HC Deb 11 April 1983 vol 40 c548
25. Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps is he taking to promote sponsorship of the arts in the regions.

Mr. Channon

I continue to take every suitable opportunity to promote business sponsorship of the arts throughout the country and I have plans to visit a number of areas later this year. I have also had the pleasure of attending a number of regional events sponsored by businesses, which indicate their growing interest in this subject.

Mr. Brown

I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. I listened carefully when he said that he would be visiting a number of areas. I ask him to visit Humberside, which has been especially successful in persuading businesses to sponsor the arts. Does he accept that business sponsorship is a way of raising much money for the arts without recourse to the taxpayer?

Mr. Channon

Yes, I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. It is encouraging that the figures reveal an enormous increase, which I believe is still occurring. I shall be visiting Lincolnshire and Humberside in May. I shall be delighted to discuss the programme with my hon. Friend.

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