from £126m in the current year to £141m next year and £146m by the third year. A further statement will be made before Christmas on the allocation of these sums between institutions. But not less than £6m of the increase in the first year will be devoted to strengthening the building and maintenance programme of the national museums and galleries—a rise of over 20 per cent. The grant to the Museums and Galleries Commission will rise to over £6.8m by the third year, a rise of over 11 per cent.These measures combine a substantial increase with a firm limit. They offer an opportunity to aim for, and secure, a broadening of the base of support for the arts in this country. As living standards rise, we should aim to ensure that increasing numbers of people not only have access to the arts but participate by their own choice in supporting them. These proposals are designed to help to create the climate in which artists and arts bodies can win that support.

Table of main allocations
£ million
Arts Council138·40150·00155·00160·00
British Film Institute10·0311·3011·5012·00
Crafts Council2·022·252·352·40
Government Art Collection0·160·200·220·24
Arts Marketing0·250·250·250·25
Research and supporting services0·220·700·700·70
NHMF (OAL share)1·501·501·501·50
Acceptance in lieu (OAL share)1·001·001·001·00
British Library current grant51·0054·0054·7056·00
British Library capital22·7031·2639·6544·19
New library initiatives0·000·250·250·25
Public Lending Rights Scheme2·753·503·503·50
Museums and Galleries total125·64140·70142·66145·63
of which
National Institutions119·38133·80135·55138·33
Museums and Galleries Commission6·266·406·616·81
Research and and support services0·500·500·50

Official Report: Price Increases

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will make a statement on the price of the

Official Report.

Following a review by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, my honourable friend the Paymaster General has authorised an increase of 30p in the price of the daily part, with proportionate increases in the prices of the weekly part and index. Bound Volumes will increase by £2·50 and the cumulative index by 5 per cent. Subscription rates and the scale of charges for reprints of Peers' speeches appearing in the Official Report will also be raised. Despite these increases, Hansard will still receive a substantial subsidy.

Maff: Minim Returns 1987

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they are now able to make available the 1987 returns of their top management information system of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
(Baroness Trumpington)

A copy of the 1987 MINIM returns, which cover the objectives and resources used by the Ministry's programmes, has now been placed in the Library of the House.

Southwark Supplementary Benefit Offices: Statistics

asked Her Majesty's Government:For each Supplementary Benefit office in the Diocese of Southwark:

  • (i) in the past 6 months—
  • (a) what load of current cases has the office carried;
  • (b) what percentage of claimants were required to register for work;
  • (c) what percentage of claimants were pensioners;
  • (ii) in each month since 2nd June 1987 —
  • (a) how many claims for supplementary benefit were made; and how many were determined;
  • (b) how many new claimants were required to be available for work;
  • (c) how many claims for single payments were made; and how many were determined;
  • (d) how many claims for urgent needs were made; and how many were determined
  • (iii) since 30th June 1987, what was the average number of new claims and cases awaiting review which were recorded as outstanding each month.
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Security
    (Lord Skelmersdale)

    I regret that the information requested is not readily available. I am arranging to have the information collated and placed in the Library as soon as possible, and will inform the right reverend Prelate when this has been done.

    asked Her Majesty's Government:For each Supplementary Benefit office in the diocese of Southwark:

  • (i) broken down by staffing grades—
  • (a) what is the current staffing complement;
  • (b) how many permanent staff are currently in post;
  • (c) how many temporary staff are currently in post;
  • (d) how many staff members are currently being trained;
  • (e) how many qualified officers are engaged in training staff;
  • (f) what is the annual turnover of permanent staff;
  • (ii) when staffing complements are devised, what percentage of clerical staff are expected to be in training at any one time.
  • There are 32 local offices with boundaries within the Diocese of Southwark, 28 of which deal with both supplementary benefit and contributory benefit or supplementary benefits only. The staffing levels of each of these 28 offices are contained in tables which I have placed in the Library.I regret that information about the percentage of clerical staff in training at any one time is not available.

