§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are his latest intentions with regard to a Government contribution to the cost of an opera house in Edinburgh.
§ Mr. William Ross
My predecessor told Edinburgh Corporation that he would be prepared in due course to make a formal offer of grant towards the cost of the new theatre at Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, at the stage when detailed designs had been prepared. The architects appointed by the corporation are still proceeding with design work.
It has still to be agreed by the new local authorities whether the Lothian region or the Edinburgh district will be responsible for the project, and the case for proceeding will need to be reviewed both by the authority concerned and by myself in light of the need to restrict public expenditure.