§ 15. Sir Nicholas Fairbairn
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the contributions made by Her Majesty's Government to the buildings, services and198W finance of the arts in Scotland since 1979; and if he will make a statement on his plans for government funding for the arts.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The Government have provided recurrent funding for the arts in Scotland amounting to £162.4 million since 1979; a real terms increase over the 1979–80 figure of 67.5 per cent. My Department has also provided £39.9 million for building works since 1988.
For the future, I have already committed major expenditure on the new Museum of Scotland and on the extension of the National Library of Scotland.