HC Deb 23 June 1976 vol 913 cc527-8W
Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, in the light of difficulties experienced in the various regions of the United Kingdom in obtaining tickets by post from the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre, he will withdraw financial aid from these bodies unless the administrators improve the method of ticket allocation to ensure a fairer distribution.

Mr. Gerry Fowler

The Royal Opera House and the National Theatre already make efforts, related to their different circumstances, to assist applicants from the regions seeking tickets, especially by post, so that fair opportunities for obtaining tickets are available to them. Many performances at both these theatres are, however, in great demand. The level of subsidy to both companies is determined by the Arts Council, from the annual grant-in-aid.