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Russian Orchestras

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the cost of visas and work permits for visiting orchestras from Russia; and if he will make a statement. (72174)

Proposals for recovering, through fees and charges, the costs of the new Points Based System are at an early stage of development. Alongside developing these, we have continued to engage with key stakeholders, including representatives from the Arts and Entertainment sector and are aware of the issues surrounding touring groups such as visiting orchestras. We will be undertaking a public consultation on fees and charges in the autumn.