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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th June 1989.

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Photo of Mr Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham 12:00 am, 26th June 1989

I am aware of my hon. Friend's close interest in Opera North, which is based in Leeds and sets high standards. Regional opera has been able to achieve the highest possible quality only through a measure of taxpayers' support. My hon. Friend rightly drew attention to other private sector activities, such as Carmen at Earl's Court. I understand that recent performances attracted audiences of 95,000. Other companies in the private sector, such as D'Oyly Carte opera company, are attracting large audiences.