HL Deb 17 April 1978 vol 390 cc968-9WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the total overseas earnings of the arts (drama, dance, music, galleries), in recent years, and under which categories in the trade and balance of payments statistical publications are they recorded.


No figure is available for total overseas earnings of the arts. Detailed information on the United Kingdom's visible trade is published monthly inOverseas Trade Statistics of the United Kingdom and some of the categories identified therein represent overseas earnings of the arts, e.g. exports of paintings, original sculptures and gramophone records. Invisible earnings of the arts are included in the following categories in the Balance of Payments Pink Book but are not separately identifiable: travel royalties, film and television earnings and "other services not elsewhere identified".