HC Deb 21 June 1990 vol 174 cc690-1W
30. Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to promote the contribution of the arts to education in Northern Ireland.

Dr. Mawhinney

The Government recognise the importance of the arts as part of the educational development of young people. Elements of creative and expressive studies have been included as a compulsory part of the Northern Ireland school curriculum. In addition, the Arts Council for Northern Ireland has established a range of programmes—for example, young arts, youth dance and youth drama—designed to expose children to the influence of professional artists as creators and performers.