§ Mr. Tom Clarke
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not yet visited a pier in the North West.
§ Mr. Fisher
As Minister for the Arts, I have made several visits to the region—most recently meeting the Artistic and Administrative Directors of the Octagon34W Theatre in Bolton on 18 March. In February I was a guest of Braham Murray at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, and I had the pleasure of speaking at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards in December 1997.