§ Mr. John Carlisle
asked the Minister for the Arts if he will make a statement on new business sponsorship of dance.
§ Mr. Luce
The Digital Equipment Company has today announced a major new sponsorship programme for dance. The programme is receiving matching funding under the Government's business sponsorship incentive scheme, which was a major influence in DEC's decision. This means that in total the programme will inject £500,000 new funding into dance. It is an imaginative sponsorship package covering the whole range of dance activity, and is an outstanding example of business and Government joining forces to support the arts. It will be welcomed by all who love dance. DEC deserves enormous credit.