§ 29. Mr. Channon
asked the Secretary of Stale for Education and Science whether he will publish the Arts Council's reports on Opera and Ballet, and Theatre, respectively; and whether it is proposed to implement these reports.
§ The Minister of State, Department of Education and Science (Miss Jennie Lee)
Neither of these reports has yet been completed. It is for the Arts Council to decide whether to publish them, I understand it intends to do so.
§ Mr. Channon
Would not the right hon. Lady agree that there is widespread interest, as the Estimates Committee recently reported, in these reports? There has been considerable delay. Does not the right hon. Lady agree that it would be helpful to all concerned if we could get the reports through?
§ Miss Lee
Yes, Sir. The opera and ballet inquiry has been going on for more than two years, but I am told that if we can be patient we shall have the report in two months. The other has been going on for more than a year. It is a complicated and difficult matter, and I 574 am told that the report is likely to be issued about the middle of this year.