§ Sir Hector Monro
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Arts Council and with Scottish Opera on the future financing of the opera; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Younger
My hon. Friend the Minister with responsibility for industry and education met the chairman and the general administrator of Scottish Opera, together with the chairman and the director of the Scottish Arts Council, on 26 October to discuss the company's financial position. I understand that my noble Friend the Minister for the Arts, who has responsibility for funding the arts through the Arts Council of Great Britain, plans to meet the representatives of Scottish Opera shortly.