HC Deb 21 March 1961 vol 637 cc201-2
37. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many local authorities make grants to the Scottish National Orchestra and civic theatres, respectively.

Mr. Brooman-White

One hundred local authorities made grants to the Scottish National Orchestra in 1959–60. Four made grants to permanent repertory theatres.

Mr. Hannan

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that recently the Scottish National Orchestra found it impossible to accept an invitation to give several performances in the United States? Does he not think that, from a national point of view, this is a loss of prestige and dignity, and cannot he consider this matter in the light of the consideration to be given to the suggestion made in Question No. 36?

Mr. Brooman-White

I will certainly take note of what the hon. Gentleman has said.

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