Malcolm shows his concern for Scottish Ballet, Scotish Opera, and the arts in general
Scottish Performing Arts Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab): I thank the minister for recognising that the previous, Labour-led council in Edinburgh funded outreach work for Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and many other arts companies.

Is she concerned about the effect of cuts in local funding for the arts? In particular, will she condemn the proposed cuts to Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera? More generally, given that the substance of her answer to Richard Baker was about the Scottish Arts Council, will she explain how a declining budget for arts activity over the next three years will enable regional performing arts to be funded throughout Scotland? In an answer to me today, she recognised that creative Scotland will have many new responsibilities, but that means that traditional support for the performing arts will decline. Does that not give her cause for concern?

Linda Fabiani: I will not talk about a decision that the City of Edinburgh Council has not yet taken. When we hear what the decision is, we will consider it.

I have no concerns about the quality of the arts in Scotland or the ability of the national companies, creative Scotland and our local authorities to ensure that everyone in Scotland has access to high-quality arts and culture.
March 13th 2008, (Columns 6967-8)