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Cultural Projects: EU Funding

Lord Bethell asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Much of the EU expenditure which benefits culture is provided through programmes which are not specifically cultural, but which are supportive of wider economic or social policies. These include audiovisual, education, tourism, environment, research and development, and ERDF programmes. This expenditure is often used as matching funding for cultural projects supported through the National Lottery. Precise figures for the cultural elements of this expenditure are not available.

The EU competence to provide funding for specifically artistic and cultural initiatives was introduced by the Treaty on European Union 1993. Total direct spending across the EU on cultural activity came to some 19mecu (about £13 million) in 1995, 26mecu (£17.3 million) in 1996 and 25mecu (£17 million) in 1997. Direct comparison between the figures for these years cannot easily be made, as the programmes covered in them differed.

It is not possible to quantify London's precise benefit. This is because grants go to a "lead" partner in a project and the benefit will then be shared by cultural organisations based in several countries. In turn, the work of those organisations may be felt over a wide area. For example, the London-based music producer Serious received 50,000ecu (about £33,000) under the Kaleidoscope arts programme towards the cost of a music project in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London and four other UK cities.

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Police Grant Allocations

Baroness Hilton of Eggardon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How they plan to allocate police grants in 1998-99.[HL431]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary has today laid before another place the Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 1998-99. The report sets out his determination for 1998-99 of the aggregate amount of grants that he proposes to pay under section 46(2) of the Police Act 1996, and the amount to be paid to each police authority including the Receiver for the Metropolitan Police District. Allocations for each police authority are set out in the table. The table shows allocations approved by Parliament for 1997-98.

1997-98 Allocation(1)1998-99 Allocation(1)
Police Authority£ million£ million
English Shire forces
Avon & Somerset 158.7164.3
Bedfordshire 58.960.9
Cambridgeshire 68.271.9
Cheshire 101.1104.7
Cleveland 75.280.4
Cumbria 58.659.0
Derbyshire 95.397.7
Devon & Cornwall 158.6167.4
Dorset 66.667.8
Durham 73.378.1
Essex 155.9158.4
Gloucestershire 60.161.5
Hampshire 180.0189.1
Hertfordshire 92.494.1
Humberside 105.9110.6
Kent 168.5178.9
Lancashire 167.7174.9
Leicestershire 97.399.1
Lincolnshire 61.560.7
Norfolk 78.180.9
North Yorkshire 71.975.6
Northamptonshire 60.062.8
Nottinghamshire 119.3123.0
Staffordshire 111.8111.1
Suffolk 63.466.0
Surrey 91.884.2
Sussex 155.2162.6
Thames Valley 208.2219.3
Warwickshire 50.651.1
West Mercia 106.3110.0
Wiltshire 62.263.4
English Metropolitan forces
Greater Manchester 351.2364.8
Merseyside 227.3233.3
Northumbria 193.4205.4
South Yorkshire 158.8165.4
West Midlands 353.4371.9
West Yorkshire 267.5279.5
London forces
Metropolitan Police(2) 1,688.01,715.3
City of London(3) 61.657.1
English Total 6,483.96,682.6
Welsh forces
Dyfed-Powys 49.951.1
Gwent 64.567.3
North Wales 71.273.2
South Wales 155.1161.3
Welsh total 340.8353.0
Total 6,824.77,035.5

Notes:

(1) Rounded to the nearest £100,000. The Allocation is the sum of all police grant, SSAs and damping grant.

(2) Figure for the Metropolitan Police does not include funding allocated to the Receiver under the Other Services Block SSA for school crossing patrols, Magistrates Courts and the Probation Service.

(3) Figure for the City includes Police SSA and Grant, but excludes other SSAs e.g. Capital Financing which are allocated to the Common Council of the City of London as a whole in respect of all its functions.


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