§ Mr. Dawson
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will examine the policies of the North West Arts Board towards the Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Fisher
[holding answer 12 May 1998]North West Arts Board currently funds seven producing theatres in the North-West region, including £173,850 for the Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster in 1998–99. The Dukes Playhouse has also received a grant of £194,750 from the arts Lottery fund.