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Regional Repertory Theatres

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will take steps to ensure that no regional repertory theatres have to close as a result of reductions in the Arts Council's budget.

It is for the Arts Council to decide its own priorities for the distribution of its budget. I have no reason to suppose that the level of Arts Council grants in the current year will result in the closure of any regional repertory theatres; future years' grants have yet to be decided.