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|
|British Film Institute||10·03||11·30||11·50||12·00|
|Government Art Collection||0·16||0·20||0·22||0·24|
|Research and supporting services||0·22||0·70||0·70||0·70|
|NHMF (OAL share)||1·50||1·50||1·50||1·50|
|Acceptance in lieu (OAL share)||1·00||1·00||1·00||1·00|
|British Library current grant||51·00||54·00||54·70||56·00|
|British Library capital||22·70||31·26||39·65||44·19|
|New library initiatives||0·00||0·25||0·25||0·25|
|Public Lending Rights Scheme||2·75||3·50||3·50||3·50|
|MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES|
|Museums and Galleries total||125·64||140·70||142·66||145·63|
|Museums and Galleries Commission||6·26||6·40||6·61||6·81|
|Research and and support services||—||0·50||0·50||0·50|
Official Report: Price Increases
asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will make a statement on the price of the
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.
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 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:
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|
|Crystal Palace ILO||1||1||7||41||78||24||2||1||1||156|
|Greenwich Park ILO||1||1||8||51||101||31||3||1||1||198|
|Kennington Park ILO||1||6||34||68||19||2||2||1||133|
|Hither Green AO||1||2||10||24||8||1||46|
|Table (b) Permanent Staff in Post October 1987 (Temporary Staff shown in Brackets)|
|Crystal Palace ILO||1||1||6||46||81||27||2||1||(1)||165(1)|
|Greenwich Park ILO||1||1||8.5||46.5||102.5||35||3.5||1||2||201|
|Kennington Park ILO||1||4||33||69||21||2||2||1||133|
|Hither Green AO||1||2||11||24||7(1)||1||46(1)|
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
|Crystal Palace ILO||4||20||24||.75|
|Greenwich Park ILO||1||12||13||5|
|Kennington Park ILO||6||6||3|
|Hither Green AO||2||2||4||1|
Table (d) Annual Turnover for year ending 30th September 1987
|Crystal Palace ILO||6||14||16||2||38|
|Greenwich Park ILO||6||38||24||4||2||74|
|Kennington Park ILO||14||4||2||20|
|Hither Green AO||2||10||2||14|
Notes to Tables
(i) Staff working on contributory benefit work are included.
- ILO-Integrated Local Office
- AO-Area Office
- SEO-Senior Executive Officer
- HEO-Higher Executive Officer
- LOI-Local Officer 1
- AO-Administrative Officer
- AA-Administrative Assistant
- SG-Security Guard
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.