HC Deb 17 December 1974 vol 883 c366W
19. Mr. Hannam

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what measures he is taking to assist the regional theatres in view of the present economic situation.

Mr. Hugh Jenkins

Assistance for subsidised regional theatres is a matter for the Arts Council, local authorities and others. For the current year regional theatres received additional benefit from the summer supplementary grant of £0.75 million for VAT claims arising from 1973–74. I have no doubt they will also benefit from the further winter Supplementary Estimate of £1.75 million, if approved by Parliament. The administration of this extra money will be a matter for the Arts Council.