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Dance And Drama

Volume 300: debated on Thursday 13 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when he expects to respond to the Dearing Committee recommendations on the funding of students of dance and drama; and if he will make a statement. [15835]

Our response of 23 July to the Dearing Inquiry report made it clear that we would review what arrangements might be put in place for providing financial support for dance and drama students when the current scheme expires. This work is being taken forward by officials from this Department and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if his Department has lead responsibility for the funding of students of dance and drama. [15836]

The Department for Education and Employment funds dance and drama courses in public further and higher education institutions through grants to the FEFC and HEFCE. Some students on these courses will be eligible for support through mandatory and discretionary awards and student loans. In addition, the Department will be contribution a minimum of £9 million of new funds to the interim bursary scheme over the four academic years the scheme will run.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what representations he has received on the funding of training for dance and drama; and if he will make a statement. [15834]

The Secretary of State for Education and Employment has received a number of representations on the subject from various interested bodies.