The Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure informed the house that according to the latest figures in Ofcom's communications market report (for 2013-14) programming supported by the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund and broadcast by the BBC reached an audience of 660,000.
In a response to a question regarding the promotion of hockey in Lurgan and Portadown the Minister stated:
Since 2011, Sport NI has provided Ulster Hockey with funding of almost £914,000 for the promotion and development of hockey across the North. A further £551,000 has been invested in hockey clubs and schools to deliver the sport in communities. In that investment, a number of primary schools in the Lurgan and Portadown areas have received funding of almost £3,400 to deliver a range of sports and to provide coaching for children, across sports, particularly hockey.When asked what progress has been made in securing the future of the Ulster Orchestra the Minister stated:
Officials from my Department, together with the Arts Council, continue to engage with the orchestra and its sponsors to develop and refine potential operating models and alternative funding mechanisms that would enable it to safeguard its future. If a new, sustainable operating model emerges, I will give it serious consideration, and, subject to receiving assurances that it can be delivered, only then will I engage with Executive colleagues to assess how we as an Executive might support it.The Minster also covered the Arts Sector; the redevelopment of Windsor Park; Permanent Closure of Libraries & City of Culture Legacy Funding.
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