§ Sir Geoffrey Finsberg
asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts what has been the increase in real terms since 1979 in the grants to the Arts Council of Great Britain and to the National Theatre.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
The increase in these grants in real terms since 1978–89 (measured against the GDP deflator of 86.2 per cent.) has been, respectively, 15.3 per cent. and 13.6 per cent.