§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much money has been paid out of Welsh Office funds by way of grant or subsidy in Wales during the past 12 months to support(a) orchestral music, (b) opera, (c) choral music, (d) brass bands, (e) folk music and (f) rock music.
§ Sir Wyn Roberts
Government financial support for the performing arts in Wales is channelled through the Welsh Arts Council which receives its funding from my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Arts via the Arts Council of Great Britain. There has been no separate Welsh Office support for such activities save for the £842,000 which we announced on 31 January had been transferred from our existing provision to the Office of Arts and Libraries to write off the accumulated deficit of the Welsh National Opera.