§ 28. Mr. Blenkinsop
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action is being taken to ensure the continuance of the National Youth Orchestra.
§ 38. Dame Irene Ward
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will now make a statement on the future of the National Youth Orchestra.
§ Miss Jennie Lee
The Department is to make the orchestra a grant of £8,000 in the current financial year. That, along with its own resources, will enable it to resume activities immediately, and auditions will be held again in September.
§ Mr. Blenkinsop
Is my hon. Friend aware that there will be a good deal of satisfaction in the country that this most 709 successful enterprise will be continued with her help?
§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
Is the hon. Lady aware that the adequacy of this amount will bring profound relief that something has been done at last? As she knows, we have been waiting a long time.