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Arts Council Northern Ireland

EDM number 1076 in 2009-10, proposed by Janet Anderson on 11/03/2010.
Categorised under the topic of Arts.

That this House notes that the Arts Council for Northern Ireland has been asked to plan for a budget cut of approximately £1.1 million in 2010-11 and that the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, which is the Arts Council's parent department, is itself set to lose £25.9 million, making it in proportional terms the second hardest hit of Northern Ireland's government departments; is concerned that the anticipated financial cuts will cause irreparable damage to the sector, and consequently to the region's prosperity as a whole; regrets that as a direct result of decades of chronic under-funding, the arts infrastructure in Northern Ireland is extremely fragile and that the arts continue to be significantly under-funded on a per capita basis in Northern Ireland when compared with other regions of the United Kingdom; believes that the arts have an important role to play in building a new Northern Ireland and are part of a wider process of social, political and economic change; and therefore urges the Government to maintain essential funding for the arts as part of the broader agenda to strengthen the whole of the UK's competitive advantage in the creative industries.

This motion has been signed by a total of 15 MPs.

Janet Anderson11/03/2010Rossendale and DarwenLabourProposed
Neil Gerrard11/03/2010WalthamstowLabourSeconded
Lady Hermon11/03/2010North DownUUPSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins11/03/2010Luton NorthLabourSeconded
John Austin11/03/2010Erith and ThamesmeadLabourSeconded
John McDonnell11/03/2010Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
Harry Cohen11/03/2010Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
David Drew11/03/2010StroudLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn12/03/2010Islington NorthLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley12/03/2010Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Ann Cryer15/03/2010KeighleyLabourSigned
Mark Durkan16/03/2010FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Martin Caton17/03/2010GowerLabourSigned
Eric Illsley30/03/2010Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Andrew Pelling07/04/2010Croydon CentralIndependentSigned

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