§ 14. Mr. Blizzard
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to support the development of performing arts in rural areas. 
§ Tessa Jowell
The Arts Council's new Regional Councils are working with Local Authorities to develop the infrastructure for the performing arts in rural areas, this is in addition to support through the New Audience Programme and Lottery funding. Rural areas including Norfolk and Cornwall have also been included in Creative Partnerships, a £40 million programme to bring creative professionals, teachers and young people together to work on sustained and innovative projects.