HC Deb 05 April 1967 vol 744 cc228-9
26. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what Government expenditure there has been on the arts in Scotland in each of the last three years.

Mr. Millan

Government expenditure on the arts, including the national museums, library and galleries, was as follows: in 1964–65, £696,000; in 1965–66, £798,000; in 1966–67, £1,058,000.

Mr. Hannan

While appreciating this great improvement over previous years, will my hon. Friend nevertheless approach local authorities about the provision of suitable halls and accommodation for the presentation of performances by Scottish opera which is enjoying some popularity in Scotland at the moment? Will my hon. Friend consider making a gesture in response to the generous action of Glasgow Corporation in rebuilding its old city hall at a cost of £200,000 as a centre for the Scottish National Orchestra?

Mr. Millan

My hon. Friend will be aware that under the auspices of the Arts Council there is now a housing of the arts fund and any applications for particular projects should be directed to the Arts Council. This is something entirely new, and I am glad to say that already some local authorities are taking advantage of it.

Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

Does the hon. Gentleman think that all this money is well spent?

Mr. Millan