HC Deb 27 July 1998 vol 317 c59W
20. Mr. David Heath

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will publish his proposals for encouraging musical instrument tuition in schools. [50786]

Mr. Chris Smith

In response to widespread and longstanding concerns about the state of instrumental tuition available to young people, on 24 June I announced the creation of a new Youth Music Trust. The Trust will receive £10 million of Lottery funding a year from the Arts Council of England and will also seek to raise additional funds from the private sector. It will have three key objectives; to champion the cause of music for young people; to attract and distribute funds; and to offer strategic advice.