§ 4. Rev. Martin Smyth (Belfast, South)
What discussion he has held with the Ministers and officials of the Northern Ireland Assembly concerning Thanksgiving square. 
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Mr. George Howarth)
Neither my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State nor I have had any discussions with Ministers or officials of the Assembly regarding this matter.
§ Rev. Martin Smyth
I am sorry that that was not a more positive response, although I understand the reasons. Does the Minister accept that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport had appointed a lead person to give the funding? That person claimed to be dealing with the Arts Council, and then—having held those involved spinning for a long time—finally said that there was no money. Was that because the Arts Council is more concerned about performing arts than other arts? Does the Minister accept that Thanksgiving square—proposed by Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Christians and others—would be useful in finishing the waterfront?
§ Mr. Howarth
While I agree with the hon. Gentleman that the project is undoubtedly very worth while and has the wide support that he describes, matters relating to charities and funding for such projects now fall under the auspices of the devolved Administration. However, I note what he says and I accept entirely that the development would be very desirable.