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Children's Theatre Companies

Volume 728: debated on Thursday 12 May 1966

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what has been the result of the study he is making of the report from the Arts Council on children's theatre in Great Britain; and, in view of the importance of maintaining and extending children's theatre, what action he will take, in particular with regard to giving financial support.

I am greatly concerned that children should be brought into contact at an early age with drama of a high order. I am having a thorough survey made of drama work in the classroom and of what is being done to encourage the attendance of children at theatrical performances. I am studying the recommendations of the Arts Council's report, but I must make it plain that neither the Department nor the Arts Council has any money in this year's estimates which could be used to support professional children's theatre companies.