§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards funding youth orchestras in Sefton. 
§ Dr. Howells
This is a matter for Arts Council England.
Arts Council England funds the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) and the Halle Orchestra, both of which run very successful and active youth orchestras. Both youth orchestras work in Sefton and more widely in the north-west.543W
In addition to this, Arts Council England also fund the National Foundation for Youth Music (Youth Music), which provides music making opportunities for young people throughout England. Youth Music has 20 Youth Music Action Zones around the country, including one which works in Sefton and the rest of Merseyside. The Action Zone works with local authorities, training institutions, community organisations, regeneration organisations, local radio, disability forums, youth services, EAZs, schools and music organisations throughout Merseyside.