§ Mr. Hendry
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support her Department gives for the use of music therapy to assist people with disabilities. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
[holding answer 17 June 2002]: Under the Standards Fund 2002–03, the Department is supporting local expenditure of £91 million to enhance provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. One of the expenditure headings is therapies and it would be open to local education authorities to use part of their allocation to support music therapy if they so wish.