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Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on Government support for music and music education. (81485)

The Government are committed to supporting music in all its forms. We are achieving this through increased investment—funding for music through Arts Council England has more than doubled since 1997 to over £100 million this year.

My Department continues to work very closely with the Department for Education and Skills on the Music Manifesto, which will celebrate its second anniversary this month. This sets out a series of shared aims for music education and has the support of over 550 signatories from across the education, cultural and music sectors.

Responsibility for music within schools falls to the Department for Education and Skills.

Through the Live Music Forum, we are working to ensure that opportunities for the promotion of live music are realised to the full.