HC Deb 21 November 1979 vol 974 c244W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what help he proposes to offer to the London Festival Ballet to meet the deficit of £24,000 resulting from its China tour.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

I met representatives of the ballet last week to discuss the situation. The British Council, which is the central Government agency for supporting operations abroad, has already given a substantial grant, and private sponsors have assisted generously. The Arts Council subsidises the company's domestic operations. I do not have any funds at my own direct disposal.