HC Deb 29 June 1995 vol 262 c776W
Mr. Jim Callaghan

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is the current level of expenditure per capita on the arts. [30980]

Mr. Dorrell

[holding answer 26 June 1995]: Figures for total per capita spending on the arts are not currently available; my Department is supporting a research programme designed to produce an accurate overall measure of the level of creative artistic activity.

My Department's tax-funded budget for the performing and contemporary visual arts in 1995–96 is £200.6 million. With only small exceptions, this money is spent within England, giving a per capita expenditure in the current year from central Government of £4.13. My Department is also responsible for the national lottery, which expects to make available up to £200 million to the arts in England in the current year. If the Department's expenditure on museums and galleries is also included, the per capita figure is £12.75.