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Why, in the light of the McMaster Review into excellence in the arts, a number of arts venues, such as the Bush Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, are facing cuts to funding on quantitative grounds. [HL1281]
Lord Davies of Oldham: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, announced in October last year that grant in aid for Arts Council England would rise to £467 million by 2010-11an increase of £50 million over current levels.
Arts Council England takes decisions on the basis of the objectives in its royal charter to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and practice of the arts and to increase accessibility of the arts to the public in England.
The McMaster Review of excellence considered strategic issues of how we can best support artistic excellence. It makes a number of recommendations for the overall system of support for the arts, to be implemented over a number of years. It did not consider funding of individual organisations.
What was the total tonnage of coal imported into the United Kingdom during each of the years 2001 to 2007; from which countries the coal was imported; what was the estimated cost; and what was the estimated tonnage imported to South Yorkshire during those years. [HL1368]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Lord Jones of Birmingham): The total tonnage of coal imported into the United Kingdom during each of the years 2001 to 2006 on a country of origin basis is summarised below. The total value of imports is also included. Data for 2007 will not be available until later this year.
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