§ 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. 
§ 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 at590W
£3.5 million. Out of this, the Arts Council funds the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera.