§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning the level of funding for the Arts Council of Wales for 1999–2000; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Michael
I have received no representations in response to my announcement that the Arts Council's grant in aid for 1999–2000 will increase by 3.1 per cent. to £14.8 million. This is the first increase given to the Arts Council since 1995–96.
In future this will become the responsibility of the National Assembly.