§ Mr. Connarty
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in establishing an office in the USA to assist and promote the British music industry. 
§ Dr. Howells
The Government share the UK music industry's assessment of the importance of the US market, and are working closely with the industry on ways of improving our export performance in it. We welcome the industry's innovative approach, and are considering very carefully the proposal, set out in its report of 28 May, to establish a music office in the US.