Covid-19: Universities - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:17 am on 30th June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Black of Brentwood Lord Black of Brentwood Conservative 11:17 am, 30th June 2020

My Lords, I declare my interest as chairman of the Royal College of Music. Music conservatoires have been particularly seriously impacted by the emergency. As small institutions, they do not have the scale, financial headroom or borrowing capacity of the large universities, or significant research income, and are highly dependent on tuition fees, including from a high proportion of international students. As the future on that front is so uncertain, does my noble friend agree that there is an overwhelming case for a temporary increase in the specialist institutional funding which is essential to their sustainability? That would be a clear sign of the Government’s commitment to music and the wider creative economy.