§ 24. Mr. Arnold Shaw
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many projects have received or been promised financial aid from the Housing the Arts Fund; what is the total commitment from the fund to date; and what is the comparable commitment by local authorities and the private sector.
§ The Minister of State, Department of Education and Science (Miss Jennie Lee)
The Arts Council has made or promised grants totalling £2,250.000 to 109 projects. The total cost of these projects is about £10,500,000 so that the contribution from local authority and private sources amounts to about £8,250,000.
§ Mr. Shaw
I thank my hon. Friend for that reply and for the great effort made by the Government in this respect. Is my right hon. Friend entirely satisfied that sufficient is being given by local authorities and private funds?
§ Miss Lee
Of course I am not, but it is remarkable that £81 million has come from local authorities and private sources.