HC Deb 11 November 1991 vol 198 cc776-7
32. Sir Anthony Meyer

To ask the Minister for the Arts when he next proposes to visit Wales to discuss provision for the arts.

Mr. Renton

I visited south Wales on 3 and 4 October and hope to visit north and central Wales when convenient opportunities arise.

Sir Anthony Meyer

Is my right hon. Friend aware that he could enjoy the superlative Welsh National Opera without going to Wales, but that if he visits north Wales he will find nowhere for that wonderful company to perform? Will he discuss with the Secretary of State for Wales the possibility of a scheme to provide a home for the Welsh National Opera in north Wales?

Mr. Renton

This is ground upon which an Englishman almost fears to tread. A few days ago in Cardiff I saw an excellent performance of Rigoletto by the Welsh National Opera. It was extremely enjoyable. Cardiff bay development corporation has future plans to build premises for the Welsh National Opera at Cardiff Bay. Welsh men may have to decide among themselves whether they want an opera centre in Cardiff and in north Wales as well. If they do I shall be delighted to attend performances at both.

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