asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will provide an assurance that the recently announced bequest of £10 million to the Royal Opera House will have no impact on their usual level of funding for that institution regardless of the current need to find additional funds for the 2012 Olympic Games. [HL3866]
Public funding for the Royal Opera House is channelled through Arts Council England and Ministers do not play a role in making individual funding decisions. Grant-in-aid funding to Arts Council England will not be affected by the 2012 Games. The £10 million donation to the Royal Opera House was made specifically to establish a permanent Paul Hamlyn Education Fund, which will support education and access projects.