§ Mr. Gardiner
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of Arts Council funding is spent on literature. 
§ Mr. Alan Howarth
In 1999–2000, the Arts Council of England spent £1.707 million or 0.8 per cent. of its funding directly on literature, although literature also benefited from support to cross-artform initiatives such as the new audiences programme.