HC Deb 05 November 1979 vol 973 cc15-6W
29. Mr. Jessel

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what action the Government are taking to encourage industrial, commercial and other private patronage of the arts.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

Support from the private sector will become increasingly important and the key to development in the arts, while public support will of course continue. I have stated this view and have been impressed by the constructive response from companies and individuals on a number of occasions in which the tax changes in my right hon. and learned Friend's Budget have undoubtedly played an important part.