§ Mr. Waller
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if the figures for central and local government expenditure on arts and libraries for 1984–85 onwards set out in the public expenditure White Paper Cmnd. 8789, are firm or illustrative.
§ Mr. Channon
The internal breakdown of the arts and libraries programme for 1984–85 and 1985–86 in table 2.10A of Cmnd. 8789 is illustrative only. The levels shown respectively for central and local government capital and current expenditure are based broadly on the Government's 1983–84 plans, projected in line with assumptions about future public expenditure generally and rounded to the nearest £10 million. The Government will develop firm plans for these services as the Supply Estimates, rate support grant settlements and capital allocations come to be decided for the years in question.