HC Deb 14 December 1972 vol 848 cc183-4W
Mr. Money

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, in view of her responsibility for the arts, she will seek powers to ensure that children with the most exceptional ability in music and ballet have access to suitable education; and if she will make a statement.

Mrs. Thatcher

I propose to make to the Yehudi Menuhin School for Young Musicians and the Royal Ballet School (Lower Division), which provide specialised education for small numbers of the most highly gifted children in these fields, grants for the operation of a fee remission scheme which will enable these schools to charge the fees necessary to meet their costs without debarring any child for lack of parental means. My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and I will lay before Parliament in the near future a draft statutory instrument for this purpose.