HC Deb 10 June 1998 vol 313 cc589-90W
Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his policy on support for regional orchestras; and if he will make a statement. [44593]

Mr. Ron Davies

Welsh Office support for music is channelled through the Arts Council of Wales. The Arts Council's music budget for 1998–99 has been set at

£3.5 million. Out of this, the Arts Council funds the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera.