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Lady Benjamin issues funding plea for children's films

Former Play School television presenter Baroness Benjamin has called for a ring-fenced budget for children's films to end the current "crisis".

At question time on 14 February 2011 the Liberal Democrat peer highlighted the example of Denmark where 25% of the annual film budget is given to children's films and animation.

She told peers: "The decline not just in children's television drama but in children's film production is denying our talented writers, our actors and our production teams a creative outlet."

For minsters, Baroness Rawlings said: "The government feels that children are catered for in film productions. There were 191 films produced for children and young people in 2010, this represents 30% of the films passed by the British Board of Film Classification - slightly more in fact that the Danish model."

But she added that ring-fencing "is definitely being considered by the government".

Questions to the government also covered ending the provision of hard copies of annual reports and accounts by companies, asylum seekers needing medical care, and the Early Intervention: The Next Steps report.

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