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Music: Finance

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much has been spent on the Music Standards Fund in each year since 2004; (164025)

(2) what funding the Music Standards Forum is planned to receive over the next two years.

[holding answer 13 November 2007]: In respect of spending on the Music Standards Fund from 2003-04 I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 892W.

The Music Standards Fund grant for the next two years, that is, for 2008-09 and 2009-10, totals £82 million a year. Local authorities are free to add to the Music Standards Funds from their general education budgets, and many do.