§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received(a) from local authorities in Gwynedd and (b) from others, seeking Welsh Office support for the establishment of an arts centre at Llandudno to provide a north Wales base for Welsh National Opera; and what is his response on this matter.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
My right hon. Friend has received representations from Aberconwy borough council and Gwynedd county council and has also received 41 letters in support of the scheme since the beginning of the year.
Aberconwy borough council has been told that, whilst we see the attractions of the project and accept that Llandudno would be a suitable location for it, we have reservations about the financial aspect of the scheme as presented, not least the request that central Government should fund most of the cost.
The council has been invited to consider submitting revised proposals which would overcome these reservations.