§ Mr. Gower
Does my hon. and learned Friend appreciate that this Opera Company, which has been praised for its work in reviving operas which have not been performed for a very long time, receives a grant which is pathetically small in comparison with the grants received by established opera companies in London and, indeed, in comparison with the grant given to the Carl Rosa Opera Company, whose repertoire is comparatively hackneyed?
§ Mr. Simon
I well know the very high reputation of the Welsh National Opera Company, not only in Wales, but throughout the Kingdom. However, the division of funds that are placed at the 1308 disposal of the Arts Council is a matter for the Arts Council in which my right hon. Friend does not interfere.