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Volume 87: debated on Wednesday 27 November 1985

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asked the Minister for the Arts if he has any plans to change the status of any museums from local to national as a result of the abolition of the metropolitan county councils.

The Government's plans for the future funding of major museums and art galleries affected by the abolition of the metropolitan county councils were outlined in their reply of 31 July 1984 (a copy of which is in the Library of the House) to the first report of the Select Committee on Education, Science and the Arts, 1983–84 Session.A trustee body is to be established by Order in Council under section 46 of the Local Government Act 1985, to

Arts Council of Great Britain
£0001985–86 provision £000
A1 England84,492
(1) General Expenditure on the Arts80,096
(a) Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Limited; English National Opera; National Theatre Board; and Royal Shakespeare Theatre30,330
(b) Regional Arts Associations12,892
(c) Music, Opera and Dance15,828
(d) Drama14,579
(e) Art and Arts Films3,920
(f) Literature518
(g) Combined Arts1,229
(h) Training in the Arts and Education800
(2) Administration and Operational Expenditure4,395
A2 Scotland
(1) General Expenditure on the Arts11,997
(a) Music, Opera and Dance6,548
(b) Drama2,517
(c) Art and Film1,062
(d) Literature515
(e) Arts Centres, Regional Projects and Festivals1,355
(2) Administration and Operational Expenditure743
A3 Wales7,139
(1) General Expenditure on the Arts6,524
(a) Music, Opera and Dance2,651
(b) Drama1,728
(c) Art641
(d) Literature606
(e) Arts associations, Arts Centres and Regional Projects898
(2) Administration and Operational Expenditure615
A4 Housing the Arts1,230
A5 South Bank400

take over responsibility for the bulk of the museum and art gallery service hitherto maintained by Merseyside county council, and will be centrally funded directly by the Office of Arts and Libraries. The only other museum to be centrally funded directly by the OAL is the Greater Manchester museum of science and industry, already constituted as an independent charitable trust. The arrangements for other major museums and galleries will be as set out in the reply of 31 July 1984. Responsibility for institutions not listed therein will pass to the appropriate successor local authorities.