HC Deb 24 May 1965 vol 713 cc22-3W
Mr. Ridley

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will obtain from the Arts Council information as to how their 1964 grant for drama was apportioned between each theatre in the country, and what regard was paid, in making the grants, to the number of seats in each theatre.

Mr. Crosland

In the financial year 1964–65 the Arts Council provided £537,500 for 56 theatre companies: this figure is subject to audit. Details will be published, as usual, in the Council's Annual Report in October. The Council take note of the sting capacity of a theatre as one factor in measuring the extent of its need for assistance.