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Museums And Galleries (Grants)

Volume 78: debated on Tuesday 30 April 1985

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asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts if he will now publish in the Official Report the allocation between the various national museums and galleries of the £28·7 million maintenance and repair grant announced on 17 December 1984.

The provision of £28·7 million for building and maintenance work at the national museums and galleries in 1985–86 is met from the arts and libraries public expenditure programme. Responsibility for administering and carrying out the work rests with the Property Services Agency, on whose Vote the expenditure is shown.

The planned programme for 1985–86 comprises:


Expenditure on works already in progress10
Expenditure on works planned for start in 1985–866·3
Expenditure on "bulk maintenance", fuel etc., PSA administration costs12·4

The estimated expenditure in 1985–86 for building work borne on the PSA Vote for each of the national museums and galleries is as follows. The figures are an approximate indication of the expected levels of expenditure rather than a firm allocation of funds. They assume that both building works in hand and those planned to start in 1985–86 progress as originally envisaged. They include an element for "bulk maintenance" (minor maintenance work) but exclude spending on schemes shared between two or more museums, other current expenditure on heating, lighting, services and so on and PSA administration:


British Museum2·8
Imperial War Museum1·3
National Gallery2·6
National Maritime Museum1·9
National Portrait Gallery0·7
Tate Gallery1·8
Wallace Collection0·1
Victoria and Alben Museum5·8
Science Museum2·8