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Lords debates the creative sector

5 November 2021

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The House of Lords debated the impact of government policy and spending on the creative sector on Thursday 4 November. 


Baroness Featherstone (Liberal Democrat), former graphic designer and strategic design consultant, put forward the debate.

This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.

Members speaking

Members speaking included:

  • Lord Bassam of Brighton (Labour), founder member of the Brighton Festival and co-chair of the People's History Museum
  • Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury (Liberal Democrat), trustee of One Dance UK and Lowry Arts Centre, Salford Quays
  • Lord Cashman (Non-affiliated), former actor and honorary treasurer of the British Actors Equity
  • Baroness Fleet (Conservative), chair of the London Music Fund and director of the Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians
  • Baroness Prashar (Crossbench), president of the National Literacy Trust and former non-executive director of Channel 4.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Conservative), Minister for Arts, responded on behalf of the government.

Lord Spencer of Alresford (Conservative), businessman and founder of NEX Group plc, made his maiden speech

Get involved

Watch and read the debate

Catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcript of the debate in Lords Hansard.

Explore background information

Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the Lords Library briefing.

Learn more about how the House of Lords checks and challenges government.  

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