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Commons Briefing Papers

26.08.2016Brexit: impact across policy areas
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
13.07.2016Arts Funding: Statistics
This note examines funding for the arts across Great Britain from 1955 to the present. The Arts Council of England (ACE), Creative Scotland (CS), Arts Council of Wales (ACW), as well as the historic Arts Council of Great Britain (ACGB), receive individual examination.
30.07.2015Charities and the voluntary sector: statistics
Statistics on the size, income and activities of the voluntary sector. Includes data on social investment, National Lottery funding, charitable giving and rates of informal and formal volunteering.
11.05.2012Azerbaijan and the Eurovision
After winning the 2011 competition in Düsseldorf, Azerbaijan will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest from 22 to 26 May 2012 in the capital, Baku, despite calls for a boycott.
06.05.2011Funding the arts
This Note looks at trends in funding within the arts sector from 1997 to the present.

Lords Library Notes

11.12.2015National Lottery Contribution to Sport, Culture, Charities and National Heritage
Lords Library briefing on the contribution of the National Lottery to sport, culture, charities and national heritage.
20.11.2014The Case for Arts Education in Schools
On 27 November 2014, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate the following motion: 'that this House takes note of the case for arts education in schools'
28.10.2011Debate on 3 November: The Creative Industries
This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate on the importance of the creative industries in the United Kingdom.

Select Committee Reports

06.06.2011Funding of the arts and heritage.
Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Commons]
22.03.2011Funding of the arts and heritage.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House expresses sadness at the death of Scottish comedy star Steve Robertson MBE; believes that he will be remembered with great affection as one-third of the Scotland The ...
That this House is concerned by the threat to private sectorjobs in the professional printed photography sector; notes that a decision, made by the previous administration in April ...
That this House recognises the contribution that Christine Bleakley makes to the entertainment industry; further notes the contribution that Frank Lampard makes to the sports industry; ...
That this House believes that there is a long and proud tradition of arts and culture in the UK; notes that this tradition is due in no small part to funding from successive administrations; ...
That this House is greatly concerned at the damage being done to our cultural industries by the current programme of cuts; recognises the record of success of the arts and culture in ...


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  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
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