§ Lord Fearn
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What grant has been given to the British Film Industry during each of the past four years and the current year to date. [HL,2852]
§ Baroness Blackstone:
The following table gives details of government funding for film. In addition to direct government funding, the Film Council has distributed Lottery funding for film since April 2000. Prior to this, the Arts Council distributed lottery funding for film.
The yearly amounts at different council tax bands are:
Band A £13.33 Band B £15.56 Band C £17.78 Band D £20.00 Band E £24.44 Band F £28.89 Band G £33.33 Band H £40.00
On the current tax base this would raise £56 million a year.
The first payment would not be until 2006–07 financial year when it is known whether London has won the right to stage the 2012 Olympics or not. The duration and total cost of the charge per household would depend on the overall cost of the Games.