HC Deb 26 November 1979 vol 974 c423W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will take steps to ensure that no regional repertory theatres have to close as a result of reductions in the Arts Council's budget.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

It is for the Arts Council to decide its own priorities for the distribution of its budget. I have no reason to suppose that the level of Arts Council grants in the current year will result in the closure of any regional repertory theatres; future years' grants have yet to be decided.