§ Mr. Spring
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the DTI about promoting partnerships between businesses and(a) the arts and (b) sport. 
§ Kate Hoey
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had a number of discussions with colleagues in the DTI about promoting partnerships between business and arts and sports organisations. The vital contribution made to arts and sport by business is recognised across Government. In the arts, for example, my hon. Friend the Minister for Competition and Consumer Affairs participates in hosting receptions to recognise the contribution made by business sponsors through the Government's Pairing Scheme, managed by Arts and Business.
DTI Ministers have also responded positively to the report of the Policy Action Team on Arts and Sport which recommended that DTI should encourage the business links network to forge partnerships between businesses and art/sport organisations.