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Galleries (Funding)

Volume 81: debated on Wednesday 19 June 1985

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asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts if, in view of Mr. Paul Getty's gift to the National Gallery in London, he will ensure that galleries in other parts of the United Kingdom receive a greater proportion of next year's public funding.

Responsibility for the public funding of galleries other than in England rests not with my right hon. and noble Friend the Minister for the Arts but with my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively. As far as my noble friend is concerned, it is not his intention to penalise arts bodies which are successful in attracting private funding.