HC Deb 25 February 2002 vol 380 c711W
29. Mr. Bacon

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's financial support for orchestras. [34258]

Tessa Jowell

This is a matter for the Arts Council of England and the regional arts boards. As well as increasing the core grant-in-aid to each of the regional orchestras, awards of nearly £27 million have been made from the Arts Council's Stabilisation programme to help secure orchestral provision across the country.