HC Deb 18 December 1995 vol 268 c849W
24. Mr. Whittingdale

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what measures her Department is taking to encourage film making in Britain. [4659]

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

The British Film Industry is presently in a buoyant state and the Government will continue to provide significant public funds of over £23 million next year in support. That includes support for the British Film Institute, British Screen Finance, the European Co-Production Fund, the British Film Commission and the National Film and Television School. In addition, up to £100 million of lottery money is available to be spent on film production and other film projects over the next five years. I have also established a high level advisory committee, under the chairmanship of Sir Peter Middleton, to look at obstacles to the industry's growth.