§ 16. Mrs. Laing
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the funding of the arts in London. 
§ Mr. Fisher
Central Government support for the arts in London is channelled through the Arts Council, and London Arts Board. In 1998/99 the arts in London will receive £12.7 million from the London Arts Board. In addition, national London-based organisations will receive £51.1 million and non-national organisations based in London will receive £14.4 million direct from the Arts Council.
From March 1995 to May 1998 1,352 projects in London totalling over £405 million received National Lottery arts funding.