HC Deb 23 June 1997 vol 296 cc373-4W
14. Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement concerning his policy on regional orchestras. [3097]

Mr. Fisher

The Government has placed access at the heart of its arts policies. I have the highest regard for the excellence of our regional orchestras and for the opportunities they create for more people to enjoy music. The regional orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, in which I know my hon. Friend takes a particularly keen interest, are bringing music of the highest standards to audiences across the country and, indeed, abroad.