HC Deb 16 April 1931 vol 251 cc361-2W

asked the Prime Minister if he can now give any date for the Debate on the proposed subsidy to opera, and indicate when, if the House sanctions the grant, it will be put in operation?


As stated on page 81 of the Post Office Estimates for 1931, it is proposed that the annual grant when approved shall run from 1st January, 1931, with a special payment in respect of the last quarter of 1930. As I have previously explained, the grant depends both on the execution of an amended agreement with the British Broadcasting Corporation and on the voting by this House of the money required. I have no doubt that an opportunity for discussion will arise before the end of the Session on the appropriate Vote, but I am not yet in a position to say when that will be.