John Glen debates with Attorney General

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Thu 29th June 2017 Oral Answers to Questions 21 interactions (407 words)

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Thursday 29th June 2017

(3 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Lilian Greenwood Portrait Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South) (Lab) - Hansard

6. What steps her Department is taking to ensure equitable regional funding for arts and culture. [900079]

John Glen Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (John Glen) - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:51 a.m.

The Government want everyone to have the best access to arts and culture, wherever they live. That is why I am delighted that 60% of the national portfolio organisation funding announced by the Arts Council this week and 75% of lottery funding from 2018 will be invested outside London.

Lilian Greenwood Portrait Lilian Greenwood - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:51 a.m.

May I begin by congratulating the hon. Gentleman on his first appearance on the Front Bench? He will know that austerity has forced midlands local authorities to cut spending on culture, so Arts Council England’s announcement that it is investing extra money outside London is very welcome and I am delighted that it will support City Arts, Primary, Dance4, Nottingham Playhouse and other organisations in our city, which the Minister is welcome to visit.

European Union funding has also been transformational —I do not think that Nottingham Contemporary could have been built without it—so will the Government guarantee to replace that regional support for the arts when Britain leaves the EU?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:52 a.m.

The Government see the value of collaboration in arts and culture funding. She is right to point out that this week’s announcement is excellent news for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. I will do all I can, working with the chief executive and chairman of the Arts Council, to ensure that the sector’s priorities are addressed across this country.

Fiona Bruce Portrait Fiona Bruce (Congleton) (Con) - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:52 a.m.

I warmly welcome the new Minister to his place. What advice does he have for smaller regional museums such as Congleton Museum, which has an exciting expansion opportunity for which it needs to secure grant funding?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:52 a.m.

Congleton Museum has already done extremely well to be awarded £65,000 to buy the hoards of Cheshire. There are a number of grants available and I would be happy to work with my hon. Friend and any other Member and give advice on how to secure those funds.

Gloria De Piero (Ashfield) (Lab) Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:53 a.m.

Ashfield, like many former coalfield constituencies, receives way below the average in lottery funding. Is not it time that the lottery publish not just how much money it spends in each constituency, but how many tickets are purchased in each constituency, so that we can see whether the poorest areas are subsidising the richest?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:53 a.m.

I am extremely grateful to the hon. Lady for that interesting point. I will be happy to discuss it further with her and see if we can move that forward.

Ben Bradley Portrait Ben Bradley (Mansfield) (Con) - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:53 a.m.

I welcome this week’s announcement of more funding for the arts and museums largely in Nottingham city, but did the Minister hear me mention this week the potential for a mining museum in my constituency of Mansfield? Will he meet me to help us further celebrate that heritage and culture and see whether we can make progress on that?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:54 a.m.

I welcome my hon. Friend to his place and congratulate him on his election to the House. I gently point out that seven of the new joiners in Nottinghamshire are outside the city itself, but I will be happy to meet him to discuss what can be done to assist him in his plans.

Lisa Nandy Portrait Lisa Nandy (Wigan) (Lab) - Hansard

I very much welcome the Arts Council’s decision to increase funding outside London, but the Minister must be aware that many brilliant institutions such as the People’s History Museum are primarily dependent on local authorities for funding. Will he consider following the Arts Council’s lead and give us back some of the money that has been slashed from local authority budgets, so that we can start to fund again some of this country’s most innovative cultural institutions?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:54 a.m.

I listened very carefully to the hon. Lady. Of course, some local authorities do see the value of investing in arts and culture and make a massive contribution, alongside the Arts Council grants, to extending their footprint, but I am happy to look into the case that she raises.

Kevin Foster Portrait Kevin Foster (Torbay) (Con) - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 9:55 a.m.

The Minister will be aware that Doorstep Arts is a home-grown theatre and arts company resident at the Palace theatre in Paignton and has just become the first organisation in Torbay to be part of the Arts Council’s national portfolio. Will he join me in welcoming that and the £382,000 of funding that it will receive from the Arts Council over the next four years as a result?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard

I shall be delighted to do so, and I would be happy to visit my hon. Friend’s constituency to see some of the excellent work that he has been doing with the tourism sector.

Liz Twist Portrait Liz Twist (Blaydon) (Lab) - Hansard

7. What steps her Department is taking to ensure that digital infrastructure meets the needs of the economy. [900080]

Break in Debate

Alex Cunningham Portrait Alex Cunningham (Stockton North) (Lab) - Hansard

T7. The Stockton international riverside festival, which will be held from 3 until 6 August, attracts thousands of visitors, and has grown into one of the country’s greatest street arts events. This year it celebrates its 30th anniversary. Will the Secretary of State join me in congratulating Stockton Borough Council on its vision in setting up the festival, and congratulating the Arts Council on recognising it for the tremendous success that it has become? [900072]

John Glen Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (John Glen) - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 10:15 a.m.

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Stockton Borough Council on the wisdom of its investment. It provides a good example for many other local authorities, demonstrating that when they invest in the arts, they will get a very good return.

Martin Vickers Portrait Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes) (Con) - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 10:15 a.m.

The announcement this week that £15 million of lottery funding is going to Hull to support its fishing heritage is very welcome, although I have to say that across the river in the Grimsby-Cleethorpes area there is disappointment that repeated attempts to secure similar funding have been rejected. Will the Minister look again at the balance of the share-out of lottery funding between different towns and cities?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
29 Jun 2017, 10:15 a.m.

I should be happy to do so. There are some challenges with lottery funding. I have already met the chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, with whom I shall have further conversations, and I should be happy to meet my hon. Friend as well.

Ian Murray Portrait Ian Murray (Edinburgh South) (Lab) - Hansard

T8. May I join the Secretary of State in wishing the Edinburgh international festival a happy 70th anniversary? There is no doubt that it shows that the United Kingdom has some of the best sporting and entertainment events in the world. What plans have the Government to control ticket prices, and to ensure that the re-sellers market does not rip off ordinary fans? [900073]