§ 3. Mr. Robert Cooke
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will make a statement on the progress made following his approaches to both sides of industry on the subject of industrial patronage of the arts.
§ Mr. Hugh Jenkins
I am still in touch with both sides of industry and I shall report further progress as soon as I can.
§ Mr. Jenkins
Oddly enough, I believe that I have been the most enthusiastic and driving Minister ever on the question of extracting money from private enterprise. I believe that I have had great success. I am going to a performance tonight which is supported by one of those companies which in my view have received insufficient publicity about their activities in this connection. I have also had a letter this morning from the Chairman of Imperial Tobacco putting forward a suggestion which I am studying with close attention and appreciation. I hope that in due course we shall be able to say something about this. I am also expecting to hear shortly from Mr. Campbell Adamson, of the CBI, concerning 996 some discussions I had with him on the subject recently.
§ Mr. Hannam
Has the Minister looked at the experience of other countries, for example, Switzerland, where large concerns like Migros allocate 1 per cent. of their turnover for cultural sponsorship of the arts?
§ Mr. Jenkins
That is indeed an interesting point, which I hope to discuss with the leaders of industry in due course.