§ Mr. Alan Clark
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what response he proposes to make to the jubilee appeal launched today by the English National Opera.
§ Mr. Channon
The Government propose to make a contribution of £500,000 to the appeal which the English National Opera has launched. The Government's contribution will both enable much needed structural work to be done at the London Coliseum, and also provide better working conditions for performers and others who work in the theatre. This contribution will be paid through the Arts Council and forms part of its capital allocation for 1981–82 already announced. I hope this will encourage generous contributions also from the business community and the general public.