    Table (a) Current Staffing Complement
    Balham ILO1185110236321205
    Battersea ILO117428229212167
    Bexley ILO117449326411178
    Brixton ILO118508831351188
    Bromley ILO16326719321131
    Croydon ILO11106411729421229
    Crystal Palace ILO117417824211156
    Epsom ILO1528551821110
    Greenwich Park ILO1185110131311198
    Hounslow ILO1195811339421228
    Kennington Park ILO16346819221133
    Kingston ILO117437724321159
    Lwewisham ILO118529732432200
    Peckham ILO118398526412167
    Redhill ILO163365193127
    Southwark ILO117458329322173
    Streatham ILO16387624211149
    Twickenham ILO152748152199
    Wandsworth ILO16386322321136
    Woolwich ILO12117313746412277
    Camberwell AO1637722222142
    Eltham AO129174134
    Hither Green AO1210248146
    Oval AO115326426221134
    Mitcham AO14213710174
    Surbiton AO1214279154
    Sutton AO1316309160
    Wimbledon AO142137121177
    Table (b) Permanent Staff in Post October 1987 (Temporary Staff shown in Brackets)
    Balham ILO11846.510642.532(1)210(1)
    Baltersea ILO117438030312168
    Bexley ILO1174410227.53(1)11187.5(1)
    Brixton ILO1185194.5361.55(1)198(1)
    Bromley ILO163473.517(2)321137.5(2)
    Croydon ILO119.561.512234.5421236.5
    Crystal Palace ILO11646812721(1)165(1)
    Epsom ILO15265513(3)2102(3)
    Greenwich Park ILO118.546.5102.5353.512201
    Hounslow ILO11956.5117.538.5(1)321229.5(1)
    Kennington Park ILO14336921221133
    Kingston ILO11543.57526.5221157
    Lewisham ILO116499937332201
    Peckham ILO1183781.527(4)3(1)2160.5(5)
    Redhill ILO153258.5182116.5
    Southwark ILO11748.58337312183.5
    Streatham ILO1637.574.522.5211145.5
    Twickenham ILO142753.510(2)2198.5(2)
    Wandsworth ILO15386413(11)321127(11)
    Woolwich ILO111065.5140.538.5412263.5
    Camberwell AO1638692322141
    Eltham AO129.5175.5136
    Hither Green AO1211247(1)146(1)
    Oval AO115337326221144
    Mitcham AO14224012180
    Surbiton AO1212.5318155.5
    Sutton AO131723.58153.5
    Wimbledon AO142136.59(2)1173.5(2)

    The complementing system contains a composite absence factor which includes an allowance for training courses not held in local offices. The complement for 1987–88 also included a margin of 500 posts for new entrant training. An additional 1,161 man years in the form of overtime and casual staff were also included to cover ongoing training and training for the new Income Support and Social Fund schemes.

    Table (c) Staff under Tutelage and Number of Training Officers on 1st October 1987.

    Staff under Tutelage

    Number of Training Officers






    Balham ILO19193
    Battersea ILO420243
    Bexley ILO618244
    Brixton ILO518233
    Bromley ILO47112
    Croydon ILO773.5
    Crystal Palace ILO42024.75
    Epsom ILO111123
    Greenwich Park ILO112135
    Hounslow ILO113144
    Kennington Park ILO663
    Kingston ILO67132
    Lewisham ILO312153
    Peckham ILO38113.33
    Redhill ILO37103
    Southwark ILO417215
    Streatham ILO117182
    Twickenham ILO55103
    Wandsworth ILO3143
    Woolwich ILO523285
    Camberwell AO320233
    Eltham AO1122
    Hither Green AO2241
    Oval AO114153
    Mitcham AO28102
    Surbiton AO11112
    Sutton AO1341
    Wimbledon AO3472

    Table (d) Annual Turnover for year ending 30th September 1987








    Balham ILO44246496
    Battersea ILO8162852
    Bexley ILO16344256
    Brixton ILO1036264480
    Bromley ILO8168234
    Croydon ILO16363688
    Crystal Palace ILO61416238
    Epsom ILO611623
    Greenwich Park ILO638244274
    Hounslow ILO44024270
    Kennington Park ILO144220

    Kingston ILO1042142674
    Lewisham ILO10404622100
    Peckham ILO638182468
    Redhill ILO42082236
    Southwark ILO430182256
    Streatham ILO430162254
    Twickenham ILO814222248
    Wandsworth ILO6188234
    Woolwich ILO632362682
    Camberwell AO6562284
    Eltham AO210618
    Hither Green AO210214
    Oval AO4221238
    Mitcham AO4322460
    Surbiton AO6221038
    Sutton AO422430
    Wimbledon AO688224

    Notes to Tables

    (i) Staff working on contributory benefit work are included.

    (ii) Abbreviations:

    • ILO-Integrated Local Office
    • AO-Area Office
    • PRIN-Principal
    • SEO-Senior Executive Officer
    • HEO-Higher Executive Officer
    • LOI-Local Officer 1
    • AO-Administrative Officer
    • AA-Administrative Assistant
    • TYP-Typist
    • SG-Security Guard
    • MESS-Messenger

    Community Programme Part-Time Workers: Unemployment Benefit

    asked Her Majesty's Government:What is their present policy regarding the payment of unemployment benefit to people on Community Programmes in respect of days on which they are not working.

    Our policy is that those working part-time in the Community Programme should not be able to supplement their earnings with unemployment benefit for the days when they are not working.