What estimate she has made of the funding made available through the Arts Council to support jazz.
During 2006–07 the Arts Council will provide more than £1 million to support 13 organisations that specialise in jazz music. The jazz sector also benefits from Arts Council funding to a range of organisations that promote jazz in a wider music programme and through its grants for the arts funding stream.
My hon. Friend is right that Ofcom has a duty to ensure plurality of music across the digital stations. He knows that, in the end, the decision is for Ofcom. To be fair to Jazz FM, now Smooth FM, it claims that there is as much jazz on the station as before; it is simply played in the evening rather than the afternoon. I appreciate that my hon. Friend has raised the issue previously. Jazz plays an increasingly important role in our music repertoire. We have a rich heritage in this country and we can be proud of jazz, to which many of our constituents—young and old—listen.