HC Deb 17 June 1993 vol 226 cc683-4W
Mrs. Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what information he has on the number of theatres that have closed in(a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland since 1979.

Mr. Brooke

The information requested is not held centrally. I am however advised by the Theatres Trust that the rate of loss of theatres has slowed significantly since the mid-1970s; indeed, a number of theatres referred to as being closed in the report of a 1982 survey have subsequently reopened.