§ Rev. Martin Smyth
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has any plans to encourage co-operation between the Belfast festival at Queen's and Glasgow, European city of culture as part of overall promotion of the arts; whether he will investigate the possibility of sponsorship by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
Co-operation between the Belfast festival at Queen's and Glasgow, European city of culture is a matter for the organisers of the festival which is already supported by public funds through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Equally, the question of sponsorship of any co-operative ventures is a matter for the respective organisers. I understand that contact between the organisers has in fact already been established.