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Museums And Galleries (Attendance)

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will publish in the Official Report the attendance figures for 1982 reported by the national museums and galleries in England, broken down to the individual institutions but comprising their outstations, with figures in each case of the percentage increase or decrease on the attendance figures for 1981.

Following is the information requested:

Estimated Percentage attendance in 1982Percentage change from 1981
British Museum2,966,244+3·4
Natural History Museum2,443,206-12·9
Geological Museum426,205-13·6
Imperial War Museum1,179,711+1·7
National Gallery2,633,139-3·8
National Maritime Museum996,6740·0
National Portrait Gallery524,492-1·0
Science Museum4,553,550-16·7
Tate Gallery1,219,102+36·8
Victoria and Albert Museum2,058,480+20·3
Wallace Collection143,910+3·7
In the case of the Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the percentage changes are based on subsequent slight revisions to the estimates for 1981 quoted in my reply to the hon. Member for Warley, East on 19 January 1982.—[

Official Report, Vol. 16, c. 100–101.]