HC Deb 26 November 1996 vol 286 c151W
Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many(a) regional and (b) London orchestras she has visited and listened to since her appointment. [5271]

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

Since becoming Secretary of State for National Heritage, I have enjoyed performances by a wide range of orchestras. Some have a main base in London. Many tour throughout the country or abroad, or have residencies outside London.