§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what arrangements she has made for the completion of the National Theatre on the South Bank and the furnishing of the building for the Museum of London.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
The Government and the GLC will make available an additional £2.3 million to complete the building of the National Theatre. The Govment will provide £1.35 million for the building to be completed to the agreed specification and a further sum of £600,000 towards the improvements desired by the South Bank Theatre Board bringing the total Government contribution to £5.7 million. The Leader of the Greater London Council, Sir Desmond Plummer, has undertaken with the support of the Leader of the Opposition, Sir Reginald Goodwin to recommend the Council to increase its contribution to the building of the National Theatre by £350,000 making a total of £4.1 million.
The Government will also increase its contribution to the furnishing and equipping of the building for the Museum of London from £150,000 to £300.000.
The necessary legislation to provide authority for the increased contributions to the cost of the National Theatre and the Museum of London will be introduced as soon as possible.