And he told BBC Radio Four's Today programme that national lottery money would not be used to replace government funding for the arts.
He said: 'I can make it absolutely clear now there is no question whatsoever of breaking that pledge. I have to make one other pledge which is that (heritage secretary) Virginia Bottomley's budget is under no more, but no less, pressure than any other. She is not immune from having to answer difficult questions'.
Asked whether education budgets would be protected as part of John Major's aim of 'ruthless priorities', Mr Waldegrave replied: 'We have made it perfectly clear that we have a range of other pledges that I have to honour.