Will my hon. Friend acknowledge the importance of the arts in Wales, particularly for those visitors to the Principality who suffer the deprivation of not being able to enjoy the arts in Wales every day of their lives? Will he comment on my perception of those figures, which is that broadly, in real terms, the level of funding has remained about the same, even though that has been at a time of supposed financial restraint?
I confirm the importance which the Government attach to the arts in Wales. My hon. Friend is right to say that on the latest figures, up to 1984–85, spending on the arts in Wales has been just about within 1 per cent. protected against inflation.