HC Deb 15 December 2000 vol 359 c293W
Tony Wright

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the local, sub-regional and regional partnerships, boards of zones and other cross-sectoral bodies supported by his Department; and the funding streams with which they are associated. [142191]

Mr. Chris Smith

The only bodies of this type which are currently supported directly by my Department are the eight Regional Cultural Consortiums in the English regions outside London, which are funded from my Department's programme budget.

From April 2002, my Department will also be supporting at least 12 Creative Partnerships in deprived areas of England. These will be funded by an additional £40 million grant-in-aid to the Arts Council of England, which will administer the scheme.

In addition, my Department's non-departmental public bodies can support cross-sectoral work, which may include support for some partnerships, zones and other cross-sectoral bodies, using grant-in-aid, National Lottery funding and funding from other sources.