§ Sir Nicholas Fairbairn
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has for an opera house on the site of the Empire theatre, Edinburgh; and what public bodies are involved in taking this project forward.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
I have been kept advised of Edinburgh district council's plans to convert the Empire theatre into an international venue for opera, ballet, concerts and drama. In addition to the district council, Lothian regional council, Lothian and Edinburgh enterprise company, Historic Scotland, the Scottish tourist board and the Scottish Arts Council are likely to be involved in the project.