§ 15. Mr. Kevan Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture. Media and Sport if she will make a statement on Government support for the arts in the north-east. 
§ Tessa Jowell
In 2003–04 Northern Arts will distribute almost £14 million in grant in aid in the north-east.
A further £4 million has been earmarked for Creative Partnerships to invest in the Tees Valley, Durham and Sunderland. Since 1995, almost £132 million of Lottery funding has been awarded to the north-east region by the Arts Council of England.
These awards have funded 956 projects including the BALTIC and Music Centre, Gateshead.