Mr. William O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the current level of funding for the Arts Council in Northern Ireland; what the projected grants to the Council will be for 1994–96 and 1995–97; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ancram
In the current financial year, funding for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland is £6.379 million. My right hon. and learned Friend has today announced the allocations to programmes for 1994–95 and I will provide further details, including the funding of the Arts Council, shortly.