§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
asked the Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of arts whether he will make an immediate statement on the future of the Theatre Museum.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
Discussions are taking place with the Greater London council on modifications to those provisions in the draft agreement for a lease of premises for the theatre museum which relate to the timing of building work. My noble Friend the Minister for the Arts hopes that these will lead to early signature of the agreement. It remains his intention that building work should start not later than next financial year if practicable, and he is hopeful that an earlier start may be secured without calling on Government funds in 1983-84.