2. Miss Ward
asked the Minister of Works the average annual cost of maintaining the Covent Garden Opera House in good condition under his lease; and the period of the lease.
Is my hon. Friend aware that the maintenance charges come out of the subsidy that goes to the Arts Council? Why does his Department, holding the lease for 42 years, not bear the maintenance charges on its own Vote and reduce the amount of money available to the Arts Council for cultural work?