asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12 February (
WA 229), how much of the funding the Arts Council is providing for the Halle Orchestra in 1998–99 has so far been paid; when the remainder will be made available, and according to what criteria such decisions are taken. [HL1559]
The Arts Council of England will core-fund the Hallé Orchestra this year at £1,251,000. The Arts Council agrees with each of its clients a schedule for the payment of grant through the year. Details of these arrangements are commercially sensitive; however I understand that an initial grant payment for 1998–99 has been made to the Hallé.