§ 24. Mr. Whittingdale
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what measures her Department is taking to encourage film making in Britain. 
§ 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.