§ Mr. Gwilym Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will continue to recognise jazz bands as a useful youth activity; and what plans he has for increasing the grant to jazz bands.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
The only organisation of jazz bands aided by the Department of Education and Science is the United Kingdom Federation of Jazz Bands. As a national voluntary youth organisation, it has received a grant towards its headquarters administrative expenditure for the financial years 1978–9 and 1979–80. These grants are reviewed annually. The federation has not yet applied for continuation of the grant for the financial year 1980–81; if an application from it is received, it will be considered on its merits.