§ 47 and 48. Mr. Hugh Jenkins
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) in view of the fact that Government grants to drama students cost £1 million per annum and that unemployment and supplementary benefit to the 70 per cent. of students who are unable to make a living costs a further £4 million, if he will set up a committee to inquire and to make proposals to relate the output of students to the amount of employment available;
(2) in view of the fact that the output of drama schools is 2,000 per annum and that only 400 of these students will be able to earn a sum equal to the average weekly wage, if he will now introduce legislation to make his Department responsible for such schools, with a view to holding an inquiry.
§ Mr. Fowler
The new Theatre Training Committee of the Arts Council has set up a working group to study the problems of the drama schools. Meanwhile, I have issued advice on this subject to local education authorities and drama schools. I see no reason to introduce legislation.