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Written Answers

Wednesday 23 January 2008

Arts: Funding

Baroness Howells of St Davids asked Her Majesty's Government:

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 2010-11—an increase of £50 million over current levels.

The Arts Council operates at arm's length from the Government and decisions about which arts organisations to fund are entirely for it.

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”.



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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.

Energy: Coal Imports

Lord Mason of Barnsley asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Thousand tonnes
Country200120022003200420052006

European Union

Belgium/Luxembourg

6

2

12

11

14

2

Denmark

-

-

-

-

-

10

Estonia (1)

..

..

..

22

15

37

France

-

17

19

50

4

5

Germany

-

10

2

13

16

50

Irish Republic

72

46

57

40

38

19

Italy

-

-

14

-

-

-

Latvia (1)

..

..

..

11

92

357

Netherlands (2)

157

257

246

193

197

188

Poland (1)

..

..

..

1,208

647

883

Spain

-

9

21

24

41

46

Sweden

5

25

-

-

-

-

Total European Union

240

366

369

1,580

1,066

1,597

Australia

7,076

5,093

5,664

6,175

4,464

4,018

Canada

1,182

750

839

740

1,084

1,282

Colombia

6,722

3,547

3,398

3,630

3,289

3,798

Indonesia

50

45

402

1,458

1,616

1,895

Norway

24

164

145

138

-

-

People's Republic of China

705

288

210

233

135

55

Poland (1)

1,235

1,596

1,902

..

..

..

Republic of South Africa

10,259

9,876

12,194

10,144

13,029

12,953

Russia

3,895

4,368

5,089

9,932

17,521

22,739

United States of America

2,610

1,567

1,154

2,061

1,509

1,993

Venezuela

56

-

-

39

-

-

Vietnam

92

86

45

23

-

-

Other countries

1,396

940

480

-

255

126

Total all countries

35,542

28,686

31,891

36,153

43,968

50,456

Value of imports (cif) (£m) (3)

1,158

852

924

1,329

1,873

2,132


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