HC Deb 04 May 1976 vol 910 c1048
10. Mr. van Straubenzee

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what discussions his Department has had with the recently founded National Council for Drama Training.

Mr. Mulley

None, Sir. I understand that the National Council for Drama Training is in process of being established, but that it has not yet met.

Mr. van Straubenzee

Is that not a more than disappointing reply? Is the Secretary of State aware that the importance of this council, which is in full effect, is that it brings together the employers and the trade unions principally concerned in a profession in which the real problem is gross over-production of persons? Does this not fit exactly into Government strategy? Will the Secretary of State encourage his noble Friend to open discussions with the council, as this would be helpful for all concerned?

Mr. Mulley

Ido not think that the hon. Member can fully have heard my reply. I understand the council has not yet met, and it is very difficult to begin negotiations and discussions with a body that has not begun to operate. My Department has been invited to send an observer to meetings and we shall be happy to do so. We shall have to find out from the council, which is an independent body, how best to conduct discussions with it.