HC Deb 06 March 1996 vol 273 c240W
Dr. Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what recent discussions she has had with the Arts Council regarding change to distribution rules to create a stability fund to enable lottery funds to be spent on staff restructuring and if she will make it her policy to resist such a change. [18225]

Mr. Sproat

The Arts Council has approached me with a proposal for a scheme to be financed from the lottery to provide ways of putting arts organisations on a firmer financial basis without entering into continuing commitments for revenue funding. The Arts Council is currently working up detailed proposals in consultation with my Department and others.