HC Deb 12 February 1990 vol 167 c51W
87. Mr. Hague

To ask the Minister for the Arts what has been the allocation to the Arts Council in current prices for each year since 1985.

Mr. Luce

The grant-in-aid to the Arts Council in 1985–86 was £105 million, which at 1989–90 prices, using the GDP inflator, is equivalent to £131 million. The figures for the following years were: 1986–87 £135.6 million (£163.9 million at current prices); 1987–88 £139.3 million (£159.9 million ); 1988–89 £150 million (£160.5 million); and 1989–90 £155.25 million. The figure for next year will be £175 million, equivalent to £166.7 million at today's prices, using the GDP forecast. Over the next three years, the compounded increase will be 22 per cent., compared to a projected compound increase of 12 per cent. in the GDP inflator over the whole of that period.