§ Mr. Cormack
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total. Government expenditure on the arts during 1975 and 1976, respectively.
§ Mr. Oakes
The table below gives details of expenditure on the arts in England, Wales and Scotland for the financial years 1975–76 and 1976–77:
Year ended National Museums and Galleries Arts Council and other arts£m. Total£m. £m. £m. 31st March 1976 30.174 34.648 64.822 31st March 1977 34.911 44.824 79.735
The figures for 1976–77 are based on the latest estimates available. The table includes expenditure by the Government on construction works and maintenance of buildings at the national museums and galleries which is borne on the Vote of the Department of the Environment.