HC Deb 13 May 2002 vol 385 c413W
25. Mr. Mole

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to support theatre in the regions. [53986]

Tessa Jowell

This is a matter for the Arts Council of England and the Regional Arts Boards. From 1 April this year the Arts Council is investing an additional £12 million in theatre increasing to £25 million a year from 2003–04, as a result of its extensive review of the needs of regional theatre. Funding for the New Wolsey in Ipswich will increase from £322,750 last year to £492,750 in 2003–04, an increase over two years of 53 per cent.

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