HC Deb 12 February 1997 vol 290 c245W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what guidelines his Department has issued to(a) local education authorities and (b) schools in Wales regarding making music lessons available to pupils without consideration of parental payment; and if he will make a statement. [14780]

Mr. Hague

Welsh Office circular No. 4/89, "Charges for School Activities", a copy of which is in the Library, gives guidance on charges for individual tuition in playing a musical instrument unless the tuition was necessary as part of the syllabus for a prescribed public examination or of the national curriculum, when it must be provided free of charge. Amending legislation in 1993 subsequently extended charges to groups of up to four pupils.