§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) what provision he is making for the encouragement of active participation by the elderly in contemporary arts;
(2) what plans he has to enable regional arts boards to fund educational work with people beyond the age of 25 years.
§ Mr. Dorrell
My Department provides funds to the Arts Council, and through it to the regional arts boards, which themselves take decisions on how those funds are used. In doing so they take into account both artistic objectives and other issues of the kind the hon. Gentleman mentions.296W