§ 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.