asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many, and which, organisations regularly funded by Arts Council England (ACE) there were in each ACE region in the year 2007–08; and how many, and which, subject to an appeal process, there will be in each region in 2008–09. [HL1227]
My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, announced in October last year that grant in aid for Arts Council England would rise to £467 million by 2010-11—an increase of £50 million over current levels.
The figures for 2007-08 are as follows
2007-08 East 42 East Midlands 81 London 300 North East 85 North West 124 South East 76 South West 84 West Midlands 82 Yorkshire 116 Total 990
A list of organisations will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
The Arts Council operates at arm's length from the Government and decisions about which arts organisations to fund in 2008-09 are entirely for it.
Arts Council England will make a full announcement at the beginning of February when final decisions have been taken.