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Clause 16

Volume 977: debated on Wednesday 30 January 1980

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I beg to move amendment No. 35, in page 9, line 22, leave out from "(a)" to "in" in line 25 and insert:

"a museum, art gallery or other similar institution".

The purpose of the amendment is to provide clarification. During the last sitting in Committee, clause 16 was virtually rewritten. When that had taken place it seemed fairly complicated, and we have again redrafted the clause. We have made our intentions clear. I hope that the clause as it now stands will be more beneficial to those who are concerned with and involved in our heritage. They will read the Bill, and they will want it to be clear. They will want to be clear where the Government stand in terms of the institutions and bodies that are referred to in the clause. I hope that this is a step in the right direction.

:I promised my right hon. Friend the Member for Wakefield (Mr.Harrison) that I would convey to the Government the thanks of the Royal Air Force museum at Hendon for what they have done. The museum was mentioned in Committee, and my right hon. Friend is an active supporter of it. I convey thanks on behalf of the parliamentary RAF group.

:As the vice-chairman of the Royal Air Force group, I am glad that the hon. Gentleman made those comments. I was especially keen that the Royal Air Force museum at Hendon should be included. It is a splendid museum, and the more publicity that it can get, the better.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 36, in page 9, line 28, after 'maintained' insert—

'(1) wholly or mainly out of moneys provided by Parliament or out of moneys appropriated by Measure; or

No. 49, in page 9, line 30, leave out paragraphs ( c) and ( d) and insert—

'(c) any library falling within section 3(7)(aa) above;'.

No. 38, in page 10, line 19, leave out from 'section' to first 'to' in line 21.—[ Mr. Monro.]