HC Deb 19 May 1997 vol 294 c22W
23. Mr. Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what plans he has to increase funding for inner-city theatres. [385]

Mr. Fisher

I am a great believer in the power of the arts to help regenerate and build local communities, in inner-city areas in particular. Decisions on the distribution of funds are made by the Arts Council of England and the regional arts aboards in conjunction with local authorities and other funding partners, and I know that they are all aware of the wider benefits which the arts can bring to communities.