§ 23. Mr. Dismore
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on Government support for classical music. 
§ Mr. Fisher
Britain has an unrivalled and historic tradition of high quality classical music. My Department funds the BBC and the Arts Council of England, each of which invests significant sums in support of propagating and developing classical music. Local authorities also invest significant sums in support of the arts and classical music, and the British Council represents the best of British artistic talent abroad.